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News from the Institute for Local Government


This monthly newsletter features ILG news and resources as well as upcoming events of interest to local officials, staff and residents across California

October 2018

Don’t Miss the Next TIERS Public Engagement Training

Not getting the results you want from your public engagement efforts? Enroll in ILG’s TIERS Public Engagement Learning Lab and receive customized coaching and learn a step-by-step framework to successfully plan and implement your next public engagement effort. This comprehensive training and coaching program can apply to a variety of efforts ranging from housing and climate change to budgeting and public safety.

ILG will be holding the next TIERS Public Engagement Learning Lab in West Sacramento on January 23-24.

For more information or to register contact Hanna Stelmakhovych at or call (916) 658-8221.

Find the complete framework and information about future training opportunities here.

Congratulations to the 2018 Challenge Award Recipients

Congratulations to all the 2018 Challenge Award Recipients! Each year, ILG partner, CSAC, honors the most innovative programs developed and implemented by  California counties through their Challenge Awards. Santa Barbara County and Yuba County were awarded top honors of The California Counties Innovation Award for their projects Resiliency in Rebuilding: Data-Driven Mapping and 14Forward Connects Homeless to Services respectively. In total, CSAC recognized 15 programs with Challenge Awards, and another 36 programs with Merit Awards. Find a list of all of the 2018 winners here.

Upcoming Conferences – Clerks, Fire Chiefs and Municipal Finance

Registration is open for three concurrent League conferences in mid-December at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Embarcadero.

Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar: Dec. 12–13 is designed for fire chiefs, chief officers, union leadership, and other fire services leaders. During the two-day seminar, attendees can participate in a variety of discussions on challenging leadership topics including succession planning, labor relations, emergency response, late breaking changes in EMS and more.

Municipal Finance Institute: Dec. 12–13 brings together over 150 finance directors and other municipal finance experts from throughout California for professional development and discussion on current topics. This important event will feature legal and elections updates, an economic outlook presentation by economics professor Dr. Peter Rupert, and a session on sales tax with the Nick Maduros, director of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar: Dec. 12–14 provides information for clerks on new election laws, the Fair Political Practices Commission, emergency preparedness, strategies to work effectively with elected officials and other topics.

Public Safety and Wildfire Resilience

The consistent challenges posed by climate change are increasing the need for local leaders and emergency management professionals to update their policies and  procedures related to public safety. Many local governments statewide are finding that their current plans do not account for changing demographics, new technologies or the dramatic toll that public safety and disaster recovery expenditures can have on local government budgets. Read more.


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