Awards, recognition, projects, celebrations, staff changes, and other news about Minnesota cities around the state.
Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez has been selected as a 2019 Bush Fellow by the Bush Foundation.
Regan Gonzalez joins 23 other leaders who are thinking big about how to invest in their leadership to creatively solve problems in their communities. The 24 fellows hail from communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations.
The Bush Fellowship provides fellows with up to $100,000 over 12 to 24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills and attributes. Regan Gonzalez aims to use the Bush Fellowship to explore new methods of collaborative leadership to create room for more voices in decision making. She understands that bridging across difference is essential for the next generation of leaders.
“When I speak with residents, I am always impressed by their passion for the city and how much they want to give back,” explained Regan Gonzalez. “It takes an entire community to exact lasting change. I want to utilize collaborative leadership skills to help make what seems impossible possible for the residents of Richfield.”
She wants Richfield to become a shining example for how to build opportunity for all in the midst of widening disparities. To lead this large-scale work, she will study alternative models of governance and engagement in the U.S. and around the world that connect political leadership, cultural identity, and spirituality. Regan Gonzalez will also seek coaching to enhance her ability to inspire and unify diverse groups of people during complex times.
The National Governors Association highlighted the City of Lanesboro in its report, “Rural Prosperity Through the Arts and Creative Sector.” The report holds up Lanesboro as a model for successfully promoting the arts as a community. One of the examples cited was a 2014 resolution passed by the City Council that recognizes the whole town of Lanesboro as an arts campus.
(Source: Fillmore County Journal)
Planning and economic development veteran Janice Gundlach recently joined the City of Roseville as its new community development director. In this role, Gundlach will manage a staff of 13 and oversee Roseville’s economic development strategies, land use and planning policies, building permits and inspections, and code enforcement.
Gundlach has more than 15 years of planning and community development experience. She was previously the community development director for the City of Inver Grove Heights. Prior to that, Gundlach worked more than 12 years for the City of New Brighton, where she oversaw the day-to-day community development and economic development operations as the assistant director of community assets and development.
Gundlach has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Community Developer’s Council and the Economic Development Association of Minnesota.