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Local Governance Summer Institute at Stanford

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.

Beginning in 2019, the LGSI program is now proudly administered by the Precourt Institute for Energy.

The institute builds upon a long­standing collaboration between the Center's faculty director, Professor Bruce Cain, and Blas L. Pérez Henríquez, the Founding Faculty Director of LGSI. 

In this week-long institute, 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.

Themes covered in the institute range widely: 

  • Strategic thinking in problem-solving
  • Smart financial management practices
  • Community engagement
  • Ethical practice and negotiation skills
  • Regional energy transition 
  • Water management policy challenges
  • Smart transportation 
  • Urban infrastructure upgrades to enhance economic competitiveness

Stanford University faculty and other highly experienced leaders in the local government management profession will introduce participants to new ideas and perspectives in problem-solving and strategic thinking. They will also expose participants to the new realities of fast-moving technological advances 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.

Opportunity for ICMA Certification

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
  • Integrity

Arrangements will be made to assist participants who wish to start the process of obtaining their ICMA credentials by completing their self­-assessment during the program.

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