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Government officials attend 42nd annual Intergovernmental Retreat in January

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Elected and appointed officials from Clay County gathered Jan. 28 to learn about collaboration, community organizations and flood fighting during the Intergovernmental Retreat hosted this year by Moorhead Area Public Schools.

During the 42nd annual event, leaders focused on topics of importance to the municipalities, school districts and other governmental agencies. Jim Mulder, retired executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties, spoke during his keynote about collaboration and shared services.

Mulder explained that Minnesota faces a long-term structural deficit and fundamental changes are necessary. “State spending will shift focus from education, infrastructure and higher education to care and support of the aging,” Mulder said.

He encouraged the audience to begin a mission critical review of each service and function and identify services that meet the basic mission of the community.

“Communities face a fundamental disconnect between the services people expect the state and local government to provide and the tax revenues people are wiling to spend to finance those services,” Mulder said.

He suggested that the leaders think about how to work together in and across communities and offered some suggestions for sharing services.

Other presentations included an overview of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation by President Kevin McKinnon, an overview of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce by President Craig Whitney and a session on spring flood preparation and the flood diversion.

The Intergovernmental Retreat concluded with the legislative forum. Participants were Senator Keith Langseth, Minnesota Senate District 9; Representative Morrie Lanning, Minnesota House District 9A; Representative Paul Marquart, Minnesota House District 9B; and Andy Martin from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office. They shared information and answered questions about a variety of topics, including the state budget, local government aid, bonding bill, mandate relief, Vikings stadium and removing sales tax exemptions.

42nd annual Clay County Intergovernmental Retreat to be held on Friday

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Elected and appointed officials from throughout Clay County to meet in Moorhead

Clay County Joint Powers will host the 42nd Annual Intergovernmental Retreat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, January 28 at the Moorhead Area Conference Center in the Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead.

The one-day retreat will focus on topics of importance to the municipalities, school districts and other governmental agencies in Clay County. Jim Mulder, retired executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties, will present the keynote speech about collaboration and shared services.

Session topics include presentations by Kevin McKinnon, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, and Craig Whitney, president of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, and a session about spring flood preparation and flood diversion.

In the afternoon, a forum featuring the legislators of the region will be held from 3-5 p.m. Invited legislators are Senator Keith Langseth, Minnesota Senate District 9; Representative Morrie Lanning, Minnesota House District 9A; Representative Paul Marquart, Minnesota House District 9B; Congressman Collin Peterson, Minnesota Congressional District 7; U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar; and U.S. Senator Al Franken.

Dr. Lynne Kovash, chair of the Clay County Joint Powers Committee and superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, will serve as emcee for the event.