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A course targeting newly elected officials (within one calendar year) that provides some of the most important lessons and strategies for newly elected council members.

Cost: $150 early bird (until June 30) | $160 advance/on site
Level: 3
Credits: 101

*NLC University seminars are not included in the standard conference fee. To enroll in seminars, add the courses to your basket during registration. Already registered for the conference?  Log in to your profile and simply add seminars to your account.

The budget is the single most important policy documents 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?

Learn about the basics of budgeting from an experienced Elected Official and Finance Director team. They will provide insights and an explanation of the basics of the budget and budgeting process to help you gain confidence in your role as an elected official.

Cost: $150 early bird (until June 30) | $160 advance/onsite
Level: 101
Credits: 3

*NLC University seminars are not included in the standard conference fee. To enroll in seminars, add the courses to your basket during registration. Already registered for the conference?  Log in to your profile and simply add seminars to your account.

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 Powers as a roadmap to work in groups to develop a plan that could be implemented for success. This interactive session will use the case study as a way to explore the tools presented in the seminar. You will group and re-group, adopting the role of different characters in the case study, to explore the situation from different leadership positions. Ultimately, you will formulate a plan in which all characters in the case study can come together to lead their community through the challenging situation. After exploring the tools, you will be encouraged to think of how you can apply the tools you used in the hypothetical situation, to a real situation in your community.

Credits: 3
Level: 101
Cost: $150 early bird (until June 30) | $160 advance/on site

*NLC University seminars are not included in the standard conference fee. Add seminars to your basket during registration to enroll. Already registered for the conference?  Log in to your profile and simply add seminars to your account.

This full-day immersion training 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

Credits: 6
Level: 101
Cost: $150 early bird (until June 30) | $160 advance/on site

*NLC University seminars are not included in the standard conference fee. To enroll in seminars, add the courses to your basket during registration. Already registered for the conference?  Log in to your profile and simply add seminars to your account.

 

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:  6
Level: 201/301
Cost: $150 early bird (until June 30) | $160 advance/onsite rate

*NLC University seminars are not included in the standard conference fee. Add seminars to your basket during registration to enroll. Already registered?  Log in to your profile and simply add the seminars to your account.

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: 3
Level: 101
Cost: Free

*NLC University seminars are not included in the standard conference fee. To enroll in seminars, add the courses to your basket during registration. Already registered for the conference?  Log in to your profile and simply add seminars to your account.

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: 3
Level: 101
Cost: $150 by June 30; $160 after June 30

*NLC University seminars are not included in the standard conference fee. To enroll in seminars, add the courses to your basket during registration. Already registered for the conference?  Log in to your profile and simply add seminars to your account.