Local Training

Local elected officials, administrators, and staff, as well as boards and authorities, can benefit from quality, customized training and development opportunities offered by the Institute at convenient locations around the state and on the University of Georgia campus.
Does Your Team Need to Get Away?
Who doesn't? City councils, county commissions, boards, and other decision-making bodies are benefiting from the opportunity to address challenges, set priorities and improve communication in a retreat setting outside their regular meetings.
Find out if your group could benefit from a retreat. Do any of the following statements apply to you?
 Our goals for the next one, three, and five years are
unclear or poorly defined.
 Relationships in my group could use improvement.
 After meetings, I often wish we had more time to discuss tough topics and initiatives in more depth.
 We would benefit from the opportunity to talk about our challenges in a different setting, away from the "heat of the battle."
 Whatever the reason, there are important issues in our community that our team has not addressed.

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, a retreat may be the answer. Retreats facilitated by the Institute of Government are a convenient and affordable way to get down to the business of planning in a relaxed, informal environment. An experienced facilitator will guide your group through a customized agenda that addresses your specific needs.

You can expect:
  • Goal-Setting (short- and long-term)
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Improved Communication

Visitthe Planning Retreats page for more information, or contact Gordon Maner (gmaner@uga.edu, 706.542.2297) or Christine Jepsen (cjepsen@uga.edu, 706.542.3905) to discuss a retreat for your group.

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