As California residents and businesses increase the amount of
material they recycle, local governments seek ways to build
additional recycling facilities and expand existing programs.
Engaging the community can inform the budgeting process and help
residents understand the hard choices involved.
A newly updated online resource provides a framework for
A recent symposium brought together state and local leaders to
explore opportunities for accelerating sustainability activities
Residents, entrepreneurs and nonprofit representatives in Merced
share ideas on how business and community leaders can partner to
help grow, strengthen and diversify the local economy.
A new resource presents an overview of land-use planning, who is
involved, why community engagement matters and ways to
Community-based organizations often provide leadership
development programs for residents or specific underrepresented
populations and offer an opportunity to invigorate civic
Newly elected local officials and staff can get up to speed on a
variety of key topics using free resources designed to meet their
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.
New resources offer practical tips to enhance cities’ economic prosperity and fiscal health.
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…
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…
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.
How does innovation occur in local government? What can local
officials interested in seeing their agencies engage in
innovation do to support innovation?
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
New tools are available for local leaders looking for resources
to help their cities meet fiscal challenges and thrive in today’s
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…
The ILG website offers a broad array of tools for newly elected
local officials and their staff as well as seasoned officials.
Understanding “how to get things done as a newly elected
official” is a priority for local officials. New online resources
help streamline the process.