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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

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: REAL Action 101: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government

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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.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Leadership
Level
: 101
Audience: All
Cost: Free standard | $160 on-site

*Breakfast provided

Speakers

  • Bernadette Onyenaka Racial Equity Manager, Race, Equity, And Leadership - National League of Cities
  • Julie Nelson Senior Vice President - Race Forward/Center for Social Inclusion
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
Specialization 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.

Speaker

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
Specialization 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 into your account on the registration site.

Speaker

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Smart Cities: Innovation in Transportation and Infrastructure

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Discover how autonomous, connected vehicles and ridesharing services – such as Uber and Lyft, are transforming the transportation industry. Learn how to manage these new systems within the existing transportation environment and the explore the practicality of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in America’s cities and towns. This session will equip you with the knowledge to innovate transportation infrastructure in your community through a lens of equity for all —including elderly, disabled, low-income  and other marginalized individuals. Get information that will enable you to determine what improvements are best for cities in terms of pilot projects and diversifying modes of transport.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Infrastructure | Technology | Transportation
Level: 201
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 30

Speaker

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
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.

Speaker

  • Dr. Scott Paine Director of Leadership Development and Education - Florida League of Cities
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
Specialization Area: Community Development & Economic 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 24 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 into your account on the registration site.

Speaker

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.

*Lunch sponsored by Microsoft

Keynote Speaker

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 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.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NLC University: Partnering for Vibrant Cities: The Role of Evidence, Data to Inform and Sustain Partnerships to Improve Health 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.

City officials who participate in this NLC University seminar will build new skills and enhance their ability to tailor strategies and efforts to:

  • Discuss the role of data and evidence in advancing city policy, practice and programs;
  • Explore how to effectively use data and evidence to inform the value proposition to engage cross-agency and cross-sector stakeholders;
  • Explore developing shared value propositions based on evidence and data with key sector stakeholders;
  • Making the case for effective partnerships to improve the health and well-being of city residents.
  • Participants will work in small groups to explore the use of data and evidence in advancing city issues through the effective engagement of cross-sector stakeholders.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Health | Safety |Human Development
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 into your account on the registration site.

Speakers

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NLC University: The Maker Movement – An Opportunity for Economic Development in Local Governments

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“Made in the U.S.A.” has made a comeback, offering cities an opportunity to capitalize on the new era of American manufacturing – “The Maker Movement.” This seminar will examine how the Makers—a combination of today’s artisans, computer engineers, and small-scale manufactures—are a growing part of the local small business ecosystem. These micro-businesses design and develop products at home or in public workspaces to market and sell online. As the maker movement scales, these 21st-century artisans will need unique business development support. Learn how to unlock the growth of maker entrepreneurs to increase innovation and build a stronger local economy.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Community & Economic Development
Level: 101
Audience: Local Elected Officials
Cost: $150 by September 30

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Thursday, November 16th

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: REAL Action 201: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government

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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, Equity and Leadership) team and the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) will demonstrate how to break down barriers and find solutions related to the specific challenges of addressing institutional and structural racism in local government.

Credits: 2

Specialization Area: Leadership
Level: 201
Audience: All
Cost: Free | $160 on-site

*Breakfast provided

Speakers

  • Leon Andrews Director for Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) - National League of Cities
  • Julie Nelson Senior Vice President - Race Forward/Center for Social Inclusion
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Harnessing the Power of Local Businesses

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Small businesses and start-ups are a critical component of a strong local economy.  Small businesses provide nearly 37 percent of jobs and offer a great deal of economic mobility and opportunity for residents.   Understand the power of local businesses and the critical role local leaders play in boosting local businesses.

This training will be a follow-on course to the March Fostering Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship session, with a goal of helping elected officials understand the power of their local businesses – from start-ups through growth companies – and the critical role they play in their success.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Community & Economic Development
Level: 201
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 30

Speakers

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Let’s Talk Climate — Applied Research and Practical Guidance for Local Engagement

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Climate change is no longer a special interest of environmental groups – it’s becoming a personally relevant public interest for all of us. Learn how to effectively communicate with your constituents on climate change, and start conversations to engage the right partners focused on solutions. Get professional insights on communication and behavioral science from experts with ecoAmerica, and take-home best practices from the “Let’s Talk Climate” and “15 Steps” resource guides. This session will include small group exercises and a room discussion to apply knowledge, build skills, and strengthen confidence. Leaders can expect to gain knowledge and skills to prepare you to speak with peers, colleagues, the public, and a spectrum of other leaders on climate change impacts and solutions.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Sustainability
Level: 301
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 30

Speaker

  • Dan Barry Director of Path to Positive Communities - ecoAmerica
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 offer through its “special rules for small boards” and provisions for adopting special rules of order.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: 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 into your account on the registration site.

Speaker

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: 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.

Speakers

Friday, November 17th

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NLC University: The New Workforce: Using Post-Employment Benefits for Recruitment

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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 of America’s workforce.  Get access to successful programs from your fellow states to implement in your community.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Management | Public Administration
Level: 201
Audience: Local Elected Officials
Cost: Free