Don’t Let Incivility Paralyze Your City
Being passionate about your community is what makes you a great city official or employee. But when passions flare and behavior crosses the line into incivility, everyone suffers and nothing gets accomplished. So if things are getting heated in your community, a new collection of resources can help. You’ll find information, tips, tricks, and tools designed to get your city through a difficult time and back on track to serving the community you love.
2014 Regional Meetings (October, various dates and locations)
Pull up a chair to discuss today's hottest municipal topics with your neighboring city colleagues and LMC staff!
Read more about these meetings
2015 Leadership Conferences (Save these dates!)
Newly Elected Officials
Jan. 30-31—Brooklyn Center
Jan. 30-31—Brooklyn Center
Arbitration Award Summaries Database
Does your city have a potential labor arbitration on the horizon? Then you may want to research similar cases. The League's Arbitration Award Summaries database can help you get started. You can search the database by arbitrator name, arbitration type, employee group, and date to find summaries of arbitration decisions going back to December 2012.
Social Media Now Exempt from Open Meeting Law
Elected officials are increasingly using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to interact with citizens. But what happens when communications via social media come face to face with the Open Meeting Law? The 2014 Legislature tried to answer this by exempting elected officials' use of social media from the Open Meeting Law.
Considering Annexation? Take Note of New Changes in State Law
The 2014 Legislature made amendments to statutes regarding municipal annexation. The new law modifies the definition of “property owner” and adds the definition of “property description.” It also alters the conditions for annexation by ordinance. The changes took effect on May 10.
Hope to See You!
Take a seat at the community table at the 2014 Regional Meeting in Minneapolis!
Q&A: Secretary of State Candidates
The work of the office of secretary of state can have a direct effect on your city. Find out what the candidates for secretary of state had to say about early voting, elections, and more.
New Tool Available
Need help understanding the requirements for your city under federal health care reform? Our new webcasts will help simplify this complex topic!
Let’s Talk: State Environmental Review Process
Many projects in Minnesota cities go through the state environmental review process. Minnesota Environmental Quality Board ’s Kate Frantz recently answered a few questions for Minnesota Cities magazine to explain more about the kinds of environmental reviews there are and what information they provide.
U.S. Communities Purchasing Alliance
How can your city save? U.S. Communities can help cities do more with less by pooling collective purchasing power.
Updated Memo Explains Liability Issues of 'Moonlighting'
Cities can run into potential liability issues when police officers take on additional work while off-duty, commonly called "moonlighting." An updated memo can walk your city staff through important considerations for reducing liability and protecting your police department's reputation.