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An AMC Virtual Coffee Series Featuring 2021 Partners and Programs

connectJoin the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) for a new virtual coffee series that features partners with education and research resources – especially for Minnesota Counties.

In a time of tremendous change, Minnesota counties are continuing to seek innovative solutions to complex challenges. AMC has invited long-time partners to share about their latest work across the state along with new resources and events.

These virtual coffees are casual drop-in opportunities for AMC members, designed with short presentations and lots of time for discussion. Each one is moderated by a Minnesota county leader from an AMC committee or program.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Please contact Heather Bandeen, AMC Research & Program Development Manager @ with any questions.
Pre-register and submit questions or topics you’d like to discuss… Or just stop by in the morning!

Monday, July 26 | 10-11am | Pre-register
July 26 - Center for Rural PolicyJulie Tesch, President & CEO
Center for Rural Policy & Development
Moderator: Tim Houle, Crow Wing County Administrator and AMC Research Committee member
Visit the website at Center for Rural Policy & Development

Featured resources: Tune into the “Center of Everywhere” podcast (episodes featuring AMC and LMC); Read research reports on topics like health care, childcare, and workforce trends; View new videos; and, explore the Rural Minnesota Atlas

Monday, August 9 | 10-11am | Pre-register
Aug 9 - PENBrian Lassiter, President
Performance Excellence Network
Moderator: Patrick Waletzko, Otter Tail Emergency Manager and Continuous Improvement Coordinator and AMC Education & Training Committee member
Visit the website at Performance Excellence Network

Featured resources: Public Sector Community of Practice, a quarterly roundtable forum; Discounted Six Sigma – LEAN trainings; Statewide PEN conferences

Monday, August 16 | 10-11am | Pre-register
Aug 16 - Metro StateCrystal Fashant, Associate Professor
Department of Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Metropolitan State University
Moderator: Jessica Seibert, Aitkin County Administrator and AMC Research Committee member
Visit the website at Metropolitan State University Public and Nonprofit Leadership

Featured programs:
Host a Metro State Graduate Student in your County; Learn about the Master of Public Administration MPA program.

Monday, August 23 | 10-11am | Pre-register
Aug 23 - UMN Ext (Brigid)Brigid Tuck, Senior Economic Impact Analyst
Jennifer Hawkins, Educator, Southeast Minnesota
University of Minnesota Extension
Center for Community VitalityModerator: Gary Hendrickx, Swift County Commissioner and AMC Education & Training Committee Chair
Visit the website at University of Minnesota Extension

Aug 23 - UMN Ext (Jennifer)Featured resources: Watch recorded webinars about Sustaining Your Economy in Turbulent Times, learn about our community and economic development program offerings, or consider joining an upcoming event or course.  You can also contact your local Educator to discuss your specific needs!

Monday, September 27 | 10-11am |

Sept 27 - Mediation CenterAimee Gourlay, JD, CEO
Mediation Center
Moderator: Jack Swanson, Roseau County Commissioner and AMC Research Committee member
Visit the website at Mediation Center

Featured program:
Learn about the New Civil Mediation Program, specially designed for Minnesota County Commissioners in early 2022

Monday, October 18 | 10-11am | Pre-registerOct. 18 - Hamline
Kris Norman-Major, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Public Administration and Nonprofit Programs
Hamline University Center for Public Administration and Leadership (CPAL)
Moderator: Sheila Murphy, McLeod County Administrator and AMC Pathways
Visit the website at Hamline University Center for Public Administration and Leadership

Featured programs:
Learn about the Certified Public Manager Program (new national credential), Master of Public Administration, or PhD in Management and Administration programs and certificates; Find out details about the Women in Public Administration Conference

Monday, November 15 | 10-11am | Pre-registerNov. 15 - Sourcewell
Michelle Tautges, Child Care Licensing Lead
Charitie Herbst, Manager of Community Solutions
Sourcewell Service Cooperative
Moderator: Kara Terry, Crow Wing County Community Services Director
Visit the website at Sourcewell

Featured programs:
Learn about family child care licensing services in Becker, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Morrison, Stevens, Todd, and Wadena counties.

These AMC coffees will be held via the internet using Zoom. An email confirmation with instructions to join the session will be sent after registration is completed. Please note: If you don’t receive an email, check your junk or spam folders.