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Local government officials are often called upon to understand and make decisions on complex issues with significant implications for their jurisdictions. The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance is a professional development program designed to train local officials to provide jurisdictions with the leadership needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It is associated with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Allegany County Commissioner and President of the Board of County Commissioners Jacob C. Shade graduated from The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance in September.
The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance offers eight core courses: basics of risk management, conducting effective meetings, consensus and team building, county financial management, ethics, employment issues, open meetings, and the Public Information Act. There are a number of elective courses as well. Courses are taught by experienced officials, proven practitioners, and university faculty. The website is www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/executive-education/academy-excellence-local-governance.
Commissioner Shade earned a Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland in 2015. He also earned his undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Government and Politics, from the University of Maryland.