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Elected Leaders Foundations

""Primary audience

Elected officials

Course time

6 hours (for 8 total courses)

Elected Leaders Foundations is designed to meet the needs of government leaders. A bundling of eight courses, it teaches you the nuts and bolts of city leadership. You’ll gain foundational skills and knowledge in how to run and govern a city.

Courses included are:

-Structure and Function of Cities (45 minutes)
-Open Meeting Law (60 minutes)
-Public Finance 101 and 201 (1 hour 20 minutes)
-Social Media for Elected Officials (25 minutes)
-Risk and Legal Obligations (35 minutes)
-Personnel Management (45 minutes)
-Communicating for Community Engagement (35 minutes)

By completing Elected Leaders Foundations, you will:

  • Understand what type of government your city has, as well as the implications for your role on council and what cities can and cannot do.
  • Become familiar with the Open Meeting Law and your role as an individual vs. as a governing body — including tips for personal effectiveness, such as listening skills and group dynamics.
  • Explore the basic components of a city budget and your responsibility within the budgeting process.
  • Gain a high-level understanding of areas elected officials should be involved in, such as human resources, public engagement, and showing up as a leader.
  • Discover the legal realities of your role and how to manage risk in your city.

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Subject matter experts

Various League of Minnesota Cities and external experts


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$99 per user


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