The Virginia Institute of Government (VIG) is the leadership development and community engagement arm of the Weldon Cooper Center. Its aim is to assist in building governance capacity and developing dynamic leaders at all levels. VIG offers leadership development through the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) and LEAD, local government equity clinics, certification for Treasurers and Commissioners of the Revenue, and customized training programs. Local governments can access a range of consultation and support services to build more resilient organizations. 

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Hone Leadership Skills

Apply to the one of our leadership programs: Senior Executive Institute, Leading Educating and Developing, and the Local Government Equity Clinic.

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Advance Your Career

Learn more about VIG’s career development and certification opportunities for Treasurers and Commissioners in Virginia.

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Build Resilient Organizations

Contact us to discover the range of services we provide to support and engage Virginia localities (additional benefits for VIG members).

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SEI and LEAD programs have been redesigned to meet the needs of today's local government leaders. Learn more and apply.



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Last year, Virginia localities began receiving distributions from settlements in litigation resulting from the opioid epidemic. The Virginia Opioid Abatement Authority (OAA) will be managing and distributing some of these funds via a grant process to support localities in developing programs to address the opioid epidemic. The OAA will be holding a virtual webinar on February 1 from 10 AM - 12 PM to provide an overview of the application process, including a review of eligibility requirements, types of funds available and the selection method. In addition, there will be two OAA grant process Q&A sessions on March 8 from 2-3PM and April 19 from 11 AM - 12 PM.

Register for the webinar and/or one of the Q&A sessions.


VIG members enjoy a range of benefits including discounts on leadership development programs and access to local government experts. Contact Jennifer Nelson to become a VIG member.