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Volunteers needed to help set CGMC policy positions

This time each year, CGMC members come together to shape the Coalition’s policy positions for the upcoming legislative session. We are currently seeking volunteers to serve on the policy committees, which will convene by conference call or in person over the next few weeks. The policy committees determine recommendations which will be discussed and voted […]

Column: LGA increase provides critical boost to cities, but difficult budget decisions remain

Below is a guest column by CGMC President and Willmar City Councilor Audrey Nelsen. It was published in the Albert Lea Tribune, Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Owatonna People’s Press, International Falls Daily Journal, West Central Tribune, Austin Daily Herald, Brainerd Dispatch, Grand Rapids Herald and other papers throughout Minnesota. As the Minnesota Legislature wrapped up […]

CGMC President: Mini session provides opportunity for legislators to delve into Greater Minnesota’s needs

For Immediate Release                                                                                              October 2, 2019 Contact: Julie Liew PDF version Below is a statement from CGMC President and Willmar City Council Member Audrey Nelsen on the Minnesota House of Representatives’ ‘mini session’ in southern Minnesota: “I’m excited that the Minnesota House is holding its mini session in Greater Minnesota. It’s important for […]

Register now for the CGMC Fall Conference!

Registration is now open for the CGMC Fall Conference! The conference will be held Nov.14-15, 2019 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria and will feature presentations, discussions and speakers on a number of important topics. The packed agenda includes: • A luncheon presentation by Laura Bishop, Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency […]

Take our Greater Minnesota housing survey!

Share your thoughts on housing needs in your community! Looking ahead to the 2020 legislative session and beyond, we anticipate that housing will continue to be an important issue at the Legislature. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and its sister organization, the Greater Minnesota Partnership, are currently in the process of gathering information to […]

CGMC, GMNP to host housing discussions in September

Looking ahead to the 2020 legislative session and beyond, we anticipate that housing will continue to be an important issue for the CGMC and our economic development-focused sister organization, the Greater Minnesota Partnership (GMNP). Housing, or a lack thereof, has a major impact on economic development and growth throughout the state, but oftentimes the conversation […]

See your certified LGA for 2020

The Minnesota Department of Revenue released the certified Local Government Aid amounts for 2020 last week. You can find the amounts for each city here. The LGA appropriation for 2020 is $560 million — a $26 million increase from 2019. LGA will increase by an additional $4 million in 2021, restoring the program to 2002 […]

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Willmar City Councilor Audrey Nelsen elected CGMC President

For Immediate Release                                                                               Aug. 5, 2019Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty hood.comPDF version ST. PAUL—Willmar City Councilor Audrey Nelsen was elected to serve as president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 26 at the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji. As president, Nelsen will help direct efforts to inform state legislators on issues […]

Congratulations to the CGMC’s 2019 legislative awards recipients

Each year, the CGMC honors the legislators, city officials and community leaders who helped advance the CGMC’s goals over the preceding legislative session and/or an extended period of time. Click on the names below to read a press release about each individual award recipient or click here for a list with brief descriptions of all […]

Thank you to our conference exhibitors!

The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities would like to extend a big thank-you to all of the businesses and organizations that participated in the exhibitors’ tradeshow at our summer conference on July 25 in Bemidji: Apex Engineering Group American Tower Bolton & Menk Inc. Charter Communications Commercial Recreation Specialists Eide Bailly LLP Ehlers Flaherty & […]