The preconference workshops are open to all municipal elected officials and anyone working in municipal government. These are additional educational opportunities not included in the general registration fee. The fee to attend depends on the workshop selected.

Civil Discourse in the Face of Incivility

Municipal officials can face incivility from residents and others in both everyday interactions and contentious situations. Learn to develop leadership skills to navigate and resolve conflicts in a professional manner. Explore listening with the goal of understanding as an essential part of leadership and practice new skills to inspire engagement and civility.

Thursday         9:00 a.m. ­­­­– Noon        Cost: $60

Revolutionizing Government in the 21st Century

Residents have come to expect more from local leaders in terms of expertise, creativity and proactive problem solving. Increased scrutiny, expanding regulations, a shifting political landscape and significant workforce challenges add up to a valuable opportunity to drive innovation and lead to a better future. Take home sound strategies and specific ideas to make change in your city.

Thursday         9:00 a.m. ­­­­– Noon        Cost: $60

Media Training for a New Media World

Every elected official will be faced with a crisis at some point, whether it’s a natural disaster, a violent incident, a personnel issue or infrastructure failure. Advance preparation means more than just a crisis plan on paper. Learn from a team of media professionals how to get ready for an on-camera interview, prepare concise talking points and ensure your message gets to the right audiences. 

This session is limited to 35 registrants.

Thursday         9:00 a.m. ­­­­– Noon        Cost: $90