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City of Rochester hires Rochester Native Heather Corcoran as Legislative Policy Analyst

Post Date:12/09/2019 10:10 AM

The City of Rochester is excited to announce the hiring of Rochester native Heather Corcoran as its new Legislative Policy Analyst. Corcoran will be working in both Rochester and at the Minnesota State Capitol, helping to advance the City’s priorities by serving as a liaison to the State of Minnesota, the Federal Government, and other governmental agencies.

Mayor Kim Norton shares, “The City Council and I are excited about a consistent, year-around and non-partisan legislative presence to support our local efforts and we feel fortunate that we were able to create this capacity by reprioritizing existing resources.  Heather will be an amazing addition to the City of Rochester Team!” 

Corcoran has worked at the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) for over ten years —as intern in the Intergovernmental Relations Department, then in educational training and events, a few different full-time roles in the intergovernmental relations department advocating on behalf of cities in Minnesota, and most recently as the Engagement Manager. In those roles, Corcoran supported the Minnesota City/County Management Association, Minnesota Mayor’s Association, LMC policy committees, and LMC conferences. She advocated on behalf of over 800 cities across the state on issues related to housing, libraries, taxes, and the environment during her time at LMC. 

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to provide excellent and effective advocacy for Rochester at the Minnesota State Capitol while building relationships and communication between legislators, state agencies, elected officials, city staff, and local partners” she says. “It is an absolute honor to be chosen for this role to advocate on behalf of my hometown at the Minnesota State Capitol.

In addition to graduating from John Marshall High School, Corcoran was a member of the Rochester- Olmsted Youth Commission and shadowed then-mayor Ardell Brede. She worked as an intern in the Property Records & Licensing Department of Olmsted County, and later as an intern with the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center (RNeighbors). Corcoran studied political science at the College of Saint Benedict.

As the Legislative Policy Analyst, Corcoran will support all aspects of legislative affairs for the city, including analysis of legislative proposals and recently enacted legislation affecting the delivery of local services by departments of the City of Rochester; development of policy positions and legislative language in support of the city's priorities; and stakeholder outreach.

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