WASHINGTON, D.C. – Centre County Commissioner Michael Pipe has been named one of a select group of 25 leaders in county government from across the country to participate in the 12th annual County Leadership Institute (CLI), a rigorous program developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Cambridge Leadership Associates.
The institute, held May 30 – June 4 in Washington, D.C., will press county officials to consider innovative approaches to address key issues facing their counties and constituents.
“The County Leadership Institute will provide a hands-on professional development experience that will help us accomplish our goals in Centre County,” said Pipe.
“This is a unique opportunity to learn from national experts and work with other county leaders as we strengthen our skills to tackle some of our greatest challenges, including reforming our criminal justice system, increasing citizen engagement and making government more transparent.”
The program is designed to help county leaders further develop their approaches toward solving complex challenges. It provides tools to encourage innovation and creativity; resources for invigorating organizational culture; and best practices in effective communication, collaboration and decision-making.
Matthew Chase, NACo’s executive director, said, “County officials often address similar issues and can learn a great deal from one another. The County Leadership Institute fosters peer-to-peer learning and encourages common-sense solutions to challenges counties and residents face every day.”
Since its inception, the Institute has graduated nearly 300 leaders from 172 counties across 45 states. Known for enhancing the capacity of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to the complex challenges, this year’s program will focus closely on the demands of personal leadership in the modern era of government, one characterized as a “permanent crisis” by Cambridge Leadership Co-founder Marty Linsky.
The program is made possible with the support of IBM, NACo’s Financial Services Center and the National Council of County Association Executives.