Friday, August 30, 2013

Steele Selected for 2013 Western Legislative Academy

Steele Selected for 2013 Western Legislative Academy

State Capitol, Phoenix - The Council of State Governments, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving Western state legislators of both parties in 13 states, recently selected Rep. Victoria Steele, D-Tucson (District 9), to participate in its prestigious training institute for lawmakers in their first four years of service. 

The purpose of the Western Legislative Academy is to build excellence and effectiveness in state legislators. Admission to the Western Legislative Academy is very competitive and is based on commitment to public service, desire to improve personal legislative effectiveness and interest in improving the legislative process.  Out of 114 applicants from throughout the West, only 39 state legislators were invited to join the Western Legislative Academy Class of 2013.  

The Western Legislative Academy will convene November 13-16, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colorado for intensive training in subjects including legislative institutions, ethics, communications, negotiations, time management, and leadership.  Faculty is drawn from academia, former military and the private sector.  A highlight of the training is an afternoon at the US Air Force Academy, where participant will work on personal assessments and team building.

Steele, who recently completed her first legislative session at the Arizona Capitol, is a Tucson resident and represents Legislative District 9.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this program,” Steele said. “The skills and training available at the Western Legislative Academy will help me continue my work to create jobs, improve education, increase access to health care and move Arizona forward.”

The Council of State Governments-West is the Western division of the national Council of State Governments, which is based in Lexington, Kentucky.  Regional offices of CSG are located in Sacramento, Chicago, Atlanta and New York.

Funding for the Academy comes from the Colorado Springs-based El Pomar Foundation, which is dedicated to excellence in nonprofit organizations, and from Western state legislatures and corporate sponsors.  The El Pomar Foundation also donates the campus for the Western Legislative Academy.


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