Mayor Rybak Receives "Friend of Greater Minnesota" Award
Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities honors Mayor Rybak at annual conference in Winona
August 20, 2010 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak received the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities’ "Friend of Greater Minnesota" award last night at Coalition’s annual summer conference in Winona. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 75 cities outside the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area that educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.
The Coalition honored Mayor Rybak for his work in strengthening the state-local partnership during the 2010 legislative session, when he joined mayors and officials of Coalition member cities in supporting Local Government Aid. Whether by teaming with Coalition members at Capitol press conferences or traveling to Coalition member cities around Minnesota to raise awareness of the importance of State aid to healthy communities, Mayor Rybak demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents of Greater Minnesota.
"I’ve been so impressed with the creative work that mayors of Greater Minnesota communities keep doing to keep their residents safe, their infrastructure up-to-date and their local economies vibrant, all at a time when the State has been falling short on its commitment to them," Mayor Rybak said. "I’m honored to receive Coalition’s ‘Friend of Greater Minnesota’ award. Anytime they need me to keep supporting Greater Minnesota cities, I’ll be there."
"Mayor Rybak was instrumental in bringing public attention and legislative leverage to the issue of Local Government Aid funding during the legislative session," said Mayor Timothy Strand of St. Peter, president of the Coalition. "He didn’t just fight for Minneapolis, he fought for all of us in every corner of the state. Greater Minnesota is stronger because of Mayor Rybak’s work, and we simply cannot say ‘thank you’ strongly enough."
Published Aug. 20, 2010