Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What You’ll See (and Won’t!) at the 2013 Annual Conference

Well, that was a moment in time! As we prepare for this year’s annual conference, we found this gem of a photo in our archives, capturing the registration table from the 1956 League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference.

(While we promise you’ll still find helpful LMC folks staffing this year’s registration table, we guarantee they won’t be smoking!)

That year the mid-century hot topics in the host city of Detroit Lakes included water fluoridation, zoning adjustments, and special permits. This year in St. Paul, we’ll focus on hot topics like “new to you” revenues for funding city services, implementing federal health care reform, and the latest information on municipal infrastructure.

And in addition to our regularly scheduled conference programming, we’re planning a lot of extras for our centennial year! Happening June 19-21, we really will be celebrating 100 years of Minnesota cities working together.

Be sure to arrive on Wednesday this year: we’ll kick off the conference that day with a special opening ceremony and legislative update at the historic Union Depot, followed by a Centennial Celebration featuring LMC Live! (a mock live radio show profiling the League and its member cities) and a special guest appearance by Garrison Keillor.

Maybe you need a little inspiration? Nationally celebrated author Wes Moore will provide that in this year’s keynote address. During “Transformational Leadership: Evolve, Adapt, Inspire,” he’ll share his personal story about beating the odds—and relate it to the need for visionary leaders in every community.

From start to finish, this year’s program really does build on the rich history of the last 100 years and focuses on new ideas that will help cities succeed well into the future.

You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-century celebration—let’s get together to create new memories and new history!

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