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.


About NLC University

Created by city officials for city officials, NLC University is a unique, multi-dimensional learning experience, offering participants the ability to explore, challenge, and learn – when, where, and how they want.

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Advisory Bodies

NLC University has two advisory bodies, the Board of Advisors and Leadership Fellows. Each group provides valuable feedback and guidance to the direction of University programming.

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Annual Leadership Summit

The National League of Cities' NLC University presents a unique program designed to enhance your success and understanding of your leadership role and responsibilities as an elected official. Join renowned leadership scholars as you engage in a unique, reflective program that will help guide your work and leadership in local government. Insightful learning experiences will provide you the opportunity to reflect, recognize and appreciate what you can do to enhance your success as a municipal leader.

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Certificate Program

NLC University attendees are acknowledged for participation in individual courses, and recognized for achievement over time through the award of certificates based on accumulated credits. Participants are recognized for their achievements at the Annual Leadership Luncheon at the Congress of Cities and Exposition and the Congressional City Conference. 

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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.

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Online Courses

NLC University offers access to online education and training.

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State and Regional Opportunities

Looking for training closer to home? NLC University also partners with state leagues to provide quality education and training across the country.

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