NLC University's programs address the four essential proficiency areas needed by local elected and appointed officials, city and state league staff. Each proficiency area focuses on essential core skills and topics necessary for local leaders.

The four proficiency areas are:


  • Personal and Organizational Leadership Development
  • Communication
  • Ethics


  • Governance
  • Budgeting & Finance
  • Data
  • Technology


  • Advocacy
  • Civic Outreach
  • Collaboration

Issue Expertise

  • Economic Development
  • Innovation
  • Big Ideas and Best Practices


From introductory overviews to in-depth explorations, participants have a wide range of subject areas to choose and benefit from regardless of their background, experience, region, or the size of their municipality.

  • 101: Mastering the Fundamentals
  • 201: Deep Dives
  • 301: Fostering Innovation