Conference on the Organization and Function of County Government in Indiana

Farrah Goodall, Editor in Chief

On Saturday January 27, there will be a conference held at Purdue University Northwest to enhance the electoral and political process in LaPorte County.

The conference will be hosted and co-sponsored by The League of Women Voters of La Porte County, the La Porte County Better Government Study Group, the La Porte County Chapter of the NAACP and Leadership La Porte County. Matthew Presley, Co-Chairman of the English Department at La Porte High School, will be the moderator.

The conference will feature two different panels of discussion, the first being comprised of upstanding high school students from the area. The goal is to understand the “next generation perspective.” The second panel will feature older adults that will add their own ideas to the discussion. The third part of the conference will be “what’s next,” with plans of action after initiatives are identified.

The main goals of the conference are to lay out future priorities of the La Porte County area including improving voter participation in La Porte County elections, promoting intergovernmental collaboration within La Porte County, promoting high ethical standards within the government, and evaluating the desirability of considering changes in the structure of local government.

The entire session begins at 8:30 A.M. on the 27th with coffee, introductions and political overview will last until 9:00 when the first panel of discussion will begin. The second panel begins speaking at 10:00, and the “what’s next” portion beings at 11:00. The conference is planned to end at 11:30. There is no cost for attendance and pre-registration is also not required. More information can be found by contacting Jo Ann Engquist, League of Women Voters of LaPorte County, Leigh Morris, La Porte County Better Government Study Group, Wes Scully, La Porte County Chapter, or Monica Komasinski, Leadership of La Porte County.

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