Essentials of County Government 2015

 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.            

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

BELOW IS INFORMATION TO ASSIST YOU IN CHOOSING WHICH OF THE 3 OPTIONS TO REGISTER FOR:  

                Draft Agenda 

Day One
8:00 AM-3:00 PM Essentials of County Government- For newly elected
                               officials, veteran elected officials and entire boards 

  •  Context for NC county governments 
  •  What counties do and how they do it
  •  Governing board roles and responsibilities

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

OR    

 8:00 AM-3:00 PM LeaderShop for Veteran Elected Officials -Topic coming
                              soon-
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 

8:00 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 

Registration Options:

       

1. Essentials of County Government (2 days) – For newly elected officials; and veteran elected officials and entire boards (including managers) who wish to accompany newly elected officials
Includes: Day One Essentials, Ethics and Day Two Essentials (includes "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation), and the "Handbook for NC County Commissioners" 

2. Essentials with Leadershop for Veteran Elected Officials (2 days) – Open to veteran county elected officials and managers
Includes: Day One LeaderShop – Topic coming soon; Ethics and Day Two Essentials (includes "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation), and the "Handbook for NC County Commissioners" 
 

3. LeaderShop for Veteran Elected Officials-Topic coming soon
Open to both county and municipal veteran elected officials and managers 
Includes: Day One LeaderShop for veteran elected officials and state mandated ethics training.
Does NOT include Day Two Essentials; "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation; or "Handbook for NC County Commissioners" 
 

HELPFUL INFORMATION: 

Ethics:

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.

Bottom Line (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 option 3 does NOT include Bottom Line

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

  • Food Lion
  • Local Government Federal Credit Union
  • Progress Energy
  • Prudential Financial 

Application link coming soon 

Course Materials: THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT! 

2015 is the year of the ECG mobile app. After Thankgiving, you will be able to access the mobile app via Google Play, the App Store, or directly through a web URL to access all course materials. Materials are only being provided electronically through the app/web URL. If you wish to print any materials before you come to the program, you can access the URL on your computer, print what you like and bring it with you. You will have access to the App for the rest of 2015 so unless you need something while you are at ECG or the LeaderShop, you can download or print what you like when you return home. Stay tuned for more details! 
 

Program Options

Please select one of the options below for more information