October 31, 2019

From the ED: It’s election time again in Pennsylvania, how are you encouraging the vote?

The 2018 General Election saw unprecedented voter turnout across the board, including a significant jump in the number of younger people (age 44 or below) voting. Is this upward trend of youthful engagement going to continue? Will it increase overall participation in the democratic process from voters of all ages? […]
October 30, 2019

Watch: The Implementable Comprehensive Plan

Developing a comprehensive plan often struggles past the stage of Big Ideas. Enthusiasm wanes, the process stagnates, and the plan dissolves. The traditional method of creating a comprehensive plan often suffers from any number of these setbacks: Wasn’t realistic, too much of a wish list Inadequate affordability and capacity Lacked […]
October 8, 2019

From the Executive Director: Why do you plan?

As a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), I often find myself talking about the importance of planning—specifically municipal planning. I have always tried to explain planning in terms of infrastructure and land use regulations, but lately I have found myself returning to talk about why I […]
October 8, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce our early-bird advocates.

Local Government Academy is thrilled to announce our early-bird advocates who are leading the way for a successful 2020 Advocates for Good Government Campaign. Joining us at the Partner Level is Campbell Durrant, P.C. and Gateway Engineers, who are demonstrating their commitment to affordable, non-partisan education for local governments. This […]
October 4, 2019

Watch: The Importance of Municipal Planning

October is National Community Planning Month, and to celebrate, Local Government Academy is pleased to present the online course The Importance of Municipal Planning. Led by Denny Puko, formerly with DCED’s Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, this introductory course is designed to provide local officials with an overview of tools available to […]
September 12, 2019

A Message from Your ED

Hello Friends of LGA! As we enter the new school year, LGA is busy planning ahead for the 2020 Program year. We are working with our partners to develop curriculum and identify subject matter experts who are willing to volunteer as program instructors. The importance of this cannot be understated […]
September 12, 2019

Preregistration for the Newly Elected Officials Course is now open!

Due to the overwhelming interest, Local Government Academy is conducting preregistration for our acclaimed Newly Elected Officials Course (NEOC). Designed specifically for local elected officials in Pennsylvania, NEOC provides a comprehensive understanding of municipal finance, public safety, personnel law, ethics, media relations, and more. Focusing on the specific needs of […]
September 12, 2019

Advocates for Good Government

Since our founding in 1983, Local Government Academy (LGA) has remained focused on our mission to Promote Excellence in Local Government. As we roll-out our annual Advocates for Good Government campaign, we are pleased to present enhanced sponsorship benefits that will provide maximum visibility across Southwestern Pennsylvania communities and can […]
September 12, 2019

The Course in Community Planning

To celebrate National Community Planning Month, the Local Government Academy is pleased to partner with Mackin Engineering and Dawood to present the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI) Course in Community Planning. This in-depth course, designed for planning commissioners and local officials, is a comprehensive review of municipal planning responsibilities […]
September 12, 2019

Watch: Creating Effective Local Preservation Programs

Presented by Local Government Academy in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, State Historic Preservation Office, our online course Creating Effective Local Preservation Programs explains the value of historic preservation to successful community and economic development. Often misunderstood, historic preservation is a way to achieve economic vitality, marketing, […]