NLC UNIVERSITY

NLC University is a collaborative education and professional development initiative developed by the National League of Cities that helps municipal leaders – both elected and appointed – build the skills they need to better govern, serve, and advocate for their communities. 

From Finance and Budgeting, to Leading Through Disruption, NLC University courses are designed to give city leaders the hands-on training to fuel their communities forward. 

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Courses kick off the beginning of Congressional City Conference, setting the stage for an intimate and personalized learning environment where the focus is on developing key leadership skills. These training sessions will help you build a strong foundation for the rest of your conference experience.  

Join NLC University at Congressional City Conference to learn skills like leading equitably, using data to drive your decision-making and building an impact agenda. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn credits towards NLC University certifications. 

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NLC University (Pre-Conference Seminars)

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

NLC University Information Desk

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Are Your Communities Ready? Emergency Management for Elected Officials

Cities are experiencing more frequent and complex extreme events that disproportionately impact communities of color, people with disabilities, and other disadvantaged communities. This 90-minute workshop will introduce elected officials to the basic concepts of emergency management essential to effective and inclusive leadership through all of its phases (Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, Recovery). Attendees will learn about:
  • Understanding their role as elected official working with emergency management staff
  • Creating equitable plans and strategies within each phase
  • Collaborating with diverse stakeholders to build resilience capacity
  • Pre-disaster contracts and resources, and equitably allocating mitigation and recovery resources
  • FEMA basics including the FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant program (BRIC)
NLC University Credits: 2 Cost: $100 *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.

Trainers

  • View full profile for Curtis BrownCurtis Brown Co-Founder - I-DIEM (Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management)
  • Matt Herlocker Emergency Manager & Associate Managing Director - Witt O'Brien's

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Leading Together Boot Camp: Difficult Conversations – How to Recognize Them and How to Have Them

At the heart of almost all chronic problems in our organizations, our governing bodies, and our local government relationships lie difficult conversations – ones that we’re either not holding or not holding very well. When disagreements or disappointments occur, we all too often opt for silence or avoidance instead of engaging in a productive way. Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to listen to your physical cues to know when a conversation is going to be difficult
  • Learn how to recognize the “crucial moments” that precede the opportunity to productively engage in a difficult conversation
  • Learn the tools you can use every day to positively impact even the most challenging situations and individuals
Join our award winning trainers Jim Hunt and Mike Conduff in these fun, fast paced sessions! NLC University Credits: 1 Individual seminar cost: $100 Cost savings! Register for the full "From Policy Priorities to Practice" package: $285 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainers

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

REAL Action 101: Understanding Racial Equity in Local Government

This session provides an introductory overview for city, town, borough and village leaders on the history of institutional and structural racism in America. It will equip leaders with a shared language for racial equity, examine existing racial disparities in the jurisdiction and its implication for advancing racial equity, and introduce important concepts and tools for organizing and operationalizing racial equity. Key learning topics: equity versus equality, implicit and explicit bias, individual and institutional bias, levels of racism, racial equity tools, disaggregating data, community engagement strategies NLC University Credits: 6 Level: 101 Cost: Free *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.

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

UrbanPlan for Elected Officials

Developed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), UrbanPlan 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 interdisciplinary 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. NLC University Credits:  6 Cost: $325 *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.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Leading Together Boot Camp: Conflict Resolution

In local government, conflict, opposing points of view and disagreements are a very real part of the process. As elected and appointed officials we can manage the way we react to conflict and even embrace it when it occurs. Learning Objectives
  • Discover practical, proven alternatives and skills you can call on in even the most difficult and frustrating situations.
  • Recognize the power of Dialogic Practice and how to utilize it for productive resolution.
Join our award winning trainers Jim Hunt and Mike Conduff in these fun, fast paced sessions! NLC University Credits: 2 Individual seminar cost: $100 Cost savings! Register for the full "From Policy Priorities to Practice" package: $285 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainers

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Leading Together Boot Camp: Build an Effective Narrative to Ensure Your Community’s Voice is Heard on the Hill

2020 isn’t just about the election – it’s about policy, partnership, and progress. Want to learn about how to build an effective narrative to ensure your communities voice is heard on the Hill? This session will give you the tools tips and tricks for how to talk about what matters most to Cities, Towns and Villages to our federal leaders. Let’s find your voice in the 2020 election.” Learning Objectives
  • Crafting a national narrative about your local community
  • How to communicate to both national and local stakeholders about the National League of Cities 2020 Cities Agenda
  • Best practices for media interviews
  • How to amplify your voice on social media
NLC University Credits: 1 Individual seminar cost: $100 Cost savings! Register for the full "From Policy Priorities to Practice" package: $285 What's included in the package? *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.

