Archive: September 2011

do.town

Scott Neal, September 30, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

Yes, that’s Mayor Jim Hovland doing the “movie camera” with Dexter, the do-groove guy from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota’s ‘do’ campaign.  The purpose of the ‘do’ campaign was to get us all up and moving to increase our level …
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A Slip And A Trip

Scott Neal, September 23, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s announced their decision today to downgrade their credit rating for the State of Minnesota from their highest/best rating (Aaa) to their second highest/best rating (Aa+).  You can read a short news story about the …
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Conferencing in Milwaukee

Scott Neal, September 21, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

I just got back last night from the 2011 annual conference of the International City/County Management Association.  This year’s conference was held at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The conference is billed as “The world’s foremost professional development …
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Collaboration in Olathe

Scott Neal, September 13, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

Inspiring a more collaborative culture within the city government of the City of Edina is one of my goals. It can create more value for the money we already spend and produce more cost effective outcomes for our residents. I …
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Fiscal Disparities Study

Scott Neal, September 12, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

In my post last week about the Market Value Homestead Credit program transformation into the Market Value Homestead Exclusion program, I made a reference to another local government finance program in Minnesota that I am not fond of.  That program …
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Remembering 9/11

Scott Neal, September 9, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

At their meeting earlier this week, the City Council adopted Resolution 2011-89 entitled “Joining the National Remembrance of the 10th Anniversary of September 11th”.  For today’s post, I want to share that resolution with the readers of this blog.   WHEREAS, …
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Edina in the Sun

Scott Neal, September 8, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

Nice article in today’s Star Tribune about the conversations and actions going on in Edina concerning solar energy.  The Council and the City’s Energy & Environment Commission are interested in the City leading the community toward greater use of solar …
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MVHC = MVHE

Scott Neal, September 7, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

Historically, there have been two local government finance issues in Minnesota that really bug me.  One of them has changed dramatically and the other may be about to change dramatically. The one that has changed is the Market Value Homestead Credit program.  This …
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Minnesota State University-Edina?

Scott Neal, September 2, 2011 | Posted in Scott Neal

There was a good article by Katie Mintz in the Aug 31 Edina Sun about an expansion of the Minnesota State University-Mankato campus here in Edina.  I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to tour the facility with MSU …
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