Many municipalities that can’t afford full-time personnel are looking for other ways to meet the demands of modern firefighting.
Cities can develop policies and practices that could help prevent a potentially devastating incident for both a child and the city.
Retaliation is the most common discrimination claim federal officials receive and, with new guidelines, cities need to have a solid understanding of this issue.
Learn from one city's fight against water pollution.
Across Minnesota, cities big and small are facing a backlog of critically important infrastructure projects.
As officials grow older and vacancies pop up on councils and commissions, getting younger people involved is a solution.
See the winners of the 2016 “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.
Today we must think about stormwater in a new way, as a resource to help preserve limited groundwater supplies.
More than 20 Minnesota cities have signed agreements to be either subscribers or partners in community solar gardens.
The state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has unfortunately issued recent decisions that may discourage cities from subscribing to community solar gardens.
Duluth's embedded social worker acts as a bridge for people in need of services related to mental illness, homelessness, and drug addiction.
Review three common provisions in standard uniform agreements that could pose added legal and cost risk to your city.
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 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.
Analysis of 2016 property tax information can help you make decisions for your city.
How can you make your project a city priority that gets funded and built?
Several Minnesota cities have demonstrated successful oversight and reclamation of gravel mining areas.
Resilience addresses how well a community might not only confront a threat, but emerge from it.
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.
Employee mental health issues are an everyday reality for Minnesota cities, but dealing with them requires more than sympathy and good intentions.
Before your city issues green bonds, it’s important to understand that the true economic benefit is uncertain at this point.
Watch the video “A Good, Safe Place to Live” and a video on Mankato’s Tapestry Project.
Think forward 20 years. If you knew what was coming, how would you prepare?
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.
By making these areas an organizationwide focus, cities can reinforce the rewards of innovation.
There simply is no time for metaphorical silos in today’s age.
Every city should be proactive in figuring out how to handle a violent incident.
Brooklyn Park Police Department is the subject of a research project to test a new policing theory called “collective efficacy.”
Building employee engagement is a multi-step, but straightforward, process.
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.
Much like the construction on our state Capitol building, the Legislature has a lot of incomplete work to attend to during the upcoming session.
See the winners of the 2015 “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.
Whether your city works with unions or not, there are many helpful lessons to learn from grievance arbitration decisions.
The City of New Hope successfully navigated a redevelopment project through effective communication.
Small cities struggling with financial reporting and other tasks have options—but don't wait until it's too late to ask for assistance.
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.
These Minnesota mayors, and others like them, are breaking out of city hall to hear what residents really think.
Here are a few ideas to try if you're an elected official who wants to do more to connect with residents.
LMC's new executive director ushers in a new era of leadership at the League.
The American Community Survey can have a significant impact on families in communities that are planning utility improvements.
The 2015 property tax report brings some good news about city finances for the second year in a row.
Plymouth City Councilmember Judy Johnson and Medina Police Chief Ed Belland are the LMC C.C. Ludwig and Leadership award winners for 2015.
Many thanks to all those who contributed to this memorable event. We’ll see you next June in St. Paul!
Firearm law is a topic of growing interest to many local government leaders.
Emergency preparedness and response requires the effort and attention of all city departments.
A 'business continuity plan' can help your city operate when technology fails.
Stockton City Clerk Bethany Winchester talks about Stockton’s 2007 flood emergency and the lessons city officials learned from it.
Planning and local support are critical to the success of city mergers.
How did an ambitious expansion project wrap up six years early? Two words: Design-build.
Dozens of cities have abandoned the car-centric policies of the past and opted instead for “Complete Streets."
Public employers could benefit from opening their minds about how military experience could help their organization.
Here are some characteristics most veterans have that make them good city employees.
Miller bids farewell to the League with the surety that the organization is in the best shape in its history.
Does your city have roads that need to go on a diet?
The arrival of spring brings with it the season of vandalism. See what cities are doing to protect parks.
A Minnesota nonprofit is dedicated to bringing underrepresented people into local government.
It’s more complicated than bringing doughnuts and telling a few safety-related jokes.
Post-recession residential developers are rethinking business as usual.
Broadband is no longer considered a luxury, but is today a core element of a city’s infrastructure.
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.
City officials are concerned that the housing shortage will end up hurting local economies.
See the winners of the League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) second annual “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.
It's important for cities to understand the process and what the city can and cannot do.
The story of Thief River Falls’ Greenwood Street Corridor is a great example of the importance of planning for the future.
Many Minnesota cities have executed well-designed, tailored strategic plans, and have stayed committed to them.
Succession planning is about more than preparing to replace long-time management and leadership positions.
CLEO certification provides a roadmap for assessing the knowledge and skills it takes to be successful as a police chief.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman recounts the year he has spent as president of the National League of Cities.
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.