LGA Announcements

2017 Contemplating Governing

Session 1 of Contemplating Governing: “Tackling Candidate Red Tape” online course is now available.   The purpose of this session is to educate candidates on the important deadlines and filing requirements they will face in order to appear on the May 16th Pennsylvania primary ballot. Each of the documents referred to in this session can be

0 comments

Actualizing Community Initiatives – Crowdfunding via ioby (In Our Backyards)

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Actualizing Community Initiatives – Crowdfunding via ioby (In Our Backyards) Register here FREE (A Sustainable Development Academy program presented by the Local Government Academy and Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Community Development Network) This webinar, presented for local government leaders in Southwestern PA, introduces participants to an innovative means for assisting community stakeholders in accessing funds

0 comments

The 2017 Municipal Intern Program is Underway!

Students can click here to register. Municipalities, COGs and Authorities can click here to submit a project application. Paid internships provide students who are considering a career in government an opportunity for real world experience. Local governments have also found that internships are a great way to get projects completed by enthusiastic students anxious to show what

0 comments

Powers and Duties of Local Officials

The public meeting of any local government is where the rubber meets the road.  This is where rules are enacted, money is authorized to be spent, developers are given the go ahead for a project and the needs of the citizens are attended to. Each meeting flows following an agenda carefully designed to accomplish the

0 comments

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

0 comments

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,

0 comments

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

0 comments

Local Government Academy Executive Director Leaving Post

Susan Hockenberry, Executive Director of Local Government Academy, is leaving the post after 14 years.  Hockenberry will assume the responsibilities of the Quaker Valley Council of Governments in September. “I treasure the work of the Academy and relationships we have built with local officials.  I am excited for this next chapter in my life and

0 comments

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

0 comments

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

0 comments