“The NEOC should be required for any first-time elected official. It is that eye-opening and powerful. I would have been much less prepared for my time in office without that course. The knowledge presented, shared, and gained during the various classes were and are critical to my success. I can't recommend it enough.”
Jason Stein, Munhall Borough
“As an elected official, my job is to work with a diverse group of stakeholders on wildly divergent issues, from sewers to public art. LGA helped me navigate this new terrain by providing clear, objective information about municipal law, as well as a network of fellow elected officials with whom to share stories and insights.”
Natalia Rudiak, City of Pittsburgh
“A commitment to your municipality requires being knowledgeable about issues, challenges, rules, process, and procedures. It is also vital to expand your network of fellow community leaders, managers, and infrastructure support personnel. The Newly Elected Official Course offers an opportunity to become primed and ready to make an effective contribution.”
Ray Jurewicz, Churchill Borough
“The NEOC exposed me immediately to the wide scope of responsibilities and topics in which local officials must become proficient. Fortunately, it also introduced me to a network of capable, interested people who would support me as I learned.”
Rebecca Matsco, Potter Township
“This program came highly recommended, and the commitment of LGA to programming was apparent. A lot of effort went into the program, and we were exposed to a lot of the complexities of local government.”
J. Deron Gabriel, South Fayette Township
This one-of-a-kind course is unique in Pennsylvania for its scope and content. The Newly Elected Officials Course has had more than 1,000 participants in over 30 years, and was presented with the League of Women Voters Good Government Award.
The Newly Elected Officials Course, or NEOC, offers a comprehensive overview of the duties of municipal officials, taught by experts in their fields. Reference material is provided to accompany each session. The course also introduces you to your peers in local government – an opportunity for networking and making new friends.
LGA offers a 50-percent discount to the following communities through the Michael P. Lynch Scholarship Fund. Click here for the list of eligible communities.
A formal invitation is sent to all municipal officials in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland Counties after each municipal election. Additionally, through the courtesy of county elections departments, all candidates for local office receive registration materials throughout the campaign season. Candidates may preregister with no obligation if they are unsuccessful in their political bid.
Local Government Academy's Newly Elected Officials Course is available in several regional geographic locations and there are multiple registration options to bring this award-winning program to a broader audience. To request the Newly Elected Officials Course in your area, contact LGA at 412.586.5659.
The Newly Elected Officials Course is made possible through the support of government, business, academic and civic leaders.