Robert E. Knox, Jr Municipal Leadership Institute

August 27, 2019 - August 30, 2019

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Named in honor of former GMA President and Mayor of the city of Thomson from 1979-2007, the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute is an intensive multi-day seminar that focuses on helping city officials enhance and sharpen their leadership skills.  Facilitated in part by a nationally recognized training development consultant, the Leadership Institute includes an interactive simulation exercise that confronts participants with the daily problems of governing and ultimately demonstrates the necessity of communication and collaboration in achieving good governance.

Municipal elected officials and city managers/assistant city managers will receive six hours of training credit through the Municipal Training Institute for completing the course. Participants must attend the entire session (including the orientation and opening dinner) in order to receive credit. No Spouses/Guests at meals and sessions, please.

The registration fee is $700 and covers all course materials, one dinner, two lunches, three breakfasts and numerous refreshment breaks. All cancellations will be assessed a $50 administrative fee. No refund will be given for cancellations after August 13. All changes and cancellations must be submitted in writing via the cancellation form.

Lodging: Since the Knox Leadership Institute is taking place concurrently with the Georgia Downtown Association (GDA) Conference in Jekyll Island, Knox participants can use the GDA block of rooms at the following properties/rates per night: Jekyll Island Club Hotel at a rate of $159 for a Standard Room; $259 for a Suite, plus taxes and fees. For reservations, please call (800) 535-9547/(912) 635-2600 or email and ask for the GDA group rate. The Westin Jekyll Island Hotel at a rate of $189 for an Island View room; $209 for an Ocean View room, plus taxes and fees. For reservations, please call 1 (888) 627-8316 and ask for the GDA group rate. Hampton Inn at the rate of $155 for a Standard Room; $175 for a Suite, plus taxes and fees. For reservations, please call 912-635-3733 and ask for the GDA rate. Reservations at the special block rate MUST be made by July 26, 2019. Reduced rates at each property are available for the nights of August 24-August 31.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, August 27

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Orientation
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Opening Dinner

Wednesday, August 28

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Simulated Society

Thursday, August 29

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Leading in Challenging Times

Friday, August 30

8:00 AM – Noon Council Leadership

Event Location Information

Jekyll Island Convention Center

75 Beachview Drive North
Jekyll Island

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