The CGMC honored 26 legislators and city leaders at our annual 2017 Legislative Awards Dinner, which was held Aug. 3 in Fergus Falls. A copy of the awards program handed out at the event can be found here. Click on the award recipients’ name to read a press release that outlines their accomplishments over the past year.
Legislator of Distinction- Tax Policy
Legislator of Distinction- Economic Development
Legislator of Distinction- Environment
- Sen. Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley)
- Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria)
- Sen. Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson)
- Sen. Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point)
- Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent)
Legislator of Distinction- Annexation
Legislator of Distinction- Transportation
First-Term Legislator of the Year – Awarded to legislators who are currently in serving their first-term and who were particularly helpful in advancing CGMC priorities during the preceding session.
Rural Leadership Award – Awarded to legislators who helped advance CGMC priorities in several program areas during the preceding session.
Minnesota Legacy Award – Awarded—upon their retirement—to legislators who have demonstrated unfailing commitment and made extraordinary contributions to Greater Minnesota during their legislative careers.
- Sen. Lyle Koenen (DFL-Clara City)
- Sen. Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook)
Excellence in Service (elected officials) – Awarded to CGMC elected officials who demonstrated knowledge, leadership and active participation in CGMC program areas over the preceding session and/or an extended period of time.
- Rick Blake, Grand Rapids City Councilor
- Brian Holmer, Mayor of Thief River Falls
- Dave Smiglewski, Mayor of Granite Falls
- Del Rae Williams, Mayor of Moorhead
Excellence in Service (city staff) – Awarded to CGMC city managers/administrators 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.
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.
President’s Award – Awarded to the outgoing CGMC president.