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The Institute is charged with delivering and brokering programs and services to Virginia's local governments in three main areas:

  • education and leadership development for elected and appointed officials;
  • technical data, information banks, and data bases on local government statistics, operations, and trends;
  • information and applied research on various aspects of local government.

The Institute believes that our government organizations must operate within a learning environment that fosters full participation and a strong sense of community. Therefore, to achieve its purposes, the Institute pursues strategies that:

  • offer a forum for local officials to discuss issues of mutual interest, best practices, and ways jointly to address problems;
  • encourage short-term and long-term planning and vision-setting;
  • develop approaches to managing organizational change; and
  • use state-of-the-art information and communications technologies to promote citizen understanding of government.