Level Three: Governance Award
To encourage and recognize the efforts of local elected officials to achieve an outstanding level of education and leadership beyond that obtained in Level Two, and their continuing dedication to excellence in community governance.
Note: You will receive full EOA credit for repeating a class.
An individual must have received both the Education Award and the Leadership Award of the Elected Officials Academy. Upon completion of the required credits in each program area for the first two awards, all new credits earned in each program area go toward the Governance Award. Some credits may be counted toward the Governance Award before requirements for the Leadership Award are completed. Credits claimed for the Education and Leadership Awards may not be claimed toward the Governance Award.
To receive the Governance Award, elected officials must accumulate an additional 45 credits beyond Levels One and Two for an Academy total of 100 credits as follows:
• Advocacy 3 credits
• Conference Attendance 8 credits
• Leadership Roles 10 credits
• Elective Courses 24 credits
Note: For a full-day class outside of the League, three credits will be given. For a half-day course, one credit.
Three advocacy credits can be obtained by participating in the following legislative activities:
• Legislative Primer session at Capital Conference 1 credit
• Elected Officials Advocacy Workshop 3 credits
• Written testimony before the state/federal Legislature 2 credits
• Oral testimony before the state/federal Legislature 3 credits
• Service on a League issue committee (1 year term) 2 credits/year
• Service on the League Governance committee (1 year term) 1 credit/year
• Advocacy Webinar 1 credit/hour
10 credits must be earned by serving in the following League or NLC leadership roles. Service includes attendance at a majority of scheduled meetings.
* If you have a question about a leadership role you do not see on the list, please email Colleen Layton, Director, Information and Policy Research, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her at 734-669-6320, and she will let you know if it qualifies.
• Promote the League’s message to outside groups 2 credits
through speaking engagements, PowerPoints,
social messaging, etc.
• Service as a panelist or speaker at a League event 2 credits
• Service as a moderator, greeter, or volunteer
at a League Capital Conference or Convention 1 credit
• Service as a League Committee Member (1-year term) 1 credit/year
• Service as a League Regional Officer (1-year term) 1 credit/year
(3 credits max.)
• Service as a League Board of Trustees Member/ 2 credits/year
EOA Board Member (3-year term)
• Service as a League Michigan Municipal Workers’ 2 credits/year
Compensation Fund Board Member (3-year term)
• Service as a League Michigan Municipal Liability 2 credits/year
and Property Pool Board Member (3-year term)
• Service as a League Foundation Board Member 2 credits/year
• Service as a League Affiliate Officer (1-year term) 1 credit/year
• Service as a NLC Committee Member (2-year term) 2 credits/year
• Service as a NLC Board Member (2-year term) 2 credits/year
• Participate in mayors’ exchange 1 credit
• Write an article for The Review/website; blog 2 credits
• Sponsor a youth at the Convention 1 credit max
• Radio/TV Interview 1 credit
(Topic specific interview)
• Participation on a committee outside the League, 1 credit/year
functioning as the chairperson only
• Precinct delegate 1 credit
Note: Participation with service organizations such as United Way, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, American Legion, VFW, Elks Club, community foundations, and historical societies, only qualifies for a leadership role if served as chair.
8 credits must be earned by attending League or NLC Conferences. The following League and NLC conferences are eligible for credit in Level Three: Governance Award:
• Attendance at a League Annual Convention 2 credits/day
• Attendance at a League Capital Conference 2 credits
• Attendance at a League Regional Meeting 1 credit
• Attendance at a NLC Congress of Cities 2 credits
• Attendance at a NLC Congressional Cities Conference 2 credits
Elective Course Topics
24 credits must be earned by attending League Elective Courses. Elected officials enrolled in Level Three: Governance Award may attend as many elective courses as they choose.
This handbook contains a list of some elective topics and courses. Information will be posted online as details of the courses are finalized. EOA credits will be specified in League workshop details. The list of individual courses is likely to vary in response to the changing needs of local government.
Advanced Elective “Weekender”
To assist officials in the process of obtaining Level Three credits, Advanced Elective Weekender classes will be offered periodically throughout the year. Nine credits will be offered.
Check-in: 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Elective Class: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am to 8:00 am
Elective Class: 8:00 am to Noon
Networking Lunch: Noon to 1:00 pm
Elective Class: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
These courses will also be offered in a variety of three- to six-hour programs in the evening and on weekends at different locations throughout the state year-round.
Other Educational Programming
Credit may be granted for participation in approved educational programs offered by private or public organizations (agenda and proof of attendance must be submitted).
The Governance Award
The EOA’s Governance Award will include a pin and plaque in recognition of this accomplishment. The award will be presented by the executive director of the League at the appropriate Regional Meeting or at the League Convention. Other arrangements can be made if necessary.
A special award will be presented at the League’s Annual Convention for any council or commission in which all members have completed one or more levels of the Academy. Your community is responsible for notifying the League if this achievement is reached.