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June 10, 2010

DiNapoli: Local Govt. Leadership Institute Hosts Event With Cornell In Buffalo

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Local Government Leadership Institute (Institute) brought together leaders from all levels of government to share key leadership principles, discuss regional issues, explore collaboration opportunities and discuss current challenges in government. DiNapoli’s office, in partnership with Cornell University’s Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), will host the Institute’s second annual event today at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo.

“During this period of slow economic recovery, governments throughout New York must do more with less,” DiNapoli said. “We need a new approach and new ideas to deal with the harsh fiscal realities local governments face. The Local Government Leadership Institute brings local leaders together to learn from one another, to build relationships and to collaborate on ways to govern more effectively and efficiently.”

DiNapoli said that valuable aspect of the Institute gives officials from different classes of local government an opportunity to exchange ideas and effective practices. This type of cross training fills a void in current training programs, which tend to group officials based on government class and in some cases by function. 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 2010 Institute is “Essential Tools for Navigating Turbulent Economic Times.” Through panel discussions and interactive workshops, the 2010 Institute will focus on the importance of cost savings and shared services.

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York, will serve as the keynote speaker of this event. Chancellor Zimpher is the 12th chancellor of SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the country. Zimpher is the first woman to be named chancellor in SUNY’s 60-year history.

Cornell University’s CaRDI was created to strengthen Cornell's role as a leader in responding to current and emerging needs in community and regional development. CaRDI serves as 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, cost saving ideas from DiNapoli’s office and additional links.


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