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City official completes city government training

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 11:06 a.m. CDT

Nancy Loudon, Creston City Council member, is among 230 city officials from across the state to receive recognition for their participation in the 2011-2012 Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA).

MLA is a four-part workshop series conducted every other year after the regular municipal elections. It is one of the few training opportunities that give city officials in Iowa a broad-based look at the many aspects of city government. Topics covered during the workshops included council meeting procedures, city budgeting and community betterment. To be considered an MLA graduate, city officials needed to register and attend at least three out of four MLA parts.

MLA offers a comprehensive overview of municipal government and is presented by staff of the Iowa League of Cities, Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Iowa and the office of state and local government programs at Iowa State University Extension.

During a special recognition ceremony at the Iowa League of Cities annual conference and exhibit Sept. 27 in Sioux City, graduates were recognized for their accomplishment. The 230 graduates of the academy serve a total of 129 different cities. After conference concluded, MLA participants received a special certificate in the mail honoring their completion of the training.

MLA participants demonstrate a commitment to leadership worthy of special recognition. Because the workshops were held on evenings and weekends, MLA participants often take time out of their personal lives to learn more about the practice of city government by attending MLA workshops.

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