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The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development


“You will leave better informed and better prepared to make a true impact on your chamber, your legislative body, and your community.”
-- Illinois Sen. Elgie Sims Jr., Class of 2014


Each summer, lawmakers from the Midwestern Legislative Conference's 11 member states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, along with the MLC provincial affiliate members ( Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario) gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a unique five-day educational experience.  In addition to its focus on leadership training, such as conflict resolution and negotiation, BILLD includes policy sessions on issues such as education, corrections, health care and economic development, as well as seminars on media relations, priority management and consensus building.
The BILLD program is conducted by CSG's Midwestern Office in cooperation with The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The program will take place on the university campus at the Humphrey School. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive, nonpartisan basis by a Steering Committee of legislators from the region.
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What is BILLD?
The Bowhay Institute is the only leadership training program designed exclusively for Midwestern legislators. BILLD helps  newer legislators develop the skills  necessary to become effective leaders,  informed decision-makers and astute policy analysts. The program offers a  unique opportunity for lawmakers to  improve their leadership skills and explore the issues of the day with nationally renowned scholars, professional development experts, and legislative leaders and colleagues from across the region.