NILES, Ohio - Two Valley officials are being recognized by the Mahoning Valley Local Government Leadership Academy.
The academy honored Warren Police Chief Tim Bowers and Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddell Tuesday evening. The men were honored at the academy's annual graduation dinner, held at Ciminero's Banquet Center in Niles.
Both men are graduates of the academy.
The academy was created several years ago and Regional Chamber Vice President Tony Paglia said it is designed to encourage efficient and effective government in the Mahoning Valley.
Graduates of the academy undergo curriculum geared toward improving leadership and decision-making skills.
"This is very important for our image, especially now," said Event Sponsor Matt Blair of Blair and Latell Co. LPA. "We have a lot of oil and gas companies that are relocating to the area and I think this exemplifies what is positive about the Valley."
About 130 people have graduated from the academy in the past six years.