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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

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


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

Provides information and learning opportunities from top professionals in local government to those who need it most....the elected officials. And provides this service at little or no cost. All benefit from the information provided by LGA, from the most urban and progressive communities to the most rural or distressed communities. The beauty of this agency is that the real benefit is to the folks who live in these communities; in the form of lower taxes, lower legal fees and general understanding of governing by their elected local government.