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LMC City Speak
23 minutes | a month ago
Focus on the Windshield, Not the Rearview Mirror
As we approach the general election and the end of 2020, we check in with Brad Wiersum, president of the League of Minnesota Cities and mayor of Minnetonka. Wiersum shares valuable lessons he’s learned while in office and offers practical advice for newly elected officials just starting out on their city leadership journey. He serves up some nuggets of wisdom we can all use, including focusing on the future, not taking yourself too seriously, and being kind to yourself and others. Episode Transcript (pdf)
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Talking Elections with David Maeda
We talk with David Maeda, director of elections for the Minnesota Office of Secretary of State, who gives us the lowdown on all things elections – including safety and security of the voting process, absentee voting and naked ballots, and when we can expect final election results. David reveals what keeps him up at night during this unique election year, and shares how impressed he is by the enthusiasm and integrity of those who help run elections in Minnesota. Sign up for weekly emails with election updates from David Maeda, and find election results at www.mnvotes.org. Episode Transcript (pdf)
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Partner Podcast: Center of Everywhere with Dave Unmacht
We wanted to share with our listeners this Center of Everywhere podcast episode from our partners at the Center for Rural Policy and Development and featuring our own Dave Unmacht, executive director of the League of Minnesota Cities. Dave discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota’s small cities, how uncertainty will be the defining characteristic of the next five years, and why getting involved in local government may just be the best thing you ever do in life. Podcast Transcript (pdf)
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Protecting the Mental Health of First Responders
Community first responders are repeatedly exposed to trauma, and that trauma can take its toll. Dan Willis, retired police captain and author of Bulletproof Spirit, talks with us about proactive wellness strategies for first responders. He explains the cultural shift needed to emphasize emotional survival as well as physical survival, and how promoting a heart-centered approach to work can help keep those in public safety motivated, inspired, and connected to the true nobility of what it means to be a first responder. Episode Transcript (pdf)
26 minutes | 2 months ago
We’ve Got You Covered
Dan Greensweig, administrator of the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, shares some interesting takes on how the Trust partners with cities on managing risk and solving problems. Dan explains how preventing claims is just as important as providing coverage protection, and talks about Trust efforts to help cities deal with some of the bigger challenges and issues they are facing these days. Episode Transcript (pdf)
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Two Mayors Talk City Budgets
It’s that time again — budget season is here, and this year there’s the added twist of factoring in the impacts of a global pandemic. Carver Mayor Courtney Johnson and Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse share the challenges their cities face as they make difficult decisions on spending and city services. Hear about the importance of transparency and educating others on the budgeting process, and how tenacity and creative approaches are helping these mayors tackle complex budget issues this year. Episode Transcript (pdf)
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Women in City Government
As we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, we talk with three city leaders about the opportunities, challenges, and impact of women in city government today. Maplewood Assistant City Manager Michael Sable, Sartell City Administrator Anna Gruber, and Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez share their experiences and insights on the importance of listening to understand, making space for others, and mentoring to encourage the next generation of women city leaders. Episode Transcript (pdf)
24 minutes | 4 months ago
Bridging Social Capital Across Multicultural Communities
Mahnomen City Administrator Mitchell Berg shares the results of his doctoral research on tribal and municipal relations. Even if your city doesn’t have the opportunity to work with a tribal nation, his findings on the trust, purposeful engagement, and skills needed to build intergovernmental collaborations can be applied to strengthen relationships with partners of any background. Episode Transcript (pdf)
21 minutes | 4 months ago
Everything’s Better with Better Broadband
Access to reliable, high-speed internet is vital to the economic success of a community — a big reason why Minnesota has a goal of border-to-border broadband by 2026. But building a broadband infrastructure in a community takes more than technical know-how. Blandin Foundation’s Bernadine Joselyn, director of public policy & engagement, and Bill Coleman, community broadband coach, talk about how technology is just a small piece of the broadband puzzle and how hope, tenacity (gird your loins!), and local leadership are the key ingredients to bringing border-to-border broadband services to cities. Episode Transcript (pdf)
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Finding Silver Linings: Brainerd’s Reopening Story
Brainerd City Administrator Jennifer Bergman and Human Resources Director Kris Schubert share the unique challenges their city faced (including a fire at City Hall) while working to reopen the city during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear how their preparedness plan, a priority on safety, pride in their city, and ability to find the positives during a crisis helped them get their City Hall up and running again. Episode Transcript (pdf)
26 minutes | 5 months ago
Jump-Starting Main Street
Discover how the City of Watertown created its own economic stimulus package to help Main Street businesses and residents weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Watertown Mayor Steve Washburn shares how partnerships, innovative thinking, and quick work got $96,000 worth of “Chamber Checks” into residents’ hands to help boost the local economy and morale in the community. Episode Transcript (pdf)
31 minutes | 6 months ago
A Conversation With U.S. Representatives Craig and Stauber
Hear from two members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation as we talk with Rep. Angie Craig (2nd Congressional District) and Rep. Pete Stauber (8th Congressional District). They share their opinions about direct federal aid to cities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what the role of federal government should be as we look toward meaningful change to address the racial injustices in our country.
