School of Government Receives $110,000 from Prudential to Assist Local Elected Officials

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The School of Government has received a $110,000 gift from Prudential 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; budget simulations that teach elected officials and other groups to make strategic budget decisions; and scholarships for elected officials to attend the School’s Local Elected Leaders Academy programs.

ALC is a weeklong program for county and municipal officials designed to increase public leadership capacity in North Carolina. The program focuses on personal leadership, working effectively with others, and leading positive change in one’s own region. Participants are selected from among those who demonstrate dedication to local government by attending educational programs and/or volunteering for their statewide associations, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners or the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

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.

The donation will make scholarships available to elected city council members and county commissioners to attend the School’s Local Elected Leaders Academy programs, including courses offered across the state to newly elected local officials.

“I find it rewarding to see firsthand how initiatives like the School of Government’s Local Elected Leaders Academy benefit North Carolina communities,” said Michael McCann, Prudential’s vice president for Key Account Management. “These programs promote effective and strategic leadership among local elected officials throughout the state.”

School of Government Dean Mike Smith said, “I am grateful for Prudential’s continued support for providing local elected officials the tools they need to lead and govern.”


Published October 20, 2016