Working Effectively with Citizen Advisory Boards and Committees

  • Chapel Hill, NC
Discount available for groups

One of the most common and substantive ways citizen participation in local government occurs is through service on appointed advisory boards (CABs) (also sometimes called committees, commissions or task forces). While some CABs are statutorily mandated, most are created at the discretion of governing boards in order to provide community input for various local government functions.

How can local governments get the most out of CABs? 

What practices yield positive results for the organization as well as a positive experience for citizen volunteers? 

This one-day workshop explores promising practices of non-mandated, local government citizen advisory boards. Participants will learn about important nuts-and-bolts, including clarifying roles and expectations; recruiting, appointing, and training volunteers; staffing and managing committee work; and evaluating CAB effectiveness. Participants will also contribute to the learning by completing a pre-workshop survey and doing group exercises to address key issues and promising practices from their experience.  

*Participants will be asked to complete a pre-workshop survey.  The survey will be sent out in advance.

 

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply toward tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

  • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
  • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
  • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
  • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)
  • Chapel Hill, NC
    October 25
    Knapp Sanders Building
    400 South Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

    Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply toward tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

    • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
    • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
    • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
    • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)
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    A block of rooms has been set up at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill with a rate of $84. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi.  To reserve a room, call the hotel at 919-489-7555 and provide the name "Working Effectively with Citizen Advisory Boards". To receive the discounted rate, reservations must be made no later than October 10, 2019.

Participants will receive a copy of Creating and Maintaining Effective Local Government Citizen Advisory Committees (Vaughn M. Upshaw, 2010) as well as an after-workshop report.

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Jessica Khan

Program Manager, Leadership Group
919.966.4246
Richard Morse
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government
John Stephens
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government
Lydian Altman
Senior Manager of Leadership Curriculum Development