PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: Sept. 26, 2005
UM-Dearborn seminar series designed for new city and village council members
DEARBORN---Helping new city and village council members learn the basic
skills of successful council service is the focus of a series of workshops
and presentations beginning this fall at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
"We're looking to help those people who have taken on the responsibility
of serving in elected offices explore some of the important issues they'll
face, alongside others facing similar challenges across the metropolitan
region" according to Edward Bagale, vice chancellor for government
relations at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
The four-session program is offered by the campus's Institute for Local
Government, an initiative launched in 2003 to offer a variety of programs
to help develop stronger civic leadership in the region. "As the
problems local governments are asked to solve become more complex, those
serving as elected officials need background and continuing education
delivered in a non-partisan and timely manner," Bagale said. "The
university is uniquely suited to perform this task.
The classes will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings once
a month from November through February. Some topics include planning and
zoning, financial management, leadership roles and responsibilities and
the legal frameworks of city and village government.
Those who complete the program will qualify for "Level One"
of the Michigan Municipal League's Elected Officials Academy, a voluntary
continuing education program to encourage and recognize the efforts of
local elected officials to become more effective leaders.
Classes will include panels, lectures and discussions and all sessions
will be offered at UM-Dearborn's Fairlane Center building, on Hubbard
Drive between Southfield and Evergreen. Municipalities will be billed
$276 for each participant in the program.