Advancing Municipal Leaders (AML) is a member-driven education program designed to provide continuous learning opportunities and help local elected officials be successful in public office.
Through AML, municipal officials will learn how to meet - and exceed - the requirements of their role in office. Courses include a comprehensive overview of North Carolina municipal government and are presented by the League and our partners who are dedicated to the learning and development of municipal officials.
Courses are primarily web-based, and offer attendees both live webinar and on-demand opportunities. Courses will directly address the League's Vision 2030 operating principles and will be categorized by the following learning topics:
Not only do participants receive valuable information and education through AML courses, but also they can earn credits toward three certification levels of municipal leadership: Order of Municipal Leadership, Order of Municipal Dedication, and Order of Municipal Expertise.
The Advancing Municipal Leaders Advisory Committee works to identify the ever-changing educational needs of municipal elected officials across North Carolina. Members meet regularly to help guide the AML program's efforts.
Co-Chair Sharon Harker, Commissioner, Beaufort
Co-Chair P.J. Connelly, Mayor Greenville
Brenda Bozeman, Mayor, Leland
Dedreana Freeman, Council Member, Durham
Darrell Hinnant, Mayor, Kannapolis
Vivian Jones, Mayor, Wake Forest
Anne-Marie Knighton, Town Manager, Edenton
Costi Kutteh, Mayor, Statesville
Steve Little, Mayor, Marion
Nicole Stewart, Council Member, Raleigh
Working toward achieving the Order of Municipal Leadership will provide you with the basics of municipal government and connect you to the resources and materials that will prepare you for your role.
AML's second level of achievement builds upon your understanding of municipal government. While working toward the Order of Municipal Dedication, municipal leaders will gain an even deeper understanding of governing at the local level.
During this final level of certification, municipal officials will be asked to choose a specialization to focus your efforts and increase your mastery. Officials who achieve the Order of Municipal Expertise not only work to continue their own education, but also help newer officials begin their own journeys.
All municipal elected officials – both newly-elected and incumbent – should attend. From open meetings to municipal finances and topics in between, our courses are designed to bring officials up to speed on the constantly evolving world of municipal government. Current officials will also find incredible value in the up-to-date information on municipal operations and networking opportunities.
Sign up below to join our AML Mailing List and be the first to hear about course offerings!