Candidates for Local Office:
During this campaign season, you have an opportunity to demonstrate to voters your commitment to good government. Pledge to take the Newly Elected Officials Course should you be successful in your bid for public office.
The Newly Elected Officials Course provides in-depth instruction for local officials immediately after the General Election, starting on November 18, 2017. Among its benefits are:
- 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 the Local Government Academy, an independent non-partisan organization serving southwestern Pennsylvania since 1983. It is the most comprehensive course for newly elected officials in Pennsylvania.
About the Newly Elected Officials Course
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 course or abbreviated versions. Opening Day registration is available for $30 and elected officials may upgrade until January 5, 2018.
Opening day is an interactive program which introduces the Course and allows participants to meet and network with fellow elected officials. The day features a mock governing board meeting and debrief, as well as discussions of effective leadership.
Introduction to Serving on a Local Governing Board
Specifically for local elected officials in Pennsylvania, the Newly Elected Officials Course increases the knowledge and skills of participants so that they may serve the public more effectively. The course combines both the legal and technical aspects of governing with programs designed to improve the policy-making abilities of individuals and organizations.
Instructors include leaders from local, county and state government, professors from area colleges and universities and specialists from both the public and private sectors.
The course covers:
- 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
Some of What You Will Learn
Participants in the Newly Elected Officials Course learn to:
- Manage tax dollars responsibly
- Assure the health and safety of their community
- Lead an efficient and effective workforce
- Plan for the future
- Conserve natural resources
- Avoid and handle 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 provides Continuing Legal Education credits to attorneys and Continuing Professional Education credits to accountants.
Certificate of Achievement
Participants will be recognized with a Certificate of Achievement and a formal graduation dinner.
Registration options include the full course or an abbreviated version, held Saturdays only. 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.
Sign the Pledge to Excellence
Candidates for local office, the electorate needs to know of your commitment to good government. Candidates for local elected office are encouraged to sign Local Government Academy's Pledge to Excellence.
Registration for the Newly Elected Officials Course will open following the November election.