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Helping Small Towns Succeed:
Clues, Capitals and Community Resilience


Heartland Center for Leadership Development
with the
Community Capitals Framework Institute
October 17-19, 2017
Graduate Lincoln Hotel: Lincoln, Nebraska

The venue for this year’s annual institute is the Graduate Lincoln Hotel, located in the historic Haymarket of Nebraska’s capital city. Graduate Lincoln is the new brand on the former Holiday Inn Downtown. It is one of a small number of boutique hotels going up in university towns around the country.

At the center of every Graduate market is a university, but these locations are also state capitals, hotbeds of entrepreneurial activity and centers of corporate business. Graduate looks at each of their hotels through a local lens as they scour hometown flea markets, collaborate with the resident artists and artisans and feature hometown heroes and legends. Through their design, stories are told that celebrate what makes each town unique. Graduate likes to see their visitors bask in the unexpected, where little moments of surprise and discovery meet them down every corridor and around each corner. Amenities include a swimming pool, spa and fitness facility, wi-fi, a hotel lounge and on-site restaurant.

As our host facility for Helping Small Towns Succeed, Graduate Lincoln is offering a discounted lodging rate of $139 per night for participants. This rate is available until September 10 or until the reserved room block has been filled. You can book your hotel by clicking on this link.

The institute will begin on Tuesday, October 17 at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19. A reception will be held Wednesday evening. All institute activities will take place at the Graduate Lincoln Hotel, located in the historic Haymarket/Railyard of Lincoln. Graduate Lincoln offers a complementary shuttle to and from the Lincoln Municipal Airport.

Register today to receive the Early Bird rate of $249 for all three days. Your institute registration fee covers lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well as breaks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, plus all of your learning and networking materials.

Program Overview
The Institute program will include reflection and sharing on how CCFI Clues to Rural Community Survival has been applied in community settings, how the community case studies have helped practitioners build capacity and how 20 Clues have been used on a world-wide scale. As an integral part of the institute, the Community Capitals Framework will be explored as a tool for categorizing key assets. Hear how the framework is applied and reflect on new case studies created from a multi-institutional collaboration on disaster preparedness and community resiliency. Opportunities for both formal and informal networking will be an institute design feature. Breakout sessions will feature such topics as community readiness and resiliency, collective impact, appreciative inquiry and community engagement

You can get more information and register here.