What is the Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy?

Each year, as many as 30 state and provincial officials from the 19 Eastern region member jurisdictions gather in Philadelphia, PA for the Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy (ELA). This select group of state officials, from all three branches, will receive training to enhance their leadership skills and will study the most significant policy issues facing the states today. Participation in ELA is a unique opportunity to learn with the best and the brightest policymakers from across the region.
CSG-ERC is pleased to invite you to apply for ELA and be a member of what is sure to become the preeminent leadership development program for state officials in the region. If you strive to be an effective leader, an informed decision-maker and an astute policy analyst, ELA is the program for you.
Senator Robert J. Thompson was a beloved and respected state and local government leader whose 30 year career was a model of personal and professional integrity, fairness, optimism and humility whether working on behalf of his constituents of West Chester, the citizens of Pennsylvania or the members of CSG-ERC. As a devoted advocate and Founding Member of the Eastern Leadership Academy (ELA) Board, we are proud to name the ELA in his memory to honor both his commitment to the highest standards of public service and his key role in having the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania become the host for this unique regional program.


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