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. 

SEI and LEAD are offering a virtual program on September 13 & 14. Balancing Leadership is a two-day immersive experience with an updated combination of LEAD and SEI’s most critical and relevant topics with timely additions designed to help any local government leader navigate these challenging times.


Register for OUR virtual program

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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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for leadership development, certification programs, and more



Apply to a Local Government Equity Clinic

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The Equity Clinic is available, at no cost, to local government practitioners in Virginia. The clinics equip communities with tools to promote good governance, equity, and resiliency.


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


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.