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Governing Essentials for Local Elected Officials –REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Program Description:
Designed for newly elected officials (or experienced officials seeking a refresher), this introductory series will promote a high-level understanding of topics essential to effective service as a local council, board, or commission member. The curriculum will be delivered by both seasoned practitioners and academic experts and is organized to fit the demanding schedules of the participants. All sessions include practical information you will use immediately, plus opportunities to network and collaborate with peers.

The program is presented in two parts: The Core Program and the Enrichment Program. To earn a certificate of completion for this program, participants must complete all four workshops in the Core Program and at least one workshop in the Enrichment Program. Participants are encouraged to participate in all workshops in the Enrichment Program.

Cost: $750.00 per person
Cost includes access to all Core and Enrichment Program Workshops, as well as refreshments at the face-to-face sessions.

Core Program

The workshops in the Core Program are planned as in-person sessions*, offered at Ohio University’s Dublin Integrated Education Center, 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio 43016.
*Health guidelines permitting. If restrictions are still in place, these sessions will be held in a virtual format. UPDATE: 4/5/21 All Core Program sessions will be presented in a virtual format.

All workshops will be held from 8 am-12:30 pm.

GOVERNANCE – Wednesday, May 5
Understand the statutory roles of members of councils, boards and commissions in the effective operation of local government.
Faculty for this workshop: Dana McDaniel, City Manager, City of Dublin; Ginny Barney, former City Manager, City of Upper Arlington; Steve Campbell, North Star Project and Policy Development; Jennifer Readler, Esq. Frost, Brown, Todd; Kent Scarrett, Ohio Municipal League
Topics include:
• What is a public servant? • Forms of local government • Statutes/charters/governance • Boards & commissions  • Council-staff relations • Effective public meetings • Legal brief • The State House  • Trends in local government • Intergovernmental relations

FINANCEWednesday, May 12
Make sense of the vocabulary and uses of revenue generation, borrowing and budget-making as the foundation for fiscal responsibility.
Faculty for this workshop: Mark Barbash, Ohio Economic Development Institute and public finance faculty, John Glenn College at The Ohio State University
Topics include:
• Understanding taxes/revenue sources • Operating budgets  • Capital budgets • Personnel, labor relations and collective bargaining • Fund accounting • Debt financing/bond ratings • Fiscal policies, best practices and procurement • Incentives and incentive policies • Litigation

Learn the roles that equity, justice, and accountability play in the work of a public servant and apply them in exercises on ethics and leadership.
Faculty for this workshop: Susan Willeke, Ohio Ethics Commission; Dave Collinsworth, former City Manager- Westerville; Jim Mahoney, Assistant Professor, Ohio University
Topics include:
• Service, equity, justice, fairness, accountability and transparency • Ethics • Civility • Teambuilding • Political and managerial communication • Motivation and influence

Hear about the tools, resources, and technologies that local officials can command to drive healthy, long-term growth.
Faculty for this workshop: Mark Barbash, Ohio Economic Development Institute; Craig Chambers, faculty, Ohio University; Doug McCollough, CIO, City of Dublin
Topics include:
• Primer on real estate, finance, retention & expansion, site selection & development, incentives • Zoning law review • Community planning • State and federal resources • Smart communities & infrastructure • Emerging technologies • Building growth economies

Enrichment Program

The workshops in the Enrichment Program are planned as virtual sessions, offered via the Zoom platform.

All workshops will be held from 8 am-12:30 pm.

Learn practical techniques for constituent service and media engagement in the age of digital platforms.
Faculty for this workshop: Andy Alexander, former Washington Bureau Chief, Washington Post; Tom Hodson, Director Emeritus, Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism
Topics include:
• What is “the media” and what will it be? • Dealing with the media: best practices and tips • Mastering the sound bite and interview tips • The power and pitfalls of social media • Public engagement • Digital platforms • Data analytics • Privacy and cybersecurity

SAFETYWednesday, June 16
Learn the public safety architecture in Ohio and explore effective leadership, crisis preparation, and management, as well as community collaboration principles and practices.
Faculty for this workshop: John Born, former director, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Mike Crispen, Police Chief, City of Whitehall
Topics include:
• Ohio’s public safety architecture and operations overview • Ohio Police Chief and Department Considerations 101 • Crisis preparation and leadership • Public safety and community collaboration • Critical Incident Communications • IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS

PUBLIC WORKSWednesday, June 23
Understand the role that infrastructure plays in the life of the community and try out tools to aid long term thinking.
Faculty for this workshop: Larry Lester, Operations Director, City of Hilliard; Faith Knutsen, Director of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ohio University; Craig Chambers, faculty, Ohio University
Topics include:
• Overview of the municipal engineering functions • Street planning, design, & maintenance • Water supply/distribution/treatment • Sewerage/storm water drainage & control systems • Telecommunications infrastructure • Public works planning • Public Private Partnerships • Decision tools


Highly regarded faculty, practitioners and speakers.

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Registration for this series is now closed. REGISTRATION DEADLINE was April 23, 2021

If you’d like to be notified when we offer the Governing Essential Series the next time, please send an email to GVAcademy@ohio.edu.

Please note: As of April 5, 2021, all workshops in this series will be hosted in a virtual format.

Registration Open

Leading in Appalachia: Communicating in a Complex World- 2021

Dates: Tues., March 16; Tues., April 20; Tues., May 18; Tues., June 15; Tues. July 20; Tues., August 17 – 9 a.m.-noon each session
Location: Workshops held virtually, via Zoom
Cost: no charge; pre-registration is required; seating is limited to the first 30 participants

Individuals serving in public service organizations in Ohio’s Appalachian region receive priority registration.


Join current and future leaders of Appalachian Ohio for six dynamic workshops focused on Communicating in a Complex World. In this series, we’ll explore the many facets of communication leaders use to succeed. All sessions include practical information and skills you’ll put to use immediately. PLUS opportunities to network and collaborate with others from the region.

Topics in this series:
Leading with Strengths
Effective Communication
Data Visualization
Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Advocacy in Appalachia


Highly regarded faculty, practitioners and speakers.

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Smart Government

Date: Coming Soon


As analytics and emerging technologies become available to all, governments are positioned to make better choices about management, investment and the services they provide to their citizens. The Voinovich Academy offers course to support government officials who want to employ smart government tools and principles in the operation of their organizations.

Core courses include: technology investment planning, building an innovation economy, privacy and cyber security, social return on investment, using digital platforms and data analytics, team building and crisis management and communication. Learners use case studies, group exercises and various tools. Sessions many be full or half day, depending on the needs of the organization.

If you’re ready to explore course work in Smart Government for your organization, contact us at GVAcademy@ohio.edu for details about upcoming Smart Government workshops.


Highly regarded faculty, practitioners, researchers and nationally recognized speakers.

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Crisis Management

Date: Coming soon


A crisis is an event or series of events which trigger a real, perceived or possible threat to life, health and safety, the environment, facilities, the economy or an organization’s credibility. Within every type of past and potential future crisis, there are three elements either effectively implemented or absent: leadership, preparation and collaboration.

Implementing key leadership skills, ensuring nimble preparation and embracing collaboration requires effort and focus before, during and after a crisis. The Voinovich Academy offers courses to support public service entities who want to be prepared in the event of a crisis.

Core course topics include: Crisis planning and crisis collaboration. Learners use case studies, group exercise and tools in full or half days sessions.

If you’re ready to explore course work in Crisis Management, contact us at GVAcademy@ohio.edu for details about upcoming Crisis Management workshops.


Highly regarded faculty, practitioners, researchers and nationally recognized speakers.