Thursday, January 29, 2009

When Perplexing Questions Arise, here's your Chance to be the "GO-TO" person your Colleagues Turn To!

Deadline for applications is February 16, 2009.

Be one of 36 participants selected to attend a weekend-long intensive training conducted by a prestigious faculty.

Be assigned a mentor who will guide you in avoiding costly legal and public relations problems in the future.

Meet and interact with your peers from all levels of government around the state through activities designed to stimulate discussion of practical solutions to dilemmas you face on a daily basis in the workplace.

Receive a framed "Open Government Leader" certificate that you can proudly display upon completion of the Institute.

Presentations and Instructors:

The Press and Public Records: A Case StudyPresenter: David Seago

Navigating the Pitfalls of Washington’s Open Government Laws
Presenter: Tim Ford

An Introduction to Open Government

Presenter: Toby Nixon

Proactive Best Practices for Open Government

Presenters: Chris Leman and Donna McKereghan

Navigating the Public Records Act

Presenter: Duane M. Swinton

How Non-Disclosure Can Serve the Public Interest

Presenter: Ramsey Ramerman

For more information about the presentations and instructors please go to

Apply now for the Open Government Leadership Institute May 1-3, 2009 at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way presented by the Washington Coalition for Open Government.

Tuition is $250 for WCOG members, $275 for non-members, including two nights lodging and four meals.

Application forms and complete details are available at: or by mail from

WCOG:6351 Seaview Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98107-2664

Questions? Please contact Patience Rogge:, or by phone at (206) 782-0393.** Sponsorships for this event are available.

Please click here to contact Jim Walker for more information.

The Open Government Leadership Institute is supported by grants from the Norcliffe Foundation and the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation through the National Freedom of Information Coalition.

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