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.

Apply for the 2022 CEL Program

Program Links

  • 2022 CEL Program Brochure
    Brochure and application will be available this Fall; program to be held June 15 - 17, 2022.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities and Contract
    Coming soon
    Remit contract by October 1 to be included in promotional materials, or by May 20 to be included in on-site program.


Congratulations 2021 Graduates

2021 Graduates from Center for Excellence in County Leadership

Front Row (l to r): Deb Baughman, Bedford County Commissioner; Scott Rastetter, Erie County Council Member; Loretta Spielvogel, Lawrence County Commissioner; Becky Ann Bartlett, Northampton County Deputy Director of Administration.
Back Row (l to r): Krista Gromalski, Pike County Communications Director; Colleen Dawson, Somerset County Commissioner; Elizabeth Arnold, Susquehanna County Commissioner; Josh Maxwell, Chester County Commissioner; Molly Mudd, Esq., Adams County Solicitor; Stacy Richards, Union County Commissioner; Michael Rivera, Berks County Commissioner.

Program Highlights

Features in the Curriculum

Day One: DISC Leadership Styles, Stages of Leadership, Leadership Behaviors, Developing Leaders

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

Day Three: Team Problem Solving and Decision Making

The 2022 program will be held June 15 - 17 at the CCAP Office in Harrisburg.

The Center for Excellence in County Leadership is produced by:

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2021 Center for Excellence in County Leadership Program Sponsors

Vendors are invited to participate as sponsors for the 2022 program. The sponsorship opportunities and sponsorship contract will be available soon. Sponsorship contracts must be received by October 1 to be included in promotional materials, or May 20 to be included in the on-site program.

Gold Ribbon Sponsor


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