2013 Annual Conference and Marketplace

City officials from throughout Minnesota gathered in St. Paul in June for the League's 2013 Annual Conference and Marketplace. Handouts and related resources from the sessions are posted below, as available and as permitted by the presenters.

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Preconference Sessions
Opening Keynote Speaker
Concurrent Sessions I
Concurrent Sessions II
Concurrent Sessions III
Concurrent Sessions IV
Ignite Session

Preconference Sessions

Business Leadership Council (BLC) Workshop: Municipal Infrastructure Basics
Decisions relating to infrastructure projects are significant, as they affect a city for many years to come and often involve substantial capital expenditures. Understanding the fundamentals of municipal engineering is helpful when discussing, prioritizing, and approving these important infrastructure projects. At this workshop, WSB & Associates engineers will explore many aspects of how a city’s transportation, water, and wastewater systems function, as well as how these enterprises are typically funded. Kennedy and Graven attorneys will also address some of the relevant laws that apply in this area, such as assessment policy.

No handouts are available for this session.

ICMA Workshop: Interpersonal Leadership and the New Order of Things
One thing is for certain–everything is changing! In our cities that change is accelerated and is often difficult, awkward, and laden with conflict. This session will help both elected officials and managers learn the leadership skills that will enable them to not just survive, but thrive in this new world order–dealing with poison darts, judgment, conflict resolution, understanding emotions, use of authority, maintaining a reasonable work/life balance, overcoming resistance to change, building teams, and self-awareness.

Federal Health Care Reform
Federal health care reform is here–with some provisions effective now, and many more provisions effective in 2014. So how does this affect your city? It depends on whether you are considered a “large employer” or a “small employer” under the federal health care reform. If your city is deemed a large employer, then (beginning in 2014) some of your employees may have the option to obtain federally subsidized health insurance, which could mean penalties for your city. Attend this session to understand the special requirements of health care reform for large employers and get ideas for how to put your city in the best position possible to avoid penalties – or determine if paying the penalties makes sense. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions of two federal health care reform experts.

No materials are available for this session.

2013 Legislative Recap and Policy Preview
Learn about key outcomes and which cities priorities stayed on track and which ones derailed during the 2013 Legislative Session from the League’s IGR staff, as well as what’s ahead for cities in 2014 and beyond.

Opening Keynote Speaker Wes Moore: Transformational Leadership: Evolve, Adapt, Inspire
To Wes Moore, nationally celebrated author of The Other Wes Moore, leadership is not about assigning tasks or delegating – it is about inspiring those around you to achieve a greater good, while empowering them to take charge of the tasks at hand. Oftentimes, leaders get too caught up in the details while failing to see the bigger picture: what makes a good leader is the ability to adapt and evolve, while cultivating others to become a successful and accountable without micromanaging them. In this presentation, Moore shares his personal story –how he overcame adversity and went on to become a highly successful leader in the public sector, private sector, and military – relating it to leadership audiences from all walks of life.

Concurrent Sessions 1

Minnesota’s Changing Demographics: Challenges and Opportunities
The face of Minnesota is changing. How is your city responding? Exchange ideas about how to tackle the critical issues of population shifts, aging, immigration, an engaging the next generation. Learn about resources, such as the League’s demographics toolkit, that can help your city support a dialogue among community members.

Strategic Planning: Positioning Your City for the Future
Some days it can seem like your city is getting pulled in 20 different directions with almost nothing accomplished. A well-thought-out strategic plan may be just what you need to get elected officials, staff, and even the community all working together on a common vision that excites everyone.

Health Care Reform: A Prescription for Successful Implementation
How will federal health care reform impact your city’s group health benefits? What are the implications for small cities? How does it impact cities with unions and part-time or seasonal employees? Find out the answers to these questions and what your city needs to know to meet reporting obligations and avoid penalties. Get guidance about how to proactively plan and budget for these requirements and communicate changes with your employees.

No handouts are available for this session.

Supporting Local Business Growth as an Economic Development Strategy
A strong, vibrant community depends greatly on the well-being of existing businesses which usually generate a large share of any new jobs. Hear about a proven business retention and expansion program used by more than 60 Minnesota communities, and learn how to grow your local economy by supporting your existing businesses and helping them find and reach new markets.

Street Safety First, Last, and In-Between
With more than 85,000 miles of roads in Minnesota, what can your city do to make your streets safer for all modes of transportation? SEH traffic engineers will discuss the latest innovations in traffic, pedestrian, and bicycle safety; and review “tried and true” traffic solutions that provide safe modes of transportation for you city’s traveling public.

