NLC University Leadership Summit to Spotlight Innovation in Silicon Valley

Cities leaders from around the country will learn new ways of driving innovation in their communities from top university experts, practitioners and industry leaders in Silicon Valley at the 2014 NLC University Leadership Summit. Focused on "Leading through Innovation," the summit will be hosted by the city of Mountain View, Calif., and held in neighboring Santa Clara, from August 13 to 16, 2014.

The annual Leadership Summit was established as an interactive leadership retreat designed specifically for local government officials, both elected and appointed. With a more limited group size, the Summit fosters a personalized learning experience with significant audience involvement.

This two and a half day summit will begin with a focus on personal leadership development, helping city leaders see challenges in a fresh light and develop creative new options for progress.

The summit will also highlight opportunities to drive innovation within city government. These will include structural and cultural shifts that empower city staff and community residents to become partners in the city's progress, as well as process and technology innovations that yield greater efficiency and quality in city services.

The program will include a focused session on fostering innovation in the local economy, and will take advantage of the location in Silicon Valley to explore how data and technology are changing cities and towns across the country.

NLC has collaborated with Mountain View City Councilmember Mike Kasperzak and NLC corporate partner, Google, to bring participants an exciting taste of the surrounding area, including two evening receptions and a special tour showcasing some highlights of this vibrant, high-tech region.

NLC members are eligible to apply for the Michael H.T. Lynch Memorial Scholarship, which awards the recipient a $2,500 stipend to cover travel expenses and the Summit registration fee. The scholarship was created in remembrance of former member Michael Lynch, who died in a shooting at a city council meeting in Kirkwood, Mo., in 2008.

Michael H.T. Lynch exemplified the leadership skills that the NLC University Leadership Summit attempts to cultivate in its participants: a devotion to public service, and pursuing continuing education in order to improve their leadership skills and better serve their community.

Register now for the 2014 NLC University Leadership Summit. Questions? Contact NLC University at