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The Institute of Excellence

Designed by Nebraska Extension, The NACO Institute of Excellence is a program of professional development for county officials. Participants will network with peers across the state as they grow leadership capacities in the roles they serve. This year the in-person sessions will be split by district and held in conjunction with the NACO District Meetings. Online sessions will include the entire group.

Topics explored will include:

  • Getting to Know Your County and Region Through Data
  • Priority Planning for Community Leaders
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Leadership Transition
  • Engaging Stakeholders and Community on County Priorities
  • Working More Effectively with Others
  • 2023 Session Dates

    Session One: Getting Strategic About Your County and Region
    March (in-person) Session will be held immediately following each NACO District Meeting from 1pm-5pm.

    Thursday, March 16, 2023
    1pm-5pm CST
    Southeast—Southeast Community College Career Academy, Lincoln, NE

    Friday, March 17, 2023
    1pm-5pm CST
    Northeast—Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, NE

    Thursday, March 23, 2023
    1pm-5pm CST
    Central—Leadership Center, Aurora, NE

    Wednesday, March 29, 2023
    1pm-5pm MST
    Panhandle—Gering Civic Center, Gering, NE

    Thursday, March 30, 2023
    1pm-5pm CST
    West Central—MidPlains North Campus, North Platte, NE

    Session Two: Exploring Adaptive Leadership
    May 10, 2023 - Online

    Session Three: Navigating Leadership Transition
    July 26, 2023 - Online

    Session Four: Engaging Others in the Work of the County
    September (in-person) Session will be held immediately following each NACO District Meeting from 1pm-5pm.

    Thursday, September 14, 2023
    1pm-5pm CST
    Southeast- Eugene T Mahoney State Park, Ashland.

    Friday, September 15, 2023
    1pm-5pm CST
    Northeast– Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk

    Thursday, September 2, 2023
    1pm-5pm CST
    Central- Holiday Inn, Kearney

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    1pm-5pm MST
    Panhandle- Bridgeport Community Center, Bridgeport

    Thursday, September 28, 2023
    1pm-5pm CST
    West Central- MPCC North Campus, North Platte

    Session Five: Certificate Ceremony
    December, 2023 - Kearney*

    *In conjunction with NACO’s Annual Conference

2021 Graduates of the Institute