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Paula A. Calabrese

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Review for Local Government Academy, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

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.

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.

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Oakmont Borough

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