The CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government is offering two timely and valuable courses in September, providing county officials with unique opportunities to enhance their knowledge, hear from experts, and hone some strategies in critical areas.  

Capital Improvement Planning and Financing
Friday, September 11, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
CSAC Conference Center, Sacramento  
$75/CSAC member; 3 credits, class is geared toward supervisors and staff.
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Developed in conjunction with CSAC Corporate Associate member Vanir Construction Management, Inc., this course is designed to help county officials understand how a capital improvement project is developed, managed and financed.

The class is an-depth examination of the processes, policies and procedures needed for the implementation and annual review of a capital improvement project.  

Faculty: Experts in Construction Management and Capitol Improvement Planning Mohamed Habbal, vice president/area manager, Vanir Construction Management, Inc. Bob Fletcher, vice president, Vanir Construction Management, Inc. Lisa Millar, project manager, Vanir Construction Management, Inc. Richard Whobry, Computerized Facility Management Brent Wallace, senior project manager, Vanir Construction Management, Inc., (retired county administrator) Brian Summers, senior capital projects coordinator, Tulare County.

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Negotiation and Collaboration in Complex Environments
Thursday, September 24, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
CSAC Conference Center, Sacramento  
$75/CSAC members; 3 credits, class is geared toward county officials and staff.
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Solution-based negotiations teach participants how to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for all negotiating parties while ensuring the outcomes are in the best interest of the public and that the negotiating parties’ relationships remain positive.

This course covers the most current tried and tested behaviors in the field of negotiation and it gives you tools that will be immediately useful in your work. Best of all, it can help you serve your constituents in the best possible ways.  

Faculty: Dr. Laree Kiely Dr. Laree Kiely has more than 25 years experience consulting, facilitating and teaching strategy, planning and organizational behavior in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Czech Republic, and the People’s Republic of China. She is president of the Kiely Group, comprised of organizational effectiveness consultants.

Dr. Kiely served as professor on the faculty of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where she taught in the graduate and executive MBA programs.  Dr. Kiely also regularly hosts an award-winning program, Management Communication: Tools for Leadership, on PBS.  

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To review the entire summer/fall course schedule, click here.

Space is limited in all classes. To register for courses or to learn more about the Institute, credential programs, and courses, please visit, or email and request an informational packet.