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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.
To register for the classes or for additional information about the series, call the Institute for Local Government at (313) 593-5140.

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