Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Join us for the CGMC Summer Conference!

All GMNP members are invited to attend the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Summer Conference, which is coming up July 22-24 in Duluth. The program agenda includes several presentations that are of interest to economic development and business professionals, including ones on environmental regulations, workforce housing and the state’s changing demographics. We encourage you to join us! To register, please fill out this registration form and email or mail it to the listed address.

The GMNP’s annual membership meeting will also be held in conjunction with the  conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 23 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (same venue as the conference). If you are coming for the meeting only, there is no cost. Members may also choose to stay for lunch after the meeting, which will feature keynote speaker Lori Sturdevant, a veteran columnist for the Star Tribune. If you are planning to stay for lunch, please RSVP to Julie Liew at The cost for the meal is $20.

We hope to see you at the conference and meeting next month!

PRESS RELEASE: ‘Greater Minnesota session’ ended up being a great disappointment

Below is a press release that was sent out to media outlets across the state today. A PDF version is available here.

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2015

Contact: Julie Liew

‘Greater Minnesota session’ ended up being a great disappointment

ST. PAUL—With the 2015 legislative session now in the record books, leaders of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) and the Greater Minnesota Partnership (GMNP) held a press conference via conference call today to discuss the outcomes of a session they are calling a “wasted opportunity” to address the needs of rural communities.

“There was a lot of talk earlier in the year that this would be the Greater Minnesota session, but ultimately the Legislature and Governor did very little to move our communities forward,” said Heidi Omerza, president of the CGMC and a member of the Ely City Council. “Minnesota did not become a great state by nursing the status quo.” Continue reading