May 21, 2019

Watch: Regulating Nuisance Impacts of Oil and Gas Development

What was once primarily thought of as a rural trend, oil and gas developments are moving closer to more densely populated areas, including residential subdivisions, in suburban communities. Development of shale mineral resources through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has transformed the economic landscape in Pennsylvania. Likewise, this development has […]
April 30, 2019

A Founding Member of LGA Passes

The Local Government Academy mourns the loss of one of our founding members and an ardent local government advocate, Christine Altenburger. Chris served on the board for many years, starting in 1986, and developed the initial curriculum for the Newly Elected Officials Course. Her legacy is reflective of the high […]
April 30, 2019

A Message from the ED

Hello friends of LGA. We have been very busy over the last month developing new online courses, planning an exciting workshop on municipal fleet acquisitions, and establishing new partnerships to deliver needed educational programs to our communities. I am excited about the range of topics that we will present with […]
April 30, 2019

Watch: Energy & the Economy – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Over the last decade, Southwestern Pennsylvania has experienced dramatic shifts in energy production, and we have seen tremendous changes in land use patterns, but how has the advent of unconventional oil and gas development changed our economy? Local Government Academy’s partnership with the Washington and Jefferson College Center for Energy […]
April 29, 2019

We’re Making it Happen

Local government in southwestern Pennsylvania is evolving rapidly. Councils and boards are changing, as well as the communities that elect them, and municipal leaders must find ways to meet the needs of their residents and constituents in this digital age. Local Government Academy has been working to make this possible. […]
April 4, 2019

Workshop: The Importance of Community Planning for Energy

Interested in saving energy and reducing energy costs at the local government level? Plan to attend The Importance of Community Planning for Energy workshop on Wednesday April 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington PA. Organized by the Southwest Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of […]
April 1, 2019

An Update on the Municipal Intern Program

Hello to all the friends of LGA. For over 20 years, LGA has offered the incredibly popular Municipal Intern Program to provide students who are considering a career in government an opportunity to gain real world experience. This flagship program for LGA connects local governments with the enthusiastic students who […]
March 28, 2019

Video: To Plan or Not to Plan

The planning process begins with the issues, needs, and opportunities of a community, and resolves a way to take action. Local elected officials have the power to request the development of a Comprehensive Plan to drive positive change and enact regulations for their residents. A Comprehensive Plan lays critical groundwork […]
March 19, 2019

It’s Time to Golf.

Those sunny days are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start dusting off that iron. Registration is open, with options for Foursomes, Individuals, and non-golfer Dinner Guests. Reserve your spots before they sell out! Sponsorship opportunities are still open. For more details on each level, check out […]
March 19, 2019

This Year’s Municipal Intern Program Projects Have Been Selected!

This year, municipalities and governing bodies across the southwestern Pennsylvania region submitted their projects to us for Local Government Academy’s annual Municipal Intern Program. Thirteen projects have been selected, featuring focuses on a multitude of modern challenges that communities face everyday, such as outreach, comprehensive planning, MS4 data collection, sustainability, […]