2021 Spring workshop

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Join us for the 2021 Spring Workshop! Help us celebrate the success of the Leadership Training Program graduates and develop connections as you network with other city officials. This workshop is open to all elected and appointed local officials. If necessary, this workshop will be moved to an online platform.

Preliminary Agenda
The League may make adjustments to this agenda as needed.

Register here!

Hotel information
Rooms are available by calling the Ramkota Hotel at 701.258.7700 (specify the ND League of Cities block of rooms). the room rate is $109 plus tax. Contact the hotel directly to make your reservation. The release date for the room block is March 29, 2021. Rooms are not guaranteed at these rates after that date. www.ramkotabismarck.com 

Leadership Training Credits
Leadership Training Program participants will have the opportunity to received credits by filling out an LTP card (provided at the workshop). 

50/50 Raffle
We will be selling 50/50 tickets on Tuesday, April 20 only. All proceeds will go towards the Jan Jordan Scholarship Fund. The winner will be announced at the end of the program on Tuesday, April 20. Winner must be present to win. Tickets will be sold for $1.00 each. 

Anyone who plans to attend this workshop and needs assistance because of a disability should contact the League at 701.223.3518.


Our opening speaker is Dr. David Ivan! Dr.David.Ivan.Photo
Dr. David Ivan is nationally recognized for his research on successful community change. A frequent invited speaker on community success at state/provincial, multi-state and national community and rural development conferences in the United States and Canada, David has conducted previous research on community vitality, including a 2011 study entitled "Community Success in the New Economy" and a 2012 study examining community change. His research has been recognized by the Community Development Society as its national research award winner. Ivan received a B.S. degree from Michigan State, an MBA from Penn State, and his PhD from Michigan State with a focus on community sustainability and vitality. David will kick off the Spring Workshop with a session titled "Can Small Towns be Cool?" Today's millennial generation chooses a community before they pursue a job -an approach that places many smaller communities at a disadvantage. Achieving community vitality requires non-traditional community and economic development strategies. Based on the approaches of more than 300 high performing small to mid-sized towns across North America, this session provides real strategies from real communities on enhancing entrepreneurship, strengthening human talent, addressing youth migration, and enhancing place to make small towns a 'cool place' to live and visit.