This Managerial, Financial, and Leadership Academy for small water systems serving up to 10,000 people is one of the many workshops presented by the EFC to small water systems in dozens of states across the country as part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project. This Academy covered a comprehensive set of topics related to how to better manage, finance, and lead a water system. The short school is modeled upon the concept of the operator short schools and includes a wide variety of topics using interactive presentations and workshops, including asset management, rate setting, communication, general finance, and goal setting. This three day workshop provides managers, elected officials, and owners tools for how to better manage their water systems in tough economic times. While this program is primarily geared for individuals who own or manage water systems, operators are welcome to attend. The workshop was offered free of charge to the water systems, paid for by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.