Local Government Academy

Rating: 4.92 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 901 Western Avenue Suite 205 Pittsburgh PA 15233 USA

Mission: To provide educational programs and continuing training for municipal officials in Southwestern Pennsylvania, primarily Allegheny County.
Results: Over the past 25 years, LGA has consistently produced programs on virtually every aspect of municipal affairs from collecting taxes to road maintenance to strategic planning. Most notably, LGA presents programs that promote economic development and revitalization, environmental quality, and intergovernmental cooperation. Programs are presented to municipal employees and elected officials to help them perform their duties with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Target demographics: Local governments, community groups and citizens interested in good government within the 10 county region of southwestern Pennsylvania
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500 +
Geographic areas served: southwestern Pennsylvania
Programs:

The Newly Elected Officials Course is a one-of-a kindcourse, unique in Pennsylvania for its scope and content.  NEOC provides acomprehensive overview of the duties of municipal officials. The course is held following every localelection and has been distinguished as a recipient of the League of WomenVoters Good Government Award.


Course content includes information on Powers and Duties of Local Officials, Municipal Finance, Public Safety, Ethics, Human Resources, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Planning and Public Works.

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EIN 25-1530147
(412) 586-5659
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My first contact with the Local Government Academy was at their career fair at the University of Pittsburgh. As a student I have attended numerous career fairs but LGA's fair was exceptional. The opportunity to meet with each host municipality was invaluable and the system of ranking top choices by student and host municipality helped to facilitate a quality match. Also, by posting plenty of information about the projects ahead of time I was able to prepare for the fair rather than show up cold. My assignment in a Washington Co. PA municipality provided me with a chance to experience many facets of common city business and to work with residents, businesses, and elected officials. The staff and elected officials were generous and friendly and helped to make the temporary move from Cleveland to the Pitt area an easy one. Currently, while working on my MPA coursework, I often find myself referring back to my experience in the intern program. It was important to me to have been able to make the connection between the academic and professional worlds and I'm grateful to the Local Government Academy for providing the opportunity to make that connection.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely welcoming and friendly and committed to the professional growth of undergraduate and graduate students in its program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become a national destination of choice for aspiring local government professionals interested in gaining practical municipal experience. It's already truly a one of a kind program for its region.

Ways to make it better...

The professional development session and meeting between all interns was held earlier in the program rather than towards the end. Just my preference.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-9-01

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21 people found this review helpful

The most comprehensive "one stop shop" to help newly elected officials to prepare for their new civic responsibilities in a responsible and professional manner.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

assisting a newly elected member of our governing body to be quickly acclimated and prepared to deal a full agenda from day one.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to do everything they are doing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to meet so many people with a passion for excellence in local government.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, personal, helpful and made everything so enjoyable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

greatly improve the quality of life of every resident in western Pennsylvania through improved local government management.

Ways to make it better...

I would have done more to prepare.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding steady and reliable sources of funding to further pursue the organization's mission.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it needs improved funding to recruit and retain their staff.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Making the decision and commitment to be a public servant can be intimidating. The LGA offers courses and forums to help educate newly elected officials so they can learn what to expect and what will be expecrted of them to be an effective government official. The LGA promotes good government and is a great resource in our region.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The professionalism and commitment of the LGA staff. Well run organization!

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2007-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Local Government Academy provides valuable assistance to individuals transitioning from candidate to public official. Non-profit and non-partisan, LGA provides instruction on the nuts and bolts of governing, the pros and cons of various policy options, and helpful guidance how local government can help communities be their best. Particularly useful is the advice on how to function well in an intergovernmental system.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my increase in knowledge

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer more classes

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting local government officials from all around the greater Pittsburgh area

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help save taxpayers money by helping officials do their jobs better

Ways to make it better...

More information was on-line

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

people knowing about it

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-5-01

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