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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 Heartland Center for Leadership Development is bringing its signature annual training event to Lincoln, Nebraska. Traditionally known as Helping Small Towns Succeed, this institute is one of several events planned for 2017 to celebrate the Heartland Center’s landmark publication “Clues to Rural Community Survival” now in its 30th year and 5th edition. This year, Helping Small Towns Succeed is a joint offering with the Community Capitals Framework Institute. Based on the research and practice by Cornelia and Jan Flora, the Community Capitals Framework is a way to analyze communities through the seven community capitals.


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 shuttle to and from the Lincoln Municipal Airport.


Register today to receive the Early Bird rate of $249. Your conference 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. You can register here.


Graduate Lincoln is offering a preferred rate of $139 per night. This rate is valid through September 10 or until the reserved room block has filled. On-site features include a restaurant, spa and fitness facility and swimming pool. The hotel is within walking distance to the many entertainment and dining venues in the Haymarket District, as well as downtown Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, city campus. For lodging reservations, phone (402) 475-4011 and ask for the Heartland Center rate. You can book your hotel by clicking on this link.

Program Overview

The Institute program will include reflection and sharing on how 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 can be 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

Register Today!

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a rich and rewarding learning experience with participants from around the nation and throughout North America. Contact the Heartland Center for more information using the phone number or e-mail addresses below.

3110 North 40th Street, Suite A
Lincoln, Nebraska 68504