ST. PAUL - New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) on July 25 during the Coalition's three-day summer conference in Bemidji for his excellence in service to Greater Minnesota.
The Excellence in Service Award is given annually to a city leader who demonstrates knowledge, leadership and active participation in CGMC program areas.
Beussman was an outspoken advocate for the city of New Ulm and Greater Minnesota as a whole. He repeatedly wrote or called Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators to discuss the importance of Local Governmental Aid and transportation funding. He also made numerous trips to the State Capitol to testify in support of regional transportation projects or participate in meetings with the Dayton and MnDOT Commissioner.
In addition, he initiated his own advocacy efforts by writing letters to the editor and speaking in radio spots about transportation issues.
"Rarely did a call for action go out to which Mayor Beussman did not respond," said Bruce Ahlgren, President of the CGMC and Mayor of Cloquet. "In all of his efforts, Mayor Beussman continuously made a strong case for the needs of his city and represented Greater Minnesota well."
CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 85 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.