If you work in local government (for that matter, in any kind of administrative or professional setting) you've most likely had to crack open Excel, Microsoft's infamous spreadsheet application. That initial blank screen can be one of the most intimidating sights in modern computing, but it doesn't have to be.
Excel is one of the most powerful and flexible tools available. If you know how to program, you can extend it with your own custom macros to really make it a workhorse for you; but even if you don't, there's a nearly infinite number of ways you can use it to answer questions and solve problems.
Becoming even moderately proficient at Excel can really improve your day-to-day efficiency, allowing you to answer questions more quickly and even transform data from your legacy software platforms into a usable format.
So come along for the ride, pocket protector not required.