Attendance at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) Fall Conference, which was led by members of Flaherty & Hood’s legislative team, increased for a third straight year in 2019.

More than 115 elected officials, city staff members and other city leaders from over 55 Greater Minnesota cities attended the annual conference, which  took place at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria, Minn. on Nov. 14-15.

The conference featured a presentation from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop, a legislative panel discussion on environmental and infrastructure concerns, a presentation on workforce needs in Greater Minnesota by Kelly Asche of the Center for Rural Policy and Development, a presentation and small group discussion on economic development led by Flaherty & Hood lobbyists Dan Dorman and Scott McMahon, and an update on labor and employee relations issues by Flaherty & Hood shareholder attorney Brandon Fitzsimmons. In the evening, conference attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner featuring a conversation with former Senator David Durenberger and Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant, who co-wrote the 2018 book “When Republicans Were Progressive.”

In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, Flaherty & Hood staff also provided presentations and led discussions on the CGMC’s 2020 legislative policy positions on the topics of annexation and land use, transportation, environment and energy, Local Government Aid and property taxes, and economic development.

Flaherty & Hood thanks all of the CGMC members who joined us in Alexandria!