Speaker

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center & NLC University: Bridging Differences Fellowship (By Invitation Only)

Trainer

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A Practical Retirement Approach for the Future of You and Your City

City governments, in their role as employers, are striving to attract talent that can support the critical work of serving communities. However, the wages of state and local government employees tend to be lower than for private sector employees with similar education and experience. So, how can municipal employers provide a more competitive alternative? One way is through employer-sponsored retirement benefits. As several states have reformed their retirement systems since the Great Recession of 2008, it is important for employers and employees alike to understand their pension plan options. This NLCU course equips city leaders with an understanding of DB and DC pension plans, so that their local government can better attract top talent. The class also provides a series of questions that city leaders can use to better understand their plans, the potential for changes and the impact of changes on employees and the competitiveness of the city in the labor market. Learning objectives:
  • Elected officials should recognize which parties (such as pension plan providers, human resources staff, finance staff and employees) they can work with to understand basic pension plan features. They should also understand how they can work with their plan providers to understand employee contribution features and with their human resources staff to better communicate the various pension plan offerings to their employees.
  • Elected officials should understand which pension plans their city provides to government employees. They should also understand how those plans differ for government employees vs. public safety employees.
  • Elected officials should critically analyze whether the benefits their city provides allow them to recruit and retain the workforce their city needs.
NLC University Credits: 2 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.

Speaker

  • Anita Yadavalli, PhD Program Director, City Fiscal Policy Research, Center for City Solutions - NLC

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Grants for Census Rapid Response + Historically Undercounted Communities

GOTC is now! We’ve got $1.6M in census rapid response funding, so let’s talk hard-to-count (HTC) community engagement, toolkits, and money.

Key Takeaways:

  • Introduce and walk people through NLC’s Census Rapid Response grant opportunity and proposal submission process (we’d love for you to submit a proposal while at CCC!).
  • Lift up best practices and concrete GOTC activities to engage historically undercounted communities using existing toolkits from Leadership Conference, Naleo, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, etc.

NLC University (Pre-Conference Seminars)

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

NLC University Information Desk

9:00 am - 10:15 am

From Policy Priorities to Practice: Stanford Design School – Emerging Solutions in Housing Eviction Policy

Building from the Stanford Legal Design Lab’s policy research and human-centered design approach come learn about how local communities specifically using a design thinking lens to share best practices for confronting the eviction crisis and to encourage innovative pilot programs and approaches
  • Establish an understanding of the main service, technology, and other programs, and policies to respond to the eviction crisis
  • Map out the coalitions and processes that can be used to initiate and launch programs that involve multiple actors (including courts, executive agencies, and community organizations), and
  • Profile participatory workshops to involve a wider set of stakeholders in program design, and early testing of new initiatives.
NLC University Credits: 1 Individual seminar cost: Free Cost savings! Register for the full "From Policy Priorities to Practice" package: $285 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainers

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Leading Through Disruption: You Don’t Know What’s Coming but You Know You Need to be Ready for It

One certainty of municipal leadership is that disruption happens in all cities, whether by accident or design. When change happens, leaders, staff, and residents all respond from our own interests and needs. Structuring governance to account for and engage with those stakeholders before, during, and after disruption ensures a stronger path forward for everyone; it also ensures your leadership is most evident in the moments it is most needed. Learning Objectives
  • Participants will identify sources of inherent disruption, including demographic changes, organizing, and their own policies and decisions.
  • Participants will be able to identify an array of responses to change, including identifying and deconstructing various forms of resistance.
  • Participants will gain skills and tools to work with stakeholders and their responses before, during, and after disruption.
NLC University Credits:  1 Individual seminar cost: $100 Cost savings! Register for the full "Leading Through Disruption" package: $300 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainer

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Making Robert’s Rules Work for You

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 offers through its “special rules for small boards” and provisions for adopting special rules of order. After taking this course, participants will be able to:
  • List four fundamental guidelines for effective meetings
  • Take action when the guidelines are broken
  • Describe how motions work in Robert’s Rules
  • Label and respond to 5 inappropriate remarks
  • State the authority of chair, members, and staff under Robert’s Rules
NLC University Credits: 3 Cost: $185 *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.

