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Nelson and James Attending Leadership Academy

Sept. 9, 2005 – Sens. Terrence "Positive" Nelson and Neville James will attend the Council of States Governments' Eastern Leadership Academy next week. They are among a group of 37 state government leaders chosen for the Eastern Leadership Academy (ELA). The program, presented by the University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Government, helps officials develop their leadership skills and examine significant policy issues facing the states today.
"As a state official, it is vital to hone my leadership and policy skills to the highest level, I am proud to be an ELA Fellow. Such personal and professional growth will allow me to better serve the citizens of the U.S. Virgin Islands," said Nelson.
"I am looking forward to going and networking with other professionals in my field," James said. "This will be a great opportunity to refine my skills as a leader and legislator."
James and fellow freshman senator Nelson were nominated to attend the conference by Senate President Lorraine L. Berry. The conference, which will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, focuses on leadership, ethics and public policy.
State officials from all branches of government from ten Eastern states, Puerto Rico, the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec will be in Philadelphia Sept. 11 through 15.
By focusing on the most important regional trends facing state government officials today, scholars from the University of Pennsylvania and outside experts will provide a context for Fellows to effectively analyze policies and programs, evaluate information, and communicate successfully with constituents and colleagues.
This year's program will focus on the changing economy and culture, strategies to create new jobs, efforts to rein in the cost of health care, and strategies to build an ethical climate in government.
Experts who will address the attendees include:
— Gov. James Douglas (Vermont)
— Gov. Ed Rendell (Pennsylvania)
— Marc Morial, president, National Urban League
— Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director, Annenberg Public Policy Center
— Professor Alan Rosenthal, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
— Professor Sam Preston, demographer, former Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

— Professor Janice Madden, professor of Regional Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Real Estate,
The Eastern Regional Conference was established in 1937 and includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the Eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec.

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