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.


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


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).


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