Career Accelerators and Leadership Development

This track will emphasize approaches essential for successful leadership These universal pillars of success, include leadership, culture and innovation. These elements are essential to organizational growth and rest upon the qualitative approaches of inspired leaders and motivated employees. Throughout the track, you will gain insights to developing a leadership vision that inspires dedication and commitment among employees. Workshops will stress development and utilization of strategies to undergird career choices that are particularly useful for individuals whose life work will be public administration

The Inclusive Leaders: Leading in the Era of Workplace Diversity | Effectuate Strategies for Salary Negotiations | Effectively Communicating Up the Organization | So You Want to Be a City Manager? | Integrated Leadership Development | Conflict Resolution: Are We in Sync? | Managing Social Media and Controlling the Message | Women’s Leadership – Navigating the C Suite | Political Appointees: Unearned vs Earned Power | Engaging Talent: The What, Why and How of Employee Engagement | How Can You Jumpstart A Powerful Conversation at Work | Good Boss, Bad Boss | Leadership is More Than a Word | The Future is Now; Leadership Trends and Skills

Housing, Education and Health


Urban areas are complex and dynamic systems, that drive physical, social environmental and economic transitions. Health, education and housing are three of the critical systems challenging the capacity of urban areas to endure and prosper. Workshops in this track are designed to address the relationships between the physical conditions evident in urban areas; the need to address matters of housing, health and well-being; the desirability of linking social improvement with economic progress; the growing awareness of environmental issues; the containment of housing growth with economic responses to low income housing; and the changing purpose and nature of urban policy, e.g. social welfare versus economic progress.

Beyond Park Planning ... and Beyond the Park: The Role of Urban Parks for Sustainable City | Safeguarding Equitable Neighborhood Change | The Epidemic of Human Trafficking| Have a New Conversation About Police Community Communications | Affordability and Innovations in Housing | Meeting the Challenge of an Aging Workforce| Youth Violence Opportunities for Intervention | Consent Decrees: How Are Cities Progressing? | How Place Determines Opportunity | Engaging Citizens in Heath and Housing Interventions

Infrastructure, Economic Development and Technology

Infrastructure, Economic Development and Technology in the resurrection, stability and or growth of municipalities can only be addressed here at NFBPA. Learn innovative approaches to meet challenges communities face in reinvesting in infrastructure and creating equitable economic opportunities. This is an opportunity to share best practices and emerging trends in technology to enhance governance, improve timely executive decision making, and protect your organization from threats-outside and within.

Bridges, Roads, Highways … Oh my! Cyber Security and Phishing Scams: Don’t Bait the Hook | Close the Digital Divide: Connectivity in Public Housing | Net Neutrality: Protecting your Cyber Civil Rights | Open Data: What the Buzz is All About | Bridges of Poverty — The New Workforce | Disaster Preparedness; Testing the Resiliency of Your Government | Future Technologies Which Will Upend Local Government: Are You Ready? | Lessons Learned from the Atlanta Beltline Project | Using Technology to Manage Our Infrastructure Assets

Emerging Topics, Accountability Ethics Transparency

Public trust is and has been the expectation which overrides all other aspect of government. Violating the public trust results in long-lasting stigma associated with the public administrator who forgets that expectation. The contemporary public administrator understands and promotes an environment and culture that focuses on the highest ethical standards and accountability to citizens, employees, businesses and organizations depending on services provided by the various levels of government and their partners.

In addition to accountability and transparency, local governments are being challenged to deal with new and many emerging issues. The impact of regulating disruptive technologies, how the sharing economy will change how cities function, the legalization of marijuana and building innovation local economies. How can local governments balance public policy, the needs of its citizens and the growth of these new challenges?

How to Balance Your Personal and Professional Presence Online | Should I Do That? Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace | Productivity and Accountability in Telework: Challenges and Successes | Performance and Accountability in the Workplace: Strategies for Managers and Employees | Open Government What Does That Mean? | Checks and Balances — Are Employee Background Checks the New Normal? | Trending: Social Impact Bonds | Weathering the Drought: Rethinking Law Enforcement Recruitment Strategies for a Withering Pool | Public Private Partnerships (P3’s) | Demystifying the Pension Fund for the Public and You! | Developing and Balancing an Effective Capital Budget