Welcome to the Ramsey County League of Local Governments!

To foster cooperation and collaboration among Ramsey County units of government to ensure ALL communities thrive.

Upcoming Programs/Events

Legislative Session Discussion

Friday, June 14, 2024 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM

*60-Minute Duration!*

Virtual Zoom Meeting

Hear about and discuss the outcomes and implications of this past legislative session. We will be featuring presentations from Ramsey County and the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA), plus the League of Minnesota Cities will share updates on what’s been happening with cannabis legislation.

Hear from:

  • Melissa Finnegan, Government Relations Specialist, Ramsey County
  • Denise Dittrich, Director of Government Relations, MSBA
  • Nathan Jesson, Intergovernmental Relations Representative, League of Minnesota Cities

Attendance is FREE! All RCLLG member communities and organizations are invited – please share this invitation with your elected officials and staff!

Save the Date for Socials

Fun is in store for RCLLG members! We’re excited to announce a variety of networking opportunities in 2024. Register for May and save the dates for the rest of our member socials:

  • May 2 (4:30 – 6:00 PM) – Bigwood Brewery | Vadnais Heights – thanks for joining us!
  • July 24 (5:00 – 6:00 PM) – Axe Throwing | Smash Park, Roseville
  • August 9 – Picnic | Shoreview
  • October 24 – Pumpkin Carving Contest | Location TBD
  • December – Annual Dinner | Location TBD

Attendance is FREE! All RCLLG member communities and organizations are invited – please share this invitation with your elected officials and staff!

Become an Associate or Individual Member!

By becoming a member you are supporting RCLLG’s mission to foster cooperation among Ramsey County units of government thereby increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of public service delivery.

  • Membership Benefits include:
      • Free attendance to monthly member programs and events (with the exception of the annual program and meeting which may have a charge to help offset expenses)
      • Receipt of monthly newsletters, announcements, and other information
      • Access to resources and information on the RCLLG website and the opportunity to participate in the collective action work that benefits and strengthens all communities in Ramsey County.
      • Inclusion of your organization in the 2024 RCLLG Directory – a handy resource guide with updated contact information for all member organizations, as well as the state and federal elected officials serving Ramsey County.

RCLLG Past Events

Check out our past newsletters & programs!

Annual Dinner & Program

Thurday, December 15, 2022

Wakefield Park Community Building, Maplewood

Thank you to those who joined us for our Annual Dinner & Program on December 7th at the Cedarholm Community Building in Roseville. It was a gorgeous evening full of conversation and learning.

President Scott Arcand conducted a presentation of RCLLG’s Year-In-Review and the 2024 strategic plan. We welcomed our 2024 Executive Board, including Marylee Abrams, President; Teresa Miller, Vice President; John Doan, Secretary/Treasurer, and Scott Arcand, Past President.

Our featured speaker was Melinda Coleman, City Manager for the City of Maplewood and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Melinda discussed the benefits of “Strengths” and what it brings to their teams at the City of Maplewood. As a part of orientation, each employee at the City of Maplewood takes the Gallup “Strength” assessment to learn their top 5 of 34 Strengths. Learn more about Strengths and the benefits this has reaped for the City below.

Melinda Coleman: Maplewood’s Strengths-Based Culture

About Strengths

  • Strengths are used all over the world. There are 34 themes. When you take the assessment, you learn your top five themes.
  • Each Strength falls into a domain. The 4 domains are Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking.
  • Themes are not labels. They’re not about rules or processes; it’s about how you can be your best self.
  • You are 1 in 33 million. This is the chance someone else has your same strengths in the exact same order as you.
  • There is no such thing as a well-rounded person, as the strength truly lies in teams. Introducing strengths is a great way to energize your team.

Incorporating Strengths in Maplewood

  • People ask Melinda how she has time to incorporate Strengths into a team of almost 200, and she responded that it’s too beneficial to not consider. It has had too much of a profound impact on City of Maplewood.
  • Strategies for engagement include: Checking in on employees, including a 10-question annual questionnaire in which employees can discuss how they feel supported. Maplewood also hosts lunch-and-learns, book clubs, etc. to discuss Strengths and bridge understanding.
  • Maplewood top 5 strengths are: Responsibility, Achiever, Relator, Learner, Consistency.
  • When new employees tell Melinda why they chose to work there, they discuss the morale, family-friendliness, and the engaged environment.

Putting it into Practice

RCLLG members had the opportunity to mimic a Strengths training exercise. We reflected on our own personal experiences: times when we felt when we were at our best, our proudest moments, and what we enjoy most. When we know the answers to these questions, the teams we are a part of will be strengthened. Engaged employees make a good organization great.

Thank You, Sponsors!

Northeast Youth & Family Services

RCLLG August Social

On Thursday, August 10, we were thrilled to hold another great RCLLG social! Small groups imagined what an ideal “interconnected Ramsey County” means to them. Great work and creativity were involved! Thank you to those who attended.

Congratulations, 2024 Executive Committee!

Marylee Abrams

Marylee Abrams

President

Mayor, City of Maplewood

 

Teresa Miller

Teresa Miller

Vice President

City Council Member, City of Little Canada

John Doan

John Doan

Treasurer

City Council Member, City of Shoreview

Scott Arcand

Scott Arcand

Past President

School Board Member, White Bear Lake Area Schools

 

ABOUT RCLLG & FUSION LEARNING PARTNERS

Fusion Learning Partners, a local nonprofit organization with a 40+ year history of providing services for government agencies and intra-governmental initiatives, provides the following administrative services for RCLLG:

  • Strategic planning and organizational development consultation
  • Fiscal management Meeting, program and event coordination
  • Marketing and communications support
  • Membership and event registration