What are the most important considerations to keep in mind when making tough choices about cities, services and funding?

Northfield "community conversations" with the League of MN Cities  Northfield "community conversations" with the League of MN Cities  Northfield "community conversations" with the League of MN Cities  Northfield "community conversations" with the League of MN Cities  Mary-Margaret Zindren, Director Communications & Strategic Initiatives, League of MN Cities
That’s the question that staff from the League of MN Cities put to a group of Northfielders last night, part of a series of "community conversations" that it’s holding around the state for its Cities, Services & Funding Initiative. Northfield City Councilor Rhonda Pownell, who sits on the League’s Board of Directors and its Board of Trustees, sent out a press release on the meeting, posted on Northfield.org.

The League’s overview:

Northfield "community conversations" with the League of MN Cities The entire approach to city services and funding needs to be rethought; a broader discussion begins NOW.

The League has launched an effort that has the potential to help shape the future of Minnesota cities—the services you provide, how those services are delivered, and how they are paid for.

Fighting for more funding for LGA, for local option sales taxes, and for more local revenue options is no longer enough. We need to shape a new way forward for Minnesota’s cities.


A similar meeting was held in St. James, MN last week and Minnesota Public Radio reporter Dave Peters wrote about it the MPR Ground Level blog in a post titled Glimmers of change emerge from St. James conversations.


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League staffer Don Reeder has also posted to his Cities Matter blog about the project in a post titled City residents share ideas, concerns in series of community conversations.


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The League has set up a special statewide Community Conversations website where citizens can chime in.


See this video that introduces the project, featuring cartoonist David Gillette:

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