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NACo Leadership Academy to Kick off Summer Cohort, Scholarships Available

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is starting its next cohort of the 100% online NACo Leadership Academy on August 3 and there are over 70 $1,500 First-Participant Scholarships still available for Virginia Counties!

This 12-week, online leadership development program offers commissioners, chairs, department directors, and other county leaders curriculum in best practices in leadership, organizational development and change management, negotiation and collaboration, effective business communication, and delivery of increased value from high performance county management. Content was developed collaboratively through Professional Development Academy, Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders, and world-renowned academics and thought leaders including General Colin Powell and Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. The program was designed specifically for the unique challenges and opportunities participants encounter through their service in county government.

A county commissioner who graduated from the Academy in November 2019 had this to say: “it opened my eyes to better thinking of my role as a leader, which I had not taken the time to do. It broadened my thinking about my influence on others, both elected, and non-elected department directors, as well as my influence on the general atmosphere of our county environment. I’m excited to see improvements that I can make.”

To date, 18 of Virginia’s 95 counties have participated in the program since its inception in 2018.

NACo is currently enrolling for the August 3rd cohorts, and is offering counties scholarships ranging from $300-$1,500 to assist with enrollment.

For more information on the program including curriculum visit:

To claim your scholarship and for more information, contact Craig Patenode at

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