Town Talks

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Residents are encouraged to learn and participate in discussions about important topics included in the City of Edina’s 2020-2021 Budget Work Plan at upcoming “Town Talks.”

The City has four primary budget goals:

  • Strong Foundation – Maintain physical assets and infrastructure
  • Reliable Service – Maintain service levels that best meet the needs of the community
  • Livable City – Plan for connected and sustainable development
  • Better Together – Foster an inclusive and engaged community

Town Talks are scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. Staff will start each Town Talk with a formal presentation. An open forum will follow to allow residents and staff the opportunity to discuss the topic of the night together and ask questions.

Residents are encouraged to learn and participate in discussions about important topics included in the City of Edina’s 2020-2021 Budget Work Plan at upcoming “Town Talks.”

The City has four primary budget goals:

  • Strong Foundation – Maintain physical assets and infrastructure
  • Reliable Service – Maintain service levels that best meet the needs of the community
  • Livable City – Plan for connected and sustainable development
  • Better Together – Foster an inclusive and engaged community

Town Talks are scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. Staff will start each Town Talk with a formal presentation. An open forum will follow to allow residents and staff the opportunity to discuss the topic of the night together and ask questions.

  • Transportation and Traffic

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    17 Sep 2020

    The City of Edina held the third of its 2020 Town Talks in September on Transportation and Traffic. If you missed it, you can check out the video!


  • ‘Town Talks’ to Continue with Discussion on Transportation and Traffic

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    Transportation Planner Andrew Scipioni will conclude this year’s “Town Talks” with a virtual discussion about transportation and traffic from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.

    The discussion will touch on some of the City’s goals related to transportation planning and what staff is doing to meet them. Topics will include CloverRide; electric vehicle strategy; travel demand management; sidewalks and bicycle facilities; speed limits; and partnerships with other agencies, including Metro Transit, Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Town Talk will start with a formal presentation followed by an open forum to allow residents and staff the opportunity to discuss the topic of the night and ask questions. Engineering Director Chad Millner will also be available during the open forum to help answer questions.

    “Though Edina is nearly fully developed, its transportation system continues to evolve to meet the needs and challenges of the community,” says Scipioni. “The primary focus of today’s transportation planning is not on building new roads, but managing the existing and future network to achieve efficiency, livability, safety and sustainability.”

    The discussion will be held via Webex. Here’s how to access the Webex event:

    • Attendee link: bit.ly/TownTalkTraffic
    • Event number: 133 680 6234
    • Event password: 57931
    • You may also call in to listen by dialing 415-655-0001 with access code 133 680 6234.


    Relevant materials for the Town Talk, include strategic planning documents and maps, are available on this site in the documents section. Additional questions and comments may be posted in the Q&A section for staff members. The Town Talk will be recorded for broadcast on Edina TV and available for online viewing.


  • Town Talks: Affordable Housing

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    The City of Edina held the second of its 2020 Town Talks in July on Affordable Housing. If you missed it, you can check out the video!


  • Town Talks: Public Safety

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    27 Feb 2020

    The City of Edina held the first of its 2020 Town Talks in February on Public Safety. If you missed it, you can check out the video!


  • 'Town Talks' to Kick Off with Discussion on Public Safety

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    12 Feb 2020

    Edina Police Chief Dave Nelson and Fire Chief Tom Schmitz will kick off the first of four “Town Talks” with a discussion about public safety from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St.

    The discussion will touch on trends in public safety, staying up-to-date with equipment and how safety remains a top priority in Edina. The Town Talks will start with a formal presentation. An open forum will follow to allow residents and staff the opportunity to discuss the topic of the night and ask questions.

    The discussion will be held in the Council Chambers of Edina City Hall. Materials for the Town Talks will be available the week following the presentation on this project page, where additional questions and comments may be sent to staff for a response.

    Upcoming Town Talks include: Changing Demographics, May 20 Housing, July 15 Traffic, Sept. 16 Town Talks will be videotaped for broadcast on Edina TV and webstreamed.

    For more information, contact the Communications Department, 952-826-0359.

  • Coming Soon

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    06 Feb 2020

    Over the course of 2020, the City will host the following Town Talks related to various goal-related strategies:

    • Public Safety, Tuesday, Feb. 18
    • Changing Demographics, May 20
    • Housing, July 15
    • Traffic, Sept. 16

    Town Talks are scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. Staff will start each Town Talk with a formal presentation. An open forum will follow to allow residents and staff the opportunity to discuss the topic of the night together and ask questions. All Town Talks will be held in the Council Chambers of Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St.

    Materials for each Town Talk will be available the week following on BetterTogetherEdina.org, where additional questions and comments may be sent to staff for a response.

    For more information, contact the Communications Department, 952-826-0359.