David Steele, council member for the city of Jamestown, received the Innovator award from the North Dakota League of Cities Leadership Training Program during the League’s spring workshop on April 21.

“This is a great honor for a city official,” said Chelsey Benson, training services and communications manager for the North Dakota League of Cities. “Each city can be proud of the achievements of these individuals and will enjoy the benefits of having a city leader so committed to the future of the community.”

The program recognizes city leaders for their dedication, time, and commitment in making their communities better places to live. Award winners receive credits in the Leadership Training Program (LTP) by attending conferences and training events sponsored by the North Dakota League of Cities.

Twenty LTP participants were recognized for achieving the first level or Innovator award (30 hours of training), 10 city leaders achieved the Visionary award (60 hours of training), seven individuals achieved the Leader award (100 hours of training) and one individual reached the “110%” award that requires 200 hours of training.

The North Dakota League of Cities provides service, advocacy, leadership, education, and support for North Dakota’s 357 incorporated cities. The Leadership Training Program is the cornerstone of the League’s commitment to providing city officials with the tools they need to govern effectively.