STOCKBRIDGE — Neat Robinson, Stockbridge city councilwoman, received the Certificate of Distinction award from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual convention last month.

Robinson was one of eight city officials in the state to receive the certificate of distinction at the conference. To receive a certificate of distinction, a city official must complete a minimum of 204 hours of credit, including at least 72 hours from a required list of courses at the Robert E. Knox Municipal Leadership Institute.

The training program consists of a series of more than 60 courses.

The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, which is a cooperative effort of GMA and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected officials.

“This is an outstanding achievement,” said Larry Hanson, executive director of the GMA, in a press release. “We commend Councilwoman Robinson on this accomplishment and for the dedication she’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”

Aileen Harris, the training manager of GMA, also indicated that Robinson is one of a handful of officials to achieve this distinction in her first term of office.

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 538 member cities.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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