The Flaherty & Hood legislative and media relations teams led nearly 40 city leaders from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) in a “final push” lobby day and ice cream social at the State Legislature on May 11.

The day kicked off with a press conference, coordinated by Flaherty & Hood Media & Communications Director Julie Liew and media strategist Glen Fladeboe, in which city leaders urged legislators to make this a “do-something” session by passing bills that include the top CGMC priorities: a tax bill that increases the LGA appropriation back to the 2002 level, a bonding bill that includes funding for clean water infrastructure programs and a transportation bill that includes significant funding for Corridors of Commerce and city streets. Following the press conference, Flaherty & Hood staff sent this press release to media outlets throughout the state. Several outlets published stories, including the Star Tribune, KARE 11, Alexandria Echo Press and Le Sueur News Herald.

In the afternoon, Flaherty & Hood lobbyists Tim Flaherty, Bradley Peterson, Marty Seifert, Elizabeth Wefel, Dan Dorman and Carolyn Jackson accompanied city officials as they met with legislators to advocate for CGMC priorities. Following the meetings, the CGMC hosted an ice cream social, which as also coordinated by Flaherty & Hood staff, in the new Senate Office Building. The event was well-attended by legislators, legislative staff and others who work in the Capitol complex. It was a very successful event that helped bring Greater Minnesota issues to the forefront at a critical time in the legislative session.