Newly Elected Officials Course
The Newly Elected Officials Course is held following every local election. It is a one-of-a kind course, unique in Pennsylvania for its scope and content. More than 1,000 individuals have attended the Newly Elected Officials Course in its 30 years of existence, and the course has been distinguished as a recipient of the League of Women Voters Good Government Award.
If you were elected to local office in the November 5th General Election - congratulations! As you prepare for your term in office, we invite you to participate in the Newly Elected Officials Course, a program designed specifically to help you transition to your governing role and serve to the best of your ability. The 2013-14 Newly Elected Officials Course will begin on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Allegheny Ballroom. Click here to view photos from Opening Day.
On-line registration is now open. Click here to register.
*See below for registration options, pricing, schedule of classes and other details
A formal invitation for the course is mailed to winners of local municipal offices following the November 5th General Election. You may click here to download a PDF of the invitation.
As an investment in good government, most municipalities will pay the registration fee for the Newly Elected Officials Course. Please check with your community's municipal manager or secretary. See below for information on available scholarships and discounts.
- Full Course Certificate Program - $450
10 sessions, 45 hours of instruction. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those completing the entire course.
- Saturdays Only - $275
5 all-day Saturday sessions, including Opening Day.
- Opening Day - $30
Saturday, November 23, 2013. You may upgrade your registration until January 12, 2014.
Click here to download a PDF of the schedule for the 2013-14 Newly Elected Officials Course
Scholarships & Special Discounts Available
Through its Michael P. Lynch Scholarship Fund, Local Government Academy strives to make the Newly Elected Officials Course within reach for any elected official who is committed to completing the course. This year, Local Government Academy has $10,000 in scholarship funds to award to participants in the 2013-14 Newly Elected Officials Course.
Additionally, special discounts are available for communities who have been designated as fiscally distressed (Act 47) by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as those that are participating in an Early Intervention Program. Contact LGA for complete details.
Scholarships are awarded in two main categories:
- Based on the financial need of the municipality: Based on a comparative review of economic data, a select number of communities are eligible for a 50% discount on the cost of tuition. The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and the availability of funds. Click here to see if your community is eligible.
- Based on individual commitment to leadership development or desire to respond to challenges being faced by the community: A number of scholarships will also be made available based on an individuals' committment to developing leadership skills by completing the course and/or their desire to respond to specific challenges facing their community. Those interested in applying should submit a letter of request by November 18, 2013 that outlines their community's challenges as well as what they hope to gain by completing the course. Please send letters via e-mail to:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
About the Newly Elected Officials Course
The Newly Elected Officials Course (NEOC) includes informative sessions addressing the complex tasks of running a municipality and prepares newly elected officials to deal with policy matters and the government process, as well as legal and fiscal responsibilities.Those attending the Newly Elected Officials Course find their term of public service to be quite effective. Local Government Academy provides educational programs for local government elected officials, appointed officials, and municipal staff in southwestern Pennsylvania. Among the topics that will be covered include:
- Understanding the extent and limitations of municipal power
- Technicques and procedures for running an effective meeting
- Media and communications
- Municipal finances
- Personnel law
- Public safety and police
- Planning, zoning and development
- Intergovernmental relationships
- Leadership and ethics
Program instructors include experienced leaders from local, county, and state government, professors from area colleges and universities, and specialists from both the public and private sectors. Click here for a list of instructors that will participate in the Newly Elected Officials Course.
Local Government Academy thanks the following Advocates for Good Government for their support of the 2013-2014 Newly Elected Officials Course:
Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo & Miller, P.C.
Gateway Engineers, Inc.
Law Offices of Wayne D. Gerhold
Janney Capital Markets
Maher Duessel CPAs
Peoples Natural Gas
The Newly Elected Officials Course is offered in partnership with:
Carnegie Mellon University
Community College of Allegheny County
University of Pittsburgh
Local Government Academy recognizes and thanks the following organizations for their support of the Newly Elected Officials Course:
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
Allegheny County Library Association
Allegheny League of Municipalities
Beaver County Regional Council of Governments
Butler County Council of Governments
Community Technical Assistance Center
CORO Center for Civic Leadership
CONNECT, Congress of Neighboring Communities
Leage of Women Voters
Mon Valley Initiative
Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics
Frequently Asked Questions
NEOC Alumni Association