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March 5, 2009

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March 5, 2009

When I was first approached to attend the LGA my first thought was "I don't want to go to any classes. I don't have the time". Well, as a recent graduate it didn't take as much time as I thought. Because of the staff being so kind and professional I flew right through. I learned so much from the staff and also from the other elected officials. It turned out that all the municipalities had the same problems as mine. I feel with the knowledge that I left there with has made me a better official. Oh, by the way, I still don't have any more time then I had before I went to LGA. LGA is the BEST!

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

kind, professional, and love what they teach

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 4, 2009

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March 4, 2009

The LGA is a well organized institution, and it is a rare opportunity to receive experience in government while getting paid. I also valued the interaction between local residents, business owners, government officials, other LGA interns, etc.

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My boss at my internship was hired after interning with LGA, so you never know...

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

Advertise it more.

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

Interacting with all sorts of people.

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

Hold a breakfast seminar with Pittsburgh's Mayor, Luke Ravenstahl, so that the interns could learn about government at a "larger city scale."

Ways to make it better...

We got to visit other interns at their respective offices to see how different or similar communities operate.

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

The food was always good at LGA functions.

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City of Clairton - Finance Department

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 4, 2009

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March 4, 2009

I spent summer 2008 interning in the office of the Local Government Academy. In addition to daily office duties, I prepared online resources for local government officials, studied the implications of new PA tax legislation, and attended various programs offered by LGA. I gained valuable office experience and learned more than I thought possible about the workings of local government (both as it works now, and as it should work) and non-profit organizations. The LGA fulfills a unique demand in SW Pennsylvania - a region with an incredible number of small, low-resource municipalities - helping elected and appointed officials to find ways to govern better and more efficiently.

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

reviews sent in by former students in LGA´s Newly Elected Officials Course consistently show that they believe taking the course has improved the way they do their jobs.

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

The amount of sheer knowledge I picked up about how local governments function, and discovering an interest in these subjects.

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

Unfailingly spectacular. The office staff are knowledgable, friendly, and efficient at what they do, with clear ideas for the future of the organization. In addition, many speakers and presenters at educational programs are volunteers who truly believe in the worth and purpose of the organization.

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Local Government Academy

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 3, 2009

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March 3, 2009

I came in contact with the LGA last year at their annual internship fair. I was a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in their GSPIA program, which requires their students to participate in an internship in order to graduate. Thanks to the LGA and the internship fair they offered, I found an exceptional site to do my internship and received great experience. The LGA also provided a number of workshops for its interns which were very useful for beginning the workforce and I made a number of contacts through the LGA. I am very satisfied with this program and very appreciative.

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

Working with the manager, staff, mayor and council members and getting experience in local government.

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Brentwood Borough

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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