Cities Matter

Cities Matter is a campaign designed to raise awareness of city services and their direct contribution to Minnesota’s quality of life; to help citizens understand how truly important cities are in their daily lives. The campaign was launched at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair.

The Cities Matter website is The site invites Minnesotans to consider the variety of city services they use every day. The League is excited about this effort to highlight the great services cities provide to citizens. Together we will work to see that residents make the connection between city services and the quality of life we all cherish.

Spots on Twin Cities Public Television illustrate value of city services
In partnership with the Bush Foundation, we have been airing a series of interstitials on Twin Cities Public Television. Shown this summer on TPT’s Minnesota Channel during breaks between shows, these 90-second illustrated spots have been paralleling the topics of the Community Conversations discussions we have been holding across the state. Interstitial #1 is an overview of the Community Conversations on Cities, Services & Funding, #2 discusses what services cities should provide, #3 focuses on how city services should be delivered, and #4 explores how these services should be paid for.

Watch and share these spots with others! ___________________________________________________________________________ Activity

Cities Matter activity available for events in your city
At the Minnesota State Fair, we invite visitors to be a "city bean counter.” Each person is given a six-bean budget, but had to make tough decisions in spending it on eight services that most Minnesota cities provide. Many who have tried the activity feel it is difficult to choose between clean water and senior services, or libraries and fire protection. The display is available for use at events in your city. Contact Jason Little, LMC, at (651) 215-4030 or to reserve it for your upcoming event.

See a video of past fairgoers talking about taking the six-bean budget challenge

Coloring book about city clerk shows kids what cities do
Molly Meets the City Clerk” (pdf) is the first in a series of coloring books developed as part of the Cities Matter effort to helps kids understand what cities do. You could host a coloring contest, hand them out at events and forums, or just have them around at city hall for a children’s activity.

Find more coloring pages and read about resources for teachers and kids on the Cities Matter website ___________________________________________________________________________

Help promote the campaign!
One of the easiest ways you can help promote the Cities Matter campaign is by posting a link or banner ad on your city website.

Read more and access Cities Matter banner ads