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Bemidji City Councilor Ron Johnson elected CGMC President

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Julie Liew, ST. PAUL—Bemidji City Councilor Ron Johnson was elected to serve as president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 27 at the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Mankato. As president, Johnson will help direct efforts to inform state legislators on issues unique to Greater Minnesota, such as […]

Thank you to our 2018 conference exhibitors!

We want to give a big thank you to the  businesses and organizations who participated in the exhibitors’ tradeshow at the CGMC Summer Conference in Mankato on July 26. Your support helps us put on events like this! Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP Ban-Koe Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Border State Bank Brunton Architects & […]

2018 Gubernatorial Forum: Focusing on issues important to Greater Minnesota

Join the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Greater Mankato Growth and the Greater Minnesota Partnership on Thursday, July 26 for a forum featuring the leading candidates in the running to be Minnesota’s next governor! Confirmed participants are DFL candidates State Rep. Erin Murphy, Attorney General Lori Swanson and Congressman Tim Walz and GOP candidate Hennepin County […]

The CGMC Summer Conference is almost here!

The CGMC Summer Conference is less than two weeks away! If you have not yet registered, please do so at The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 18.   We have a great agenda lined up for the conference, which will be held July 25-27 and co-hosted by the cities of Mankato, North Mankato […]

Candidates on board for CGMC gubernatorial forum

With the primary elections only weeks away, one of the highlights of the upcoming CGMC Summer Conference is a forum featuring the candidates vying to be Minnesota’s next governor. Thus far, three candidates have confirmed their participation in the forum: DFL candidates State Rep. Erin Murphy, Attorney General Lori Swanson and Congressman Tim Walz and […]

Join us for the CGMC Summer Conference!

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to make plans to join your follow city leaders in Mankato July 25-27 for the CGMC Summer Conference! We have a great conference lined up featuring informative and entertaining sessions, city tours, a gubernatorial candidate forum, networking opportunities, and more. Highlights include: “Legislative Session 2018: The […]

Future of transportation funding to be focus of CGMC breakfast at League conference

The CGMC is hosting a breakfast on Friday, June 22 as part of the League of Minnesota Cities conference in St. Cloud. CGMC transportation lobbyist Shane Zahrt will lead a discussion, titled “Pile-up at Funding Junction,” focusing on the past, present, and—most importantly—the future of transportation funding in Minnesota. The emphasis will be on why […]

Bonding bill provides much-needed funding for clean water infrastructure, transportation and other important projects in Greater Minnesota

For Immediate ReleaseMay 30, 2018Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.comPDF version Below is statement from CGMC President and Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski regarding the passage of the 2018 bonding bill. “We are excited that Gov. Dayton has announced that he will sign the 2018 bonding bill into law. This bill includes critical funding for clean water […]

ACTION ALERT – Urge Gov. Dayton to support clean water by signing the bonding bill

In the final hours of the Legislative session, the Legislature passed a bonding bill that includes approximately $123 million in funding for the Public Facilities Authority clean water infrastructure grant and loan programs. Funding for these programs is one of the CGMC’s top legislative priorities for 2018, and many CGMC members are on the list […]