Issues & Trends

Race equity

More and more Minnesota city officials are asking the question: How can we better address disparate effects of service delivery on different racial and ethnic groups?

Tragic interactions between law enforcement and people of color have commanded the spotlight in conversations about race. But less visible municipal services, like human resources, parks, public works, and code enforcement, also present opportunities to improve outcomes for people of color.

Focus on civility in local government

Incivility can rear its ugly head in a variety of situations. Not managing these situations properly can lead to staff turnover, lawsuits, negative media coverage, stagnating business growth, slow or stalled economic development, and a generally dissatisfied public. The League and the Minnesota City/County Management Association have compiled a variety of resources to help you with this issue.

Community conversations about city services and funding

Bring the League to your city to engage the public in discussions about the services you provide, how those services are delivered, and how they are paid for.

Budget-balancing resources

Cities always look for ways to effectively cut costs, generate new revenue, and balance their budgets. Here are resources to help:

Other issues and trends

A wide variety of other issues and trends also have implications for the future of cities. In this section, you'll find research, analysis, reports, and other resources to help your city understand the big picture and take action.