Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spotted: Around the 2016 LMC Annual Conference—Thursday, June 16

It was a beautiful day in Minnesota’s capital city! Conference attendees got to enjoy
summer and sunshine in Minnesota today after a rainy start to the week.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, LMC Executive Director Dave Unmacht, and Alliance for Innovation
Executive Director Karen Thoreson opened today’s festivities by sharing their thoughts on
innovation in Minnesota, how the first-ever combined Annual Conference was going,
and their highlights from St. Paul and the conference.

Local government officials from across the country gathered together in the
largest-ever exhibit hall to meet with vendors and share ideas.

It’s been nearly a year since Jim Miller retired as the League’s executive director, but he
came back for this year's Annual Conference! Jim presented the first
James F. Miller Leadership Award to Terry Schwerm, city manager of Shoreview.

City officials from Coon Rapids showed how they inspire innovation in their community,
and listen to community members, during their presentation on their program that turned their
city’s aging housing stock into more desirable—and more functional—homes.

During the conference festival, attendees were transported back in time to an era of
prohibition and gangsters. Crime historian Paul Maccabee shared stories of St. Paul’s unique
relationship with some of the biggest criminals of the era, including John Dillinger and Ma Barker.


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