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8:00 am - 5:00 pm

(NEW) NLC University: Leadership 201: REAL Action – Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government Part II

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As a continuation of the 101-level course, this is the next level of learning in which you will get an opportunity to dig deeper into understanding the components of institutional and systemic racism. Participants will explore best practices for addressing these challenges in local government. Specialists from the NLC REAL (Race, Equity and Leadership) team... Read more »

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

(NEW) NLC University Advocacy, Communications & Engagement 101: Communications Boot Camp – Advocacy: Leading Through Disruption & Supporting Community Dialogue Through Communication

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Build and learn communication skills, strategies to support communication when leading and navigating community/regional disruption. ● What are tool and strategies for communicating during disruption? ● How do you leverage your voice to lead positive disruption? ● Defining Disruption from a Communication Lens ● Explore Types of Disruption:  Growth (Airbnb) Depressed Economy (Closings) Natural Disasters... Read more »

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NLC University Community & Economic Development 201/301: The 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... Read more »

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 Community & Economic Development 201: What Works Cities Certification

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Regardless of whether you are far along in the process of using data to inform your city’s decisions or just getting started, What Works Cities Certification can help you assess your current state of practice and create a roadmap for how to improve. Join What Works Cities partners Results for America, the Center for Government... 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 »

7:30 am - 1:00 pm

NLC University Information Desk

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm

(NEW) Leadership 301: REAL Action – Advancing Racial Equity in Local Justice Reform Initiatives

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Building upon the foundational learning from 101 and 201, participants will explore the opportunities, challenges, and best practices for advancing racial equity through criminal justice focused policies, practices and initiatives. Specialists from NLC’s REAL (Race, Equity, and Leadership) and Justice Reform and Youth Engagement teams will navigate you through case studies of what municipal governments... Read more »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(NEW) Community & Economic Development 201: On the Path to Certification: How to Talk about Your Data-Informed Government

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Talking to Staff and Building an Internal Culture: Developing the right technical skill sets for staff is critical, but it is the strategic cultivation of culture that distinguishes cities that let data-informed practices take root from those that let them die on the vine. Cities that build commitment and culture are more likely to realize... 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 - 12:00 pm

Advocacy, Communications & Engagement 201: Activating Your Community – Citizen Engagement – The What & How

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Engaging your local residents in meaningful ways is not only vital to a thriving community but also an opportunity to create dialogue and move residents to action. Join Dr. Nick Mastronardi, data scientist, economist and civic engagement expert as he shares the ins and outs of why citizen engagement is key to community success. Dr. Mastronardi will... 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 »