Growing Leadership in Local Government

In collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, we are excited to offer and pilot a leadership cohort. The curriculum for this cohort has been designed in partnership with a Local Government Advisory Group with a mission and vision for maximizing resources for government agencies and others serving our communities.

Program Purpose

This program is a nine-month engaging and dynamic leadership program designed to help cohort participants:

  • Strengthen leadership knowledge and skills for personal and professional leadership effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Gain awareness and apply strategies to build effective teams and inclusive environments at work and with the public.
  • Enhance regional knowledge and build a robust and supportive network of public leaders across the region.

Who Should Attend?

New, emerging, and current local government and public organizational staff and unit leaders working in cities, counties, and other governmental agencies from across the region who desire personal and professional growth and the opportunity to engage in skill-building, leadership learning, collaboration, and project planning with others from the region. Participants will be expected to commit to participating in all sessions and activities (approximately 100 hours). Our goal is to recruit

multi-jurisdictional participants from each county across the region. Cohort size limited to 20-24 participants.

Program Format and Expectations

The 2022 pilot program will include a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help participants process, apply and manage new information that leads to positive results for themselves, their teams, workplaces and communities.

Seven in-person and two virtual sessions will be held once/month. All in-person sessions will be held at Resource Training & Solutions’ headquarters in Sartell. All sessions will include leadership education taught by U of M Leadership and Civic Engagement Extension Educators and/or local leaders with specific expertise. To help participants gain individualized knowledge and skills, they will be completing at least two leadership assessments with individualized feedback. Additionally, each participant will have the opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills to their professional or personal leadership project (which they bring to and work on) during the program.  

Participants will be organized into Peer Learning Project Teams for the duration of the program as a way to learn with peers, apply program learning, and build a foundation for a sustained, local network. Finally, participants will be expected to complete a few program ‘assignments’ outside of sessions, e.g. complete leadership assessments, review materials, and attend one meeting with their Peer Learning Project Team.

Program Cost

Tuition for the entire program is $1,500 for Resource members, $1,800 for non-members. Fee includes all cohort education, related materials, and meals for in-person sessions.

For More Information:

Contact Julie Toole at or (320) 255-3236 x333

Through a collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension we are able to provide Growing Leadership in Local Government