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August 13, 2009



DiNapoli: Leadership Institute Hosts Event at Cornell

Local Government Officials Get Support to Navigate Tough Economy

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s newly created Local Government Leadership Institute (Institute) will offer elected local government officials a forum to discuss regional issues, explore collaboration opportunities and discuss current challenges in government. Cornell University’s Community and Rural Development Institute (CaRDI) in Ithaca, New York will host the Institute’s second event August 13-14.

“Effective, skilled leadership is pivotal to help taxpayers get through this difficult financial time,” DiNapoli said. “Local governments are facing growing challenges with shrinking resources. Now more than ever local governments have to make every taxpayer dime count. The Local Government Leadership Institute brings local government leaders together to learn from one another, to build relationships, and to collaborate.”

DiNapoli created the Institute to provide a forum for officials from different levels of local government network and exchange ideas and effective practices. This type of cross training fills a void in current training programs, which tend to group village officials with village officials, school officials with school officials, and so on. DiNapoli said a well-trained pool of local government officials is vital to initiating shared services and successfully implementing cost-saving reform measures.

The theme of the 2009 Institute is, “Beyond the Fiscal Crisis: How to Build Partnerships and Leverage Opportunities.” The Institute and CaRDI will offer six panels featuring a mix of local government leaders, state officials as well as representatives of higher education that will share real world experiences, case studies and successful leadership skills. The panelists will focus on Municipal Shared Services, Comprehensive and Capital Planning, Developing and Leveraging Public and Private Partnerships, Regional Solutions to Address Fiscal Difficulties, Leveraging Educational Institutions for Development and Achieving Greener Communities through Innovation.

“CaRDI is pleased to be hosting this Leadership Institute with State Comptroller DiNapoli. The event is in line with our goal of enhancing sound and effective local government decision making,” said Max J. Pfeffer and David L. Brown, co-faculty directors of CaRDI.

“The event has been structured to maximize the networking of officials across municipal boundaries and classes. To truly leverage opportunities, there is a need for dialogue and regional collaboration on common issues”, Rod Howe, Executive Director of CaRDI and Assistant Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension said.
Cornell University’s Community and Rural Development Institute was created to strengthen Cornell's role as a leader in responding to current and emerging needs in community and rural development. Working with Cornell faculty and staff--including Cornell Cooperative Extension's network of county offices--and other state and regional institutions, CaRDI is a center of dialogue and collaboration addressing needs at the local, state, and national levels.

Click here for more information about the Institute, including agendas, registration information, cost saving ideas from DiNapoli’s office and additional links.

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