Trainer

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

From Policy Priorities to Practice: False Precision: why 73% of the data you use to make decisions is misleading and misinterpreted…and how you can detect it and fight back.

We are deluged with data; even simple decisions require mountains of information. Much of it is helpful, providing needed context for complex issues, and 94.7% is accurate. But we too rarely step back and ask if the data is truly relevant and responds to the questions being asked, even if we sense that something isn’t quite right. And so we are regularly and unknowingly misled and misdirected by our misunderstanding and misuse of data. Using numerous examples from communities like yours, we’ll try to find insights into how to better question, detect, and challenge “bad data,” and provide policymakers with the information they really need to formulate policy choices. Topics that would likely be visited might include: census data, budgeting, revenue calculation, transportation analyses, public safety and policing, income distribution, homelessness and poverty, housing affordability, performance metrics, false precision, how polling and surveys work and when they don’t, how data graphs can be accidentally or purposely misleading, measuring climate-change mitigation efforts, the endless collection of “best of” lists and why they’re almost always meaningless, a bit of fun with probability and statistics (no math needed here, just some curiosity), and a look at a wide variety of news articles that rely on seemingly precise numbers. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples from their communities to this fast-paced and very interactive session, where together we’ll puzzle out the ways that seemingly accurate data can still be so misleading. Oh…and if you didn’t immediately recognize the two percentages noted above as examples of our problem: this class is for you. Learning Objectives
  • Ability to detect questionable data, and determine if it might not be relevant to the policy issue
  • Ability to formulate questions about data that can help illuminate its relevance
  • Ability to investigate other data sources to improve/replace misleading information
  • Greater comfort using, understanding, and questioning data
NLC University Credits: 2 Individual seminar cost: $100 Cost savings! Register for the full "From Policy Priorities to Practice" package: $285 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainer

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Leading Through Disruption: Preparing Yourself and Your Staff to be an Adaptable Leader Managing Change

Leaders walk in knowing that to meet their objectives, they will need to make changes. Change brings resistance and headwinds. How you lead in those moments of change can either create momentum to move your project forward or more hurdles, and will ultimately define your legacy. We will identify strategies for internal management – what do you do, personally, to maintain equilibrium when things get difficult? We will identify management strategies – what does resistance look like from people you work with and how can you manage your staff through transition and move to a place of action and collaboration? You will leave with a set of strategies that will be a solid foundation for the changes needed to make your vision real and attainable. Learning Objectives
  • Participants will explore disruption in the context of policy and decision making as well as the unforeseen events and challenges.
  • Participants will identify personal values they hew to in moments of challenge and how to stay true to that while working through a trying challenge.
  • Participants will identify what resistance in municipal governance can look like and devise strategies to navigate that resistance to successfully reach the other side of change.
NLC University Credits: 2 Individual seminar cost: $100 Cost savings! Register for the full "Leading Through Disruption" package: $300 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainer

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

From Policy to Practice- Mobility 101: The Future of Sustainable Mobility is Shared: Cars, Curbs and Cities

With rapidly growing populations and changing demographics, communities of the future will continue to battle increased congestion. To combat this, communities must increase their reliance on the most basic principle- sharing. As technology continues to evolve and the economic model of ownership changes, system operators will be pushed to achieve peak efficiency, while users will demand increased personalization and responsiveness. What does that mean for our cities, cars and curbs of the future? This training will help participates answer:
  • How cities are currently using public private partnerships to test new allocations of curb space for mobility use cases.
  • What feedback cities have received from residents on priorities for public right of way, land use allocation.
  • How cities are currently balancing emerging mobility, existing public partners, public transit, and other modes in the resign of public space.
  • Potential next steps to leverage mobility disruptions to meet city or regional goals, increase equity, improve local economies and more
NLC University Credits: 1 Individual seminar cost: $100 Cost savings! Register for the full "From Policy Priorities to Practice" package: $285 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainer

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Leading Through Disruption: Office Hours Small Group Coaching With Betsy Hodges

