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CGMC Summer Conference is only two weeks away!

The conference will be held July 24-26 at the Sanford Center, located on shore of beautiful Lake Bemidji! Agenda highlights include:   Are you a pain in the behind? Find out why you and your fellow city leaders need to be! DEED Commissioner Steve Grove talks economic development during the keynote luncheon. What do legislators […]

Join the CGMC for breakfast in Duluth!

Heading to the League of Minnesota Cities Conference this week in Duluth? If so, we invite you to join the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) for breakfast on Thursday, June 27 from 7:30 am to 8:30 am in Ballroom O at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center! The event will feature a brief presentation […]

See you in Bemidji!

We have a great CGMC Summer Conference lined up for July 24-26 in Bemidji! Agenda highlights include: – Find out why Greater Minnesota needs to be a “pain in the behind” – Learn about emerging trends and challenges in issues such as workforce development, housing, environmental clean-up and restoration, and economic development– Explore the city […]

News Release: Legislature passes bill to restore LGA funding to 2002 level

For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com PDF version ST. PAUL—It took years of advocacy by city leaders and a late-night special session to get there, but funding for the Local Government Aid (LGA) program is finally being restored to its 2002 high-water mark. The tax bill passed by the Legislature in the wee hours […]

Where does Legislature stand on LGA and other CGMC priorities?

The Legislature is back in session! Governor Walz called a special session for 10 a.m. Friday with the goal of passing the state budget. While the Governor and legislative leaders have expressed preference for a one-day special session, it remains unclear whether it will stretch into the weekend. Throughout the week committee chairs, legislative leaders […]

Legislative session heading into overtime

After blowing past their own self-imposed deadlines, Governor Walz and legislative leaders House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka finally reached an agreement on the state budget Sunday evening. See their signed agreement. Although Monday was the final day of the regular session — per the State Constitution — a special session […]

News release: Lawmakers must pass LGA increase in order for session to be considered a success for Greater Minnesota

For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com PDF version Below is a statement from CGMC President and Bemidji City Council Member Ron Johnson on the state budget agreement: “I’m pleased to see that the Governor and legislative leaders have come to a bipartisan agreement on the state budget. As lawmakers continue to hammer out the […]

Keep the pressure on!

Negotiations at the Capitol may be going at a snail’s pace (see next article for an update). In fact, with just days remaining in the legislative session, it is more important than ever that city officials speak up on key CGMC legislative issues like Local Government Aid (LGA), child care, clean water infrastructure and transportation. […]