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Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities

Friday August 05 2011


A lot is happening in preparation for our August 29th Southeastern Minnesota

League of Municipalities (SEMLM) meeting in Chatfield. Attached is the

registration form. You are all invited and we hope everyone can attend.

Please share this email with others in your city.

The event starts at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy some social time with fellow city

officials, staff, and legislators. Dinner is at 6:30. The lineup of speakers

is just tremendous. It is a very full agenda, with the speakers starting at

6:50 p.m.

Speakers and topics for the night are:

6:50 pm

Welcome - Mayor Hainlen of Chatfield,

SEMLM Business - Pres. Ron Johnson

7:10 pm

SMIF - Tim Penny - "Regional Economic Development" Update on SMIF

feasibility study for a regional economic development commission. This

meshes with the request from the SEMLM membership to pursue more information

on a regional development commission (RDC) for our region.

7:30 pm

4M Fund - Kent Johnson - New products/services to assist cities with daily

cash management and investment. Look at bank safety, maximizing interest

earnings, enhanced Governmental Portfolio System.

7:50 pm

David Drown & Assoc. - Mike Bubany - "Bond Rating 101" Enhancing your city's

bond rating during tough economic times.

8:10 pm

Minnesota House Tax Committee Chair, Rep. Greg Davids - The Future of LGA -

What are legislators thinking about LGA? Insight from inside the tax


This is an exciting lineup of speakers, including a peek into the crystal

ball of the Minnesota House Tax Chair regarding the future of Local

Government Aid for our communities. After the last nail-biting legislative

session, we need to look at what could happen to LGA in the next few years.

Who needs to attend: City elected officials, city clerks, city

administrators and managers, finance officials, economic development staff

and officials, and budgetary decision makers.

Register today! You know you need to be at this meeting.

If you see changes that need to be made to this distribution list, please

send me a note. I'm happy to help.

Brenda Johnson, Staff

Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities


Annual SEMLM Membership Meeting

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Join us in Rochester at the International Event Center near the airport for our annual meeting next week on the 27th. Well have a terrific meal, a presentation on how cities can reduce their costs for safety training, and voting on what we will focus on as our regional message to legislators and the governor for 2010.

This is the big stuff, folks. Our cities need to look under every rock and in every corner for ways to shave costs; and the SEMLM will bring ideas to our region to help you with that. We also need YOU to represent your city in deciding what the state representatives, senators, and the governor need to hear from us this legislative session. The SEMLM serves best when it joins all the community voices of our region into a cohesive message.

We need your input at this meeting, and we need you to be there. Register today.

The SEMLM is pleased to open registration for its Conference-in-a-Day on April 29, 2015. Our host city is Kasson, and the location is Events by Saker.

Use both of the registration forms at the left to sign up for the two components: the daytime conference sessions (with lunch and snack included), and the evening speakers and dinner. Each component has its own registration form to keep it clear which parts you plan to attend. Of course, the smart thing to do is to attend both! We have made it possible for you to do just that by having it all in one day, at one facility, and right here in SE MN.

Who should plan to attend?

There are a variety of topics covered in TEN sessions during the day, and THREE more great evening presentations.

Please send your city’s elected officials, top staff (administrators, clerks), public works directors, economic development staff and EDA members, planning staff, and anyone else you know would have interest in the attached lists of sessions and presentations. There is no limit on how many people can attend from each city.

What are the topics?


Sharing Services Across Jurisdictions, Gary Weiers, David Drown Associates

Getting the most out of Public Involvement Efforts, Angie Bersaw, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Designing Sustainable and Inclusive Splashpads, Ron Romens, Commercial Recreation Specialists

All About Roundabouts, Tom Fidler and Joe Palen, Stantec

MPCA Renovation and Demolition Rule, Erik Sundbo, Wenck Assoc.

GASB 68: Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions, Jason Boynton, Dan Macintosh, Smith Schafer

Pavement Maintenance: Keeping the Water Out, Kurt Nelson, Unique Paving Materials

Project Funding Solutions, George Tourville & Dan Ehrke, SEH

Regional Transportation Collaboration, Craig Britton, Widseth Smith Nolting

Land Use/Planning Implications for Micro-Breweries/Tap Rooms, Molly Patterson-Lundgren, WSB Associates


Journey 2 Growth – Heather Holmes, Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc.

SE MN Together – Natalie Siderius and Sheila Kiscaden, Consultants Collaborative

Regional Marketing Campaign – Chris Giesen, Community and Economic Development Assoc.

The Marketplace -

Eleven professional organizations are joining us to share their expertise with your city in the Marketplace. The Marketplace will be open from 9:30 am until 9:00 pm. There will be multiple opportunities during the day and evening for you to speak directly with the experts about your city’s needs and projects. The Marketplace is also where you can visit with presenters from throughout the day to learn more about the topics they covered, and about the products or services best suited to your community.

When do we eat?

You won’t go hungry! The daytime registration includes an on-site lunch buffet at noon, an afternoon snack, and coffee throughout the day. The evening registration includes another dinner buffet at 6:30 pm with a choice of two entrees, all the trimmings, and coffee. Sodas will also be available for purchase throughout the day.

The SEMLM knows city folks work hard and need refreshment. Between the daytime sessions and the evening dinner event, you’ll want to enjoy the cash bar for sodas and other adult beverages. There will be plenty of time for more visits in the Marketplace from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Visiting and networking with other city folks is always one of the features of a SEMLM event, and you will get that, too.

2015 SEMLM Conference

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