NMMA Board Meeting May 16, 2018
Maple Grove hosted the May North Metro Mayors Association Board meeting. City Administrator Heidi Nelson provided an update on city activities. Three key industries are poised for growth:
- Health technology—Maple Grove is home to 5 of the top 25 largest Minnesota medical technology companies.
- Healthcare—The 610 corridor continues to attract healthcare organizations.
- Manufacturing—95 manufacturers already call Maple Grove home.
Providing the workforce for the growth is one of the biggest issues Maple Grove faces. The same is true throughout the region.
We said hello to Dayton Mayor Tim McNeil. Welcome to NMMA!
We said goodbye to former Ramsey Mayor Sarah Strommen. Best wishes on your new adventures remodeling your husband’s childhood home in Plymouth.
We said hello to Ramsey Mayor Pro-tem John LeTourneau. He brings his experience as a city council member to the role.
North American Joint Purchasing Program Committee Chair Kirk McDonald, New Hope, told the group we had a banner year. Innovative Office Solutions 2017 dividends are up about 28%.
Since 2014, they are up 36%. Hirshfield’s struggled last year, but the new contract has an additional paint product that should help. The Board ratified approximately 100 dividend checks. Call me if you’d like to get in the program for office supplies or field marking paint.
Thank you, Maple Grove, for hosting the Board. Thank you, Ramsey, for hosting the Operating Committee earlier in the day.
Note a calendar change: The June Operating Committee is moved a week earlier to Wednesday, June 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Andover City Hall. The change is because of a city conference. We’ll continue the 2019 budget and dues discussion from May 16. We’ll get a report on the legislative session, too.
The next Board meeting is September 19, 5:30 p.m., Coon Rapids.
Watch your inbox for updates from Ewald on the final days of the legislative session.
Call if you have questions or suggestions. It’s always good to hear from you.
Jill Brown, Executive Director
Former Ramsey Mayor Sarah Strommen received a certificate of appreciation May 16 for outstanding service to the north metro. Pictured with (front) Andover Mayor Julie Trude, New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken, Ramsey Mayor Pro-tem John LeTourneau, (back) Dayton Mayor Tim McNeil, Circle Pines Mayor Dave Bartholomay, Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Willson.
Members celebrated earning 2017 dividends in the North American Joint Purchasing Program: New Brighton City Manager Dean Lotter, New Hope City Manager Kirk McDonald, Community Partner Tiffany Schmidt, Mounds View City Administrator Nyle Zikmund, Circle Pines Mayor Dave Bartholomay, Ewald’s Owen Wirth, and Ramsey Mayor Pro-tem John LeTourneau.