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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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I appreciate the difference between local governmental officials having "on the job" and "formal" training. To serve the public interest through the first experience without benefit of the second is a little like a rookie being handed a game plan and calling plays during the big game. LGA's Newly Elected Official's Course came in time for me to understand what I had struggled with a year before as a rookie governmental official. My course work cut through some rough spots, providing me a much clearer view to local governance and as a bonus, much more confidence. All learning is experience based, true, but so much of LGA coursework is underlined by using the experts to teach these courses. We need these guides in a classroom full of peers who are living through very similar situations. This formal learning enabled an environment that allowed me to excel. I could feel it florish before the course was over. As a result, I want to continue to excel in government and foster this knowledge. I am so much more interested in our superseeding laws, land use, human resources, public safety, infrastructure, and ethics, to name a few because I have a much needed understanding to effectively govern over these areas. I had been elected a year before this course. LGA's founders and executive staff cared enough to understand that to provide a very solid curriculum and line up the best instructors is key. I will thank them by continuing to put this knowledge to better use and long as I can and passing the idea on to others. We as a nation can have no better goal than that.

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

Municipal government as a Council member, Monroeville, PA

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

When I first ran for Borough Council I was in over my head. I felt insecure, unsure, and overwhelmed. I was second guessing myself. Then I signed up for the LGA. I've saw fifty or so peers who were in the same boat as myself. All I wanted to do is to serve my community but I didn't know how. LGA gave me the tools to build up my confidence to do a great job for my community. I not only have self assurance, but I'm able to use those tools to navigate through the various problems and processes as they occur.

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

My personal experiences with my community. They have top notch instructors who guide you in the right direction.

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

Change some of the class room sites

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

They gave you a lot of handouts and valuable information. I also enjoyed the other students in this program. We shared stories, and some of them had some real problems.

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

Very Professional

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

Restore honesty and integrity back into government. We as a nation has lost it's way. The people who are now in office are supposed to serve the people and not serve themselves.

Ways to make it better...

The course was a year long. There was a lot of information and perhaps I could have digested the information a little better.

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

Perhaps lack of funding.

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

I really got my money's worth

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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30 people found this review helpful

I highly recommend the LGA internship program. I was placed as an intern with the URA of Pittsburgh in the housing department. I have the LGA to thank for my full time job with the URA. I was hired on full time about a year after I began my internship.

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

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

Anita was so positive and ready to help me find the perfect fit for an internship.

Ways to make it better...

Instead of having a one day intern check in- i would have preferred two or three checkins with the group throughout the summer.

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

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

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Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

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2007-8-01

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31 people found this review helpful

Because I felt I could make a difference in my community through public service, I decided to run for borough council. In preparation for winning a seat on council, I began attending the business meetings. It was then that I realized that although I am well-schooled in my own profession, I was truly a novice in the realm of local government. That's when I found out about the Local Government Academy and the Newly Elected Officials Course. What a lifesaver it was! Through my participation in the seminars, I not only gained perspective on governmental issues, but also on effective policy, best practices and most importantly I got acquainted with a host of resources that are now on my speed dial. The site visits to other boroughs, the guest speakers on a variety of topics and the genuine support of the LGA staff made the challenges of being a newbie in the political realm surmountable. Because of the information I received and the connections I made through LGA, I know that I am a more effective council member. Everyone, with or without experience,who is involved in public service and administration can certainly benefit by participation in the LGA. It gets 5 Gold Stars from me!

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

the work that I am doing as Vice President of the Oakmont Borough Council since I have connections with people and organizations that I can call upon for assistance and guidance.

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

the personal and professional connections I've made and the information and resources I received.

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

professional, personable and supportive.

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

educate all public officials through face-to-face seminars, through virtual electronic connectivity and have a hotline for ready reference to dilemmas that local public officials need to address.

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Oakmont Borough

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2009-2-01

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32 people found this review helpful

The Township of Ross and the North Hills Council of Goverments have both benififted greatly from the LGA Internship Program. The LGA makes it much easier for us to indentify and hire good qualified college students. Our interns have helped us to develop programs such as our pavement management program and the North Hills COGs stormwater management pond inventory. The projects have been completed at a much lower cost using the excellant interns we have been able to find using the program.

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

Internship Program

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

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

LGA is easy to work with.

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

Professional

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

Do much more..

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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Ross Township

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2009-1-01

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20 people found this review helpful

Throughout my summer internship I gained valuable skills which are difficult to grasp in a classroom setting. My internship was a substantive experience in which I learned the "ins and outs" of local government. The professional development session was a great start to a job search.

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

my professional development and the experience that I gained from their internship program.

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

networking and learning first hand many aspects of municipal management.

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

kind, organized and helpful

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2008-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

In the two months that have passed since completing the LGA's Newly Elected Officals Course, I have found several occassions when I draw on information that was provided. The curriculum was relevant, well designed and presented concisely in a compressed timeframe. It gave me a foundation and will help me develop my understanding and performance of my Council position. Though the course didn't give us all the answers - more importantly, it taught and encouraged us to ask the right questions. The experience was invaluable.

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

the way that I consider issues that come before our council for deliberation.

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

thank my lucky stars for Susan and her great staff!

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

the opportunity to learn among peers and make connections that I hope will develop into collaborations in the future.

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

knowledgable, organized, enthusiastic and comitted to making this a terrific program.

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

change the face of government in our region even more!

Ways to make it better...

I had the ability to pick up the two programs I missed due to a conflict.

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

the same as other non-profits - sustaining funding sources.

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

the course offerings are great and I expect to take other classes and encourage my fellow councilmen to consdier them. I would like to stay connected and participate with LGA programs in other ways too.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

This program came highly recommended, and the commitment of LGA to programming was apparent. A lot of effort went into the program, and we were exposed to a lot of the complexities of local government. Thanks, Deron Gabriel

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

friendly, professional, and dedicated

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2008-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have in my adult life taken many classes for my business. It was not unusual for me to take a magazine or the like with me, in case I got bored. Being elected to office, I felt a responsibility to take any legitimate classes that were offered. I reviewed the information sent by the LGA and signed up for The Newly Elected Officials course. On the first day of the LGA classes - I brought a magazine - just in case! I have now completed the classes and never opened the emergency magazine! The classes were well organized. The staff was gracious and professional. The teachers were absolutely top notch. The classes were invaluable and taught in an easily digestible format. It has helped me as a "newbie" to perform and seek help that I would have never been aware of, if it wasn't for the extremely knowledgeable people that make up the LGA.

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

My ability to know where to access information I need.

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2008-3-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I learned after being elected Supervisor. I had to chose between PSATS and LGA - I chose LGA. I had no expectations, soon realized that I should have and they were far exceeded. They expose to you to the tools and information you need to do this job. Every topic was covered thoroughly. Each LGA employee gives 100%.

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

through doing my job. The education provided is making me a much more effective Supervisor.

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

Try to emulate the way Susan does it.

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

Knowing that so many people care about local government and are willing to reachout and help.

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

Top notch. Each person worked to gain 100% satisfaction.

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

Not do too much more. These folks perform miracles with very little. If they had more money I am sure they would find a way to make LGA mandatory for all elected officials.

Ways to make it better...

Not much could have been done to make it better. I struggle to be able to put all the pieces together, but this is my challenge.

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

Getting the best instructors to come out on Saturday.

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

What a blessing. The services provided by LGA were so unexpected that I can not express how appreciative I am for their services. Thank you.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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