Mission: To provide educational programs and continuing training for municipal officials in Southwestern Pennsylvania, primarily Allegheny County.
Results: Over the past 25 years, LGA has consistently produced programs on virtually every aspect of municipal affairs from collecting taxes to road maintenance to strategic planning. Most notably, LGA presents programs that promote economic development and revitalization, environmental quality, and intergovernmental cooperation. Programs are presented to municipal employees and elected officials to help them perform their duties with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Target demographics: Local governments, community groups and citizens interested in good government within the 10 county region of southwestern Pennsylvania
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500 +
Geographic areas served: southwestern Pennsylvania
The Newly Elected Officials Course is a one-of-a kindcourse, unique in Pennsylvania for its scope and content. NEOC provides acomprehensive overview of the duties of municipal officials. The course is held following every localelection and has been distinguished as a recipient of the League of WomenVoters Good Government Award.
Course content includes information on Powers and Duties of Local Officials, Municipal Finance, Public Safety, Ethics, Human Resources, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Planning and Public Works.
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.
Making the decision and commitment to be a public servant can be intimidating. The LGA offers courses and forums to help educate newly elected officials so they can learn what to expect and what will be expecrted of them to be an effective government official. The LGA promotes good government and is a great resource in our region.