Lee’s Summit Council member Kathy Hofmann is being recognized for reaching the platinum level in a leadership program of the National League of Cities.
Hofmann is one of fewer than 171 NLC members to reach that level in Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program since its inception in 1999.
The award is to be presented in Seattle at the annual Congress of Cities Conference this month.
Hofmann said she attended classes offered at conferences she’s attended to qualify for the award. She said she recommends other council members attend conferences that include staff and elected officials from other regions across the country.
“They’ll meet very interesting and dynamic people who share information with you,” Hofmann said.
Hofmann said she won’t be going to Seattle. She attended an NLC event in September at Savannah, Ga., where she toured sustainable housing in the city. Savannah’s redevelopment of its first public housing project with new town homes, apartments and single-family dwellings has resulted in a 40 percent reduction in the crime rate. The project included historic preservation and working with schools, Hofmann said.
The school district had turned over old buildings to the city’s housing authority, which converted them to community education centers for adults, where they could learn everything from starting their own business to gardening.
Hofmann said it was particularly interesting to see how Savannah preserved brick streets, handled storm runoff and added solar-powered trash compacting bins for collecting rubbish.
She said another speaker at the conference, Fatima Shama of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in New York City, gave an account of working with many diverse groups, who often speak different languages.
When NLC members attended classes, they accumulate points, and to reach the platinum level they must earn a minimum of 50 credits in five core areas: ornerstone, competent practitioner, communicator, collaborator and catalyst.
The training seminars’ topics include personal leadership growth and development, effective governance, effective communications, skills in promoting partnerships and managing change.
Hofmann said she collects information at the conferences and when coming home relays it the city manager’s office or shares it with the Lee’s Summit Housing Authority or other groups that might find a use for it.