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April 20, 2009



DiNapoli Unveils the Local Government Leadership Institute

Local Government Officials to Convene at Hofstra and Cornell Universities

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the creation of the Local Government Leadership Institute to provide fiscal and management expertise, information and guidance to local government officials. The Institute will conduct inaugural workshops in partnership with Hofstra University on June 11 and Cornell University on August 13-14.

“Local governments face extraordinary challenges,” DiNapoli said. “They’re trying to do more with less. The Leadership Institute will give local officials the opportunity to exchange ideas and information to help them provide the services New Yorkers need at a cost local taxpayers can afford. Now more than ever, every dime counts, especially when they’re local taxpayer dimes. The Institute offers practical training to help local officials manage those dimes and keep local government running effectively.”

The Institute will bring together elected and appointed local officials from all levels of local government in a series of seminars focused on issues of regional concern with a concentration on key leadership principles. DiNapoli’s office is partnering with Hofstra University’s Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and the National Center for Suburban Studies and Cornell University’s Community and Rural Development Institute (CaRDI) to conduct the seminars. These discussion groups are themed, “Beyond the Fiscal Crisis: How to Build Partnerships and Leverage Opportunities.”

"We established the Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies to act as a forum for real estate industry professionals, government officials and community leaders to come together to discuss the issues facing residential and commercial development on Long Island, and the Local Government Leadership Institute is an extension of that same idea that the best way to forge solutions to regional problems is to bring people together to discuss common goals,” said Richard Guardino, executive dean of Hofstra’s Breslin Center.

“Local and state governments need to work together to address the problems facing suburban areas such as Long Island and to help them develop their economic strengths, grow in environmentally sustainable ways, and build a strong, diverse, and resilient middle class,” Larry Levy, executive director of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies said. “The leadership and management training offered by the Local Government Leadership Institute will be invaluable to accomplishing those goals."

“Cornell's Community and Rural Development Institute is pleased to partner with the Office of the State Comptroller in offering the August 13-14 Local Government Leadership Institute,” Max J. Pfeffer, co-faculty director of CaRDI said. “The Leadership Institute's goals are consistent with CaRDI’s efforts to foster regional networks of local officials who have access to research, educational forums, and who feel empowered to address complex issues with innovative strategies.”

Through panel discussions and interactive case studies, the 2009 Institute will focus on the following topic areas:

  • Comprehensive Planning for Local Governments and School Districts: Strategically Planning for the Future;
  • Thinking Regionally, Acting Locally: How to Develop and Leverage Public and Private Partnerships for Community Development;
  • Municipal Shared Services: How Do I Know if Entering Into a Shared Services Agreement Will Be Effective?;
  • Fiscal Difficulties and Economic Underperformance: What Inter-governmental Cooperation Can Do To Help Our Regions Address These Critical Issues;
  • Leveraging Colleges, Universities, and BOCES as Engines for Development; and
    Achieving Greener Communities through Civic, Private and Government Sector Innovation.

Visit the Local Government Leadership Institute Web site at: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/lgli/index.htm for more information about the Institute, including tentative agendas, registration information and links to Hofstra University’s Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and the National Center for Suburban Studies and Cornell University’s Community and Rural Development Institute (CaRDI).

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