COLUMBIA — Barbara Hoppe, Columbia's Sixth Ward councilwoman, has been recognized by the National League of Cities for reaching the bronze level in its Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program.
Hoppe is among fewer than 820 league members to earn the distinction since the program began in 1999. She was recognized during a Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, according to a news release from the league.
Bronze certification requires league members to earn 16 credits of training in five competency areas known as cornerstone, competent practitioner, communicator, collaborator and catalyst. The training addresses personal leadership development, effective governance and communication and skills for promoting partnership and managing change, according to the news release.
The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting cities. The league includes 19,000 cities, towns and villages representing more than 218 million United States residents.