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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University Leadership 101: Civil Discourse in the Face of Incivility

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Learn to develop your leadership skills in both every day and divisive situations, explore listening with the goal of understanding as an essential part of leadership, and provide an opportunity to practice your skills to plant seeds of leadership and civility in the governing bodies of your communities. Participants will be introduced to The Five... Read more »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University Leadership 101: 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... Read more »

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

(NEW) NLC University Leadership 101: Leading Through Disruption- Navigating Innovation & Change

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According to Forbes, “innovation and disruption are similar in that they are both makers and builders. Disruption takes a left turn by literally uprooting and changing how we think, behave, do business, learn and go about our day-to-day.” NLC University (NLCU) is providing learning in the innovation and disruption space to help local elected leaders... Read more »

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

(NEW) NLC University: Finance & Budgeting 101/201: Budgeting Basics to Intermediary Budgeting

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“The budget is the single most important policy document 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... Read more »

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

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In order to successfully deliver services to citizens, elected officials and the city manager must work as a team where everyone understands their role, gets to contribute their voice, and problem solve. In this seminar, learn tangible skills for effective teamwork between the city manager and council. Learn skills and best practices to facilitate positive... Read more »

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NLC University Management & Public Administration 201: Using the Employee Benefits Package for Recruitment and Retention

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Saving for retirement is a priority for all generations. But various demographic groups differ in what they are interested in right now – Millennials are most interested in flexible work arrangements and wellness initiatives; Generation X is most interested in professional and career development and accumulating savings, and Baby Boomers are most interested in savings... Read more »

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Cannabis Regulation and Cities: What Elected Officials Need to Know

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Early projects to regulate medical and recreational cannabis might best be termed, “The Wild West.” The “norms” of this important public safety service are finally emerging, giving way to turnkey solutions that can be rapidly implemented. More importantly, civic leaders gain the tangible benefit of avoiding the early adopter pitfalls and can build now upon... Read more »

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Optimize Your Processes: Top 10 Best Practices for Spend Management

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Your city employees have more power than ever in how your agencies’ dollars are spent. Uncontrolled, inefficient or invisible spending can impact your city agency from directing much-needed funding into citizen-facing services that are critical to your city. In this session, we will tackle the biggest offenders – your invoice and expense processes. Learn how... Read more »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(NEW) NLC University Advocacy, Communications & Engagement 101: Census 2020: How to Set Your City Up for Success & Where to Start

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The 2020 Census is a historic event with great importance to local leaders being the foundational piece to ensure proper appropriation of federal funding, congressional representation and offering vital data to your community. Join us for a half-day working session to set your city up for success for Census 2020. In this session, you will... Read more »

9:00 am - 9:45 am

How to Attract and Retain a Talented Workforce

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For decades, the employment needs between the public and private sectors were very different. In the public sector, you work for civic duty to build our communities. In the private sector, you serve to build a business and move commodities.  As technology advanced, the need for IT support and services alone quickly changed the employment... Read more »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University Leadership 101: 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... Read more »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University SEHHD 101: Effective Financing Strategies to Build Cities of Opportunity

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Cities are under increasing pressure to address issues that affect the health and well-being of residents. At the same time, they face mounting constraints on resources. This training will: Introduce a financing framework with which cities can assess their funding streams; Explore innovative approaches from funders and other thought leaders on leveraging various sources of... Read more »

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Facebook for Local Government

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Come to learn about the latest tools, tips and best practices that can help you better reach and connect with your constituents on Facebook, and ask us your questions about the platform. Presented by Facebook, an NLC Corporate Partner

12:00 pm - 12:25 pm

The 2020 Count— Ask Census Experts

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Learn how to access and analyze the American Community Survey (ACS) detailed local population and housing information from Census experts using the new platform. This customer-focused platform allows easy access to Census data for all user levels and expertise. Get live demonstrations of this free tool, which provides city-level data tailored to your needs.

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Improve Your City with Data Driven Leadership

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Data offers city leaders ways to improve services. Discover how you can use data to make the quality of life in your city better. Industry leaders and city leaders will discuss the practical applications of data in the work of city government and review key concepts for data use. Find out how to use data... Read more »

4:30 pm - 4:55 pm

Young Municipal Leaders: Building a Network of Problem Solvers

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Nationally, young municipal leaders are continuing to lead their communities in innovative ways. Come to interact with representatives from the Young Municipal Leaders Advisory Group as they discuss the importance of a Young Municipal Leaders Network that can: foster solutions to local challenges, strengthen leaders’ ability to connect with national peers and increase national and... Read more »

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Public Forum: Strategies to Strengthen Local Democracy

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Stronger local democracy is critical, especially during times of national political turmoil, like we’re experiencing today. Join city leaders as they go deeper on a range of topics focused on strengthening the capacity of local government and the vibrancy of civic participation. Local leaders will learn how to overcome the structural hurdles to building local... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

What Cities Can Do When States Push Down Higher Healthcare and Pension Costs

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Pensions play a critical role in the ability of local governments to attract and retain talent. The costs associated with this employee benefit, however, can be substantial. Looking at the total employee compensation package is important for cities, especially when the state pushes down higher healthcare and pension costs. Learn the makeup of the compensation... Read more »

9:00 am - 10:15 am

What Your City’s Budget Says About Local Priorities

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How cities decide to raise revenue and spend money should reflect its community values and priorities. What is your city’s budget saying? Learn how to transform the budget and streamline the process to obtain revenue in ways that do not unfairly burden particular members of the community, and that directs dollars to outcomes that matter... Read more »