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  May 6, 2010

Successful Intergovernmental Cooperation Conference
Focuses on How Communities Work Together to Maintain Quality Services

Reading, Pa. - Faced with an increasing demand for services and escalating costs, municipalities and school districts are being forced to choose between increasing taxes and/or fees or reducing or eliminating services. But some municipalities and school districts have found that working together is an effective approach to solving the problem.

The Center for Community Leadership at Albright College will present a conference on Successful Intergovernmental Cooperation on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. The conference is designed to assist local officials in better understanding how communities can work together to maintain quality services and how these cooperative initiatives were established and are being successfully implemented.

Keynote speaker is Karen A. Miller, chief of staff for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The conference runs from 12:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Albright College’s Campus Center.

Karen A. Miller has extensive experience in elected and appointed governmental positions at the local, state and federal levels. As chief of staff for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Miller is responsible for state forests and 117 state parks, as well as recreation and conservation grant programs. Previous positions include executive director, Pennsylvania Outreach Project for the Berks Community Foundation; executive director, State Office of the Pennsylvania Economy League and managing director, IssuesPA; secretary representative, Mid-Atlantic region, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; secretary of community affairs, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and mayor of the City of Reading.

Pre-registration is required by May 19. Participants can attend all day or select either afternoon or evening sessions. The cost to attend all day is $95; afternoon session, $45; and evening session, $65. To register, please go to www.albright.edu/ccl or call Andrea Weist at 610-929-6503.

Registrants are admitted to workshops without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, political affiliation, national origin or disability.

The Center for Community Leadership (CCL), founded in 1994 by Albright College as the “Local Government Program,” has operated since 1999. CCL works to provide education and training for local officials; foster cooperative initiatives among municipalities to help meet the growing demand for services and to reduce operating costs; and enhance citizen understanding of local government operations, the community decision-making process, and policy choices for addressing public issues. More than 7,000 officials have attended CCL training programs. In addition to program fees, CCL is supported financially by 66 municipal sponsors and 29 private sector sponsors, grants and contracts.

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Two-thirds of students graduate with dual/individualized majors in more than 200 different combinations. Albright enrolls about 1,625 undergraduates in traditional programs, another 500 adult students in accelerated degree programs, and 100 students in the master’s program in education. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.