GMNP members invited to board meeting, conference Nov. 13

The GMNP will adopt its 2015 legislative positions, priorities and strategies at its next Board of Directors meeting, which will be held from 10:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis. All GMNP members are welcome to attend, even if you are not on the Board. Some issues being considered as possible priorities for 2015 include:

  • Broadband expansion
  • Workforce housing
  • Job training
  • Stopping excessive environmental regulations
  • Transportation funding for roads and bridges

If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding these or other possible legislative priorities, please contact Dan Dorman at or 612-245-5204 as soon as possible so that your input can be included as we create a draft of the policy positions prior to the Nov. 13 meeting.

In addition to the Board of Directors meeting, all GMNP members are invited to stay for the first day of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall Conference. The conference is also being held at the Ramada Plaza and begins at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13, following the GMNP Board meeting.

We have a great program lined up for the conference! Since it will be just days after the election, the event will kick off with an election re-cap in which we will explore the results from a Greater Minnesota perspective. That session will be followed by a transportation panel discussion featuring legislators who are leaders on the issue. Later in the afternoon, policy expert and former gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner will discuss his study titled “Finding the Voice of Rural Minnesota,” which explores Greater Minnesota’s role and influence in the state’s decision-making process. That evening, members will attend a social hour reception, followed by dinner featuring veteran WCCO Political Reporter Pat Kessler as the keynote speaker. Kessler will share his insight and observations from his 30 years of experience covering Minnesota politics, as well as provide advice on how interest groups like the GMNP can stay relevant and be effective in shaping public policy.

If you would like to attend the Board of Directors meeting and/or the Fall Conference, please fill out this registration form* and email it to or mail it to the listed address before Nov. 3.

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