Greg Butler is the new Executive Director of Local Government Academy

Hired as Executive Director of Local Government Academy in May 2017, Greg brings 16 years of campus-level and online educational administration experience. Greg has held multiple student support and administrative positions at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Institutes International, including Industrial Design Coordinator, Academic Chair of Industrial Design and Entertainment Design, Associate

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CMU’s Traffic21 Announces Smart Mobility Challenge

Municipal leaders in southwestern Pennsylvania have an opportunity to apply for Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute Smart Mobility Challenge. Up to $300,000 in awards are available to municipalities in the 10-county Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission region. Traffic21, a research institute operated out of the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, and its affiliated USDOT

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Feature: The River Towns

Pittsburgh often places high on the lists of the nation’s most livable cities, and, more recently, worldwide. It wasn’t always that way. The heart of the city was born of steel, seeing swells in its population during the Industrial and World War eras thanks to its mills, blast furnaces, and manufactories, but the consequence was

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2016 Recognition Luncheon Photos

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, the Local Government Academy’s annual Recognition Luncheon was held at the Engineer’s Society of Western Pennsylvania. Recognized among the audience of over 100 were LGA’s donors, instructors, municipal interns, the Allegheny League of Municipalities’ Banner Communities, and communities that have earned certification through the Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Certification. Click on

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2016 Municipal Internship Program Video

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, the attendees of Local Government Academy’s Annual Recognition Luncheon watched the debut of this year’s Municipal Intern Program video. Twelve municipalities chose interns from over 200 applications to participate through the summer in projects dedicated to improving their communities. Throughout the internship, the selected interns collected photo and video footage detailing their involvement

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Local Government Academy Meets with Group Hosted by GlobalPittsburgh

GlobalPittsburgh (formerly the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors) arranged for a group of five journalists from Ukraine to meet with Local Government Academy Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The group, entitled “Government Transparency / Access to Public Information,” had been invited to the U.S. by the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress. The

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Pro Bono Sustainability Projects Consulting Program Kicks Off

Local Government Academy, Sustainable Pittsburgh, and Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, through the generosity of Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa employees, initiated the new pro bono consulting service for local governments in southwestern Pennsylvania on Monday, May 23. Municipalities submitted a project which was then evaluated based upon impact in accelerating sustainability in

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