Minnesota Cities Magazine

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Duty Crews: Helping Fire Departments Manage the Modern World March 2017

Many municipalities that can’t afford full-time personnel are looking for other ways to meet the demands of modern firefighting.

Child Abuse Prevention: Keeping Kids Safe in the City March 2017

Cities can develop policies and practices that could help prevent a potentially devastating incident for both a child and the city.

Workplace Retaliation: How to Recognize and Prevent It in Your City March 2017

Retaliation is the most common discrimination claim federal officials receive and, with new guidelines, cities need to have a solid understanding of this issue.

How a City Rallied Together for Clean Water March 2017

Learn from one city's fight against water pollution.

2017 Legislative Session: Seeking State Funds for Crumbling Infrastructure January 2017

Across Minnesota, cities big and small are facing a backlog of critically important infrastructure projects.

The Next Generation of City Leaders January 2017

As officials grow older and vacancies pop up on councils and commissions, getting younger people involved is a solution.

LMC’s Mayor for a Day Essay Contest Winners January 2017

See the winners of the 2016 “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.

An Expanded Water Quality Toolbox January 2017

Today we must think about stormwater in a new way, as a resource to help preserve limited groundwater supplies.

Here Comes the Sun—Cities Partner on Community Solar Gardens November 2016

More than 20 Minnesota cities have signed agreements to be either subscribers or partners in community solar gardens.

Sidebar: Recent Changes to Solar Garden Program November 2016

The state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has unfortunately issued recent decisions that may discourage cities from subscribing to community solar gardens.

Working Together—Duluth’s ‘Embedded Social Worker’ Program November 2016

Duluth's embedded social worker acts as a bridge for people in need of services related to mental illness, homelessness, and drug addiction.

Avoiding Pitfalls in Contracting for Building Projects November 2016

Review three common provisions in standard uniform agreements that could pose added legal and cost risk to your city.

How to Avoid, Recognize, and Fix a Structural Budget Imbalance November 2016

These imbalances may not be easily detectable and may cause a city to tip financially, year by year, until it becomes difficult and expensive to correct.

League Celebrates Outstanding City Leaders September 2016

League awards honor individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the quality of city government and cities throughout the state.

2016 Property Tax Report September 2016

Analysis of 2016 property tax information can help you make decisions for your city.

Right-Sizing Transportation Projects for Success September 2016

How can you make your project a city priority that gets funded and built?

Managing Local Gravel Mines as Community Assets September 2016

Several Minnesota cities have demonstrated successful oversight and reclamation of gravel mining areas.

Working Toward Resiliency in the Age of Climate Change July 2016

Resilience addresses how well a community might not only confront a threat, but emerge from it.

Making Minnesota Cities Home for Immigrants July 2016

Minnesota cities have developed a variety of programs and partnerships to help people arriving from other countries make successful transitions to life in the U.S.

Mental Health Issues in the Workplace July 2016

Employee mental health issues are an everyday reality for Minnesota cities, but dealing with them requires more than sympathy and good intentions.

Green Bonds: More Than a Fad but Not Yet Fantastic July 2016

Before your city issues green bonds, it’s important to understand that the true economic benefit is uncertain at this point.

Web Extra: Making Minnesota Cities Home for Immigrants July 2016

Watch the video “A Good, Safe Place to Live” and a video on Mankato’s Tapestry Project.

Are Minnesota Cities Future-Ready? May 2016

Think forward 20 years. If you knew what was coming, how would you prepare?

Building Racial Equity in Cities May 2016

Getting past often abstract and emotional discussions about race to reach concrete solutions is the aim of a racial equity project involving 14 Minnesota cities, counties, and other jurisdictions.

The 6 Qualities of Innovation May 2016

By making these areas an organizationwide focus, cities can reinforce the rewards of innovation.

Deleting the Silos: Maximizing Regional Services May 2016

There simply is no time for metaphorical silos in today’s age.

City Hall Security—Prepare for the Unthinkable March 2016

Every city should be proactive in figuring out how to handle a violent incident.

The Future of Policing March 2016

Brooklyn Park Police Department is the subject of a research project to test a new policing theory called “collective efficacy.”

Effective Employee Engagement—Because an Engaged Employee Is a Super Employee! March 2016

Building employee engagement is a multi-step, but straightforward, process.

Fostering Better Relationships Between Police and Media March 2016

At a time when law enforcement agencies are continuously being scrutinized by the public, it is especially important for department leaders to cultivate media relations skills.

2016 Legislative Session: Taking Care of Unfinished Business January 2016

Much like the construction on our state Capitol building, the Legislature has a lot of incomplete work to attend to during the upcoming session.

LMC’s ‘Mayor for a Day’ Essay Contest Winners January 2016

See the winners of the 2015 “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.

Lessons Learned from 2015 Grievance Arbitrations January 2016

Whether your city works with unions or not, there are many helpful lessons to learn from grievance arbitration decisions.

