Unique exchange program on accountable governance

West Long Branch, NJ - City Officials and a mayor from Russia will learn how New Jersey elected officials and civic leaders manage and promote economic development and public ethics and civic engagement initiatives as part of a unique exchange program on accountable governance.  This visit by the Russian Delegation is made possible by a congressionally funded grant through the Open World Program.  The grant was received by the Institute for Global Understanding and the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Monmouth University.

Open World is designed to enhance understanding and cooperation between the United States and Russia by developing a network of leaders who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and free-market system.

The four Russian city officials and a facilitator will meet with Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider and elected officials and administrators from Howell Township.  In addition, panel discussions will be held at Monmouth University with professors and community experts on topics such as eminent domain and economic development in New Jersey, local environment issues, and public ethics and civic engagement.  The group will also have the opportunity to tour the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Monmouth Park, and the United Nations during their visit.

The Russian delegation includes Igor Nikolayevich Cherenkov, Aleksey Mikhaylovich Kotenev, Grigoriy Ivanovich Mosolov, Yaragi Usmadiyevich Saydulayev, and facilitator Viktor Vitalyevich Issers.  They will stay with host families from Monmouth University.

The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999 and expanded the program in 2003 to all post-Soviet states. Thanks to Open World, some 15,000 current and future Eurasian leaders have experienced American civil society and have been exposed to new ideas and practices that they can adapt for use in their own work. Open World also promotes partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts. Open World currently operates exchanges for political and civic leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

The schedule includes:

•        Monday, September 20, 3 pm - Meet with Mayor Adam Schneider, City of Long Branch, NJ

•        Tuesday, September 21, 2 pm, Meet with Monmouth University President Paul G. Gaffney

•        Tuesday, September 21, 7 pm, Attend Howell City Council Meeting

•        Friday, September 24, 10 am, Job Shadow with City Administrator of Howell Helene Schlegel

•        Friday, September 24, Noon, Lunch with City Administrator of Howell Helene Schlegel