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Acceptance into this program requirement:  A minimum of 7 years’ experience in local government management with at least 5 years supervisory experience as a municipal or county manager, assistant manager, or department director.

Step 1:  To apply for the PELA Class of 2023, please click HERE.

Step 2:  A “Letter of Support” from your manager or supervisor must accompany your online application.

Attendance Policy:  Once accepted, participants are expected to attend all sessions and events, including evening events.

Application Deadline:  Application deadline submission must be received by May 19, 2023.

Course Page:  Click here to visit the course page for additional information.


Scholarship Information:  Scholarships are available through NCCCMA and LGFCU.

North Carolina City and County Management Association members will receive a $500 tuition discount. A limited number of partial scholarships are available through the NCCCMA. The contact is Jeff Repp, NCCCMA professional development chair, The 2023 NCCCMA Scholarship Application is HERE and on the “Information Exchange” at

The Local Government Federal Credit Union scholarship deadlines are March 1 and June 1. Click here for the School of Government LGFCU application. 

The hotel reservation is included in the fee. Participants will pay their own travel expenses. The class will meet Sunday of each week.



Carl Stenberg, director,

Kim Nelson, co-director,

Lisa Sheffield, program manager,