Pictured above GMA training certificate recipients Councilperson Flossie Smith, Mayor Dan Ponder and Councilperson Lindsay Register, Sr. are pictured above with (from left) Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA president; Twin City Mayor Matt Donaldson, chair of the Municipal Training Board and Carl Vinson Institute of Government Director Laura Meadows.
During the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Cities United Summit held recently in Atlanta. Donalsonville Mayor Dan Ponder, Councilmember Lindsay Register, Sr. and Councilmember Flossie Smith received certificates of recognition for their efforts in utilizing GMA resources from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute to become more effective city officials.
Councilmember Register was presented a prestigious Certificate of Distinction, Mayor Ponder was presented a Certificate of Achievement and Councilmember Smith was presented a Certificate of Recognition.
The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for city officials.
To receive a Certificate of Distinction a city official must complete a minimum of 204 units of credit, including at least 72 hours from a required list of courses and the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute.
To receive a Certificate of Achievement, a city official must complete a minimum of 72 units of credit, including at least 36 hours from a list of required classes. The training program consists of a series of more than 60 courses.
To receive a Certificate of Recognition, a city official must complete a minimum of 42 units of credit, including at least 18 hours from a list of required classes.
“These are outstanding achievements,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Mayor Ponder and Councilmembers Register and Smith for this accomplishment and for the dedication each has shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”
Institute of Government Director Laura Meadows recognized the effort officials invest in gaining these certifications. “We applaud the commitment of these municipal officials in furthering their leadership development and utilizing the knowledge gained in this training program in improving their cities,” Meadows said.
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 538 member cities.
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit that provides customized assistance, applied research and professional development for government leaders and employees across Georgia and internationally.