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NLC University Seminars

Upgrade your conference experience with NLC University seminars! Taught by experts in an intensive and interactive format, you’ll be amazed by how much you can learn in a half or full day session. Get real-world solutions and new skills to take home and apply to the challenges you face. (Schedule below.) 

*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, simply log back in to your account on the registration site to add a seminar.

Learning Level Guidelines

  • 101: Mastering the Fundamentals
  • 201: Deep Dives
  • 301: Fostering Innovation

Wednesday, November 15th

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

NLC University: Communications Bootcamp

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This full-day immersion workshop addresses the essential communication strategies and best practices that every elected official must understand and execute, including:

  • Developing a Comprehensive Communications Strategy
  • Working with the Media
  • Engaging the Public
  • Effectively Using Social Media
  • Public Speaking

Participants will have the opportunity to practice communication skills by engaging in mock interviews and other scenarios common to elected officials.

Credits: 4
Proficiency Area: Leadership
Level: 101
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff; all city sizes
Cost: $250 by June 30; $260 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 in to your account on the registration site.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Revolutionizing Government in the 21st Century

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The future has arrived and with it, an emerging role for the local leader. Visionary leaders realize that today playing it safe is no longer playing it smart.  Increased scrutiny, expanding regulations, a shifting political landscape, and significant workforce challenges add up to a valuable opportunity to activate change, drive innovation, and successfully lead your organization towards a better future. This session will provide a powerful combination of a sound strategy along with a series of integrated tactics designed to disrupt the status quo and optimize your capabilities in your role for the 21st century.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Management (Public Administration)
Level: 301
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 in to your account on the registration site.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: The Ethical Leader: Rules and Tools

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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
Proficiency Area: Leadership (Ethics)
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 back in to your account on the registration site.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

NLC University: Urban Plan for Elected Officials

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Developed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Urban Plan is a realistic and engaging simulation in which participants learn about and wrestle with the fundamental forces that affect urban development. Participants, playing the role of an inter-disciplinary a real estate development team, will experience the challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental economics in play when proposing realistic land use solutions to vexing growth and development challenges. Take part in this engaging session that will allow registrants to work together in competing development teams to analyze and respond to a hypothetical Request for Proposal for the redevelopment of a blighted urban area and pitch their plan to “City Council” – and walk away with a new understanding of how developers think about these opportunities and challenges in their own communities.

Credits: 4
Proficiency Area: Issue Expertise (Urban and Community Development)
Level: 101
Audience: Local elected officials; all city sizes
Cost: $250 by June 30; $260 after June 30

Please note:  This session is capped at 18 people.

*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 in to your account on the registration site.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

NLC University: Shared Wisdom Luncheon

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This awards program hosted by the NLC University now features inspirational “shared wisdom” from local and national leaders, and brings together certificate recipients to be recognized for their educational achievements. This engaging luncheon incorporates high-profile keynote speakers to help motivate and encourage local leaders.

Fees

Standard - $40 | First Time attendees - $35
All paid NLC University training registrants at the 2017 City Summit, award recipients, and NLC University Leadership Fellows and Board of Advisors receive a complimentary lunch registration.

Featuring

  • Special keynote address
  • Awards presentation

Takeaways

  • Learn more about NLC University
  • Gain insight from seasoned officials
  • Support the education and training accomplishments of your peers
  • Network with colleagues
  • Open for onsite registration at the City Summit

*To register for the NLC University Shared Wisdom Luncheon, add it during the conference registration process. If you've already registered for the conference and would like to add the luncheon, simply log back in to your account on the registration site. If you register for an NLC University seminar, you do not need to register for the luncheon as you will automatically receive a complimentary registration.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NLC University: Budgeting 101

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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 policy makers 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
Proficiency Area: Management | Government and Finance (Management, Public Administration)
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 in to your account on the registration site.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NLC University: Partnering for Better Health: Cities Aligning with Health Systems and Key Sector Stakeholders to Improve Outcomes

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Every day, mayors and city leaders make decisions specific to transportation, public safety, housing and economic development, that impact the quality, affordability and accessibility of these environments. These quality of these environments impact the health and well-being of residents and in many ways, shape how well and how long we live.  As such, it is critical to better align resources and capacity to improve outcomes for all city residents.  Municipal leaders have many opportunities, often unexplored or underdeveloped, to collaborate with health systems, and other key sector stakeholders to strengthen their efforts to build healthier communities. This training seminar will explore effective city-level models for cross-sector partnerships and build the capacity of city leaders to engage with hospitals, health plans and state Medicaid agencies, community development and other essential partners. Cities will have the opportunity to hear from city, state and national experts on best practices for building, strengthening, and sustaining collaborations for health.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Issue Expertise (Health)
Level: 201
Audience: Local elected officials and 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 in to your account on the registration site.

Thursday, November 16th

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Parliamentary Procedure: Making Robert’s Rules Work For You

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Once you know the basics of Robert’s Rules of Order, how can you move to the next step? This interactive seminar provides insights and guidance that can transform your style of leading meetings and make you an exceptional presiding officer. Few people are aware of the flexibility that Robert’s Rules offers through its “special rules for small boards” and provisions for adopting special rules of order.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Leadership/Issue Expertise
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 in to your account on the registration site.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Strengthening Your Systems for Engagement

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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: Engagement | Collaboration (Budgeting, Finance)
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 in to your account on the registration site.