Spring workshop

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Help us celebrate the success of the Leadership Training Program graduates and develop connections as you socialize with other city officials from around the state. This workshop is open to all elected and appointed local officials.
Register Here

The workshop registration is $200.
All cancellations must be sent to chelsey@ndlc.org. No phone calls for cancellations will be accepted. The cancellation deadline is Monday, March 21. No refund will be given, and outstanding invoices must be paid for cancellations after March 21. 

Additional Training: Key Elements of Grant Writing
Wednesday, March 30  1:00-3:00 p.m.
This session will cover the key elements of grant writing for cities. This includes how to identify when it is appropriate to seek grant funding, how to find grants, how to determine which grants will fit with your project, how to apply for a grant and the record keeping and reporting required by the grant.
Additional Registration: $40 (per person) and is required to attend this session.

Hotel Information
Rooms are available by calling the Baymont at 701-663-7401 (specify the NDLC Spring Workshop block of rooms). The room rate is $86.40 for a single and $94 for a double. Contact the hotel directly to make your reservation. The release date for the room block is March 14, 2022. Rooms are not guaranteed at this rate after that date.

Leadership Training Credits
Leadership Training Program participants will have the opportunity to receive 15 credits by filling our a LTP card (available at registration).

50/50 Raffle

We will be selling 50/50 tickets at the registration table on Tuesday, March 29 only. All proceeds will go towards the Jan Jordan Scholarship Fund. The winner will be announced during the Networking Social on Tuesday, March 29. Winner must be present to win. Tickets will be sold for $1.00 each. 

Spring Workshop Opening Speaker
Dave Pearce

Dave Pearce is more widely known around the Bismarck area as “PAPA” at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. He and his mother Suzie started the Pumpkin Patch in 1983, and were joined by Tracy, his sister in 1989. It has been named “…One of America’s TOP TEN” for the past 10 years— if you’ve been there, you have a hunch why!  Dave says, “he borrows a little pixie dust from Walt Disney!”   

An actual graduate of Disney University, Dave likes first to be known as a FARMER.  “Fingers in the soils, seeds in his pockets, and a little water always close.” His educational background is Agricultural Education as he is a graduate of NDSU. He furthered his studies at George Washington University in Russian Language and Culture. The combination landed him in an Agricultural Exchange Program with what was then the Soviet Union— he lived and worked on Soviet State and Collective Farms in the summer of 1977, coming home to start what was named Papa’s Greenhouse— a dream his father had for him.


The greenhouse expanded to a Pumpkin Patch and has developed and grown into an annual event destination for 50-60,000 guests. In later years, they added a Polar Patch, making fun in the sun & snow with Christmas trees- sleigh rides, sled rides campfires, jingle bells, and a skating rink!


Dave has pulled from his educational background and Pumpkin Patch experiences to become a senior volunteer with Winrock International and Roots-Africa in developing Train-the-Trainer materials and support for helping agricultural cooperatives across Africa.  

Thank you to our 2022 Spring Workshop Sponsors!

AE2S Nexus
Bank of North Dakota
Bartlett & West
Black Mountain Software
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
Core & Main
Economic Development Association of North Dakota
North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund
North Dakota Rural Water
OMB State Procurement