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April 2016 
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Helping Small Towns Succeed:

Engaging Leaders. Building Communities. Sustaining Success
30th Anniversary Celebration of the Heartland Center for
Leadership Development

October 11-13, 2016
Snow King Resort
Jackson, Wyoming
The Heartland Center for Leadership Development is returning to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 2016 for its highly regarded annual institute, Helping Small towns Succeed, which was launched at Snow King Resort in 1992.   This institute is one of several events planned for 2016-17 to celebrate the Heartland Center’s 30th anniversary and its contributions to community leadership development.
The institute will begin with an evening reception on Tuesday, October 11 and end at noon on Thursday, October 13.  All institute activities will take place at Snow King Resort, which is located in the town of Jackson, Wyoming, with easy access to Jackson’s famous town square via shuttle, taxi or by foot.  Snow King Resort provides shuttle service from the Jackson Hole Airport to their resort facility.
Register today to receive the Early Bird rate of $295, a $100 discount, offered to the first 50 paid registrants.  Your conference registration fee covers the opening reception, lunch on Wednesday, breaks on Wednesday and Thursday and all of your learning and networking materials.  For more information and to register, click here.Lodging

Snow King Resort is offering our participants a preferred rate of $139 per night. This rate is valid through September 10 or until the reserved room block has filled. On-site Resort features include a restaurant serving local cuisine, spa and fitness facility and an outdoor swimming pool.  The expansive lobby and fireplace offer a welcome relief from typical October weather, which often features cool but sunny days and chilly nights.  For visitors who want to visit nearby natural amenities, Grand Teton National Park is just a short drive north of the town of Jackson and Yellowstone National Park is about three hours away.  Click on this link to reserve lodging at Snow King Resort. 
Program Overview
The Jackson Hole Institute program will include reflection and sharing on how community leadership development has changed in the past 30 years and how it is likely to change in the future.  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, public participation and community engagement.  A final session on Thursday morning will feature open space opportunities, so that participants can build networking sessions around shared interests.
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 or e-mail addresses below.

Village of Pilger Rising from
Tornado DestructionTown Hall Meeting to be Held in Pilger

As you may recall, the Heartland Center has been heavily engaged with the citizens of Pilger and the surrounding area to help them “reinvent” themselves after twin tornadoes struck this tiny community in June 2014.The Center’s engagement has included helping citizens create eight task forces to implement action plans around these priorities.  The Center has helped facilitate a series of town hall meetings where folks get together and share task force progress, hear updates about construction projects, housing development and federal and state assistance programs as well as hear messages from inspiring speakers such as Greensburg, Kansas mayor Bob Dixson.  Yet another aspect of our involvement is hosting monthly teleconference meetings meetings with the planning team.  Finally we have helped the community apply for several grants.

This community, reduced by three-fourths from that tornado-ravaged day, is rising from the devastation and becoming stronger.  Several houses have been completed or are in construction phase.  Midwest Bank and the new community center have broken ground and anticipate completion this summer.  Several new businesses are breaking ground and the leaders are working on ways to attract residents back to their community!

The fifth in a series of town hall meetings is scheduled on April 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Pilger, at the newly constructed fire hall.  Light refreshments will be provided.


On the Calendar at the Heartland CenterApril

  • 7-8 Kurt will be attending Cause Camp in Lincoln
  • 12 Milan and Kurt will be in Pilger for a town hall meeting
  • 27-28 Milan will be in Chadron, North Platte and Chadron for Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Regional Forum site visits


  • 4-6 Milan will be attending the Entrepreneurship Summit in Kansas City
  • 16-25 Milan and Kurt will be teaching various classes for the RFI Intern program
  • 21-24 Milan will be attending and presenting at the Western Rural Development Center’s Community Development Institute in Wyoming
About the Heartland Center
The Heartland Center for Leadership Development is an independent nonprofit organization developing local leadership that responds to the challenges of the future.  The Heartland Center is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Heartland Center for Leadership Development
3110 N. 40th St. Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68504
(402) 474-7667
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On the Calendar at the Heartland Center
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