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[r29] Column: Tomorrow’s leaders
Start Date: 2/19/2014 All Day
End Date: 2/19/2014
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Tomorrow’s leaders

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with participants in this year’s Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA). The HCLA is a great leadership development program for local residents wishing to serve as civic leaders within Hamilton County. Participants come to the Statehouse every year as part of the program to meet their local legislators and tour our beautiful capitol.

The HCLA has been building local leaders for nearly 23 years now and boasts over 500 graduates of the program. These graduates have served in various capacities around the county as elected officials, board members and business leaders. I applaud them for their desire to do more for their community and using this program as a launch pad to do so.

Hamilton County has a lot of young and engaged citizens that are destined to lead our county and state in the years to come. It’s always great to see these people, especially local students, get involved as pages or interns at the Statehouse. In the House Republican Internship program this year, there are three Noblesville residents that are working with our caucus and full-time staff. 

Every year, we bring in a number of interns during the legislative session to fill positions in communication, member services, policy and information technology. Every intern is instrumental to the functionality of the General Assembly and its continued operation. We have 38 interns from all over the state; most of them are still in college and receiving college credit for their work, but other interns have graduated and are pursuing graduate studies or a law degree. Of the three people I mentioned, Eric Linville, Kevin Sears and Aurie Swartz are all Noblesville residents working behind the scenes as interns for the House of Representatives.

Eric is a graduate student at IUPUI, majoring in public affairs. He graduated from Noblesville High School in 2004 and received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies with a business concentration from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. He is a member services intern, meaning he works alongside one of the legislative assistants to help with constituent correspondence, legislative research and preparation for session and committee meetings. Eric works with State Representatives Lutz, Smaltz and Wesco.

Kevin, who I have the opportunity of working with as one of my interns, graduated from Noblesville High School in 2009 and received a degree in political science from Hanover College last May. He is a member services intern and, in addition to myself, works for Representatives Heuer and VanNatter.

Aurie is not a native Noblesville resident but rather moved here after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in public relations. He is a communication intern working for House Republican leadership. He writes press releases, creates e-newsletters, coordinates with news reporters to visit the Statehouse and monitors media outlets to see what has been getting coverage in the news.

I’m really proud to see Noblesville residents with such a passion for public service and interest in state government – it also great to have some Noblesville interns working with me! All of the interns are so invaluable to us each session. Having a dedicated group of young and talented people that want to make a difference for others is always refreshing to see, and I appreciate their commitment and willingness to join us. 

Back at the Statehouse, we are continuing to hear bills from the Senate, both in House committees and in the House chamber. I will continue to provide you with updates on legislation as we move through the process.

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Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: (317) 232-9831
Email: nicholas.goodwin@iga.in.gov
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