NLCU at the Congressional City Conference




More courses to be announced. 

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Community & Economic Development: The UrbanPlan for Elected Officials

9:00 am – 5:00 pm| Cost: $285

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.

Credits: 6 | Level: 201/301


  • Jess Zimbabwe, Director of Urban Development and Leadership Development, National League of Cities. Director of the Daniel Rose Fellowship
  • Gideon Berger, Program Director, Daniel Rose Fellowship. The Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use. A program of the National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with the Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Sophie Lambert, Senior Director, UrbanPlan, Urban Land Institute 

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Leadership: The Ethical Leader: Rules and Tools

9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Cost: $185

Ethical public leadership is more than simply following the law. This seminar enhances municipal leaders’ abilities to assess ethically difficult situations and to make ethically defensible choices. Beginning with some fundamental elements of ethical 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 framework to ethically difficult choices involving real municipal government actions.

Credits: 3 | Level: 101

Trainer: Dr. Scott Paine, Director of Leadership Development and Education, Florida League of Cities

Leadership: The First 100 Days in Office- Building an Impact Agenda

9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Cost: $185

A course for newly elected officials and those wanting to brush up on building a short-term impact agenda. Come ready to plan, set goals and hit the ground running!  

Credits: 3 | Level: 101

Trainer: Malcom Chapman, President and Founder, The Chapman Group, Former Council Member, Rapid City, South Dakota

Finance & Budgeting: Budgeting for Economic Inclusivity

9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Cost: $185

Participants in this session will learn through hands-on, interactive and applied learning how to apply a Priority Based Budgeting approach to fuel resources towards the achievement of Economic Inclusivity. Priority Based Budgeting is framework for evaluating options and alternatives with respect to resource allocation decisions, and fundamentally a means to achieve a solution to a particular challenge, or set of challenges. The challenge is that most organizations have new programs and services they wish to launch, in order to create a brighter future for their communities, but they don’t have the people or the money to launch these new services. At the same time, for many, the cost of providing current services continues to increase, putting additional strain on the resources available to achieve the Results that matter most to their citizens. Applying PBB, organizations discover solutions to optimize their current resources, and explore opportunities to attain new resources in order to successfully launch the new programs and bolster the highest priority programs required to create the best future they can.

Credits: 3 | Level: 201

Trainer: Chris Fabian, Co-Founder, Center for Priority Based Budgeting

Leadership: Civil Discourse- Moving Toward Yes

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm |Cost: $185

Learn to develop your leadership skills in both every day and divisive situations, explore listening with the goal of understanding as an essential part of leadership, and provide an opportunity to practice your skills to plant seeds of leadership and civility in the governing bodies of your communities. Participants will be introduced to The Five Powers as a roadmap to work in groups to develop a plan that could be implemented for success. This interactive session will use the case study as a way to explore the tools presented in the seminar. You will group and regroup, adopting the role of different characters in the case study, to explore the situation from different leadership positions. Ultimately, you will formulate a plan in which all characters in the case study can come together to lead their community through the challenging situation. After exploring the tools, you will be encouraged to think of how you can apply the tools you used in the hypothetical situation, to a real situation in your community.

Credits: 3 | Level: 101

Trainer: Malcom Chapman, President and Founder, The Chapman Group, Former Council Member, Rapid City, South Dakota

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Advocacy & Communications: Federal Advocacy 101

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm |Cost: Free Seminar!

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 pitch” on legislative issues, and find out more about NLC’s resources for your city to make an impact — both in Washington and at home.

Credits: 3 | Level: 101

Trainer: Ashley Smith, Senior Associate, Grassroots Advocacy, National League of Cities