St. Louis Park among jurisdictions recognized for racial equity work

Twelve local government jurisdictions, including St. Louis Park, have been recognized with the League of Minnesota Cities President’s Award, presented as part of the league’s annual business meeting at the annual conference June 15 in Rochester.

Through the award, the outgoing league president recognizes the efforts of individuals, groups or organizations that have helped to achieve a current league goal or to advance the league’s overall mission to promote excellence in government through effective advocacy, expert analysis and trusted guidance for all Minnesota cities.

Outgoing President Rhonda Pownell, mayor of Northfield, extended the award to the local government jurisdictions that made up the 2016 race equity cohort. The cohort work was a cooperative effort of the league and its partner, the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.

Jurisdictions included St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Hopkins, Mankato, Maplewood, Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Red Wing and Woodbury.

Pownell noted that racial equity had been one of the major themes of her presidency, and she commended the award recipients for their commitment and pioneering work to achieving racial equity in the policies, practices and procedures of their jurisdictions.