City Officials Invited to Sign Up for LMC Task Forces

The League’s four task forces will meet in August to help establish city legislative policies on telecommunications, elections, data practices, and development finance issues.
(Published Jul 17, 2017)

Learn, network, and help develop the League’s legislative platform on specific issues by joining your colleagues in serving on an LMC task force. The League has four task forces: the Development Finance Task Force (formerly the TIF Task Force), the Elections Task Force, the Telecommunications Task Force, and the new Data Practices Task Force.

When and where are the meetings?

The task force meeting schedule is as follows:

Telecommunications Task Force

  • Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Elections Task Force

  • Aug. 15, 1-3 p.m.

Development Finance Task Force

  • Aug. 18, 9-11 a.m.

Data Practices Task Force

  • Aug. 21, 3-5 p.m.
  • Sept. 11, 2-4 p.m.

All task force meetings are held at the League, 145 University Ave. W., in St. Paul.

What if I can’t attend each meeting in person?
An online meeting option (GoTo Meeting) is available for task force meetings, as well as regular policy committee meetings. To participate this way, contact Laura Ziegler at lziegler@lmc.org or (651) 281-1267, or Heather Corcoran at hcorcoran@lmc.org or (651) 281-1256.

What is the role of the task forces?
The task forces discuss policy issues for their particular subject area and then share recommendations with LMC policy committees.

  • The Development Finance Task Force makes recommendations to the LMC Improving Local Economies Policy Committee.
  • The Elections Task Force makes recommendations to the LMC Improving Service Delivery Policy Committee.
  • The Telecommunications Task Force makes recommendations the Improving Local Economies Policy Committee.
  • The Data Practices Task Force makes recommendations to the Human Resources and Data Practices Policy Committee.

Who can be on a task force?
Current city officials and staff are eligible, including city councilmembers, mayors, city administrators, assistant city administrators, clerks, human resource staff, municipal election officials, public safety staff, engineers, finance directors, economic development staff, and others. Committee members can be new to their city position, have many years of experience, or somewhere in between. Not all task force members are also members of LMC policy committees. While any member city may have more than one person serving on a committee, each city will have only one vote on policies or other committee business.

What benefits are there to serving on a task force?
It is a great way to become involved with the League, network, and learn about different ways of doing things. Task force members share and become aware of federal-level issues and associations. In additions, members are sometimes consulted or called upon during the legislative session for their particular expertise on an issue and service to the task force.

Who are the chairs of the task forces?

2016-2017 Development Finance Task Force Chair
Cathy Mehelich, Economic Development Director, St. Cloud

2016-2017 Elections Task Force Chair
David Maeda, Clerk, City of Minnetonka

2016-2017 Telecommunications Task Force Chair
Mark Erickson, EDA Director, City of Winthrop

2017 Data Practices Task Force Chair
Mike Funk, Assistant City Manager/HR Director, City of Maplewood

How do I join a task force?
Contact Laura Ziegler and Heather Corcoran at liaison@lmc.org.

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