On Jan. 29, Flaherty & Hood’s government relations and communications team of Bradley Peterson, Julie Liew and Kelly Haff led a virtual press conference for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), one of the firm’s longtime clients. Peterson, who leads F&H’s government relations practice and also serves as executive director of the CGMC, was joined by CGMC President and Little Falls Mayor Greg Zylka and Austin City Administrator Craig Clark to discuss key issues including Local Government Aid, child care, housing and water infrastructure. You can watch video of the press conference here and read the press release here.
Here are some of the articles that stemmed from the press conference:
- Grand Forks Herald – State aid, flexible COVID rules top East Grand Forks’ legislative agenda
- Crookston Times – Pandemic recovery force behind CGMC’s 2021 priorities
- Minnesota News Network – Greater MN leaders asking legislature to jumpstart housing construction
- Minnesota News Network –Greater MN group wants state aid to cities kept at current level
- Associated Press – Greater Minnesota cities outline top legislative priorities
- Austin Daily Herald – CGMC looking to Legislature to aid in economic recovery
- Owatonna People’s Press – Minnesota cities coalition prioritizes water infrastructure, housing, child care
- Bemidji Pioneer – Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities continuing push for Local Government Aid defense
- Forum Communications – Greater Minnesota cities appeal to divided Legislature for economic lifeline
And this week, the F&H communications team submitted a guest column by Mayor Zylka to newspapers across the state. The column highlights one of the CGMC’s top priorities — Local Government Aid — and focuses on why LGA is more important than ever as cities try to bounce back from the pandemic. The column has appeared in Duluth News Tribune, Fargo-Moorhead Forum, MinnPost, Grand Rapids Herald Review, West Central Tribune, Albert Lea Tribune, Brainerd Dispatch, Grand Forks Herald, Bemidji Pioneer and other newspapers and websites across the state.