Agenda—Greater Minnesota

2014 LMC Regional Meetings

10 a.m.*
Special Workforce Housing Roundtables (*Madelia and Thief River Falls Locations Only)
City officials, representatives of employers, developers, nonprofits, and state agencies are invited to join in a discussion to identify and develop solutions to specific obstacles to financing market-rate housing in Minnesota. All city officials are welcome, regardless of whether they attend the Regional Meeting. There is no charge to attend. Contact Heather Corcoran to RSVP at or (651) 281-1256.

12:30 p.m.
Registration Open

1 p.m.
Is Your City’s Data Secure? Protecting the City from Hackers, Thieves, and Snoops
We all rely on our computers and mobile devices, and their connection to the Internet, every day. But dated computer equipment, inadequate technology expertise, insufficient data practices, policies, and protocols, and wily hackers are compromising the ability to maintain the security of city data—while new laws are upping the ante for not handling it correctly. Learn why it’s critical for your city to invest in technical infrastructure and expertise to protect city data, and find out what steps your city should take to comply with the law and avoid both legal and financial exposure.

1:45 p.m.
Networking Roundtables: Sharing Interests, Ideas, and Insights
Okay, we get it! Minnesota city officials LOVE to talk and network. So this year, take a seat at the table of your choice to talk about maintaining work-life balance, how you’re engaging citizens in your city, or even put together a group and come up with your own topic. Halfway through, you’ll have the opportunity to change tables or stay where you are.

2:45 p.m.

3 p.m.
One Community’s Struggle with Incivility: Don’t Let This Happen to You!
Over the past year, LMC has consistently heard from our members that incivility in your communities is still a cause for concern. Let’s take a trip to fictional Mosquito Heights, where a new group has taken over city hall and things have gotten downright ugly. Join this important conversation, as together we see what we can do to help them out!

4 p.m.
Legislative Update
LMC staff will present the outcomes of the 2014 legislative session, as well as issues that have emerged from the League policy process and predictions for the 2015 legislative session.

4:45 p.m.
Social Time

5:15 p.m.
Gather around the table to break bread with your colleagues!

6 p.m.
Welcome from Host Mayor and Comments by LMC Staff

6:15 p.m.
Remarks from LMC President Dave Osberg or First Vice President Steve Nasby
LMC’s president or first vice president will offer a quick update on organization priorities, including how the Board and staff are moving from strategic planning to the newer model of strategic thinking.

6:30 p.m.
Legislative Candidate Forum
Meet the candidates who are running for the state legislature from your region. Hear their views, priorities, and positions on issues critical to cities.

7:30 p.m.