The CGMC Fall Conference is two weeks away, but there is still time to register! The conference will be held Nov. 12-13 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria. To register, please fill out this form and email, mail or fax it to the listed contact.

We have a great program lined up! The afternoon of the first day will be devoted to an issue that is important to nearly all CGMC cities — LGA: why it matters and what we can all do to strengthen the program. Thursday’s lunch speaker is Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth), who will share his insights into the political dynamics of LGA at the legislature. He will be followed by a busy agenda of presentations and activities, including an analysis of why the Legislature failed to provide an LGA increase in 2015, presentations by city leaders on why LGA is important to their communities, and small group discussions that will help attendees be able to tell their own cities’ LGA stories. Former House Minority Leader and gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert will also do a presentation on tips and tactics for successfully dealing with legislators, and CGMC staff will lead discussions and exercises aimed at getting conference attendees to feel more comfortable and confident in their meetings with legislators and other key decision-makers.

Thursday evening, State Auditor Rebecca Otto will provide the dinner speech, titled “Our civil infrastructure needs statewide and how we will bring them into the light of day.” Otto will show off a new interactive infrastructure needs mapping tool that her office has been developing with the University of Minnesota and CGMC members will have the opportunity to try out the tool and provide feedback on it.
The next morning will focus on setting the CGMC’s policy positions and legislative strategies for the upcoming year. It is an excellent opportunity for city leaders and officials to have a say in the CGMC’s agenda and priorities.

Please note that attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms. To make a room reservation, call Arrowwood at 320-762-1124.

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