School of Government Receives $100,000 from Prudential Financial

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Chapel Hill, NC – The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a gift of $100,000 from Prudential Financial, Inc. for continued funding of initiatives that support the School’s work assisting North Carolina local elected officials as they lead and govern their communities.

This contribution will support the continuation of the Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) program, which was initiated in 2013 thanks to initial funding from Prudential. ALC is a weeklong leadership program for county and municipal officials that focuses on personal leadership, working effectively with others, and having a positive impact beyond one’s own city and county. Participants are selected from among those who demonstrate dedication to local government by attending educational programs and volunteering for their statewide associations, the North Carolina League of Municipalities or the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

“Prudential Financial is pleased to support the School of Government’s Local Elected Leaders Academy,” said Mark Grier, vice chairman of Prudential. “These initiatives benefit North Carolina communities by promoting effective and strategic leadership among local elected officials.”

The donation will also make scholarships available to elected leaders from small and economically distressed North Carolina cities and counties to attend the School’s Local Elected Leaders Academy programs, including regional programs offered across the state to newly elected local officials.

This effort by Prudential will enhance the use of the Budgetopolis and Bottom Line! budget simulations, which elected officials have found to be effective tools for learning how a government budget works, their role in the budgeting process, and the impact of their decisions.

School of Government Dean Mike Smith said, “I am grateful for Prudential’s support for programs and initiatives that will give local elected officials the tools they need for public service, which is critical to strengthening North Carolina communities.”



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Published August 17, 2015