LGA's First On-Line Training Course Begins June 30th Take a break from the summer heat by participating in an on-line training course from the comfort of your home or office. Registration is now open for LGA's first complete on-line training program, which begins June 30th and runs through July 11th. To set up your student account:
Webcasts Available from the New Tools in the Blight Fight, Managing Marcellus Training Series Local Government Academy has made available a number of free webcasts from the programs that were held as part of the New Tools in the Blight Fight and Managing Marcellus training series that took place in 2012 and 2013.
Nearly 60 Elected Officials 'Graduate' From Newly Elected Officials Course Local Government Academy recently recognized nearly 60 elected officials who completed the Newly Elected Officials Course, the most comprehensive program in the Commonwealth for winners of local elections. Click here to read more about the graduates and to view photos from the Graduation Dinner & Awards Ceremony.
Webinar Series, Covering Essential Local Government Topics, Available for Purchase
Local Government Academy produced a series of webinars focusing on the "nuts and bolts" topics that are necessary for local elected officials to understand in order to be effective leaders during their term in office. The registration fee is $60 for 7, one-hour webinars. Those interested in viewing the webianrs must first register on-line; a link to each recording will be made available in the confirmation message. Click here for more details.
LGA Lyceum Features News & Opinions on the Issues Affecting Local Governments
Check out LGA Lyceum - a blog for reading and responding to local government issues.
Recent Blog Posts Include:
April 8, 2013: Introducing Green Tree Borough's Junior Council Member Submitted by: Chandrasekar Muthiah, Student at Keystone Oaks High School
January 30, 2013: Mild Effects of Act 13 Impact Fee Funds on Municipal Budgets in SWPA
January 17, 2013: Local Information: Junior Council Person programs promote civic engagement
December 12, 2012: Allegheny League of Municipalities Announces Banner Community Program
December 4, 2012: Explaining the Anti-Windfall Provision for Allegheny County Municipalities & School Districts
November 28, 2012: Unleashing the region's full potential for sustainable development
September 18, 2012: Building Trust with the Public You Serve: Creating a Culture that Supports Ethical Behavior Among Local Government Officials, Employees
September 7, 2012: The Only Constant is Change: My Community's Exploration into Changing the Size of Our Elected Governing Body Submitted by: April Weitzel, Council President, Crafton Borough & 2011-12 NEOC Graduate
August 29, 2012: Summer Webinar Series Covered Essential Local Government Topics
April 23, 2012: What Can an Environmental Advisory Council Accomplish for Your Community? Submitted by: Stan Kabala, LGA Board Member & Associate Director, Center for Environmental Research & Education, Duquesne University
March 14, 2012: Opening Remarks from New Tools in the Blight Fight Launch Event Submitted by: Court Gould, Sustainable Pittsburgh
February 29, 2012: Recycling's Renaissance Can Save Your Community Money & Resources Submitted by: Pennsylvania Resources Council
February 8, 2012: Reassessments & Your Taxes: Common Myths Debunked Submitted by: Paul Lalley, Esq., Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo & Miller, P.C.
January 26, 2012: What Can You Do to Ensure the Health of Your Community's Pension Plan? Submitted by: Colleen Deer, Mockenhaupt Benefits Group
January 20, 2012: Pennsylvania's Public Sector Pension Crisis: What Local Elected Officials Need to Know to Make the Best Decisions Regarding Their Community's Plan Submitted by: Will Bernstein & Brian Jensen, Pennsylvania Economy League
January 10, 2012: Why Air Quality is a Local Issue Submitted by: Jamin Bogi, Group Against Smog & Pollution
Interested in learning more about Bus Rapid Transit? A group of stakeholders through the City of Pittsburgh, focusing mainly on the Uptown, Hill District & Oakland neighborhoods, are exploring the possibility of Bus Rapid Transit throughout that corridor. Check the GetTherePGH website for more details, including upcoming community meetings, where you can learn more about the proposal.
LGA Video: Mike Lynch Talks About the Importance of the Scholarship Fund at 2011 Golf Outing
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Download Podcasts from the 2010 Road to Excellence Conference Podcasts of the 8 presenters who spoke at the 2010 Road to Excellence Conference are now available. Please click here to download and listen to the individual presentations.
The 2010 Road to Excellence Conference was held on Tuesday, June 1 at the Sheraton Station Square. The topic for this year's Road to Excellence Conference was "Beyond Mutual Aid: Intergovernmental Cooperation, Public Safety & Homeland Security." Click here for more information.