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City Councilmember Vicky Nelson receives Certificate of Dedication
Vicky Nelson
Pictured, from left, are Rob Gordon, University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government Executive Director; Larry Hanson, Georgia Municipal Association Director and CEO; and Mayor Jim Thornton, Lagrange, Georgia, and Georgia Municipal Association Immediate Past President.

Councilmember Vicky Nelson received the prestigious Certificate of Dedication award from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah on June 27.

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. The Certificate of Dedication requires 276 hours of training, including at least 108 hours from a required list of classes, 18 hours of which must be from an Advanced Leadership track, and the Robert E. Knox Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute. After obtaining the Certificate of Dedication, officials must complete nine hours of continuing education each year to maintain the certificate. The training program consists of more than 70 courses.

Councilmember Nelson was one of seven city officials to receive the Certificate of Dedication at the conference.

“This outstanding achievement truly speaks to the dedication shown by these recipients,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Councilmember Nelson for this accomplishment and for the commitment she’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official. Councilmember Nelson serves as an example to other city officials across the state.”

“The dedication shown by these public servants from across the state to enhance their skills and knowledge of municipal governance is remarkable,” said Rob Gordon, director of the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government. “Their commitment to education means they are bringing back tools, insights, knowledge, resources and networks to strengthen their cities. The Institute of Government is proud to partner with GMA to make this expanded training opportunity available to Georgia’s city leaders.”

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