The Louisiana Municipal Leadership Academy (LMLA) is a program that we have envisioned for several years and is the result of research and collaboration with state municipal leagues throughout the country. Executive and legislative officials in municipal government are at the front lines for policy decisions that affect the daily lives of Louisiana citizens. Mayors and governing body members must ensure that municipalities fulfill their legal obligations, effectively provide community services, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. In short, service to the people is not just an element of officeholding; it is their jobs. So, it is vital for executive and legislative officials to understand the essentials of municipal government operations. Elected municipal leaders faithfully attend LMA events. The academy is a means of rewarding that attendance while also incentivizing continued engagement in these important educational opportunities.
By attending the suite of educational options and training sessions offered by the LMA, municipal officials will gain fluency in critical aspects of municipal governance, including duties of elected and appointed officials; transparency through public records, open meetings, and budgeting; utility system management; sound fiscal practices; enactment and enforcement of ordinances; court operations; physical and cybersecurity; workforce management; and much, much more. Participation in the LMLA provides the added benefit of networking at events with municipal government peers, statewide elected officials, state legislators, and congressional delegation members, not to mention exchanging ideas with the dedicated staff of the LMA.
By streamlining the processes of enrollment, credit application, and credit accrual, the LMA seeks to make participation in the LMLA as easy and efficient as possible. Executive and legislative municipal officials are the backbone of the association and your engagement in LMA events is a huge part of what makes our organization a success. This academy is one way of rewarding your participation in LMA-hosted events, providing mutual benefit to everyone involved.