About NEOC

Newly Elected Municipal Officials:

Congratulations on your bid for office!
What happens next?

The Newly Elected Officials Course (NEOC) provides in-depth instruction for local officials immediately after the General Election, beginning Saturday, November 18, 2017. Here's a brief selection of how NEOC ups your game while in office:

  • First-time elected officials reduce “on-the-job training” time and orient more quickly to public office.
  • Experienced elected officials use the course as a refresher to improve leadership abilities.
  • Elected officials from throughout the region build a network of contacts and resources.
  • Experts from government, business, and academia provide practical, real-world instruction.

The Newly Elected Officials Course is presented by Local Government Academy, an independent, non-partisan organization serving southwestern Pennsylvania since 1983.

Additional Info

Opening Day of the 2017-2018 Newly Elected Officials Course is Saturday, November 18, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Pittsburgh Rivers Club. Registration options include the full Certificate Program or a Saturdays Only Program. Opening Day registration is available for $30, and elected officials may upgrade to a full NEOC program until January 5, 2018.

Opening Day is an interactive program which introduces NEOC and allows participants to meet and network with fellow elected officials. The day begins with a mock council meeting designed to highlight bad behavior from council and explanations for how to address it. During the session, participants will take a leadership style assessment and collaborate with facilitators on how to best work with different leadership styles to address the issues facing their communities.

Introduction to Serving on a Local Governing Board

Designed specifically for local elected officials in Pennsylvania, NEOC builds a solid foundation of knowledge and skills of participants so that they may serve the public more effectively and get the job done. The course combines both the legal and technical aspects of governing with programs designed to improve policy-making abilities.

Instructors include leaders from local, county and state government, professors from area colleges and universities, and specialists from both the public and private sectors experts from every field. Sessions touch on everything an official needs to know:

  • The legislative process
  • Powers and duties of local governments
  • Budgets and taxation
  • Open records and open meetings
  • Working with the media
  • Personnel law
  • Public and workplace safety
  • Infrastructure and facilities
  • Planning and community development
  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership and ethics

Leave NEOC with a certificate and necessary training with these relevant skills:

  • Manage tax dollars responsibly
  • Maintain the health and safety of their community
  • Lead an efficient and effective workforce
  • Plan for the future
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Handle and prevent ethical dilemmas
  • Perform official duties in accordance with PA law and in a way that inspires citizen confidence and trust

Continuing Education Credits

Local Government Academy is an accredited and approved provider of Continuing Legal Education Credits (Supreme Court of PA CLE Board). Several sessions held as part of this course will be certified for CLE credits for an additional fee. Contact LGA for more information.

Certificate of Achievement

Participants will be recognized with a Certificate of Achievement and a formal graduation dinner.

Financial Assistance

Registration options include the full Certificate Program or the Saturdays Only Program. Historically, 90 percent of participants in the Newly Elected Officials Course have their tuition paid for by their community after they are sworn into office as an investment in good government. Additionally, a limited number of both need- and merit-based scholarships are available through LGA's Michael P. Lynch Scholarship Fund. Act 47 and Early Intervention communities also receive discounts.

Register for NEOC

Don't fall behind on your campaign promises: fill out the Registration Form. On the fence? Join us for Opening Day and upgrade your registration later. See the form for additional details.


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Local Government Aca

Registration for the 2017-18 Newly Elected Officials Course GRAD DINNER is open. Nearly 80 officials will be celebrating their big accomplishment along with friends and family, and you are invited to join us at the Rivers Club. Register here: ow.ly/A0G950gyghp

1501 Preble Avenue, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15233