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Ethical public leadership is more than simply following the law. This seminar enhances municipal leaders’ abilities to assess ethically difficult situations and to make ethically defensible choices. Beginning with some fundamental elements of ethical 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 framework to ethically difficult choices involving real municipal government actions.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Leadership
Level: 101
Audience: Local elected officials; all city sizes
Cost: $150 by June 30; $160 after June 30

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you’ve already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log into your account on the registration site.

Looking for guidance on how to organize – and sustain – productive public engagement? Struggling to decide how to use both online and face-to-face processes? Frustrated with the standard “3 minutes at the microphone” public meeting? This NLC University session offers answers from Public Agenda, a leading national nonprofit with 40 years of experience in supporting public engagement on a wide variety of issues. The session will also draw on Public Agenda’s research on Participatory Budgeting, one of the fastest-growing forms of engagement. Led by Matt Leighninger, formerly the lead consultant to NLC’s Democratic Governance Panel, the session will describe the latest tools and formats in the field, help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of your public engagement initiatives, and help you plan for a stronger engagement system in your community.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Leadership
Level: 301
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff; all city sizes
Cost: $150 by June 30; $160 after June 30

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you’ve already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back into your account on the registration site.

The budget is the single most important policy document a local government adopts. How many times have elected officials heard this statement, and how many elected officials actually believe that this is the case? Does the budget, and the budgeting process itself actually help policymakers to easily and understandably translate their decisions into actions that move their community forward? Or has budgeting become an accounting exercise at best, leaving the connection to policy-making questionable and unclear?

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Budget|Finance
Level: 101
Audience: All audiences; all city sizes
Cost: $150 by June 30; $160 after June 30

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you’ve already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back into your account on the registration site.