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Press Release - Council Member Doug Matheson

Post Date:03/12/2020





The month of February was a busy month for Blowing Rock Town Council Member Doug Matheson.  Mr. Matheson began the month successfully completing the Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) training offered annually to only a select number of county and municipal elected officials by the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

ALC is a weeklong program designed by the School’s Center for Public Leadership and Governance. This residential program is a dynamic experience that helps participants learn about their own leadership styles, inspire others to work toward a shared vision, and gain insights into how to work together to build better relationships and achieve far-reaching results. More than 125 municipal and county elected officials from across North Carolina have completed this selective program since its inception.

When asked to share his thoughts on the training, Council Member Matheson said “It was a very focused week of training. We learned about our personalities and leadership styles through personal assessments and feedback from our peers. We received training in public speaking and more importantly active listening. I feel this training from the UNC School of Government has provided me with the skills and abilities to more effectively lead the Town of Blowing Rock in my role as Town Councilman “

Generous financial support from Prudential Financial allows elected officials from across the state to attend with only modest cost to the local unit of government.

For more information about the Advanced Leadership Corps and other programming for elected officials offered by the Center for Public Leadership and Governance at the UNC School of Government, please contact Patrice Roesler at 919.843.4167 or

On February 17, 2020, Mr. Matheson was nominated and elected the Secretary of the High Country Council of Governments Executive Board.  Doug has served on the HCCOG board for 3 years.  The HCCOG is designated by both state and federal governments as the official agency for the administration of various funds and programs in the High Country.  The HCCOG provides an array of service to local governments that enhances the well-being of their communities.  The HCCOG serve a total of 7 counties and 19 municipalities in the High Country region.  Doug is very honored to be a part of the HCCOG and looking forward to working with all members for the continued success of the region.   



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