Innovative Local Governance Practices in a Federal System
This summers Innovative Local Governance Practices in a Federal System program brought 26 individuals from the Philippines from the Mandaluyong Mayor’s Office including the mayor, department heads, and city councilors, to Washington, DC. The program was designed, developed, and offered by the American Academy of Good Governance, one of the many offerings of the Global Education Initiatives Division of Creative Learning. The one-week program was conducted from July 09 to April 18, 2017.
Participants spent the week in DC and Montgomery County, MD learning about federalism and good governance through lectures by expert practitioners and site visits to governmental offices. These visits included the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Montgomery County’s Budget and Management Office, and Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection. Participants wrestled with the intricacies, frustrations, and opportunities that exist within a federalist system. This included the complexities of the legislative and judicial systems, as well as how public goods are delivered at the national, state, county, and city level.