Local Government Training

Each year, thousands of elected and appointed government officials and administrators work to improve their knowledge and skills through professional development opportunities offered by the Institute. Participants benefit from the advanced instructional tools and broad expertise that Institute instructors bring to all of our education and professional development programs.

Local Government Training

Contact: Walt McBride, mcbride@uga.edu; 770.503.4474

Local government officials, managers, and staff as well as boards and authorities can supplement their skills and expertise by taking advantage of wide variety of training options available through the Institute of Government. Whether in classrooms around the state or online, Institute training helps city and county leaders develop professionally and plan for the future.

Management Development Program

Current and future managers and supervisors dig deep in their study of what makes an effective leader in today's local government environment. Read More


Government managers gain valuable insights into their leadership styles and performance through this unique 360-degree assessment instrument focused specifically on the demands of the public sector. Read More

Succeeding as a Supervisor

New and up-and-coming supervisors benefit from a comprehensive introduction to the skills they need to excel in their new roles and responsibilities. Read More

Special Topic Workshops

A government can build its own customized training program to meet specific needs by selecting courses from almost 30 available options covering a wide variety of topics. Read More

Planning Retreats

A council, commission, or other governing body can complete strategic planning, set priorities, and work through issues away from distractions with the help of an experienced, objective facilitator. Read More

Meeting Facilitation

Government meetings in need of management from an impartial third party can call upon trained facilitators to guide discussion and keep participants engaged and on task. Read More

Online Learning

Local finance officers and human resource professionals can save time and resources by participating in certain courses online at their convenience. Read More

NetDMR Training

Wastewater treatment plant owners, operators, and staff can learn how to transition to and use NetDMR through a tutorial the Institute developed for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Read More

Certified Government Chief Information Officer™ Program

Local government information officers who oversee computer systems and information technology strategies in Georgia can stay up to date with current trends while gaining the tools needed to be successful leaders. Read More

Executive Coaching

Local government leaders consult one-on-one with a coach to assess strengths and weaknesses and to achieve a specific goal in their professional development. Read More

Local Finance Officer Certification Program

Local finance officers enhance their knowledge of governmental accounting principles and learn how to implement sound financial practices. Read More

Development Authority Training

Development authority board members and elected officials gain insights into the roles and responsibilities of boards and their contributions to advancing local economic development. Read More

Planning and Zoning Board Member Training

Planning and zoning board members and others can get equipped with knowledge—both procedural and topical—they need to help them fulfill their responsibilities regarding land use issues. Read More

Historic Preservation Commission Training

Those serving on historic preservation commissions and others can gain a better understanding of the laws and principles guiding historic preservation and how to administer local ordinances. Read More

School Board Training

Members of local school boards throughout Georgia can strengthen their skills and fulfill their annual training requirements through leadership and financial management training provided by Institute of Government experts. Read More

Charter School Board Training

Members of charter school boards throughout Georgia can strengthen their skills and fulfill their annual continuing education through leadership and financial management training provided by Institute of Government experts. Read More

Certified Public Manager® Program

The Certified Public Manager® Program develops government managers by building self-awareness, promoting collaboration, and encouraging process improvement. The program not only offers professional development opportunities for public employees but also develops more productive staff who are better positioned to serve citizens. Read More

Regional Commission Council Member Development

Regional Commission council members can receive professional development that includes Regional Commission council member orientation, online tutorials, and policy workshops for council members at meetings of the Georgia Association of Regional Commissions. Read More

Programs for City Elected Officials

Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute

Newly Elected Municipal Officials Institute

Programs for County Commissioners

County Commissioners Training Program

Newly Elected Commissioners Conference

Programs for Municipal, County, and Court Clerks

Georgia Certification Program for Municipal and County Clerks

State Court Clerk Certificate Program

Superior Court Clerk Certificate Program

Other Local Government Training Opportunities

Contracting for Architectural or Engineering Services

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Training
DBHDD Contact: J. Michael Moryc, 404.463.6843

Downtown Development Authority Training

Executive Leadership Institute for Tax Officials

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Training

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