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Register now for the CGMC Fall Conference!

Posted September 6, 2019 | Filed under CGMC Programs, Events, Fall Conference, News and Events

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
• A keynote dinner featuring former Senator David Durenberger and Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant
• A legislative panel discussion on environmental & infrastructure issues
• Presentations on workforce development, plans for the 2020 bonding bill, and a fellowship opportunity aimed at encouraging young people to consider local government careers in their hometowns
• An update on labor and employee relations issues
• …and much more!

This conference is especially important because it is the time when the full membership will discuss and adopt the CGMC’s policy positions and priorities for the upcoming legislative session — it is critical that your city lend its voice to this discussion!

CONFERENCE DETAILS
See this CONFERENCE AGENDA & VENUE INFORMATION for full details.

REGISTER TODAY!
Please register online at greatermncities.org/Fall19. The deadline to register is Nov. 6.

HOTEL INFORMATION
Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations. Arrowwood has a block of rooms reserved for CGMC Fall Conference attendees at a discounted rate of $97 (plus tax). Call Arrowwood at 320-762-1124 by Oct. 28 to book a room under the CGMC’s block.

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Julie Liew at jlliew@flaherty-hood.com or (651) 259-1917.

CGMC, GMNP to host housing discussions in September

Posted August 16, 2019 | Filed under CGMC Programs, Economic Development, Events, News and Events

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 at the Capitol focuses on the needs of the metro area. That is why it is critical that the CGMC and GMNP continue be a strong voice for Greater Minnesota on this issue.  

In order to hear from our members and better understand the various housing concerns that impact your communities, the CGMC and GMNP are co-hosting meetings in Austin and Fergus Falls that will focus on housing. We encourage all interested city officials to attend. The information gleaned from the meetings will help us shape our legislative strategy on housing for the upcoming legislative session.

Here are the meeting details:

Austin: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m.
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
Ruby Rupner Auditorium
1304 21st St. NE Austin, MN

Fergus Falls: Friday, Sept. 27, 1-4 p.m.
West Central Initiative (Boardroom)
1000 Western Ave.
Fergus Falls, MN

NOTE: We initially reported that the Fergus Falls meeting was to be held Sept. 26. However, later since learned that date conflicts with the League of Minnesota Cities’ regional meeting in Perham. To avoid this conflict, we moved our housing meeting to the following day, Friday, Sept. 27.

To RSVP, please send an email to Julie Liew at jlliew@flaherty-hood.com and let her know which meeting you plan to attend.

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 the winners. You can also visit our Facebook page to see photos from the awards dinner on July 25 in Bemidji.

Legislator of Distinction- Tax Policy

Legislator of Distinction- Economic Development

Legislator of Distinction- Environment

Legislator of Distinction- Transportation

First-term Legislator of the Year

Excellence in Service – Awarded to CGMC elected officials, city managers/administrators and/or city staff who demonstrated knowledge, leadership and active participation in CGMC program areas over the preceding session and/or an extended period of time.

Excellence in Teamwork – Awarded to the elected officials and city staff of CGMC member cities that worked together to promote CGMC goals and priorities over the preceding session and/or an extended period of time.

Jack Murray Award for Distinguished Rural Leadership (retiring elected officials) – Awarded—upon their retirement from public service—to CGMC mayors and elected officials who have made special contributions to the CGMC over a multi-year career. The award is named after Jack Murray, former mayor of International Falls, who was instrumental in the CGMC’s formation.

Bob Filson Award for Distinguished Rural Leadership (retiring staff) – Awarded—upon their retirement from public service—to CGMC city managers/administrators or key staff members who made special contributions to the CGMC over a multi-year career. The award is named after Bob Filson, former city manager of Worthington, who showed consistent and relentless dedication to whatever mattered to the CGMC and its members.

Friend of the CGMC – Awarded to individuals (not legislators or CGMC city officials) or organizations who have helped advance CGMC priorities and/or made important contributions to Greater Minnesota.

