About NEOC

The Newly Elected Officials Course, a recipient of the League of Women Voters Good Government Award, has had over 1,000 participants since 1984.

Over 36 years ago, Allegheny County established Local Government Academy, an independent, non-partisan organization, to help inform and educate local government officials and staff. Since that time, the Academy’s flagship program, the Newly Elected Officials Course, also known as NEOC, has become a trusted resource for training local government officials across the Southwestern Pennsylvania region in the practice of good governance. With NEOC as your foundation, you are empowered as a leader and informed on all aspects of governing.

  • Paul Klein
    “As a graduate of the Newly Elected Officials Course and now a member of the Board of Directors of Local Government Academy, I strongly recommend that every elected official, regardless of tenure, attend this program. The instructors are highly-qualified and the content unparalleled on the complex aspects of governing that every official must know. Truly, the value of the education is matched only by the wealth of opportunities for building a strong network of fellow public servants from across the region.”
    Paul Klein
    Allegheny County Council, District 11
  • J. Deron Gabriel, South Fayette 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
    2007-08 NEOC Graduate
  • Rebecca Matsco, Potter Township
    "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
    2009-10 NEOC Graduate
  • Ray Jurewicz, Churchill Borough
    "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
    2011-12 NEOC Graduate
  • Natalia Rudiak, City of Pittsburgh
    "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
    2009-10 NEOC Graduate
  • Jason Stein, Munhall Borough
    "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
    2015-16 NEOC Graduate

Serving as an Elected Official

A Course for both Newly Elected & Veteran Officials

The Newly Elected Officials Course (NEOC) is a comprehensive program for public officials to build a solid foundation of knowledge essential for effective governing. Focusing on the specific needs of local government officials, and featuring expert instructors from both academia and the “real world,” NEOC provides elected officials a comprehensive look into municipal finance, public safety, personnel law, ethics, media relations, and more.

Unique for its depth of content, NEOC is designed to help local government officials develop their leadership skills and build important relationships. Peer-to-Peer engagement offers elected officials a platform to build their network and find mentors from other public service professionals and volunteers.

The 2019-2020 NEOC begins following the General Election and spans seven sessions from Opening Day on November 16, 2019, to Graduation on March 4, 2020. Saturday workshop sessions are designed to accommodate busy schedules while still providing important guidance and detailed learning opportunities. Participants will be recognized with a Certificate of Achievement and a formal graduation dinner.

Historically, 90 percent of participants 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 scholarships are available through LGA's Michael P. Lynch Scholarship Fund.


The 2019 NEOC Schedule of Classes

Each class takes place on a Saturday beginning November 16. See below for dates and further details.

Special thanks to our hotel sponsor

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Online registration is now CLOSED for the 2019-2020 Newly Elected Officials Course.

If you would like to register for NEOC, you may fill out a general registration form on Opening Day, November 16, 2019. For time and location, see the NEOC schedule of classes above.