Join Us May 1-3, 2019 at Grandview Lodge!

Registration opens February 28

Join us at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa May 1-3, 2019 to learn how you can forge impactful communities!

The 2019 Conference will feature:

  • Jen McDonough on calming the chaos of your organization by reducing trauma and drama.
  • How to have a "Silent Impact" from award-winning personality and sports commentator Joe Schmit.
  • What it means to Inspire Greatness, by Erik Therwanger.
  • The opportunity to participate in a service project.

Conference and housing registration opens February 28th. Registration information will be sent out via email.

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Reserve space at Grandview Lodge! Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay! Read these Housing Tips before you book.

Featured Speakers

Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen)

Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen)Jen is a respected and nationally known expert on resiliency, calming personal chaos, and creating courageous mindsets. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for high-stress organizations and first responders around the United States.

Jen's family is most known for paying off over $212,000 worth of debt and medical expenses in four years. Their story has been featured in the national media and internationally.

She is also an 8-time national Olympic style weightlifter, 2-time U.S. Olympic festival medal winner and MN Hall of Fame inductee and volunteer firefighter.

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Joe Schmit

Joe SchmitJoe Schmit is an award-winning broadcaster, community leader and popular keynote speaker ( He joined KSTP-TV in 1985 and has won 17 Emmys from the National Televison Academy. Joe is also a regular contributor on 1500ESPN radio.

Joe is past president and board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities. In 2000, he was the winner of the Jim Kelly Distinguished Service Award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and in 2001, a winner of the Odyssey Award for commitment to youth mentorship. Joe was also honored as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Community Leader of the Year in 2005. Currently, Joe is a member of the PACER Advisory Board and the Minnesota Vikings Advisory Board.

Joe and his wife Laura chaired a 5.5 million dollar capital campaign for VEAP, the largest food shelf in Minnesota.

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Erik Therwanger

Erik TherwangerErik Therwanger is one of the nation's leading thinkers on issues of personal growth, professional development, and organizational excellence. Understanding the challenges faced by businesses striving for greater results, Erik focuses on the skills he honed in the U.S. Marine Corps, the financial services industry, and the entertainment industry, to impact growth-oriented companies and their teams.

Erik is the Founder and President of Think GREAT, LLC, a specialized consulting firm focused on accomplishing corporate goals through a unique combination of leadership, team building and sales training. Erik draws on his combined twenty years of experience in the military, an executive business leader, and dynamic presenter to help organizations achieve greater results.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019



1:00 p.m.

Golf Scramble

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session: Pathways to Leadership (sponsored by the Women in the Profession group)

3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration/Check In

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Board Meeting

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

First Time Attendee/New Member Reception

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Dinner Buffet

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Conference Kick-Off & General Session Presentation by Erik Therwanger

8:15 p.m.

President's Reception

Thursday, May 2, 2019



7:30 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.


7:30 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.

ICMA Breakfast Discussion

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

General Session Presentation by The Iron Jen

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

General Session Presentation by The Iron Jen

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.

Facilitated Round Table Discussions - Iron Jen & Ethics Discussion

1:40 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Facilitated Round Table Discussions - Erik Therwanger & Senior Advisors

2:20 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Facilitated Round Table Discussion - Lessons from the Trenches

2:20 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Service Project

3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Big Axe Brewery Tour

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.


5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dinner/MCMA Business Meeting/Interactive Activity/Awards

8:00 p.m.

Cocktails and Careers Reception

8:00 p.m.

Optional Evening Activity - Poker Showdown

Friday, May 3, 2019



7:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

General Session Presentation by Joe Schmit

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

General Session Presentation by Joe Schmit

12:00 p.m.

"Grab & Go" Lunch & Adjourn


2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor Bolton Menk

Service Sponsor Siemens

Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsor DDA Human Resources Inc.

Gold Sponsor GovHR USA

Bronze Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor WSB

Bronze Sponsor BSA Software

Bronze Sponsor Abdo, Eick & Meyers LLP

Bronze Northland Securities


Become A Sponsor

The annual Minnesota City/County Managers Annual Education Conference is the premier event to reach close to 200 top management professionals from Minnesota’s local governments. Support from sponsors helps to keep this conference affordable to local governments regardless of the size of their community and training budget!


Hurry! Limited opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis.