Essentials of County Government & LeaderShop 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. 

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)

             COURSE MATERIALS: THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT! 

Materials for ECG and LeaderShop are being provided electronically through the ECG 2015 app/web URL. If you wish to print any materials before you come to the program, you can access the URL (HTML5) on your computer, print what you like and bring it with you. You will have access to the App for the October 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.

Click on the link to download the app and access the weblink. Click here. Please note that the web URL works best in Chrome. A link to guidelines for the ECG 2015 app will be posted here soon. For issues with downloarding the app or accessing the weblink URL, please contact Susan at smhutch@sog.unc.edu. 

BELOW ARE THE AGENDAS FOR EACH OF THE 3 REGISTRATION OPTIONS FOR ESSENTIALS AND LEADERSHOP:              

Option #1
Essentials of County Government (2 days) $425– 
For newly elected county officials; and veteran elected county officials and entire boards (including managers) who wish to accompany newly elected officials. LELA Credits: 18
Includes: Day One Essentials, Ethics and Day Two Essentials (includes "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation), and the "Handbook for NC County Commissioners"

Agenda: 
Day One

8:30 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  

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 

Option #2 
Essentials with Leadershop for Veteran Elected Officials (2 days) $425– 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" 

Agenda: 
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 

Option #3
LeaderShop for Veteran Elected Officials-Managing Conflict-How to Disagree and Still Work Together (1 DAY) $225- 
Open to both county and municipal veteran elected officials and managers.

Includes: Day One LeaderShop for veteran elected officials and state mandated ethics training. LELA Credits: 6
Does NOT include Day Two Essentials; "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation; or "Handbook for NC County Commissioners"

Agenda: 
Day One Only (takes place on the first day of Essentials and does not include the second day of Essentials) 

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  
 

HELPFUL INFORMATION: 

Online Registration Instructions: Click here

Essentials Agenda Link-Click here

Having Trouble Registering? For the fastest response please email registration@sog.unc.edu

To Register: Click on the location choice below, then choose one of the 3 options in the blue box in the top right corner of the page.

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 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
  • Prudential Financial 
  • LGFCU

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

Technical issues with completing the application? Contact Julie Segar 919.843.8502

 

Program Options

Please select one of the options below for more information