Redevelopment: Four Stages of Resident Communication January 2016

The City of New Hope successfully navigated a redevelopment project through effective communication.

Staying on Top of Financial Reporting November 2015

Small cities struggling with financial reporting and other tasks have options—but don't wait until it's too late to ask for assistance.

City Partners with Outside Firm to Keep Finances on Track November 2015

The City of New Hope has been outsourcing its finance director position since 2008, and doesn't plan to change that approach any time soon.

Mayors Connect with Residents November 2015

These Minnesota mayors, and others like them, are breaking out of city hall to hear what residents really think.

Tips for Starting Your Own Outreach Routine November 2015

Here are a few ideas to try if you're an elected official who wants to do more to connect with residents.

Meet the League’s New Leader: David Unmacht November 2015

LMC's new executive director ushers in a new era of leadership at the League.

How Census Sampling Techniques Impact Utility Rates November 2015

The American Community Survey can have a significant impact on families in communities that are planning utility improvements.

2015 Property Tax Report September 2015

The 2015 property tax report brings some good news about city finances for the second year in a row.

League Recognizes City Leaders September 2015

Plymouth City Councilmember Judy Johnson and Medina Police Chief Ed Belland are the LMC C.C. Ludwig and Leadership award winners for 2015.

It All Adds Up! 2015 Annual Conference in Review September 2015

Many thanks to all those who contributed to this memorable event. We’ll see you next June in St. Paul!

The City’s Role In Regulating Firearms September 2015

Firearm law is a topic of growing interest to many local government leaders.

Emergency Management: Are You Ready? July 2015

Emergency preparedness and response requires the effort and attention of all city departments.

How To Keep Going When Technology Stops July 2015

A 'business continuity plan' can help your city operate when technology fails.

Web Extra: Video—Stockton 2007 Flood June 2015

Stockton City Clerk Bethany Winchester talks about Stockton’s 2007 flood emergency and the lessons city officials learned from it.

Come Together: A Tale of City Mergers July 2015

Planning and local support are critical to the success of city mergers.

The Benefits of the ‘Design-Build’ Process July 2015

How did an ambitious expansion project wrap up six years early? Two words: Design-build.

Complete Streets—A More Balanced Approach For Cities May 2015

Dozens of cities have abandoned the car-centric policies of the past and opted instead for “Complete Streets."

A Few Good Employees—Why It Makes Sense to Consider Hiring Veterans May 2015

Public employers could benefit from opening their minds about how military experience could help their organization.

Six Reasons to Hire a Veteran May 2015

Here are some characteristics most veterans have that make them good city employees.

Jim Miller—22 Years of Leading The League May 2015

Miller bids farewell to the League with the surety that the organization is in the best shape in its history.

Boost Safety With a Road Diet May 2015

Does your city have roads that need to go on a diet?

Combating Vandalism in City Parks March 2015

The arrival of spring brings with it the season of vandalism. See what cities are doing to protect parks.

Bringing Diversity To City Boards March 2015

A Minnesota nonprofit is dedicated to bringing underrepresented people into local government.

Turn Your Safety Committee into a Super Committee! March 2015

It’s more complicated than bringing doughnuts and telling a few safety-related jokes.

New Approach To Great Residential Development March 2015

Post-recession residential developers are rethinking business as usual.

Legislative Session 2015: The Broadband Challenge January 2015

Broadband is no longer considered a luxury, but is today a core element of a city’s infrastructure.

City Broadband Initiatives January 2015

Cities definitely have a role to play in providing broadband to their communities, but many factors will impact a city’s decision about how to provide it.

Legislative Session 2015: Seeking Solutions to the Workforce Housing Shortage January 2015

City officials are concerned that the housing shortage will end up hurting local economies.

LMC’s ‘Mayor for a Day’ Essay Contest Winners January 2015

See the winners of the League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) second annual “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.

When a Resident Files for Bankruptcy January 2015

It's important for cities to understand the process and what the city can and cannot do.

Planning Ahead for Successful Engineering Projects January 2015

The story of Thief River Falls’ Greenwood Street Corridor is a great example of the importance of planning for the future.

Strategic Planning: Building a Roadmap to Success November 2014

Many Minnesota cities have executed well-designed, tailored strategic plans, and have stayed committed to them.

Ensuring Success in Succession Planning November 2014

Succession planning is about more than preparing to replace long-time management and leadership positions.

Credentialing of the Professional Police Chief November 2014

CLEO certification provides a roadmap for assessing the knowledge and skills it takes to be successful as a police chief.

Mayor Coleman’s Year as NLC President November 2014

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman recounts the year he has spent as president of the National League of Cities.

The Results: Strategic Plan Documents November 2014

After meeting, planning, and discussing, both Carver and Hopkins end up with a written strategic plan document that provides guidance for city officials moving forward.