State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) was selected, among 33 lawmakers, to participate in the Council of State Governments’ 22nd Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) program.
 
“I am honored to be selected as a 2016 BILLD Fellow,” Rep. Dever said. “I look forward to collaborating with my counterparts from across the Midwest to share ideas.”
 
From August 12th through the 16th, Representative Dever will join fellow lawmakers from Ohio, ten other Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces to partake in a program that identifies promising Midwestern state leaders.
 
The program will take place in Madison, Wisconsin and will consist of courses and seminars that are held in partnership with the University of Wisconsin’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. La Follette faculty, Midwestern legislative leaders, and professional development experts will lead the courses and seminars. Additionally, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues, including economic, education and corrections policy.
 
“The Bowhay Institute is one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation,” said Indiana Rep. Ed Clere, who serves as co-chair of the institute’s steering committee. “The legislatures in the region have benefited greatly from the skills their members have gained through this unique educational experience. Many of the graduates now hold leadership positions in their state.”
 
A bipartisan fellowship, BILLD was founded in 1995. The fellowship aims to aid new legislators by helping them meet the demands of increased policy responsibility being shifted to the states and, in many states, term limits.

 
 
 
  
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