Essentials of County Government & LeaderShop 2015

February 11-12, 2015

Register

INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER- CLICK HERE

Having Trouble Registering? For fastest response-email our registration department at registration@sog.unc.edu

Registration for Asheville is now closed- 

Scroll down for hotel/meeting location information! 

 

 

February 11-12, 2015 Asheville Doubletree Biltmore (Wed/Thu)-Registration Closed

     ECG-LeaderShop New Bern Rescheduled Due to Weather

Due to the weather issues for the Triangle and parts East early this week, we are having to reschedule ECG and LeaderShop. 
The new dates will be Wednesday and Thursday March 11-12 at the same location, same times. 
 
HERE’S WHAT I NEED FROM YOU IF YOU ARE REGISTERED: 
 
First: Check your calendar to make sure the new dates work for you. 
If you cannot attend the new dates: 
Email smhutch@sog.unc.edu to by the end of this week (Friday, February 20) to cancel.
Those canceling this week will be given a full refund.
Please let me know if you had a scholarship so we can cancel it and possibly offer it to someone else. 
Cancel your hotel reservation if you have one. (note that the hotel may have moved you to the new dates) 
If you can come to the new dates: 
You don’t need to do anything about registration for the new dates-we will keep your registration and move it to the new dates 
If you had a hotel reservation in our room block, the hotel is going to move you to the new dates-but you may want to reconfirm with them. They should have everyone moved over by Thursday morning. 
NOTE to ALL:
1. After this week, the original course cancellation policy goes back into effect: meaning you will be subject to late cancel fees and no show fees.
2. There were a few people that wanted to attend the 2 sold out options ( one day LeaderShop or the Combo of LeaderShop and the second day of ECG). Email me and let me know the names of who wants space and if space opens up, I will let you know. 
3. Scholarships- if you were awarded a scholarship- do nothing as we will transfer it to the new dates. 
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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)

             COURSE MATERIALS: THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT! 

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 smhutch@sog.unc.edu. 

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. 

Agendas for each of the 3 registration options for Essentials and LeaderShop are below:              

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

 

Faculty coordinator

Vaughn Upshaw

Instructors include: School of Government faculty, NCACC staff, and local government officials.

Site information

HOTEL AND MEETING SITE INFORMATION

DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore 
115 Hendersonville Rd. 
Asheville, NC  28803 
828.274.1800 
Rate-$80/night (this rate is based on availability at the time of booking) 
Special rate code: SOG Essentials of County Government 
Cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to day of check in 
Deadline to book-1/11 
The meeting is being held at the hotel

 

Contact
Program Manager
919.966.4171
Cancellation policy

Course participants who cancel their registration on or before January 28, 2015 will receive a full refund. Those who cancel on or before February 4, 2015 will receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be made for cancellations made after February 4, 2015. All cancellations must be submitted in writing, as outlined in the School's cancellation policy.