NACO Institute of Excellence

Designed by Nebraska Extension, The NACO Institute of Excellence is a year-long 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.

Topics explored will include:

  • Leading with empathy
  • Leadership transition
  • Nebraska population and economic trends
  • Gallup Strengths
  • Managing conflicts
  • Effective meeting management
  • Corresponding with legislators

The courses are reflective of the longstanding partnership between Nebraska Extension, the Nebraska Association of County Officials and our 93 counties, working together to educate and improve the lives of all Nebraskans.

In 2021, the program will be offered in a hybrid format. Early sessions will be delivered online with plans to transition to in-person programs as soon it is safe to do so. The final session will be held in conjunction with the NACO Annual Conference. Session dates are:

Eastern Nebraska
Thursday March 4, Online
Thursday May 13, Online
Thursday July 8, Lincoln
Thursday September 9, Lincoln
Tuesday December 7, Kearney

Western Nebraska
Thursday March 25, Online
Thursday May 20, Online
Thursday July 22, North Platte
Thursday September 23 North Platte
Tuesday December 7, Kearney

Registration (Deadline: Friday, February 19th)

Jordan Grummert Rasmussen
Extension Educator - Rural Prosperity Nebraska
Garfield-Loup-Wheeler County Extension
250 S 8th Avenue, Burwell, NE 68823
C: 402.719.5230

Kurt Mantonya
Coordinator--Community Development Leadership & Capacity Building
Extension Educator--Rural Prosperity Nebraska
University of Nebraska--Lincoln
Butler County Extension
457 D St., David City, NE, 68632