Leadership Stark County is currently taking registrations for the 2016 Government Academy.

Government Academy is a five-week course of leadership development promoting excellence in local governance. This course is ideal for for civic-minded individuals interested in impacting local issues, government and service leadership. Current and potential elected officials, members of school boards, local boards and commissions, and any civic-minded citizens are encouraged to attend.

Individuals can learn how to participate in government, even if they do not intend to run for office.

Government Academy topics include:

  • Finding and using your strengths
  • Strengths based citizen engagement
  • Local and regional shared services
  • Working with and utilizing the Working with and utilizing the wormediwormeda
  • Strengths based economic development
  • Regionalism
  • Levels of citizenship
  • Campaigning
  • Government ethics
  • Board training

Government Academy runs Feb. 2-Mar. 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m. A concluding program will be held on Mar.  8 at 11:30 a.m.

The curriculum is facilitated by Leadership Stark County staff and by Dr. Chet Bowling, Ohio State University Extension.

Tuition is $425, and tuition assistance is available for individuals from government or non-profit organizations. Registrations will be accepted through January 18 or until the class is filled. Register online at

Governmnet Academy is a collaboration among Leadership Stark County, Stark County District Library and The Ohio State University Extension.

Government Academy is supported by The Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and the Stark County District Library.

For more information, contact Jenifer Hill, Program Manager, at 330-458-2094 or