CCAP Center for Excellence in County Leadership logoThe Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL) program is held annually at the CCAP office in Harrisburg. CEL is a two and a half-day intensive training focused on improving participants' communication, management and leadership skills. Those eligible to participate are CCAP's voting members, including county commissioners or council members, elected executives, chief clerks, county administrators and solicitors of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Key county leaders and department heads may apply by including one written letter of support from their county commissioner/council member. Participation is available to one eligible person per county per year, with a maximum of 12 participants per year.

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Features in the Curriculum

Day One: Adapted and Natural DiscĀ® Leadership Styles and the Platinum Rule; Five Stages of Rock Solid County Leadership; Leadership Behaviors; Developing Leaders; Take Back to Your County

Day Two: Leading Change, The Four Conversations: Daily Communication That Gets Results, Media Management, Crisis Communication

Day Three: Team Problem Solving and Decision Making (Group Activity)

The 2023 Program will be held June 14 - 16, at the CCAP Office in Harrisburg, PA.

Applications for participation in the 2023 program are due by January 31.. The Selection Committee will review applications in early February and announce program participants by February 28.
2023 CEL Program Brochure (PDF)
2023 CEL Program Application
Application deadline January 31

The Center for Excellence in County Leadership is produced by:

The Professional Edge, inc. People Skills at Work logo

2023 Center for Excellence in County Leadership Program Sponsors

Vendors are invited to participate as sponsors for the 2023 program - please review the sponsorship opportunities (PDF) and complete a sponsorship contract (PDF). The sponsorship contract must be received by September 30 to be included in promotional materials, or May 19 to be included in the on-site program.

Gold Ribbon Sponsor


PA Counties Risk Pool - PCoRP provides property, liability, automobile and other related insurance coverages, loss control, claims services and training to Pennsylvania counties and county related entities.

Sliver Ribbon Sponsors

CCAP PComp PA Counties Workers' Compensation Trust logo
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