COLUMBIA — Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser will receive the National League of Cities Leadership Award for reaching the bronze level in their Certificate of Achievement Leadership program.
The program is designed to identify excellence in leadership, according to a city news release.
This program involves taking classes in five areas that focus on leadership development, governance, communications, promoting partnerships and promoting change.
Reaching the bronze level means Nauser has earned 16 credits in these areas. It has taken her three years to reach this level.
Nauser said it has been a valuable experience because the program allows her to collaborate, network and hear ideas from other public officials whose communities are facing similar problems.
"I've had the opportunity to meet with other council members of other cities, and to have that contact with those individuals is very valuable," Nauser said.
Nauser said she considers the award a major accomplishment.
"I'm always searching for new knowledge," Nauser said. "Anytime I can get further information on issues that are important to me and our community, it benefits not only me, but our entire community."
Nauser said she would not have reached this point if it were not for the citizens of her community. The training was paid for from a $4,500 training allowance given to council members.
"I think these are dimes well spent," Nauser said.