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Saturday, March 10, 2018

8:00 am – 12:00 pm edit session

Leadership 101: Taking REAL Action to Advance Racial Equity in Local Government Part I

Learn how local government leaders can reduce racial bias through smart policy decisions and strong civic engagement. This seminar will examine how racial tensions have affected cities across the nation. Learn how to shift from a reactive approach to a proactive agenda. Take home the ability to identify specific opportunities to lead local efforts that advance racial equity. Level: 101 Continue Reading »

9:00 am – 5:00 pm edit session

Community & Economic Development 201/301: The Urban Plan for Elected Officials 

Developed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Urban Plan is a realistic and engaging simulation in which participants learn about the fundamental forces that affect urban development. You’ll get the chance to collaborate with peers as you play an interdisciplinary real estate development team experiencing the challenging issues, private and public-sector roles, complex trade-offs and fundamental economics in play when Continue Reading »

9:00 am – 12:00 pm edit session

Leadership 201: Civil Discourse in the Face of Incivility

Learn to develop your leadership skills in both every day and divisive situations. Discover how to actively listen and get an opportunity to practice your skills planting seeds of leadership and civility in the governing bodies of your communities. Participants will be introduced to The Five Powers— imagination, voice, change and transition, commitment and teamwork as a roadmap to solve Continue Reading »

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm edit session

Leadership 101: You won the election, now what?

Most elected officials have spent many sleepless nights worrying about getting elected or re-elected.  Once you have claimed victory, you need to determine how to run your office and conduct business.  Public service is a full-time job in addition to all your other responsibilities.  How are you planning to accommodate all the requests for your time?  How do you plan Continue Reading »

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm edit session

Leadership 201 : REAL Action- Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government Part II

As a continuation of the 101-level course, you will get an opportunity to dig deeper and learn from peers about best practices and shared challenges. Structural changes to daily operations, budgeting, communications, decision-making and community leadership, are a critical component for mayors and other city leaders seeking traction on advancing a racial equity strategy. Specialists from the NLC REAL (Race, Continue Reading »

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm edit session

Management and Public Administration 201: The New Workforce: Using Post Employment Benefits for Recruitment

Although saving for retirement is a priority for millennials, most Gen Y Americans are focused on mastering basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. Millennials represent more than one-third of American workers, presenting a unique opportunity to attract new talent by offering a strong retirement package. Explore how to use post-employment benefits as a recruitment tool for the new generation Continue Reading »

Sunday, March 11, 2018

8:00 am – 12:00 pm edit session

Leadership 301: REAL Action- Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government Deep Dive

As a continuation of the 101 and 201 courses, join us for a deep dive conversation into how to break down barriers and find solutions related to the specific challenges of addressing institutional and structural racism in local government. Cost: Free Level: 301 Credits: 3 Curriculum: Leadership

9:00 am – 12:00 pm edit session

Leadership 101: The Ethical Leader: Rules and Tools

Ethical public leadership is more than simply following the law. This seminar enhances municipal leaders’ abilities to assess situations that challenge morals and make ethically defensible choices. Beginning with some fundamental elements of decision making, the seminar draws the audience into active participation to establish the elements of a personal ethical framework and then challenges audience members to apply that Continue Reading »

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm edit session

Community & Economic Development 201: Leveraging Community Assets Through Public Private Partnerships

Governments at all levels are under increasing financial constraints, while simultaneously facing growing demands to meet a wide range of infrastructure and public service needs. As a result, officials are looking for innovative ways to support economic development, municipal building, schools, transportation improvements and water/wastewater systems. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are increasingly being applied to address some of these challenges. Learn Continue Reading »

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm edit session

Leadership 201: The Ethical Leader: Fostering a Culture of Ethics

Build on skills developed in The Ethical Leader: Rules and Tools seminar through an expanded conversation and hands-on training about fostering a culture of ethics and nurturing ethical behavior in others. Trainer: Scott Paine Level: 201 Curriculum: Leadership Credits:3 Cost: $150 early bird until January 31 | $160 regular

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm edit session

Management & Public Administration 101: Effective City Council & City Manager Teamwork

Elected officials and the city manager must work as a team to successfully deliver services to citizens. Learn tangible skills for effective teamwork between the city manager and council. Get skills and best practices to facilitate positive and productive meetings, create a healthy work environment, and clearly define roles. Hear insights from seasoned city officials with over 30 years of Continue Reading »

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm edit session

Safety, Health & Human Development 101: Healthy Cities

Mayors and city leaders play a pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of the cities and towns they serve. Across the county, city leaders are taking action to address the underlying factors that influence health and improve the environments where their residents live, work and play. This seminar is designed to build your capacity to work across city Continue Reading »

Monday, March 12, 2018

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm edit session

Advocacy, Communications, & Engagement 101: Understanding Federal Advocacy

Now that you’ve scheduled a meeting with your legislator, what do you do? This session will prepare you to start or continue a strong working relationship with your legislators on Capitol Hill and lobby effectively for cities’ top legislative priorities. Learn more about legislators, develop your own personalized “elevator speech” on legislative issues, and find out more about NLC’s resources Continue Reading »

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

10:30 am – 12:15 pm edit session

Advocacy, Communications & Engagement 201: Dealing with the Media

Learn more about the trends shaping media engagement today and get strategies to tactfully manage media. Discover how to successfully use social media and learn best practices for leaders presented with opportunities for media interviews. Level: 201 Curriculum: Advocacy, Communications, and Engagement Credits: 3 Cost: Free