2015 Local Governance Summer Institute Held at Stanford

Five county and 12 city representatives participated in 2015 event, all from California agencies.

Sep 1, 2015 | ARTICLE

On July 26-31, 2015, the first annual Local Governance Summer Institute (LGSI) was held at Stanford University. The program was an outstanding success, with a faculty comprised of a blend of Stanford academics, a guest lecturer from the UCB Haas School of Business, Silicon Valley's private sector high tech firms and entrepreneurs, local government senior managers, and representatives of regional think tanks including CalForward and the Bay Area Council.

The program was highly successful, with a faculty comprised of a blend of Stanford academics, a guest lecturer from the UCB Haas School of Business, Silicon Valley's private sector high tech firms and entrepreneurs, local government senior managers, and representatives of regional think tanks including CalForward and the Bay Area Council.

The speakers all are working in the unique ecosystem of the Silicon Valley.  The program allowed participants to explore technological transformations and innovative policy solutions for the urban and transport challenges of today’s urban California.  In particular, presentations addressed mobility, energy transition, water management and governance, as well as other sustainability and security aspects.  The focus was on a vision of transitioning towards the smarter communities a clean and prosperous economy demands.  And this was accomplished without losing perspective on everyday challenges to local executives such as public finance, ethics and community engagement.

This first year of this new program was possible by a generous financial contribution from CSCDA.  The CAOAC, the League’s City Managers Department, CCMF, and MMANC also were sponsors.

The success of this program assures that it will be repeated next year.  LGSI 2016 will be held July 24-29, 2016.  Details will be available no later than February.

 

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