24 minutes | 8 months ago
#WeGotThis Series: Mark Ruff
In this episode of the #WeGotThis Series on pandemic response, Minneapolis Interim City Coordinator Mark Ruff, a public finance expert, shares his thoughts on basic actions cities can take now to help weather economic uncertainty, where cities can find opportunity in a down market, and what financial changes will most impact cities. He also offers advice for communicating with the public about city finances (be honest, be direct, be bold), and reminds us that cities are forever — we have lived through crises in the past and will continue to thrive when this one is over. Get more information and resources regarding COVID-19 from the League at www.lmc.org/covid19.
24 minutes | 8 months ago
#WeGotThis Series: Mike Goldstein
In this episode of the #WeGotThis Series on pandemic response, Plymouth Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Mike Goldstein shares how his city’s emergency management planning prepared them for the pandemic (including a stockpile of PPEs), and how creative scheduling and staffing plans help to ensure the safety of their officers. He also discusses the challenge of providing the level of service they take pride in while shifting away from direct interactions, and the encouragement he gets during these daunting times from seeing others pause and re-evaluate what’s important to them. Get more information and resources regarding COVID-19 from the League at www.lmc.org/covid19.
19 minutes | 8 months ago
#WeGotThis Series: Jenny Max
In this episode of the #WeGotThis Series on pandemic response, Nisswa City Administrator Jenny Max discusses the steps her city has taken to keep things running and the positive relationships they’ve forged with other entities as they work together to do what’s right and keep everyone safe. She also shares her concerns for the local tourism economy and the challenges of moving everyone forward as a team. Get more information and resources regarding COVID-19 from the League at www.lmc.org/covid19.
19 minutes | 8 months ago
#WeGotThis Series: Tracy Bertram
In this episode of the #WeGotThis Series on pandemic response, we talk with Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram, whose city dealt with a large fire just prior to the current COVID-19 crisis. Hear how that first incident helped to build the leadership team and trust that are so crucial today. She also shares how she makes decisions (including the toughest decision she’s made so far), what lessons the city has learned, and how impressed she is with the positivity of the people in her community and their willingness to do what’s needed to make things better for everyone. Get more information and resources regarding COVID-19 from the League at www.lmc.org/covid19.
23 minutes | 8 months ago
#WeGotThis Series: Andrea Lauer
In this episode of the #WeGotThis Series on pandemic response, Royalton Mayor Andrea Lauer shares the impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on her community and what it’s like to lead a city in times like these. Hear about the challenges of using technology for meetings (sound familiar?), her concerns about the safety of city staff and the survival of local businesses, and how the actions of the wonderful people in her city bring her hope and assurance that they’ll get through this together. Get more information and resources regarding COVID-19 from the League at www.lmc.org/covid19.
20 minutes | 8 months ago
#WeGotThis Series: David Unmacht
Minnesota cities are facing the challenge of pandemic response, but working together, #WeGotThis! In this first episode of the #WeGotThis Series, we talk with League of Minnesota Cities Executive Director David Unmacht about how the League has responded during the COVID-19 pandemic. He shares advice he has for city leaders (be human!), what he has learned, what has surprised him, and what gives him hope during these rapidly changing times. Get more information and resources regarding COVID-19 from the League at www.lmc.org/covid19.
14 minutes | 10 months ago
2020 Session Preview: Legislative Short Takes with Gary Carlson
Prep for the 2020 legislative session with this episode — one of five in a special series with League of Minnesota Cities Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) staff covering the top issues affecting cities at the Capitol this year. In this episode, IGR Director Gary Carlson shares what’s on his radar for this session, including the process to impose a local sales tax; streamlining of the sales tax exemption for public project construction materials; local government aid; employer aid restoration for the Public Employee Retirement Association; and workers’ compensation regarding post-traumatic stress disorder. Check out the other episodes in this legislative session preview series, reach out to League IGR staff with questions, and be sure to register for the League’s 2020 Legislative Conference on March 18-19.
9 minutes | 10 months ago
2020 Session Preview: Legislative Short Takes with Irene Kao
Prep for the 2020 legislative session with this episode — one of five in a special series with League of Minnesota Cities Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) staff covering the top issues affecting cities at the Capitol this year. In this episode, IGR Counsel Irene Kao dives into the topics of street improvement fees and the need for legislation that supports residential development while protecting the interests of current taxpayers. She also provides an update on the League’s #BuildItRight campaign opposing legislative action that would limit local control of planning and zoning decisions and development-related fees. Check out the other episodes in this legislative session preview series, reach out to League IGR staff with questions, and be sure to register for the League’s 2020 Legislative Conference on March 18-19.
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