Due to the election, the deadline to register for the CGMC Fall Conference has been extended to Nov. 6. To sign up, please fill out this registration form and submit it electronically or mail it to the listed address. (Note: If you have trouble opening the interactive form on your computer, please choose the option to “open with a different viewer.”)

We have a great program lined up for this year’s conference, which will be held Nov. 13-14 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis. The event will kick off with an election re-cap in which we will explore the results from a Greater Minnesota perspective. That session will be followed by a transportation panel discussion featuring legislators who are leaders on the issue. Later in the afternoon, policy expert and former gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner will discuss his study titled “Finding the Voice for Rural Minnesota,” which explores Greater Minnesota’s role and influence in the state’s decision-making process. That evening, attendees will join members of the League of Minnesota Cities-Metro Region group for a social hour reception, followed by a dinner featuring veteran WCCO Political Reporter Pat Kessler as the keynote speaker. Kessler will share his insight and observations from his 30 years of experience covering Minnesota politics, as well as provide advice on how interest groups like the CGMC can stay relevant and be effective in shaping public policy.

The key part of the Fall Conference is Friday morning’s membership meeting where members will review and vote on the CGMC’s 2015 policy positions. It is important that at least one official from each member city attend this meeting so that your city has a say in the CGMC’s priorities for the next legislative session.

The CGMC has reserved a block of rooms at the Ramada Plaza for $105 (plus tax). Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Call the Ramada Plaza at 612-331-1900 to make reservations.