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Citizens academy program leaders in Cumberland, Guilford and Nash counties discuss challenges, details, differences in programs, and success stories during a workshop held at the 2013 North Carolina Association of County Commissioners' Annual Conference.

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  • 1. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Over the past two decades, more than a dozen counties have taken to heart the task of educating the public about county government. Citizens academies are typically labor intensive for staff from a planning and presentation perspective and can require a five- to 10-night commitment from participating citizens, but the rewards of building a core group of educated citizens that are ready to become engaged in county government outweighs the challenges associated with sponsoring a citizens academy. Program leaders in three counties discuss challenges, details, differences in programs, and success stories in this workshop held Aug. 23 at the 2013 NCACC Annual Conference.

2. Educate, Inform and Engage Strategic Initiative 3. Quick Takes FREE 28 graduated from first class in Nov. 2012 32 graduated in April 2013 Seven weekly sessions on Tuesdays, 6 9 p.m. Various county locations Light refreshments; binders provided 4. Session Format Three to four department presentations per night Meeting simulation in Commissioners Chamber 5. Tours Animal Shelter Sheriffs Training Center Crown Coliseum Landfill 6. Response Online evaluation surveys sent the next day work best Countys Appointed Board Application includes a block to check if individual has attended the academy To date, three graduates have been appointed 7. Strategic Initiative Expanded Youth Citizens Academy held this summer 8. Strategic Initiative Expanded Appointed Board Welcome and Information Session held August 13 9. From more information, contact: Sally Shutt Public Information Director 910-437-1921 sshutt@co.cumberland.nc.us www.co.cumberland.nc.us 10. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Now speaking: Patsy King McGhee describing Nash County Government Works 11. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Now speaking: Martha Rogers describing Guilford County Citizens Academy 12. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Fees for participants 13. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Community partners for delivery 14. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Elected official participants 15. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Impact on county employees 16. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Budgets for Citizens Academies programs 17. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Marketing/getting the word out 18. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Course curriculum 19. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Class size and participant demographics 20. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Keeping alumni involved 21. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Feedback from alumni 22. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Q&A Graduation and alumni involvement 23. By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner Patsy King McGhee, Nash County Assistant to the County Manager Martha Rogers, Guilford County Internal Audit Director Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Chief Public Information Director Mary Wells (Nash County), Cashion on the value of the course for new county commissioners

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