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News from the Institute for Local Government Archive

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Be a Beacon: The Power of Recognition

Be a Beacon: The Power of Recognition

The Beacon Award program, a catalyst for innovative and effective solutions, addresses climate change at the local level and informs the community about these activities.

July 2014
Sustainability Yields Fiscal and Economic Benefits

Sustainability Yields Fiscal and Economic Benefits

New resources offer practical tips to enhance cities’ economic prosperity and fiscal health.

May 2014
ILG Releases Updated Online Guide to Planning Healthy Neighborhoods

ILG Releases Updated Online Guide to Planning Healthy Neighborhoods

Throughout California, city and county officials make planning, policy and land-use decisions on a weekly basis. Local officials understand that such decisions affect their community’s development. Many also recognize that land-use decisions can have profound effects on residents’ health.

March 2014
How Local Officials Can Support Citizenship and Civic Participation

How Local Officials Can Support Citizenship and Civic Participation

Approximately 2.5 million “lawful permanent residents” living in California are eligible to become U.S. citizens. Local officials can leverage their leadership to encourage naturalization efforts and strengthen their communities.

January 2014
Resources to Help Promote Public Trust and Confidence in Local Government

Resources to Help Promote Public Trust and Confidence in Local Government

The competency of both local officials and staff provides a basis for establishing public trust and confidence. Elements of ethics, public input and transparency also play a key role.

November 2013
Pondering Innovation at the Local Level

Pondering Innovation at the Local Level

How does innovation occur in local government? What can local officials interested in seeing their agencies engage in innovation do to support innovation?

September 2013
ILG Releases Updated Sustainability Best Practices Framework

ILG Releases Updated Sustainability Best Practices Framework

The newly revised framework offers options to consider for local action in 10 areas from energy efficiency and conservation to efficient transportation, promoting community and individual action and beyond.

July 2013
Institute Offers Resources for Sustainable Economic Development

Institute Offers Resources for Sustainable Economic Development

New tools are available for local leaders looking for resources to help their cities meet fiscal challenges and thrive in today’s economic climate.

May 2013
Meetings: Bane or Blessing? New Resource Center Offers Help

Meetings: Bane or Blessing? New Resource Center Offers Help

Meetings can present a broad range of challenges for local officials. A collection of useful materials offers practical information on related topics that include chairing a meeting, dealing with a grandstander, complying with open government meetings and more.

March 2013
In Case We Haven’t Met: ILG Provides Tools and Resources for Local Leaders

In Case We Haven’t Met: ILG Provides Tools and Resources for Local Leaders

The ILG website offers a broad array of tools for newly elected local officials and their staff as well as seasoned officials.

January 2013