City of Pittsfield Leadership Academy Launches "Did You Know" campaign

When it comes to municipal government in the City of Pittsfield, there’s something new to learn each day. That’s why the participants of the City of Pittsfield’s 2019 Leadership Academy, an internal professional development program, developed the “Did You Know” campaign to help inform and remind city residents of beneficial information and resources.

The eight-month long program, which is in its second year, culminated earlier this fall. It was led by Police Chief Michael Wynn and included a cohort of employees from City Hall, the police and school department. The city’s Leadership Academy is loosely based on a similar program at the Gainesville Police Department in Gainesville, Fla.

Program participants attended monthly, daylong class sessions which included presentations and discussions from thought leaders in the community. Each session consisted of a reading assignment review, a “Closing the Gap” department capabilities briefing and a leadership challenge case-study review.

It was in the wake of these conversations that the idea for the Did You Know campaign surfaced as a final project. The campaign will highlight municipal programs, resources and events. One such “Did You Know” resource is the City of Pittsfield’s automated phone system and main number line, 413-449-5600. Acquired in 2018, the line provides a directory to municipal departments, allowing for easier access. The system also shares announcements such as closures of City Hall offices.

How to stay connected to the Did You Know campaign:

• To follow the Did You Know campaign, please like the City Hall Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/City-Hall-City-of-Pittsfield-130994540285574/.

• Sign up for the monthly newsletter here: https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/how_do_i/did_you_know.php

To learn more about the 2019 Leadership Academy, email: didyouknow@cityofpittsfield.org