Registration open for the 2016 Golf Outing

Mark your calendars for LGA’s 2016 Promoting Excellence Golf Outing! The annual event, benefiting our Michael P. Lynch Scholarship Fund, will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016. The Michael P. Lynch Scholarship Fund provides low-cost to no-cost training to municipal elected and appointed officials and employees in financially distressed communities. Last year over 140 golfers

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2016 Municipal Intern Projects Now Available

Local Government Academy is pleased to announce the 2016 Municipal Internship Program projects.  To download a PDF of this report please click here. Students interested in these projects should register and attend the Municipal Internship Fair on March 18.  Click here for more information. Borough Street Assessment and Condition Database, Bellevue Borough, Allegheny County Physical

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Creating an Implementable Comprehensive Plan

LGA’s Webinar Wednesday session, “Creating an Implementable Comprehensive Plan,” is now available online. The session, presented by Denny Puko, Planning Program manager for the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, discusses how to create a comprehensive plan that gets implemented and initiates action instead of sitting on the shelf. He will suggest five keys

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The Role of the Planning Commission in Assuring Community Vitality

This is a three evening course designed for appointed members of the municipal planning commission. Land use planning is a critical function of Pennsylvania local governments and planning commissions play a vital role in determining the course of their community’s land use, economic, development, natural and historic resources and in how their community will be shaped

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Do You Know Your Codes?

Even for the most versed public official, understanding the Pennsylvania municipal classification system can be a challenge.  In addition to amendments continuously occurring, sometimes case law alters the application of the codes to specific situation. To address these concerns, LGA has created a webinar program, “Know Your Codes.” This program is designed to provide a summary

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Muni Account Update

The 2015 municipal election is history and local officials have been sworn in for 2016!  Time to double check our complete contact information.  For each municipality in LGA’s database, we will be sending the Primary Contact a list of all the contacts we have in our records.  Please review the names, term dates, contact information

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Save the Date for the 2016 Golf Outing!

Mark your calendars for LGA’s 2016 Promoting Excellence Golf Outing! The annual event, benefiting our Michael P. Lynch Scholarship Fund, will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016. The Michael P. Lynch Scholarship Fund provides low-cost to no-cost training to municipal elected and appointed officials and employees in financially distressed communities. Last year over 140 golfers

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Professional Police Operations

Operating a professional police department is among the most important, highly valued and costly services provided by local governments. With costs and demands for services increasing each year, and municipalities facing strains on revenues, many elected and appointed officials in southwestern PA communities are facing questions about the sustainability of the status quo. Over four

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Introduction to Public Sector HR course

  Some of the great challenges associated with local government service relate to understanding and managing human resources in the public sector. This course provides an introduction to managing human resources in the local  government setting, addressing fundamental issues facing the municipal employer. Whether you are an elected official, a manager/secretary, a department head or

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