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Local Government Academy
March 6, 2009

Because I felt I could make a difference in my community through public service, I decided to run for borough council. In preparation for winning a seat on council, I began attending the business meetings. It was then that I realized that although I am well-schooled in my own profession, I was truly a novice in the realm of local government. That's when I found out about the Local Government Academy and the Newly Elected Officials Course. What a lifesaver it was! Through my participation in the seminars, I not only gained perspective on governmental issues, but also on effective policy, best practices and most importantly I got acquainted with a host of resources that are now on my speed dial. The site visits to other boroughs, the guest speakers on a variety of topics and the genuine support of the LGA staff made the challenges of being a newbie in the political realm surmountable. Because of the information I received and the connections I made through LGA, I know that I am a more effective council member. Everyone, with or without experience,who is involved in public service and administration can certainly benefit by participation in the LGA. It gets 5 Gold Stars from me!

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the work that I am doing as Vice President of the Oakmont Borough Council since I have connections with people and organizations that I can call upon for assistance and guidance.

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

the personal and professional connections I've made and the information and resources I received.

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

professional, personable and supportive.

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

educate all public officials through face-to-face seminars, through virtual electronic connectivity and have a hotline for ready reference to dilemmas that local public officials need to address.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Oakmont Borough

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I participated in the Newly Elected Officials Course offered by the Local Government Academy.