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Local Leaders Institute Scheduled for September

Posted 8/20/2013

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension invites you to participate in the Local Leaders Institute, a new program developed and administered by the University of Nevada, Reno and the Cooperative Extension.

The Local Leaders Institute workshop will be held on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2013, at the Clark County Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center (8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV).

The two-day workshop will focus on concepts pertaining to the structure of local and state government in Nevada. Compared to the first session which was given in February, presentations regarding planning and zoning, ethics, home rule vs. Dillon’s rule, and local government economic development have been added to the agenda. Chester Newland, a leading expert on public administration, will serve as the special guest presenter for the workshop again.

Through research, Frederick Steinmann, Extension Educator and assistant professor at Cooperative Extension found that many of the new or current elected and appointed officials did not have all of the necessary skills they needed to work efficiently upon taking office.

Steinmann decided to create Local Leaders Institute as a 4-session pilot workshop to educate community leaders in Nevada. By mid-2014, he hopes it will become a full institute and be used as the primary training format to disseminate information to all parts of the state. Nye County and Lyon County have already requested for the Institute to be held in their counties.

Steinmann said the first session of the institute on Feb. 24 and 25 provided response that made him realize that the workshop was effective and that he could improve the curriculum future sessions.

“The feedback we received from our first session of Local Leaders’ Institute was very positive,” Steinmann said. “Of the 30 attendees, 19 complete surveys and everyone ranked the sessions high, indicating that they were satisfied and it was applicable to their work.”

Registration is only $75. Lunch, along with snacks and refreshments each day, will be provided along with presentation notes and a small reader. Space is limited to 50 participants and will be provided to attendees on a first-come, first serve basis. To register, email Steinmann or call 775-237-5326.

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