Coral Springs Mayor Scott J. Brook recently completed National League of Cities training courses, earning him Platinum status in its Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Program. Brook is one of less than 50 local government leaders to achieve Platinum certification, which is the highest level and met by earning 67 credits in five core competency areas of municipal government. “I believe that the investment I’ve made has already paid off considerably for our citizens because of the ideas I’ve learned and shared with the community,” Brook said. For example, after attending a seminar in Portland, Oregon, Brook and other City Commissioners are now encouraging the City’s committees to have at least two youths as part of the group. “For me, there are always things to learn,” Brook added. In 1999, the NLC’s Leadership Training Council created the Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program to recognize and acknowledge leadership excellence of NLC members. Training centers on five core areas including: personal leadership growth and development; effective governance; effective communications and media relations; skills in developing and promoting partnerships; and promoting and managing change. Brook, one of the Leadership Training Council’s two vice-chairs, said the group is considering adding a Diamond certification level for those who continue the training. NLC is the nation’s largest organization for American cities, providing resources and advocacy for more than 18,000 local governments.