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2018 California Local Governance Summer Institute @ Stanford

Sunday, July 22, 2018 (All day) to Friday, July 27, 2018 (All day)
Stanford University

No level of government, even those of the western United States’ traditionally innovative and adaptive local governments, can relax in its pursuit of excellence and efficiency. The public demands that elected and appointed officials bring the most current and effective methods to their work. This program will strengthen individual capacities from public finance, negotiating and strategic planning skills, while exposing participant to innovative solutions and technological advance supporting the emergence of smarter, more resilient and sustainable, communities in California and around the world.

Building upon a long­standing collaboration between Professors Bruce Cain, Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West and formerly at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, and Blas L. Pérez Henríquez, the Founding Faculty Director of this executive summer institute with local public officials and management professional organizations in the region, the Local Governance Summer Institute (LGSI @ Stanford) offers city managers, county executives, regional directors, and other senior local government officials from throughout the West the opportunity to exchange and acquire tools for improving local government performance and enhancing prospective analytical capacity to innovate and anticipate societal change.

Instructors challenge participants to consider long view policy considerations and issues, such as technological advances and the transition to a low carbon economy in local government decision­making, while at the same time addressing current challenges facing our communities. Sample themes covered range from strategic thinking in problem solving, to smart financial management practices, community engagement, ethical practice and negotiations skills, to regional energy transition and water management policy challenges, as well as smart transport and urban infrastructure upgrading to enhance economic competitiveness at the local and regional level.

Stanford University's faculty and highly experienced leaders in the local government management profession introduce participants to new ideas and perspectives in problem solving and strategic thinking while exposing participants to the new realities of fast technological advance and environmental change. The program fosters active participation and provokes insightful discussion and debate on public management issues. Participants discover innovative approaches to problem solving in the stimulating environment of Stanford University, Silicon Valley and San Francisco, California. LGSI @ Stanford incorporates the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Practices for Effective Local Government Management in four specific areas: strategic planning, policy facilitation, technological literacy, and integrity. Arrangements will be made to assist participants who wish to start the process to obtain their ICMA credentials by completing their self­assessment during the duration of the program.

Projected Schedule

  • Welcome Reception & Orientation
  • Leadership, Innovation & Change in Local Government
  • Problem Solving and Strategic Thinking
  • Economic Prospective Analysis
  • Sustainability and Local Government Action
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Clean Disruption and Transport Innovation
  • Smarter Communities & Mobility as a Service
  • Negotiations
  • Leadership, Community Engagement, and Change
  • Emerging Challenges in Local Government
  • Federal & Local Cooperation on Energy and Environment
  • The Future of Energy
  • Ethics and Public Service
  • Politics & Institutions
  • Infrastructure of the Future
  • Governance and Problem Solving: The Water Challenge in California
  • Innovation and Economic Development
  • High-Tech, Entrepreneurship and Growth
  • Smart Growth & Planning
  • Investment, Policy and Innovation for Job Creation
  • Group Projects Presentations
  • Graduation



Tuition is $6,000. It includes instruction and materials, refreshments, and a dinner with a renowned keynote speaker.
Register before March 31st for $500 off tuition!


Once admitted to the program, participants may make their own arrangements. There is a discount rate negotiated at a hotel close to the campus where all participants will be encouraged to stay due to programmatic activities and networking opportunities. Participants must make their own reservations.  The deadline to make reservations at the discounted rate is June 29th, 2018.

Hotel Information

Creekside Inn, Palo Alto -- Discount Reference Code: Stanford LGSI group

3400 El Camino Real

Palo Alto, CA 94306

Phone: 650-493-2411; Fax: 650-493-6787

Stanford LGSI - July 2018 - Creekside Inn Booking Link



Bruce E. Cain, Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director, Bill Lane Center for the American West

The distinguished political scientist Bruce E. Cain is the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences. Professor Cain succeeded the Center's founding faculty co-director, David M. Kennedy, and is tasked with carrying on the Center's study of the past, present and future of the American West.Professor Cain brings a wealth of experience in U.S. and California politics. A pioneer in computer-assisted redistricting, he is a well-known expert on elections, term limits, polling, and the relationships between lobbyists and elected officials. He is a frequently cited source in media coverage of politics.

Blas L. Pérez Henríquez, Faculty Director of the LGSI

Pérez Henríquez founded and serves as director of the California Global Energy, Water & Infrastructure Innovation Initiative at Stanford University, sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the Precourt Institute for Energy. He is also the faculty director of the Local Governance Summer Institute @ Stanford (LGSI).

Pérez Henríquez, is an affiliate of the Center for Information Technologies in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) of the University of California (UC), a member of the UC - Mexico Initiative Energy Work Group. He is a Distinguished Professor at the School of Engineering and Sciences of the Technological Institute of Superior Studies of Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and has served as Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, United Kingdom, and as Guest Professor at the Centre of Economics Research and Teaching (CIDE) in Mexico City, Mexico.

He is the author of “Environmental Commodities and Emissions Trading: Towards a Low Carbon Future,” Resources for the Future – RFF Press/Routledge, Washington, DC (2013) and co-editor of “Carbon Governance, Climate Change and Business Transformation,” Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research, Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford, UK (2015). He has written on public-private environmental and energy collaboration in Silicon Valley, and on the use of information technology to support environmental markets and smart policymaking.

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