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RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE MINNESOTA CITIES: BUILDING QUALITY COMMUNITIES STATEWIDE EDUCATIONAL EFFORT.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

WHEREAS, the top values and priorities of citizens include safety, family, job opportunities, health, the well-being of children and recreational opportunities; and

WHEREAS, many of the services cities provide directly enhance those citizen priorities; and

WHEREAS, the connection between city services and how they benefit citizen priorities and concerns is not always understood by citizens; and

WHEREAS, it is one of the responsibilities of city officials to ensure legislators, media and citizens understand their governments through open and frequent communication using various avenues and means; and

WHEREAS, it is important to encourage citizens to actively participate in city government, to share their views, and to work in partnership with city officials to ensure that the needs of the community are met; and

WHEREAS, partnerships developed between citizens and city officials can result in greater understanding of the connection between Minnesota's high quality of life and the services provided by Minnesota cities, as well as in greater trust by citizens in the efforts of their city government;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth hereby declares its commitment to join in the Minnesota Cities: Building Quality Communities statewide educational effort in cooperation with our fellow members of the League of Minnesota Cities. We hereby designate Mark Winson, chief administrative officer, as the city of Duluth's key contact for this effort, and will inform the League of Minnesota Cities of this designation.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution indicates the city of Duluth's support for the Minnesota Cities: Building Quality Communities statewide educational effort being coordinated by the League of Minnesota Cities. This is a two-year program to enhance the perception of Minnesota cities and increase citizen trust and participation.