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February 14, 2024

From the Executive Director: Falling in Love with Local Government

February is busy season at Local Government Academy. We are in the midst of the 2023-2024 Newly Elected Officials Course, actively planning the start of the Municipal Intern Program, and in the process of announcing several other new initiatives. But despite all the work, we can’t help falling in love […]
January 16, 2024

From the Executive Director: New Year’s Resolutions in Local Government

As we embark on a brand-new year filled with possibilities, challenges, and opportunities for growth, the Local Government Academy is delighted to kick off 2024 with a sense of optimism and determination. With the start of every year comes the tradition of setting resolutions – a time-honored practice of reflecting […]
November 15, 2023

From the Executive Director: The Newly Elected Officials Course is Finally Open! 

Election day has come and gone, which means welcoming in a new cohort of officials who have made the commitment to improving their communities through public service. It is in that spirit that we are proud to emphasize that the 2023-2024 Newly Elected Officials Course Registration is now open! The […]
October 11, 2023

From the Executive Director: Election Season is Here!

The Newly Elected Officials Course is our largest and oldest educational initiative, first offered in 1984! The Course, which kicks off on Saturday, December 2, 2023, features Saturday in-person classes with credential instructors who will address the wide-ranging responsibilities of elected officials in Pennsylvania. In each session, you can expect […]
September 18, 2023

From the Executive Director: Back to School with Local Government Academy!

As the summer sun sets and the scent of freshly sharpened pencils fills the air, it’s that time of the year again – Back to School season! Here at the Local Government Academy, after wrapping up a busy August with the conclusion of the 2023 Municipal Intern Program, this season […]
August 30, 2023

From the Executive Director: Are you “LinkedIn” with Local Government Academy?

In the online world of media, it can be difficult to keep up with all the avenues for posting, promoting, and communicating that exist for engaging with constituents. What to use? When to use it? And how to use it? To boost our professional presence, Local Government Academy has a […]
July 25, 2023

From the Executive Director: Local Government Academy is on fire!

Summer is kicking off to a great start and it makes sense that our programs are heating up as well! The 2023 Municipal Intern Program is well under way, and we took it to another level with the Interns and the Placement Site supervisors, pushing their comfort zone with this […]
June 23, 2023

From the Executive Director: Splash into Summer! 

Here in Western Pennsylvania, we have a huge variety of municipalities with staff dedicated to enhancing quality of life for residents and making summer as fun as possible. Look no further than Dormont, which maintains “the largest outdoor pool in Pennsylvania,” a historic landmark that plays a central role in […]
May 16, 2023

From the Executive Director: Who Doesn’t Like a Good Mystery? 

As summer approaches, I begin to think about relaxing on a hot summer day with a good book to read. I enjoy reading all types of books from biographies to historical fiction, but I can never say no to a good mystery. The intrigue, the secrets, and the elusive nature […]
April 12, 2023

From the Executive Director: Leading in Local Government

Looking at Pennsylvania and the country over the past several years, it is important to take time to recognize the efforts of our local government officials, especially considering the uncertainties that occurred with the Covid-19 pandemic and larger regional changes impacting our communities. Many of these individuals are dedicated public […]