Upcoming events

    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom
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    From determining the appropriate level of engagement for your project to establishing an evaluation plan we will walk through how an engagement toolkit can be a valuable resource for your organization. Establishing a simple framework for navigating engagement best practices can set your project managers up for success without having to be experts in engagement.

    Presenter: Alex Longe, City of Gresham, OR

    I bring more than thirteen-years experience managing multiple projects in a fast-paced setting. This experience provided opportunities to wear numerous hats and adapt to ever-changing priorities and fire drills.

    I am known for being highly reliable, detail oriented, team-oriented, energetic and able to complete projects on-time and on budget. I am a self-starter who strives to exceed expectations and take on new challenges. I'm a strong collaborator who works well under pressure and with different personality types.

    Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by MAGC, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

    • 14 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual via Microsoft Teams

    This is a recurring invite for our quarterly social media gathering. 

    Click to join the meeting, or you can call ⁨‭651-395-7448‬⁩ and enter 984 237 000#. 

    The purpose is to connect with social media mangers to ask questions and learn what others are doing. It’s an informal conversation that you are welcome to attend whenever you are available. 

    Feel free to forward this invite to others. 

    Contact ⁨info@magconline.org⁩ if you would like to host a similar gathering of Minnesota government communicators on a different topic.

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom
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    The City of Rochester, MN recently completed a full organizational branding project. From Request for Proposals to brand implementation - the process was an exercise in change management and organizational engagement. The City worked with Minnesota firm Mercury Creative Group. Together every department within the organization came under one unified brand - eliminating confusion for residents, visitors and businesses. This session will give all the tips, tricks, insights and lessons learned!

    Presenters:

    Jenna Bowman, City of Rochester 

    Jenna joined the City of Rochester in July of 2018 as City’s first ever Communications & Engagement Manager.  She recently stepped into the role of Strategic Communications & Engagement Director.  Jenna led the organization through a branding process and website redesign. 

    The City of Rochester has been focused on growing digital engagement channels and also has added a digital engagement tool.  Jenna serves as the organization’s lead Public Information Officer. 


    Justin Bieganek, Mercury Creative

    With bright eyes and big ideas, Justin founded Beganik Strategy + Design in 1998. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BS in Design Communication and Studio Arts, Justin is a fearless team leader - overseeing staff, contractors, and vendors to ensure that the only projects that leave Mercury are of the highest level in both quality and design. He shines in his ability to truly partner with business owners and become a strategic business consultant offering creative, brand-focused suggestions that lead to business growth. He also excels at leading and facilitating strategic and dynamic board planning sessions.

    Not busy enough, Justin shares his time and talent with local business and design groups such as: the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Associations North, Visit Saint Paul and the University of Minnesota’s College of Design Alumni Board. Justin’s commitment to doing good business is clearly evident to those lucky enough to work with him everyday. His efforts to further diversity within the business community were recently acknowledged when he was honored with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2015 Diversity in Business Award.

    Justin’s work in the area of diversity continues with his recent invitation to join the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) National Diversity Advisory Board (NDAB). The driving force behind the NDAB is their desire to engage everyone in efforts to transform our communities into ones that are characterized by inclusive excellence. Justin’s expertise and leadership within his field, and his demonstrated commitment to equity and diversity made him a great candidate to assist the NDAB with the building of their advancement efforts.

    Justin’s ability to embrace change has allowed him to stay on top of his game while managing to artfully steer his business from its humble print beginnings to Mercury Creative Group - the full-service, brand-focused marketing solutions shop that it is today.

    Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by MAGC, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

    • 25 Aug 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom
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    The social media landscape continues to change with more and more platforms, and brands are making great strides and connections. But is there a place for government communications? Where should we direct our energy? In this session, we will look at new and emerging social media platforms, new features from existing social media platforms and weigh pros and cons from a local government lens.

    Presenter:

    Jordan Gilgenbach has been the Digital Communications Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis since September 2016, and focuses primarily on web, social and other digital communications strategy and implementation.

    Jordan has spent his entire career in local government communications, previously having worked for the City of Edina, Minn. as Communications Coordinator. He lives in Owatonna, Minn. with his wife and six-year-old daughter, Lucy. 

    Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by MAGC, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

Past events

10 Jun 2021 Northern Lights results on June 10
15 Apr 2021 Virtual Networking Happy Hour
14 Apr 2021 Pocket Program: Social Media Coffee
18 Mar 2021 Virtual Networking Happy Hour
25 Feb 2021 Virtual Networking Happy Hour
14 Jan 2021 Virtual Networking Happy Hour
13 Jan 2021 Pocket Program: Social Media
7 Jan 2021 Northern Lights Judge Sign-Up
8 Dec 2020 Virtual Networking Happy Hour
28 Oct 2020 MAGC Virtual Fall Conference
14 Oct 2020 Pocket Program: Social Media
8 Oct 2020 MAGC Virtual Happy Hour
10 Sep 2020 MAGC Virtual Happy Hour
8 Jul 2020 CANCELLED - Pocket Program: Social Media
17 Jun 2020 UPDATED - 2020 Northern Lights Awards Ceremony
12 May 2020 Intro to Virtual Reality Play-Explore-Learn-Create within your Reach
14 Apr 2020 Pocket Program: Tell Your Story Through Podcasting
14 Apr 2020 Pocket Program: Tell your Story Through Podcasting - Cancelled
8 Apr 2020 Pocket Program: Social Media - Cancelled
10 Mar 2020 Pocket Program: Creating Accessible Websites
20 Feb 2020 FOX 9 Studio Tour with Tom Lyden followed by a workshop: The evolution of a story: solid reporting and authentic communication.
11 Feb 2020 Pocket Program: Event Planning and Production 101
23 Jan 2020 “January Jump Start” Member Happy Hour on January 23
14 Jan 2020 Pocket Program: 7 Social Media Trends to Watch in 2020
8 Jan 2020 Pocket Program: Social Media
10 Dec 2019 Pocket Program: How to develop a Theory of Change and strengthen your message
21 Nov 2019 2nd Annual Northern Lights Showcase and Film Festival
12 Nov 2019 Pocket Program: Lean writing and asset management for targeted communication
7 Nov 2019 East Metro Communicators Social Gathering Pocket Program
23 Oct 2019 2019 MAGC Fall Conference
23 Oct 2019 2019 MAGC Fall Conference Sponsor Showcase
9 Oct 2019 Social Media Pocket Program
8 Oct 2019 Pocket Program: Do’s, don’ts and did-you-knows for getting your good news on local TV
10 Sep 2019 Pocket Program: Creating and Communicating the Value of Place
7 Aug 2019 East Metro Communicators Social Gathering Pocket Program
10 Jul 2019 Pocket Program: Social Media
22 May 2019 2019 Northern Lights Awards Ceremony
14 May 2019 Pocket Program: WMCC May: Marketing Facilities and Destinations
9 Apr 2019 Pocket Program: WMCC April: Crisis Communications Panel
21 Feb 2019 Northern Lights Judge Sign-Up

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