The League's resource guide for newly elected officials contains essential information and will be updated throughout the year with news on relevant training, valuable resources, information memos, magazine articles, tips and tricks, and more.
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Looking for examples of things other cities have done? You can search the League's lookup tools for collaboration and budget-balancing actions from cities across the state. You can also share actions to include from your city!
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This League initiative has the potential to help shape the future of Minnesota cities—the services you provide, how those services are delivered, and how they are paid for. The point of this effort is to engage the city community, policymakers, and the general public in conversations about the dire financial conditions cities are facing. As part of this initiative, we recently launched Community Conversations, Phase II. Find out how your city can benefit from this effort.
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The State of the Cities Report 2013 focuses on the results of the fiscal conditions survey, comparing the 2012 results with data from previous years. The share of cities that reported an increased ability to meet financial needs rose for the third year in a row, from 30 percent in 2011 to 51 percent in 2012. This is the first time since 2006 that more than half of cities reported an easier time meeting needs. The survey also resulted in information from cities about how they are using volunteers.
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Cities continue to face challenges posed by the economy, declining state support for city services, and changing demographics. Amid these and other pressures, expectations for cities to find ways to do things in new ways—to innovate—continue to grow. The League has assembled a wide variety of resources to help cities innovate, including a detailed guide to pursuing a wide range of innovation.
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League staff members are experts on a wide variety of city issues. If you’ve got a question, we’ll help you get the answer. Give us a call or send us an e-mail!