The NLCU office hours are an opportunity to meet with an expert and a small network of peers in an intimate setting. During the office hours you will dive deeper into the subject matter, enjoy direct engagement with the expert, and create custom solutions for when you return home. Betsy Hodges was the 47th mayor of Minneapolis. In her role as mayor, she focused on three clear goals: running the city well, growing a great city and increasing equity. Her priorities were ensuring the City works well for everyone and that all people can contribute to – and benefit from – the growth and prosperity of Minneapolis. Some of Mayor Hodges’ key initiatives included: her Cradle to K Cabinet, creating a Zero Waste Minneapolis, improving police-community relations, and helping small businesses thrive. A speaker, writer, and consultant, Mayor Hodges currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Cities United, a consultant to organizations working with cities to improve equitable outcomes for people of color. Mayor Hodges recently served as a Residential Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics.
  • Office hours are 30 minutes in length. Please arrive 5 minutes early.
  • Cities are required to complete an office hour form that will be sent out in January, 2020
  • All applicants will be contacted by NLCU regarding their application status by February, 2020
Office hour options:
  • 1-1:30 PM
  • 1:45-2:15 PM
NLC University Credits: 1 per office hour session Office hour session cost: $150 Cost savings! Register for the full "Leading Through Disruption" package: $300 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainer

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Working with your Planning and Economic Development Staff

Learn how Elected Officials can work to incorporate their ideas and agendas into their communities’ planning and economic development vision and goals, as well as influence the strategies, policy framework, and messaging of these crucial city functions. How to assess your local planning and economic strengths and weaknesses, your community’s place in the broader regional economy, and your current policy framework. How to work with planning and economic development staff as well as external partners to advance your vision for the community. NLC University Credits: 3 Cost: $185 *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.

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

From Policy Priorities to Practice: Leveraging data to optimize service delivery and overcome common operational challenges

This workshop provides government leaders, program managers, and data professionals the ability to identify and develop project execution plans for successful data analytics projects. The session empowers your government to find meaningful opportunities where data analytics can provide value, a framework for selecting which projects to pursue, and a guide for identifying the building blocks of a project execution plan. Learning Objectives
  • Understand the strategic role analytics can play in government
  • Learn a framework for identifying operational challenges that can be addressed with data analytics
  • Ideate opportunities for data analytics projects
NLC University Credits: 1 Individual seminar cost: Free Cost savings! Register for the full "From Policy Priorities to Practice" package: $285 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainer

  • Oliver Wise Director, Socrata Data Academy - Tyler Technologies

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Get Ready to Make Your Pitch on Capitol Hill––Deep Dive Training

Share rules of the road to embrace; not step into traps; know how to convey a message. We invite you to join us for this interactive workshop to help you effectively engage Members of Congress during our upcoming Capitol Hill Day. We'll share the tools and techniques for you to convey key messages in a compelling manner on behalf of the NLC and your local communities. You'll learn to embrace communications discipline, how to take control and drive the conversation, and how to reframe and answer questions. The workshops also will feature role-playing exercises for hard news interviews, background briefings, and editorial board meetings. Ed Belkin, a leading strategic communications and public affairs expert. Ed brings extensive experience at the broadcast network and local station levels, in government, at global public relations agencies, and at major trade associations. NLC University Credits: 2 Cost: $100 *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.

Trainer

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

From Policy Priorities to Practice: Creating a Workforce “System” to Increase Opportunity and Employment in Cities

Learning Objectives
  • Understanding the funding, programs and goals of federal and state workforce funding
  • Overview of the role of local communities in workforce development
  • Basics of the advocacy needed to ensure workforce is a priority within economic development
NLC University Credits: 1 Individual seminar cost: 100 Cost savings! Register for the full "From Policy Priorities to Practice" package: $285 What's included in the package? *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.

Trainer

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Small Group Coaching For Your Capitol Hill Visit Pitch

The NLCU office hours are an opportunity to meet with an expert and a small network of peers in an intimate setting. During the office hours you will dive deeper into the subject matter and enjoy direct engagement with the expert. Ed Belkin, a leading strategic communications and public affairs expert. Ed brings extensive experience at the broadcast network and local station levels, in government, at global public relations agencies, and at major trade associations. Office hours are 45 minutes in length. Please arrive 5 minutes early. Cities are required to complete an office hour form that will be sent out in January, 2020 All applicants will be contacted by NLCU regarding their application status by February, 2020. NLC University Credits: 1 Cost: $85 *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.

Trainer

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

NLC University Awards Happy Hour

QUESTIONS?

Please contact the NLC University team at university@nlc.org.