LSGI 2020 informationThe California City Management Foundation has long has been a sponsor of the annual Local Governance Summer Institute (LGSI) seminar at Stanford University.

Registration for the July 19-24, 2020 program on the Stanford University campus:

Registration is now is open for the 2019 program. Online applications are available.

Please visit the LGSI informational page on the Stanford website and on LGSI’s Facebook Page. There will be reduced rate rooms available at a nearby hotel for LGSI participants.

The 2020 LGSI program will feature presentations from a variety of Stanford faculty, leading practitioners in California local government and innovative leaders from the high-tech community in Silicon Valley where LGSI is based.


Tuition is $6,500 and includes instruction and materials, refreshments, and a dinner with a renowned keynote speaker.

Many program participants secure funds for training from their employer to support their participation at the Local Governance Summer Institute. If you are sponsored by your agency, please include an official letter from the sponsoring agency confirming their full financial support with your application. The letter should include the administrative requirements for processing the funds to Stanford. Personal funds may also cover the cost of the program.

About LGSI

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.

Senior local government professionals including city managers, county executives, department directors, division managers and other senior-level local government officials who are interested in the LGSI program should go to the website and Facebook Page and research what it offers. If the timing works for you, CCMF feels this is a great professional development opportunity.

The local government executives who attended last year’s institute described great personal and professional growth on their evaluations, providing feedback that helps LGSI continue to evolve as the best program of this type for California and the American West’s local government leaders.

The curriculum, with its continual refinement and improvements, again focuses on professional issues that city and county senior managers face, including:

  • leadership in our changing society
  • improving local government performance
  • enhancing your capacity to innovate
  • anticipate societal change
  • sustainability in a time of constant change
  • the move towards smarter communities
  • public mobility initiatives
  • community engagement, and
  • the disruptive effect of technological change in society.

The program also continues personal professional growth sessions including

  • strategic thinking
  • ethics, and
  • contemporary finance and budget management.