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County and Municipal elected officials are a core audience for the Center for Public Leadership and Governance.  We provide a range of programs, courses, and resources to assure that newly-elected local leaders are prepared to move from campaigning to governing.  We also provide on-going programs for experienced elected leaders who strive to understand better the complex relationships, collaborations, and partnerships required to govern effectively.  At the advanced level of leadership, we offer the Advanced Leadership Corps, our flagship residential leadership program.

Significant funding for the Local Elected Leaders Academy is provided through the generosity of the Local Government Federal Credit Union, the NC Association of County Commissioners, and Prudential.

LELA offers a full course calendar as well as written and online resources, including access to ethics training to meet North Carolina state requirements. Visit our course calendar, resources page and ethics training page. to learn more.

The LELA recognition program is operated in conjunction with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and the North Carolina League of Municipalities. For more information on recognition levels and requirements, visit the information page.


Signature Programs

Essentials of Municipal Government/Essentials of County Government 

Following the November elections each year, CPLG and School of Government faculty collaborate with the statewide municipal and county government organizations to jointly develop and deliver a two-day course of instruction for the newly-elected officials on the essential laws and practice of their respective local government units.  The “Essentials” courses, offered regionally in the months immediately following the elections, focus on the basic functions of elected county and municipal boards that are most critical to effective governance.

Essentials of Municipal Government


Essentials of County Government

Advanced Leadership Corps

The Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) is an intensive leadership development program for combined municipal and county elected officials.  ALC is a six-day residential program held annually that helps participants understand their leadership behaviors and practices, and gain insights into how to work effectively with their boards, citizens, other community leaders, and regional and state officials and organizations.  Participants are chosen through a competitive application process that involves the statewide local government organizations in the application and selection process.

Advanced Leadership Corps