2021 Stanford LGSI brochure imageThe California City Management Foundation has long has been a sponsor of the annual Local Governance Summer Institute (LGSI) seminar at Stanford University. LGSI is designed to present the best blend of the academic and the practitioner worlds to local government professionals who want to expand their outlook and skill set in this continually evolving field.

Each year, the program selects a set of salient and pressing challenges for local government and brings together Stanford, industry, and local governance experts to help participants innovate appropriate solutions for their communities. For the 2021 program, these will include the challenges of COVID-19 for local governments, equity and inclusiveness, navigating community advocacy group engagement, public safety reform, adaptive planning for wildfires and wildfire smoke impacts, and public housing and homelessness.

Register for the 2021 program

The program has temporarily adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by transforming the 2021 seminar into a hybrid virtual/in-person program:

  • The Seminar opens with a virtual orientation and meet-and-greet Thursday evening, September 23rd.
  • The first full virtual working session will start September 24th, after which online seminars will be held once a week on each Friday through October 22nd.
  • LGSI will hold an in-person workshop and culmination on the Stanford campus during the last week of the program (October 27th – 29th).
  • In addition, each participant will be matched with an experienced local government manager who will serve as a mentor during the program. They will meet, virtually, on a schedule of their choosing, at least three times.

Registration is now is open for the 2021 program. Online applications are available. Admission reviews will continue throughout the summer until the cohort reaches capacity. Please visit the LGSI informational page on the Stanford website and LGSI’s Facebook Page for more details.