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Local Government Basics For the Public and Media


Local Government Basics for the Public and Media


The Institute for Local Government offers resources and materials to help local agency officials, members of the public, staff, students, and media better understand the nuts and bolts of local government operations. In this section topics cover decision-making, budget and financing, leadership and more.


Working Effectively with Local Officials
In honor of Ruth Vreeland

This section of the Institute’s website is dedicated to the life and service of Ruth Vreeland (1935-2004). Concerned resident, local elected official, teacher and Institute board member, Ruth was a passionate advocate for her community and public involvement.


Working with Others to Achieve Goals

Local agency processes are group decision-making processes in which one needs the support of others to make things happen.


Resources in Spanish/ Recursos en Espanol

The Institute has prepared a number of resources in Spanish to enhance understanding of how local government works among officials, staff, media and members of the public. 

La institución a preparado un numero de recursos en español para mejorar el entendimiento de como el gobierno local trabaja entre oficiales, personal, medios de comunicación y miembros de el publico.

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