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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Sustainable Restaurants Webinar

Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants: Fostering Community, Health, and Prosperity Wednesday, August 16 1:00 pm Click here to register FREE Join the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN), Local Government Academy and Rebecca Bykoski, manager of the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program, to learn how restaurants can contribute to building a more sustainable community. Restaurants are places where people

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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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Managing Marcellus: Understanding Pipelines-What Local Governments and Planners Need to Know

In-person Session: Thursday September 29, 2016 6PM to 8:30PM Washington & Jefferson College Burnett Center (Yost Auditorium) 292 E Wheeling St. Washington, PA 15301 (map) Register now! $50 for the 4 session course (scholarships are available). Pipeline development has the potential to be the most lasting impact incurred by local communities experiencing unconventional gas development.  In

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PA Conservation Explorer Tool

Click here to register for this archived webinar, recorded July 27, 2016. This presentation will introduce participants to the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) and the award-winning Pennsylvania Conservation Explorer, an online tool for conservation planning and PNDI environmental review. The tool provides access to biodiversity information, leading to better planning and fewer project impacts on rare, threatened,

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Act Now to Share Your Transportation Needs

Transportation is an issue that affects all of our communities.  That is why Local Government Academy is partnering with the Regional Transportation Alliance of SWPA, a new public-private effort to improve transportation for our business and residents in the 10-county greater Pittsburgh region, to ask you, the municipal leadership of our region, to share your

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Fraud Overview and Prevention

Free online course, available now! CPA Tim Morgus, of Maher Duessel CPAs, presents “Fraud Overview and Prevention.” Fraud is an intentional act involving deception to obtain an unjust or illegal advantage. Local governments experiencing fraud face loss of assets, fiscal position and public trust. External audits do not protect against fraud, as such local government

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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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