CANTON, OHIO (December 5, 2012) – Leadership Stark County, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, is currently seeking applicants for its Government Academy program. Endorsed by leadership of both parties, Leadership Stark County’s Government Academy is perfect for elected or appointed government officials, candidates, prospective candidates, members of boards and commissions, or anyone who wants to know more about the political process. The program is facilitated by a professor of The Ohio State University and the staff of Leadership Stark County. Meeting twice a week for six weeks, the course will offer:
  • * Leadership skills, styles, and effective decision-making
  • * Economic development opportunities and strategies
  • * Understanding the media and how to make it work for you
  • * Communicating and working with citizens
  • * Focus on shared services and regionalization
Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 to 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 5 and concluding Mar. 19. Past participants of the Government Leadership Academy include Keith Bennett, Stark County Engineer; Thomas Bernabei, Stark County Commissioner; Christine Clevenger, North Canton Community Improvement Corporation; Patricia Fallot, Mayor and Council Member, City of Louisville; Anthony Flex, Plain Township Fiscal Officer; Frank Forchione, Judge, Stark County Court of Common Pleas; Scott Haws, Plain Township Trustee; Julie Jakmides, Alliance City Council; Michael Lynch, Nimishillen Township Trustee; Chris Smith, Canton City Council; and Mary Strukel, Massillon City School Board. Tuition is $395 and includes all materials and refreshments. Applications received by Jan. 11 are eligible for a discounted, "early bird" rate of $350. All applications are due by Jan. 21. Partial tuition assistance is available for representatives of government, education or non-profit sectors. For more information about Leadership Stark County's Government Academy, visit