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Commissioner Josh Lang to join leaders in county government for intensive leadership program in nation's capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bedford County Commissioner, Chairman Josh Lang has been accepted as one of a select group of leaders in county government from across the country to participate in the 16th Annual County Leadership Institute (CLI), a rigorous program developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Cambridge Leadership Associates. 

 Lang was one of only 30 county leaders chosen each year, and he will engage in the intensive and challenging program to bring new solutions and perspectives to Bedford County.

 CLI will be held on June 9 – 13 in Washington, D.C., and equips county officials with practical leadership strategies as they explore innovative approaches to address key issues facing their counties and constituents.

“The County Leadership Institute will provide a hands-on professional development experience that will help us accomplish our goals in Bedford County,” said Commissioner Lang. “This is a unique opportunity to learn from experts and work with other county leaders as we strengthen our skills to tackle some of our greatest challenges.”

The program helps county leaders develop their approach toward solving complex challenges.  It provides tools to encourage innovation and creativity; resources for invigorating organizational culture; and best practices in effective communication, collaboration and decision-making.

Matthew Chase, NACo’s executive director, said, “County officials often address similar issues and can learn a great deal from one another. The County Leadership Institute fosters peer-to-peer learning and encourages common-sense solutions to challenges that counties and residents face every day.”   

Douglas Hill, Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), which nominated Commissioner Lang for the CLI, said “The CLI allows us to develop our future leadership, recognizing those like Commissioner Lang who understand that sound local governance includes both personal leadership skills and a recognition that serving local constituents also means involvement in state and federal advocacy on their behalf.”

Since its inception, the Institute, known for enhancing the capacity of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges, has graduated 331 leaders from over 172 counties across 45 states.  This year’s program focuses on the demands of personal leadership in the modern era of government, one characterized as a “permanent crisis” by Cambridge Leadership Associates co-founder Marty Linsky. 

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.  Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties.  NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. More information at: www.naco.org.