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.

2021 Spring Workshop Agenda

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Hotel information
Rooms are available by calling the Ramkota Hotel at 701.258.7700 (specify the ND League of Cities block of rooms). Contact the hotel directly to make your reservation. www.ramkotabismarck.com 

Leadership Training Credits
Leadership Training Program participants will have the opportunity to receive 11.5 credits by filling out an LTP card (provided at the workshop).
Those listed here will be acknowledged during our awards luncheon on April 21 during the Spring 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. 

THANK YOU to our 2021 Spring Workshop Sponsors

Apex Engineering Group
Black Mountain Software
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Commercial Recreation Specialists
Core & Main
Dakota Supply Group
Farmers Union Insurance
Interstate Engineering
Moore Engineering, Inc.
North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association
RDO Equipment Co.
Vogel Law Firm


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.

Mylo Hatzenbuhler 

Mylo H.Get ready for a good laugh as you hear the story of Mylo Hatzenbuhler, the humble farmboy who has become known as the "Strasburg Superstar" to his followers, a fourth-generation fictional farmboy who lives with his fictional wife and family on a fictional farm "eight miles east of Strasburg and a half," as Mylo puts it. Mylo S. Hatzenbuhler ("The 's' doesn't stand for anything: my Papa dropped a noodle on the birth certificate") was born on a hot day in August to Alma and Reinie Hatzenbuhler, the second of five children; he grew up in Strasburg, ND, and was just a normal, humble farmboy until that fateful day: "The news came over the school loudspeaker that Elvis Parsley had died. I was only 15 at the time, but I remember like it was yesterday; I turned to my 5th-grade teacher and said, 'The world needs me.'"  Since that day, Mylo has gone on to extinguish himself in the musical world; successfully juggling farming and his rock star career, appearing in 20 states so far, he does concerts throughout the year (except during calving season) and is now known everywhere as North Dakota's biggest rock & roll artist, "The Strasburg Superstar!"