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About ILG

ILG empowers local government leaders and delivers real-world expertise to help them navigate complex issues, increase their capacity, and build trust in their communities.


Serving California’s Local Agencies for More Than 60 Years

Founded in 1955, the Institute has been serving local officials’ information needs for 65 years. Some of the highlights of that history are detailed in the story below.

While respecting and honoring its past, the Institute is also intently focused on the present and future. In these difficult economic times, the need for the Institute’s materials for local officials is even greater.


Our Parent Organizations

The Institute’s effectiveness in promoting good government at the local level is greatly enhanced by its close working relationship with the associations that represent counties, cities and special districts: the California State Association of Counties, the League of California Cities and the California Special Districts Association.

The Institute’s relationship with CSAC, CSDA and the League notwithstanding, the Institute invites all local officials to take advantage of the Institute’s resources. The Institute also welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other local agency associations in pursuit shared commitments to good government at the local level.


Employment and Volunteer Opportunities at ILG

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) staff serves an integral and vital role in advancing the organization’s mission, vision and program area objectives.

The Institute receives staffing services through a contract with the League of California Cities.



The Institute’s efforts are guided by a board of directors who share an enduring commitment to good government at the local level and an energetic and hardworking team. 

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
–Vince Lombardi


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