Essentials with Leadershop for Veteran Elected Officials

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After the November elections, the UNC School of Government and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners jointly hold a two-day orientation to county government in four locations across the state. This program is for newly elected officials, veteran elected officials and managers. Entire boards are encouraged to attend. 

LeaderShop for veteran elected officials (open to both county and municipal officials) is also offered during this program. It always takes place on the first day of Essentials. This year's topic is Managing Conflict-How to Disagree and Still Work Together.            

This program offers participants points toward recognition in the Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA).


Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
Additional information: 

Open to veteran elected county officials and managers. LELA Credits: 18
Includes: Day One LeaderShop – Managing Conflict-How to Disagree and Still Work Together; Ethics and Day Two Essentials (includes "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation), and the "Handbook for NC County Commissioners" 

Day One 

8:30 AM-3:00 PM LeaderShop for Veteran Elected Officials -Managing Conflict-How to Disagree and Still Work Together -for veteran elected county and municipal officials

3:00 PM-5:00 PM-Ethics for Elected Officials (satisfies state mandated training) Both Essentials and LeaderShop registrations include ethics training  

Day Two 

8:30 AM -5:00 PM-Essentials of County Government-For newly elected officials, veteran elected officials and entire boards 

  • Financing county government
  • Working with others 
  • County responsibility for public school financing  
  • "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation


Materials for ECG and LeaderShop are being provided electronically through the ECG 2015 mobile app. 

Click on the following link to download the app through Google Play, iTunes or HTML5. Click here. Windows or Blackberry users will need to use HTML5 to access the program information. For issues with downloarding the app, please contact Susan at

You will have access to the app and all materials until October 2015. We will have complimentary WiFi, and electricity at each table for your devices. You do not need to have printed materials. You can follow along during the program and print anything you wish to keep once you return home.

Ethics Information:
To attend ethics during this program, you must register for one of the 3 course options. Please visit the (click on the link) ethics website for additional information on ethics legislation and future ethics training. After ECG/LeaderShop, the next ethics training will be the Live Webinar May 20, 2015. The on demand ethics webinar will be avaialble to purchase begining mid June through October 2015. 

Bottom Line Information (County Budget Simulation Tool) 
Bottom Line is an interactive learning tool that simulates the county budget process. Participants break into small groups and act as local governing board members during the budget process. As a group, you will decide what specific values are most important to the community, then face several scenarios where you must choose between cutting programs/services or increasing taxes/fees to balance the budget based on these community values.

Bottom Line takes place on Day Two of Essentials. To attend Bottom Line, you must register for one of the 2 day programs above. Note that LeaderShop alone does NOT include Bottom Line

Scholarships are made available for Essentials of County Government and LeaderShop for veteran elected officials by the generous support of the following:

  • Food Lion
  • Prudential Financial 

Registration: Required prior to applying for a scholarship 
Deadline: 21 days prior to the start date of the course you are registered for.

Application Link: click HERE

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