The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) is a voluntary statewide organization that assists the state’s 87 counties in providing effective county governance to the people of Minnesota. It is the mission of the Association to assist in the provision of effective county governance for the people of Minnesota. The association works closely with the legislative and administrative branches of government in seeing that legislation and policies favorable to counties are enacted. In addition, the Association provides educational programs, training, research and communications for county officials.
Central MN Council on Aging
Central Minnesota Council on Aging is a non-profit organization and designated by the Minnesota Board on Aging as the Area Agency on Aging. It serves the following counties: Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright. The Central Minnesota Council on Aging is committed to maintaining the highest level of independence with older people by developing and coordinating community care, reducing isolation and improving access to services.
Central MN Regional Radio Board
The purpose of the Central Minnesota Regional Radio Board is to provide for regional administration of enhancements to the Statewide Public Safety Radio and Communications System (ARMER) and to encourage, create and maintain functional interoperable public safety communications between the parties.
Great River Regional Library Board
The purpose of the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Board of Trustees is to represent the library to the people and to the governing officials. It is the trustee’s obligation to see that adequate funds are obtained for good library service, to promote the best possible use of all library resources in the area, to improve existing services, and extend library service to those not previously served. The board is composed of 15 members as appointed by their respective County Boards of Commissioners according to the provisions of the regional service agreement and representing the counties of Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright.
The Law Library (also known as the Law Help Center) maintains a core collection for research in most legal subject areas. Access to federal caselaw and the caselaw of all 50 states is available, as well as access to United States Code, Minnesota Statutes and numerous other publications specific to Minnesota. Books on real estate, family law and other areas, some legal forms not available through the State/County Court systems, and local ordinances are also contained in the collection. Library staff members are available to assist patrons in locating and using Library materials.
Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative (MCCC) is a joint powers organization providing services, software and other cost-effective measures to substantially reduce the cost of data processing for counties. Established in 1978, MCCC works with all 87 Minnesota counties, several Minnesota agencies, some Minnesota cities, and a few out-of-state counties and agencies. MCCC full members are counties, cities, agencies that belong to two or more User Groups, not including ISSG. The full Board meets annually to approve the annual budget, approve proposed joint powers agreement or bylaw changes, to elect the Treasurer, and address any other Board issues.
Minnesota Inter-County Association
The Minnesota Inter-County Association is a nonprofit organization of growing or urban counties in Minnesota. The association is a vehicle for planning and implementing projects and programs of similar interest to member counties. MICA's member counties encompass a major portion of the state's population and an enormous share of its industrial and high-tech resources in five out of the six metro areas of the state. Through MICA, county boards of commissioners are able to influence regional and state programs in order to solve common problems; produce and share standardized, high-quality information on indicators and issues of common concern; increase public understanding of county government; and secure and exchange cooperation among counties in areas of mutual interest.
Mississippi Partners was approved by the St. Cloud Area Joint Planning District Board to promote the Mississippi River and the implementation of the St. Cloud Urban Area Mississippi River Corridor Plan (Acrobat PDF document; opens in a new window). Mississippi Partners is a volunteer group of local citizens and government officials who work together to champion the plan, create awareness of the Mississippi River’s untapped potential for economic development, recreation and tourism and foster ecosystem preservation/improvement and river water quality.
Paynesville Airport Zoning Board
The Paynesville Airport Zoning Board is a committee appointed by the City of Paynesville for the purpose of administering the zoning standards in a defined perimeter around the City’s airport.
SBETC Joint Powers Board
The Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council (Joint Powers Board) is created by agreement of the Boards of Commissioners of Stearns and Benton Counties. This agreement creates a governmental unit called a Workforce Service Area (WSA). The Joint Powers Board has the fiduciary responsibility for the WSA. Membership on the Joint Powers Board includes two Benton County Commissioners, two Stearns County Commissioners and a member of the Stearns-Benton Workforce Council.
St. Cloud Airport Advisory Board
The Airport Advisory Board is a seven-member board appointed by the Mayor of St. Cloud and confirmed by the St. Cloud City Council. The Boards makes recommendations to the Mayor regarding the operation, capital improvements and short and long term planning of the airport.
St. Cloud Area Economic Development Partnership
The St. Cloud Area Economic Development Partnership is a public-private group committed to enhancing the region's economy. A membership organization, The Partnership takes a regional approach to economic development and includes several cities, counties, colleges, universities, public utilities, and other organizations working with a single purpose: sustaining the economic vitality of the Central Minnesota region. The Partnership works closely with both public- and private-sector entities to develop high quality jobs, a well-trained, educated workforce, and a growing tax base for the region. In addition, The Partnership focuses specifically on marketing the region to selected manufacturing sectors and regional/national service sectors.
St. Cloud Area Joint Planning District Board
The St. Cloud Area Joint Planning District Plan was approved in May 2000 to address concerns with the growth and urban sprawl occurring in the St. Cloud metropolitan area during the 1990s. The Joint Planning District Plan was developed as a community based plan drawing on participation of local governmental jurisdictions within the three counties, cities, and townships, as well as persons or entities with a substantial interest or concern in the future of the area. The St. Cloud Area Joint Planning District Board meets on a quarterly basis to cooperatively address special issues and review planning actions of the participating cities and counties to ensure the implementation of the community based planning effort.
Tri-County Solid Waste Management Commission
The mission of the Tri-County Solid Waste Management Commission is to provide an efficient waste collection system that includes energy generation, recycling, hazardous waste management and disposal in a cost-effective and environmentally acceptable manner. Commissioners represent Benton, Sherburne and Stearns County.