Concurrent Sessions 2

Practical Ways for Creating More Sustainable Communities
Sustainability has been on the local government radar for many years. But what does it mean? How does it relate to your community? Hear about practices and projects in Minnesota cities that are getting great results. Learn practical and cost-effective ways to achieve a more sustainable community and identify next steps for your city’s sustainability effort.

Recruiting the Next Generation of Employees
Local governments in Minnesota have the oldest workforce of any sector in the economy. As these older workers begin to retire, who will take their place? Learn practical strategies for creating a positive and productive culture – and get equipped to help your city plan for workforce changes.

Integrating LEAN Thinking in Government
Despite what you may think, LEAN isn’t about slashing budgets and laying off employees. It’s about maximizing value for citizens while minimizing waste. Elected officials and staff can share the excitement of mastering a program that will let the city get more out of everything it does from managing council meetings to filling pot holes.

Civility: Where Did it Go, How Do You Recapture it, and Why is Having it so Important to Your Success?
Conflict going on in your city? Oh gosh, you must be dealing with human beings! But when constructive conflict deteriorates into downright incivility, it’s time to do something, even if it’s just survive. This intensive two-part session will help you learn what’s driving incivility and, more importantly, the attitudes and behaviors you can adopt to sustain both yourself and your city.

No handouts are available for this session.

Capital Improvement Planning and the Art of Consensus Building
In this day of deteriorating infrastructure and limited capital resources it is hard to balance the needs and funding. Learn how to properly program the infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement necessary for a healthy community and build consensus among project stakeholders to support these improvements. Find out how asset management, GIS technologies, and other tools can help cities implement well-conceived capital improvement plans that are supported by the community.

Concurrent Sessions 3

How to Finance Your Energy Project
Save the planet? That’s admirable! Save your city some money? That’s smart! Get it done with guaranteed energy savings? Brilliant!! Learn practical ways to make public buildings and systems more energy efficient and find out how to finance these projects. Also, hear from a city that has implemented projects to reduce energy consumption and costs.

In a Twitter Over Social Media?
Social media can have significant benefits for cities but it can be tough to cut through the clutter. You’ll learn who to follow, who to like, who to watch, and how to do it through a series of top 10 lists and examples designed for both new and experienced users.

Effective Emergency Response
Recent national crises and Minnesota’s own natural disasters highlight the need for strong emergency planning at all levels of government. Find out how to establish a chain of command, identify functional roles and responsibilities to deal with an emergency, and take steps to prepare your community for an emergency.

The Infrastructure Financing Puzzle
Now that you have a plan for upgrading your city’s infrastructure, how are you going to pay for it? Cities often need help identifying, securing, and managing funds to pay for critical infrastructure projects. Staff from Widseth Smith Nolting will offer insights for navigating funding programs like Small Cities, USDA Rural Development, Public Facilities Authority, and others. Find out how your city can take advantage o these programs to put together the funding pieces to get your priority projects off the ground.

Concurrent Sessions 4

The Next Generation of Stormwater Management
Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) is a new paradigm shift for stormwater management in Minnesota. This new approach uses low-impact development (LID) practices to reduce the volume of stormwater runoff and improve water quality. In this session, you’ll learn about the statewide performance standards recently developed by the MPCA and others to help developers and communities implement LID practices for stormwater management and meet water quality goals and requirements. Information presented will also include the three components of MIDS that communities need to know, as well as work in pilot communities to implement MIDS and the next steps statewide.

No handouts are available for this session.

City Stories: Collaborating and Partnering to Improve Service Delivery
How are cities working together and with others to deliver city services? Hear from cities about their projects, partnerships and practices, including what worked – and what didn’t! Get practical ideas and explore how to replicate them in your own city through conversations with your city colleagues.

“New to You” Revenues for Funding City Services
Hear about alternative revenue sources that Minnesota cities are actually implementing, including cell phone antennae leases on water towers and street lighting fees. Learn from those who have implemented new revenue sources, as well as the practical and political considerations that make some a whole lot easier than others!

How to Negotiate with a Business Developer
Developers know that many cities are eager to see development in their communities, and they often lean on cities to help move their projects toward. The key for cities is to know how to participate in projects with the least amount of financial risk. AT this session, financial advisors from Ehlers will provide practical advice on how to negotiate with developers and businesses for a win-win outcome.

Ignite Session: I Didn’t Know the League Did That!

Learn about some of the League’s 84 products and services available to you as a member. League staff delivered a series of short presentations about the various League services.