NEWS RELEASE

 

BERKS COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHRISTIAN LEINBACH SELECTED TO Join County Leaders from Across U.S.

for Intensive Leadership Program at Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU

(Washington, D.C. April 1, 2009) The National Association of Counties announced today the selection of Christian Y. Leinbach, Berks County Commissioner as one of twenty-five county leaders from across the United States to participate in the sixth annual County Leadership Institute, a rigorous four-day program developed by New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in partnership with the NACo. Nominated by Doug Hill, Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, as an official with a commitment to developing collaborative and innovative solutions to local issues, Christian Leinbach will meet at the NYU-Wagner campus in New York City from May 26-30, 2009.

The Institute, now in its sixth year, has graduated 116 members from 40 states and 110 counties across the country. Known for enhancing the capacity of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing county government in the 21st century, this year’s program will focus closely on the immediate issues of local economic recovery.

"The county officials who participate in the Institute get information, ideas, and perspectives they can’t get anywhere else," said Larry Naake, executive director of NACo. "These county leaders not only discuss the core principles of public service leadership with prominent experts, they also collaborate intensively with each other to develop new ways to attack real-life issues of importance to the citizens of their counties," added Ellen Schall, dean of NYU Wagner.

In addition to developing skills and cultivating new perspectives of leadership, the Institute builds a network of CLI alumni who continue to offer support, suggestions and feedback across years and county lines. Classes meet each day from 8am to 5pm with NYU faculty and include three evening meetings. Program costs are offset by corporate and non-profit sponsoring organizations, who also participate in the discussion and the receptions.