The Virginia Institute of Government was established in 1994, by the Virginia General Assembly, to provide training, technical assistance, and information resources to its member local governments. Due to the changing needs of Virginia communities over the last quarter century, the Institute has expanded beyond its original mission. The goal of the Institute is to become the central navigator for local governments to assist in building governance capacity and developing dynamic leaders at all levels. This will be achieved by curating a portfolio of services, partnerships, and best practices that provide value to our members.
The Institute houses the Senior Executive Institute and LEAD programs that provide professional development to local government leaders from communities across the country. Our staff also provides support to the continuing education programs for the Treasurers Association of Virginia and the Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia.
The Institute is part of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. The Cooper Center’s director serves as the Institute’s director, and the Institute draws regularly on the Center’s intellectual and technological expertise to develop and deliver services. The associate director is responsible for the Institute's day-to-day operations.
Local governments that join the Institute make annual contributions based on population. Over 175 Virginia cities, counties, and towns are active members of the Institute.
Services can be designed on a statewide basis, for several localities in a particular region, for a single locality, or for professional associations.
The Institute can provide you and your staff with practitioner-oriented training, designed for all levels of local government.
We've archived decades of The Virginia News Letter, which focuses on state-related issues.
The Institute delivers programs to your locality designed to meet the professional development needs of your employees. You can also partner with other localities in your region to develop customized programs and share the costs. Recently, for example, the Institute has held onsite classes on such topics as Performance Management & Goal Setting; Motivating Employees; Critical Conversations; Continuous Improvement; and Coaching & Mentoring.