City of Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick has been selected to be one of the few elected officials who will participate in the Good Government Initiative Class of 2013.
The Good Government Initiative, which was founded by former Miami Dade-County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, provides a venue for elected officials to develop their skills as excellent leaders and to hone their ability to practice good governance. During the four month program, which is facilitated by the University of Miami, participants will work with current and former elected and appointed officials, academics, journalists, community leaders, and lobbyists for an open exploration and conversation on a variety of governance issues.
“Our goal was to assemble a balance cohort of active, engaged leaders who are eager to work with others and to develop their own skills in governance,” said program founder, president and CEO Sorenson. “This year we had many qualified applicants, and we are delighted to have selected a diverse group of dedicated elected officials from Monroe County to Palm Beach County.”
The group of elected officials from Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties that was selected for this year’s program will receive more than 60 hours in training about the nuts and bolts of government in South Florida. The ultimate goal for the Initiative is to help elected officials develop into thoughtful, effective leaders in the community, while giving them the opportunity to develop a supportive cohort of their peers and connections with established community leaders and experts.
“I look forward to participating in the Good Government Initiative program so I can further enhance my professional and educational development to become the best elected official I can be for the residents of Homestead,” said Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick. “I feel happy that I was accepted in the class of 2013 where I will be exposed to a variety of government and community issues and where I will learn new skills to become a better representative of my constituents.”