NLC University Seminars

Preconference Training

Saturday, March 10, 2018

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Leadership 101 : REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government Part I

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. Trainers: Leon Continue Reading »

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Community & Economic Development 201/301: The Urban Plan for Elected Officials 

Developed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Urban Plan is a realistic and engaging simulation in which participants learn about the fundamental forces that affect urban development. You’ll get the chance to collaborate with peers as you play an interdisciplinary real estate development team experiencing the challenging issues, private and public-sector roles, complex trade-offs and fundamental economics in play when Continue Reading »


  • Sean Geygan Senior Associate, UrbanPlan and Professional Development - Urban Land Institute
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Finance and Budgeting 101: Budgeting Basics (The WHAT)

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 help policymakers to easily and understandably translate their decisions into actions that move their community forward? Or has Continue Reading »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Leadership 201: Civil Discourse in the Face of Incivility

Learn to develop your leadership skills in both every day and divisive situations. Discover how to actively listen and get an opportunity to practice your skills planting seeds of leadership and civility in the governing bodies of your communities. Participants will be introduced to The Five Powers— imagination, voice, change and transition, commitment and teamwork as a roadmap to solve Continue Reading »


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Finance and Budgeting 201: Tying the Budget to Priorities and Long Range Planning (The WHY)

How do we connect our strategic plan and priorities to the budget?”  In reality, these two documents often don’t even touch on the shelf! After learning in Budgeting 101 exactly what the budget is and understanding the data contained in it, this workshop moves into the power of the data, and how this useful information is used to inform decision Continue Reading »

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Leadership 101: You won the election, now what?

Most elected officials have spent many sleepless nights worrying about getting elected or re-elected.  Once you have claimed victory, you need to determine how to run your office and conduct business.  Public service is a full-time job in addition to all your other responsibilities.  How are you planning to accommodate all the requests for your time?  How do you plan Continue Reading »


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Management and Public Administration 201: The Changing Workforce: Using Post Employment Benefits for Recruitment

Saving for retirement is a priority for all generations. But various demographic groups differ in what they are interested in right now – millennials are interested in flexible work arrangements and wellness initiatives; Generation X is interested in professional and career development, health insurance, wellness initiatives and accumulating savings; and baby boomers are most interested in savings for retirement. Each Continue Reading »

Sunday, March 11, 2018

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Leadership 201 : REAL Action- Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government Part II

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, Continue Reading »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Leadership 101: The Ethical Leader: Rules and Tools

Ethical public leadership is more than simply following the law. This seminar enhances municipal leaders’ abilities to assess situations that challenge morals and make ethically defensible choices. Beginning with some fundamental elements of 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 Continue Reading »

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Community & Economic Development 201: Leveraging Community Assets Through Public Private Partnerships

Public-private partnerships have become necessary in contemporary development as communities seek urban revitalization with increased community benefits such as affordable housing, transit-oriented development, infrastructure and placemaking. As important as these partnerships are, frequently opportunities are missed and deals poorly made because many public agencies have a weak understanding of the private real estate development process and its economics, resulting in Continue Reading »


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Leadership 201: The Ethical Leader: Fostering a Culture of Ethics

Build on skills developed in The Ethical Leader: Rules and Tools seminar through an expanded conversation and hands-on training about fostering a culture of ethics and nurturing ethical behavior in others. Trainer: Scott Paine Level: 201 Curriculum: Leadership Credits:3 Cost: $150 early bird until January 31 | $160 regular

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Elected officials and the city manager must work as a team to successfully deliver services to citizens. Learn tangible skills for effective teamwork between the city manager and council. Get skills and best practices to facilitate positive and productive meetings, create a healthy work environment, and clearly define roles. Hear insights from seasoned city officials with over 30 years of Continue Reading »

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Safety, Health & Human Development 101: Thriving Cities: Working Towards Comprehensive Approaches to Improve Health & Well-Being

Across the country, city leaders are taking action to address the underlying factors that influence how long we live and how well we live. This seminar is designed to build your capacity to develop more comprehensive approaches to governing through efforts that engage a variety of sectors, are data-driven and advance equity.  Join your peers for an interactive and engaging Continue Reading »

Monday, March 12, 2018

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Advocacy, Communications, & Engagement 101: Understanding Federal Advocacy

Now that you’ve scheduled a meeting with your legislator, what do you do? This session will prepare you to start or continue a strong working relationship with your legislators on Capitol Hill and lobby effectively for cities’ top legislative priorities. Learn more about legislators, develop your own personalized “elevator speech” on legislative issues, and find out more about NLC’s resources Continue Reading »


  • Ashley Smith Senior Associate, Grassroots Advocacy - National League of Cities (NLC)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Advocacy, Communications & Engagement 201: Dealing with the Media

Learn more about the trends shaping media engagement today and get strategies to tactfully manage media. Discover how to successfully use social media and learn best practices for leaders presented with opportunities for media interviews. Level: 201 Curriculum: Advocacy, Communications, and Engagement Credits: 3 Cost: Free