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March 3, 2009

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March 3, 2009

Throughout my summer internship I gained valuable skills which are difficult to grasp in a classroom setting. My internship was a substantive experience in which I learned the "ins and outs" of local government. The professional development session was a great start to a job search.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my professional development and the experience that I gained from their internship program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

networking and learning first hand many aspects of municipal management.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, organized and helpful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 11, 2008
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May 11, 2008
4 people found this review helpful

In the two months that have passed since completing the LGA's Newly Elected Officals Course, I have found several occassions when I draw on information that was provided. The curriculum was relevant, well designed and presented concisely in a compressed timeframe. It gave me a foundation and will help me develop my understanding and performance of my Council position. Though the course didn't give us all the answers - more importantly, it taught and encouraged us to ask the right questions. The experience was invaluable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that I consider issues that come before our council for deliberation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

thank my lucky stars for Susan and her great staff!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to learn among peers and make connections that I hope will develop into collaborations in the future.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgable, organized, enthusiastic and comitted to making this a terrific program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of government in our region even more!

Ways to make it better...

I had the ability to pick up the two programs I missed due to a conflict.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the same as other non-profits - sustaining funding sources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the course offerings are great and I expect to take other classes and encourage my fellow councilmen to consdier them. I would like to stay connected and participate with LGA programs in other ways too.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 19, 2008
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March 19, 2008
4 people found this review helpful

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. Thanks, Deron Gabriel

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, professional, and dedicated

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 18, 2008
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March 18, 2008
4 people found this review helpful

I have in my adult life taken many classes for my business. It was not unusual for me to take a magazine or the like with me, in case I got bored. Being elected to office, I felt a responsibility to take any legitimate classes that were offered. I reviewed the information sent by the LGA and signed up for The Newly Elected Officials course. On the first day of the LGA classes - I brought a magazine - just in case! I have now completed the classes and never opened the emergency magazine! The classes were well organized. The staff was gracious and professional. The teachers were absolutely top notch. The classes were invaluable and taught in an easily digestible format. It has helped me as a "newbie" to perform and seek help that I would have never been aware of, if it wasn't for the extremely knowledgeable people that make up the LGA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My ability to know where to access information I need.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 10, 2008
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March 10, 2008
3 people found this review helpful

I learned after being elected Supervisor. I had to chose between PSATS and LGA - I chose LGA. I had no expectations, soon realized that I should have and they were far exceeded. They expose to you to the tools and information you need to do this job. Every topic was covered thoroughly. Each LGA employee gives 100%.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through doing my job. The education provided is making me a much more effective Supervisor.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to emulate the way Susan does it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing that so many people care about local government and are willing to reachout and help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Top notch. Each person worked to gain 100% satisfaction.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Not do too much more. These folks perform miracles with very little. If they had more money I am sure they would find a way to make LGA mandatory for all elected officials.

Ways to make it better...

Not much could have been done to make it better. I struggle to be able to put all the pieces together, but this is my challenge.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the best instructors to come out on Saturday.

One thing I'd also say is that...

What a blessing. The services provided by LGA were so unexpected that I can not express how appreciative I am for their services. Thank you.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 1, 2008
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March 1, 2008
3 people found this review helpful

As an appointed councilperson, I received a brochure advertising the Local Government Academy from our borough secretary. When I indicated my interest in attending the Newly Elected Officials Course, the other members of council encouraged my interest and unanimously agreed to have the borough reimburse me for the tuition. My high expectations for learning about municipal government operations have been more than satisfied. In fact the organizers and presenters at our all day Saturday sessions have excited me and convinced me that I can and should make a positive impact on the quality of life in my community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faithful attendance of a large group of newly elected officials at four separate day-length sessions and witnessed the enthusiasm of the organizers, presenters, and fellow elected officials.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be completely overwhelmed by the responsibility.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

appreciating the wide diversity of municipalities represented by the course attendees and learning about the many different issues confronting the different newly elected officials.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

encouraging, personable, helpful, and passionate about improving the effectiveness of local governments.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

extend its mission in facilitating intergovernmental communication, planning, and implementation of joint municipal actions needed to efficiently manage community resources.

Ways to make it better...

I had spent more time reviewing the large quantity of information presented at each Saturday session.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

convincing more elected officials to participate in its programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 7, 2007
7 people found this review helpful

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November 7, 2007
7 people found this review helpful

In my work with municipal governments across the western half of the state, education of officials, both elected and appointed, on the cruicial nature of their roles and their impact on the health of the region's business community was imperative. After a brief investigation into LGA's objectives and processes, there was no other choice for our organization but to become both a Board member and a major sponsor. The role that LGA plays in creating nonpolitical inroads into effective governance of the region continues to be a tremendous asset, with all upside potential for growth and sustained contributions to the region's overall health.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The NEOC (Newly Elected Officials Course) in that it provides an eye-opener crash course that allows neophytes to hit the ground running...a clear winner for community residents and businesses.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The separation of politics from governance, an icnredible feat equal in stature to separation of church and state.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly caring and committed professionals with an unsurpassed grasp of regional issues and an array of learning opportunities for those seeking to resolve those issues.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to meet the real demand for educational programs and services.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

November 7, 2007
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November 7, 2007
8 people found this review helpful

The Local Government Academy excels in placing undergraduate and graduate students as interns with local municipalities. By having an Internship Fair in February, this allowed me to meet representatives from those communities participating in the program and really get an understanding of the project that would be completed as a summer intern. The program is a wonderful way to give students interested in public administration a taste of what the world of local government is like.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

students and alumni who have participated in the Municipal Intern Program. They have all had well-rounded experiences as a result.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning the daily triumphs and struggles of a small-town local government.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very personable, knowledgeable, patient and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a municipal intern program year- round!

Ways to make it better...

I could have shared the progress of my project with others affiliated with the LGA (including fellow student interns). For example, allow each intern to write a brief paragraph about their progress mid-summer and then have this information shared with others via a media outlet. I was curious to see how my fellow colleagues were doing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. It's a challenge for most non-profit organizations!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 7, 2007
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November 7, 2007
9 people found this review helpful

I was retained as a Township Manager four years ago to assist a growing municipality improve issues that included rapid turn-over in administrators, erosion of trust and stagnate performance. With the knowledge that one of the root causes was the corresponding succession of elected leaders, we turned to the Local Government Academy for help. My leaders and I have yet to be disappointed! We strongly encourage new board members to attend and staff also receives training. Shared knowledge builds trust and common-ground. It is also much more difficult for any official to support a one-issue agenda once they learn there is much work to be done!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

increased attendance and word of mouth. It is very rewarding each time you attend and met a new municipality or a state or county official.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing the changes that occur in my elected officials, and myself, as a result of the LGA's mission. It is rewarding to see an official learn all that is expected of them, broaden their agenda and rise to exceed their own expectations. It challenges me as a public servant.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always educated and professional whatever the topic, and also very skilled in some of the finer points and "unique" aspects of local government.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get Pennsylvania closer to the ideals of good government and the vision of a "Commonwealth" where the local level provides the best level of public service.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

November 6, 2007
8 people found this review helpful

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November 6, 2007
8 people found this review helpful

Provides information and learning opportunities from top professionals in local government to those who need it most....the elected officials. And provides this service at little or no cost. All benefit from the information provided by LGA, from the most urban and progressive communities to the most rural or distressed communities. The beauty of this agency is that the real benefit is to the folks who live in these communities; in the form of lower taxes, lower legal fees and general understanding of governing by their elected local government.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to meet peers from different communities and sharing experiences, information, etc.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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