Ringgold Councilman Crawford Receives Certificate Of Excellence

Monday, February 17, 2014
Mr. Crawford receives Certificate of Excellence from GMA Director Lou Comer.
Mr. Crawford receives Certificate of Excellence from GMA Director Lou Comer.
- photo by City staff
Ringgold Councilmember Terry Crawford received the Certificate of Excellence from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 26.

The Georgia Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. To receive a Certificate of Excellence, a city official must complete a minimum of 120 units of credit, including nine courses from the required list and the Robert E.
Knox Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute. The training program consists of a series of more than 40 courses.  

"This is an outstanding achievement," said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. "We commend Councilmember Crawford for this accomplishment and for the dedication he's shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official."

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 500 member cities.

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