River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Note: There is no banquet this year. There will be entertainment on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
Diamond Level: Northland Securities, Inc.
Emerald Level/Lanyard Sponsor: Ehlers
Topaz Level: Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Ruby Level: Baker Tilly
Sapphire Level: PMA Financial Network / 4M Fund
Turquoise Level: A.T. Group, LLC
Flash Drive Sponsor: Widseth
Conference Bag Sponsorship: AMKO Advisors, LLC
Note Pad Sponsor: Bollig, Inc
|8:30 a.m||Check-in for Athenian Dialogue|
|9 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Full Day Workshop: Athenian Dialogue|
|12:30 p.m.||Check-in for Half Day Afternoon Workshops|
|1 - 4:30 p.m.||Half Day Workshops: Effective Data Management & Presentation Skills; New City Clerk Orientation & Election Administration and Cigarette & Tobacco Compliance|
|4 - 7 p.m.||Onsite Conference Check-in|
|5 - 7 p.m.||MCFOA Explores St. Cloud - use the Visit St. Cloud App to win prizes|
|7:45 a.m.||Onsite Conference Check-In and Continental Breakfast|
|8:45 a.m.||Welcome and Presentation of Colors, National Anthem|
|9:15 a.m.||Opening Keynote: Stephen Crawford|
|10:30 am||Morning Break|
|10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions I|
|12 - 1:15 p.m.||Lunch (WEAR REGIONAL COLORS) / Awards Luncheon (sit with region)|
|1:15 - 2:30 p.m.||Concurrent Session II|
|2:30 p.m.||Afternoon Break|
|2:45 - 4 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions III|
|4 - 5 p.m.||Nominations|
|5 - 8:15 p.m.||Dueces Wild Dueling Pianos / Cash Bar / Appetizers|
|7:30 a.m.||Onsite Conference Check-In|
|7:30 a.m.||Breakfast Buffet / Business Meeting / Oath of Office|
|9:15 - 10:30 a.m.||Concurrent Session IV|
|10:30 a.m.||Exhibit Hall Opens / Morning Break / Silent Auction|
|11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions V|
|12:30 - 1:30 p.m.||Lunch in Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors|
|1:30 - 2:45 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions VI|
|2:45 - 4:30 p.m.||
Connect with our Amazing Vendors!!! Exhibit Hall / Afternoon Break / Silent Auction / Vendors Bingo (booths close at 4:30 p.m.)
|5 - 8 p.m.||"Name That Tune" / Pizza and Salad Buffet with Cash Bar|
|7:45 a.m.||Breakfast Buffet|
|9 - 10:15 a.m.||Concurrent Session VII|
|10:15 a.m.||Morning Break|
|10:30 - 11:45 a.m.||Closing Keynote Kelli Radi|
|11:45 a.m.||Final Announcements and Drawings|
Tuesday Pre-conference (rates are in addition to the overall conference amounts regardless of registration date)
Registration closes March 7, 2023.
To qualify for member rate, individuals must be current, paid members of MCFOA. Contact Lori Hensen MCFOA Administrative Assistant, to determine membership status at email@example.com or 612-251-2473.
Any registrations received/postmarked after the registration deadline of March 7, 2023 will incur a $25 late registration fee.
Invoices that are not paid within 45 day of the invoice date will incur a $25 late payment processing fee.
The Best Western Plus Kelly Inn (320-253-0606) serves as the event headquarters, hosting most of the Conference events and holds the largest sleeping room block.
A block of rooms have been set aside for the 2023 rate of $109.00 plus tax per night. The special rate is available until the block is sold out.
Alternatively, call 1-320-253-0606. Ask for the discounted group rate for our group: MN Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association
The Courtyard by Marriott (320-654-1661), holding a smaller sleeping room block, is connected to the other conference venues via skyway. The 2023 rate is $139.00 -$149.00 plus tax per night.
The Grandstay (320-251-5400), downtown St. Cloud offering spacious hotel suites. This is not connected to the conference venue. The 2023 rate is $149-$159 plus tax.
The Country Inn & Suites East (320-252-8282), situated off U.S. Hwy 10 offering guest rooms or suites. This is not connected to the conference venue. Rate for 2023 is $129 plus tax.
The Country Inn & Suites West (320-259-8999) offering rooms at $149 plus tax.
Each hotel provides overnight guests with a broad range of amenities including heated swimming pools, whirlpools, exercise areas and a variety of dining facilities.
Completing the St. Cloud site package is the state-of-the-art River’s Edge Convention Center which will serve as the location for all exhibits and various Tuesday through Friday Conference events.
The sleeping room blocks for Conference attendees (Kelly Inn and Courtyard by Marriott) are being held until they are sold out. Reservations received after will be accepted on a “space available basis” and at prevailing rates. Make your overnight reservations via mail, fax, phone or e-mail.
After nominations, join us for a night of fun, and make sure to wear your region colors. Start off the evening at our cash bar at 5:00 PM. Then, hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5:30 PM. Also, make sure to stick around for Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos from 6:15-8:15 PM!
Please note: in an effort to reduce food waste, we will be asking you when you register if you plan to attend the evening social. We would like to eliminate the problem of wasted food, so please take the time to address this question when you register
This year’s education-rich Conference offers numerous opportunities to earn CMC/MMC Education Points. Even the pre-conference sessions provide opportunity for IIMC credits. You can find more information in your final program and in your participant bag regarding important steps you must take to receive these points.
For those pursuing CMC (Certified Municipal Clerk) or MMC (Master Municipal Clerk) certification, this Conference provides 1 CMC Education or 1 MMC Advanced Education point for every 4 hours of approved participation in combination with a completed learning assessment. St. Cloud State University will provide a Certificate for those participants who check “YES” during the registration process. The cost is covered by MCFOA, please be sure to request them at the time of registration for costs to be covered. If IIMC Points will not play a role in your ongoing education plans, then you need not obtain them.
For those who are not tracking Education Points but desire a certificate for CEUs (Continuing Education Units) or Certifcate of Attendance, you may request if it meets the criteria you need. A CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. If you need a customized certificate, the cost is $15. St. Cloud State University will email the certificate upon receipt of your payment and will be in touch for the specific certificate you are requestiong.
Flash drives containing handouts from all general and concurrent sessions will be provided to attendees onsite. Prior to the Conference, all registrants will also receive a link to the MCFOA website containing session handouts. This will allow you to print out all materials (or load to your devices) in advance for use during the Conference.