Monthly Archives: April 2010

PACE loan program equips cities with tools to finance clean energy improvements

A jobs bill (H.F. 2695) recently enacted by the Minnesota legislature and signed by the governor offers cities and other local governments a unique opportunity to help citizens make their homes and businesses more energy efficient, and at the same time, encourage small scale renewable energy. Continue reading

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Persistence, creativity pay off in jobs bill for CGMC land use provision

Included in the jobs bill with the PACE program is an item proposed last year by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), a Flaherty & Hood client, in a bill intended to improve land use and planning. Continue reading

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In difficult bonding bill year, Flaherty & Hood successfully advances client projects

On behalf of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), attorney/lobbyist J.D. Burton secured $8.5 million for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure grant program, an economic development tool that helps outstate cities attract and retain local jobs by providing up to 50 percent of needed capital improvement costs. Continue reading

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MN Senate to President Obama: Federal government must act on Highway 14 funding

As part of the U.S. Highway 14 Partnership’s efforts to fund the highway’s four-lane expansion between Rochester and Mankato, attorney/lobbyist J.D. Burton helped secure a letter written by the state Senate transportation committee to President Obama. Continue reading

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Labor and employee relations seminars to address cost-saving measures

With cities examining their budgets line-by-line for efficiencies, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities’ (CGMC) Labor and Employee Relations Committee will hold seminars May 27 in New Ulm and June 10 in Park Rapids to discuss practical solutions for reducing labor- and employee-related costs. Continue reading

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Health care reform to impact employers

The recently enacted federal health care reform laws will have monetary, labor negotiation, and legal impacts on employers. Continue reading

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Website redesign boosts MESERB’s online presences

This February, Flaherty & Hood guided the Minnesota Environmental Science and Economic Review Board (MESERB) through the launch of its improved website. Continue reading

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Hood attends city attorneys education conference

Shareholder/Attorney Chris Hood attended the Minnesota Association of City Attorneys Education Conference in February. Continue reading

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Fitzsimmons attends labor and employment law CLE

Senior attorney Brandon Fitzsimmons attended the Public Sector Labor and Employment Law 2010 CLE in February. Continue reading

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Nyhus serving on board of Penny Program

Senior attorney Steve Nyhus serves on the advisory board of the Penny Program, named for former congressman Tim Penny and his late wife Barbara. Continue reading

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