Below are a number of Community Development related podcasts. Each podcast is presented in Adobe Connect. Podcasts require Adobe Flash Player which can be downloaded for free at

Board Training

Statutory Requirements and Useful Techniques for Successful Meetings (Aired June 4, 2008)

Public OfficialsTraining

Local Government Extension Training (Aired May 31, 2011)

Charging Local Governments for Services (Aired April 21, 2011)
Educators involved in Local Government trainings are faced increasingly with budgetary issues that require charging fees for their training services. This webinar, led by West Virginia Extension Professor Michael Dougherty will explore the present challenges and opportunities associated with charging local government entities for training and related services. He will discuss his experiences and lessons learned in doing this for more than a decade in West Virginia. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences in this area as well.

Penn State Extension's Local Governance Programs (Aired Dec. 9, 2010)
The Penn State Local Governance Capacity Building program offers training and education about local government, how it works, and how factors such as regional context and citizen engagement can impact decision-making. Starting with a basic civics lesson on Pennsylvania local government, the program also addresses broader issues for local officials such as engaging citizens in discussions of policy, and understanding community and regional trends. For those citizens interested in becoming local elected officials, the program teaches them how to run for local office. For those serving as local officials, the program provides opportunities to focus on the concept of governance. The program consists at the outset of three related modules (two-hour sessions) which can be delivered individually or as a packaged series: ‘How to Run for Local Office’, ‘Talking about Difficult Issues’, and ‘Understanding Community and Regional Trends’. Each module is designed as a combination of curriculum taught by Extension Educators and local expertise drawn from the community in which the session is offered. For instance, the ‘How to Run for Local Office’ module includes a presentation by the County Board of Elections Supervisor and a panel of recently-elected local officials.

Supporting Informed Decision Making for NYS Communities Through Research and Education (Aired Sept. 8, 2010)
Cornell’s Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) views the training of local government officials as a key strategy to help New York communities meet their current challenges and make the most of emerging opportunities. Community and economic development in NYS in the 21st century requires educated leaders with the skills to develop and implement sustainable development strategies. Successful leaders foster strong networks and partnerships, pride of place, and solid citizen engagement. Skillful leaders know how to work with Federal and State government agencies and non-governmental entities in an era of enhanced regional collaboration. Additionally, municipalities benefit from policymakers who understand and can make the most of the interrelationships among issues. In our presentation, we will share the hallmarks of our training approaches and offer an assessment of how we are doing. We look forward to a dialogue with our peers as we seek to improve our goal of preparing local officials to make informed decisions.
Presenters: Rod Howe, Assistant Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Executive Director, Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI)
Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, Extension Associate, CaRDI
Associate Director, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)
David Kay, Senior Extension Associate, CaRDI

Leadership Training Program for County Officials (Aired June 8, 2010)
Phyllis Schoenholz and Carroll Welte, University of Nebraska discuss their leadership training program for county officials.

Local Government Extension Training (Aired Feb. 24, 2010)
The agenda is:
1. Chet Bowling – Ohio State University
1. Kate Lawson – University of Wisconsin Extension
2. Kim Boyce – University of Minnesota Extension
3. Greg Davis – Ohio State University
4. Notie Lansford – Oklahoma State University
5. Paul Lachapelle – Montana State University

Local Government Extension Training (Aired Nov. 17, 2009)
The agenda is:
a. Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University Community Development Specialist, presentation: “Ethics Training for Local Governments: a Curriculum for Municipal Employees, Officials and Board Members” detailing a new city ordinance, set of workshops and ethics handbook (15 minutes)
b. Dan Clark, Director, Montana State University Local Government Center, presentation “The Clerks of District Court Institute: Program Design and Delivery” (15 minutes)
c. Paul Lachapelle will provide an update of our eXtension CoP progress (10 minutes)
d. Greg Davis, Leader, Community Economics & Business, Ohio State University, will provide a summary of our LGET Membership Survey results ( (10 minutes)
e. Open Discussion.

Montana Association of Counties Clean Renewable Energy Bonds Conference
To provide Montana County Commissioners with an overview of wind development including the steps, costs, and timelines associated with typical wind development projects.

Creating County Profiles (Aired Nov. 16, 2009)

Local Government Extension Training (Aired Aug. 18, 2009)
a. Eric Scorsone, Assistant Professor, State and Local Government Program, Michigan State University, will discuss his recent local government research (30 min.).
b. Rodney Clouser, Professor and Extension Public Policy Specialist, University of Florida will present: Extension public resources and sharing issues in Local Government Education: Issues in sharing resources among ourselves, issues in sharing resources with other governmental organization (e.g., NACo) and use of our resources by paid consultants (20 min.).
c. LGET eXtension CoP Update (10 min.).
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d. eXtension MITTNET overview (5 min.); More info at:
e. Discuss agenda / presenters for our November Web Conference.

Local Government Extension Training Web Conference (Aired May 18, 2009)

1. Bill Taylor, Northeast Area Community Development Educator, University of Wyoming Extension, and colleagues demonstrate their county board training interactive website (15 min.)
2. Presentation by Keith Niemann, the National Association of Counties Ralph L. Tabor Extension Fellow (term July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010). He discusses his role, how it interfaces with LGET, and potential interactions and collaborations (10 min.)
3. Update on LGET meeting in San Diego on April 21 and 22. (5 min.)
4. Discuss future meeting date / time (5 min.)

Extension Community Development (Aired June 26, 2008)

National Conversation on Local Public Officials Training (Aired June 17, 2008)

Ethics Trainings

Ethics (Aired April 14, 2009)

Community Leadership

Horizons Program Update (Aired Aug. 10, 2010)

Horizons Program Update (Aired Feb. 17, 2010)

Horizons Program Update (Aired Jan. 28, 2010)

Horizons Program Update (Aired Jan. 12, 2010)

Leadership Overview Review Session (Aired Feb. 25, 2009)

Leadership Overview (Aired Feb. 25, 2009)

Leadership Overview (Aired Feb. 4, 2009)

Leadership Overview (Aired Jan. 21, 2009)

Horizons Program Update (Aired Jan. 14, 2009)

Horizons Program Update (Aired Jan. 9, 2009)

Horizons Program Update (Aired Dec. 5, 2008)

Horizons Program Update (Aired Nov. 24, 2008)

Horizons Community Coaches Program (Aired Nov. 10, 2008)

Horizons Program Update (Aired Oct. 28, 2008)

H3 Community Coaches Web Conference (Aired October 14, 2008)

Leadership Modules 8 & 9 # 2 (Aired June 5, 2007)

Leadership Modules 8 & 9 # 1 (Aired May 23, 2007)

Leadership Modules 6 & 7 (Aired May, 8 2007)

Leadership Modules 4 & 5 (Aired April 25, 2007)

Leadership Modules 2 & 3 (Aired April 10, 2007)

Leadership Module 1 (Aired March 28, 2007)

Leadership Overview (Aired March 15, 2007)

Contemporary Community Development Issues

Understanding the 2010 US Census (Aired April 12, 2011)

Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (Aired June 26, 2008)

Public Lands

Public Lands in Montana (Aired Dec. 1, 2010)

Public Lands in Montana: A Guide for Counties and Communities # 2 (Aired Sept. 19, 2007)

Public Lands in Montana: A Guide for Counties and Communities # 1 (Aired Sept. 18, 2007)

Social Networking

Social Networking for Municipal Clerks (Aired Aug. 17, 2011)

Social Networking for Municipal Clerks (Aired Aug. 9, 2011)