Center for Local Government

At the Center for Local Government, we’re supporting and working to improve the governance of Colorado’s cities, counties and special districts. We pursue this mission through research, public service and professional development, in partnership with other organizations with a similar mission.

Our center provides research, training, facilitation and other outreach services. These activities encompass timely issues of interest to local and regional communities, such as education, local and regional governance, environmental and sustainability issues, public health and public finance. We also serve as a portal to access resources related to these issues within the School of Public Affairs and the University of Colorado system.

Professional Development

The center offers high-quality, customized training for public and nonprofit professionals, including the Colorado Certified Public Manager program. CPM is a nationwide effort to improve the quality of public management.

We also deliver training programs on specialized topics in leadership. Past programs have included Reinventing Government; Essential Facilitation Skills and Practices; Compensation Strategies to Improve Schools; Gender Issues in the Council Chambers; Mayoral Leadership Effectiveness; and more.

We have provided custom training for more than 20 clients to date, including the National League of Cities; Grand Valley Leadership Academy; League of Arizona Cities and Towns; Aurora Mental Health Association; Minnesota Municipal League; and many others.

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