Tim Flaherty Legacy Award – Awarded—upon their retirement—to legislators or other advocates who have demonstrated unfailing commitment and made extraordinary contributions to Greater Minnesota during their careers. This year the award is being renamed the “Tim Flaherty Legacy Award” in honor of Tim’s years of service to the CGMC and Greater Minnesota.

  • Tim Flaherty

President’s Award – Awarded to the outgoing CGMC president.

Thank you to our conference exhibitors!

Posted July 29, 2019 | Filed under Events, Summer Conference

CGMC Summer Conference is almost here!

Posted July 11, 2019 | Filed under Summer Conference

We can’t wait to see you in Bemidji!

The CGMC Summer 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 have to say? A panel of legislative leaders will discuss the 2019 session and what to expect in 2020 and heading into the next election.
  • Housing, workforce development, environmental clean-up and restoration are just a few of the other topics that will be featured.
  • Bemidji in the summer? Yes, please! Explore the city through tour options and a city-sponsored reception, dinner and entertainment.
  • Get free swag at the exhibitors’ tradeshow.
  • Honor recently retired CGMC Executive Director Tim Flaherty and other leaders who have helped shape the CGMC and advance Greater Minnesota priorities during our annual Legislative Awards Dinner.
  • And much more!

See this CONFERENCE AGENDA & VENUE INFORMATION for more detailed information.

WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!

Please register online at greatermncities.org/summer19. We will accept last-minute registrations!

HOTEL INFORMATION

Please note that attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations.

The Country Inn & Suites in Bemidji has a block of rooms reserved for CGMC Summer Conference attendees at a discounted rate of $114-$139 (plus tax) per night, depending on room type. As of last week, the block was full; however, we recommend that the you call the hotel at 218-441-4800 to see if any rooms have opened up.

If there are no rooms available at the Country Inn & Suites, we recommend that you contact the nearby DoubleTree at 218-441-4400. Other hotels near the Sanford Center include the Hampton Inn & Suites (218-751-3600) and the Candlewood Suites (218-497-3000).

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Julie Liew at jlliew@flaherty-hood.com or 651-259-1917.

Join the CGMC for breakfast in Duluth

Posted June 25, 2019 | Filed under Events

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 on the CGMC – our mission, goals and priorities – followed by a panel discussion that will explore the CGMC’s work to address the child care shortage in Greater Minnesota. The discussion will be led by CGMC staff member Scott McMahon and feature panelists Tony Sertich, president of the Northland Foundation; Jon Radermacher, city administrator for Little Falls; and Jerry Gabrielatos, assistant manager for Albert Lea.

If you have any questions about the CGMC breakfast or our organization, please contact Shane Zahrt at SAZahrt@flaherty-hood.com or (651) 295-1123.

We look forward to seeing you in Duluth!

See you in Bemidji!

Posted June 17, 2019 | Filed under CGMC Programs, News and Events, Summer Conference

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 of Bemidji by taking part in tours and during a city-sponsored reception, dinner and entertainment
– Discover new services, businesses and organizations at the exhibitors’ tradeshow
– Forge connections with other city leaders from across Greater Minnesota by sharing your ideas, concerns and hopes for the future

See this conference agenda and venue information for more detailed information.

REGISTER TODAY! Please register online at greatermncities.org/summer19. The deadline to register is July 17.

HOTEL INFORMATION – Please note that attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations. The Country Inn & Suites in Bemidji has a block of rooms reserved for the CGMC at a discounted rate of $114-$139 (plus tax) per night. Call the hotel at 218-441-4800 to make a reservation. The block closes July 1.

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Julie Liew at jlliew@flaherty-hood.com or (651) 259-1917.

Busy summer begins – join us for CGMC events!

Posted May 31, 2019 | Filed under Events, News and Events, Summer Conference

Now that most of the snow is melted, temperatures are rising and the legislative session is officially over, it is time to switch gears and start focusing on all of the CGMC’s summer events and activities.

