Local Government Academy

Rating: 4.92 stars   24 reviews

Address:

1501 Preble Avenue Suite 202 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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(412) 586-5659
www.localgovernmentacademy.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

30 people found this review helpful

When I was first approached to attend the LGA my first thought was "I don't want to go to any classes. I don't have the time". Well, as a recent graduate it didn't take as much time as I thought. Because of the staff being so kind and professional I flew right through. I learned so much from the staff and also from the other elected officials. It turned out that all the municipalities had the same problems as mine. I feel with the knowledge that I left there with has made me a better official. Oh, by the way, I still don't have any more time then I had before I went to LGA. LGA is the BEST!

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

kind, professional, and love what they teach

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2009-1-01

 
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24 people found this review helpful

The LGA is a well organized institution, and it is a rare opportunity to receive experience in government while getting paid. I also valued the interaction between local residents, business owners, government officials, other LGA interns, etc.

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

My boss at my internship was hired after interning with LGA, so you never know...

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

Advertise it more.

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

Interacting with all sorts of people.

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

Hold a breakfast seminar with Pittsburgh's Mayor, Luke Ravenstahl, so that the interns could learn about government at a "larger city scale."

Ways to make it better...

We got to visit other interns at their respective offices to see how different or similar communities operate.

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

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

The food was always good at LGA functions.

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City of Clairton - Finance Department

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2009-1-01

 
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25 people found this review helpful

I spent summer 2008 interning in the office of the Local Government Academy. In addition to daily office duties, I prepared online resources for local government officials, studied the implications of new PA tax legislation, and attended various programs offered by LGA. I gained valuable office experience and learned more than I thought possible about the workings of local government (both as it works now, and as it should work) and non-profit organizations. The LGA fulfills a unique demand in SW Pennsylvania - a region with an incredible number of small, low-resource municipalities - helping elected and appointed officials to find ways to govern better and more efficiently.

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

reviews sent in by former students in LGA´s Newly Elected Officials Course consistently show that they believe taking the course has improved the way they do their jobs.

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

The amount of sheer knowledge I picked up about how local governments function, and discovering an interest in these subjects.

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

Unfailingly spectacular. The office staff are knowledgable, friendly, and efficient at what they do, with clear ideas for the future of the organization. In addition, many speakers and presenters at educational programs are volunteers who truly believe in the worth and purpose of the organization.

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Local Government Academy

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2008-9-01

 
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22 people found this review helpful

I came in contact with the LGA last year at their annual internship fair. I was a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in their GSPIA program, which requires their students to participate in an internship in order to graduate. Thanks to the LGA and the internship fair they offered, I found an exceptional site to do my internship and received great experience. The LGA also provided a number of workshops for its interns which were very useful for beginning the workforce and I made a number of contacts through the LGA. I am very satisfied with this program and very appreciative.

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

Working with the manager, staff, mayor and council members and getting experience in local government.

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Brentwood Borough

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2008-8-01

 
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