In our annual tradition, in the coming months CGMC staff will be traveling to many of our member cities to update city officials on the legislative outcomes and other accomplishments and activities from the past year.  While we are not able to visit all 97 CGMC members, we will be reaching out to many of you soon to set up meetings.

In addition, we have several events coming up that we hope you will be able to attend:

  • Labor & Employee Relations Seminars: June 6 in Brainerd and June 13 in New Ulm – These seminars focus on practical and legal solutions for providing services and managing employees in local government. They will provide timely and relevant advice on topics such as employee background checks, administrating family and medical-related leaves, police departments’ unique personnel issues and more. Click here for more information on the seminars. Please register online at greatermncities.org/2019seminar.
     
  • CGMC Breakfast at the LMC Conference: June 27 in Duluth – The CGMC will be hosting a breakfast during the League of Minnesota Cities’ annual conference. CGMC staff members Scott McMahon and Shane Zahrt will be leading a presentation and discussion regarding child care issues in Greater Minnesota. This also serves as a great opportunity to recruit new member cities — please encourage non-CGMC members to attend as well!
     
  • CGMC Summer Conference: July 24-26 in Bemidji  – We have a great conference lined up! It will feature presentations and discussion on topics such as “Why Greater Minnesota needs to be a pain in the behind,” housing, innovative job training programs, environmental clean-up, economic development and more, as well as opportunities to explore the beautiful city of Bemidji and learn about some of the great things happening there. Click here to see the conference agenda and hotel information. Please register online at greatermncities.org/summer19.

For more information on all of the CGMC’s conferences and events, please visit our website at greatermncities.org/news/conferences-events.

Join us in Bemidji for the CGMC Summer Conference!

Posted May 15, 2019 | Filed under CGMC Programs, Events, News and Events, Summer Conference

Registration is now open for the 2019 CGMC Summer Conference, which will be held July 24-26 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji!

During the conference you will:

  • Learn about emerging trends and challenges facing Greater Minnesota communities
  • Find out how the results of the 2019 legislative session could impact your community — and what legislative issues are on the horizon for 2020 and beyond
  • Watch in-depth presentations and participate in discussions on critical issues such as workforce development, housing, environmental clean-up and restoration, and economic development
  • Explore the city of Bemidji by taking part in tours and during a city-sponsored reception, dinner and entertainment
  • Learn about new services, businesses and organizations at the exhibitors’ tradeshow
  • Forge connections with other city leaders from across Greater Minnesota by sharing your ideas, concerns and hopes for the future

CONFERENCE DETAILS
See this CONFERENCE AGENDA & VENUE INFORMATION for more detailed information about the 2019 conference.

REGISTER TODAY!
Please register online at greatermncities.org/summer19. The cost for the three-day conference is $260. The deadline to register is July 17.

HOTEL INFORMATION
The Country Inn & Suites in Bemidji has a block of rooms reserved for CGMC Summer Conference attendees at a discounted rate of $114-$139 (plus tax) per night, depending on room type. Call the hotel at 218-441-4800 to make a reservation. The block closes June 24.  Please note that attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations.

QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Julie Liew at jlliew@flaherty-hood.com or (651) 259-1917

CGMC members lobby at the Capitol, enjoy ice cream with legislators

Posted May 9, 2019 | Filed under CGMC Programs, Events, News and Events

Thank you to all of the CGMC members who joined us Wednesday for our “final push” lobby day and ice cream social. Legislators can be especially busy and elusive this time of year, but our members did a great job of maximizing their time with them and advocating for top CGMC priorities including Local Government Aid, child care, water infrastructure and other bonding priorities, and transportation needs. This CGMC end-of-session priorities handout helped guide their lobbying efforts.

In the afternoon, the CGMC sponsored an ice cream social at the State Capitol — featuring ice cream from Marshall-based Schwan’s — that was well-attended by legislators and legislative staff. It was a successful event that helped bring Greater Minnesota issues to the forefront at this critical time in the legislative session.

Visit our CGMC Facebook page to see more photos from the ice cream social.