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The Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University provides expertise that helps decision-makers implement efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to economic, social, and information management issues.

Upcoming CGS Events

Civic Leadership Academy

Registration for the 2016-2017 Civic Leadership Academy is open. Plan to attend one or more of the workshops offered. For more information, visit the CLA Page.

Distinguished Speaker Series

"Democratizing Our Economy Through Local Economic Innovation" - Much of the economic growth of the past three decades disproportionately benefitted a small group at the top. This Distinguished Speaker Series focuses on developing a more equitable economy through place-based initiatives. Inspired by What Then Must We Do? by Gar Alperovitz, each session will challenge the audience to develop new approaches to strengthen their communities. The Center for Governmental Studies, within NIU’s Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, and PASCAL Observatory are pleased to present these three discussions to the community. For more information and to register, visit the CGS Events Page.

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Past CGS Events

Midwest Leadership Institute

Creative Enterprises and Downtown Prosperity

Growing Your Farmers Market Workshop

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CGS In the News

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CGS Contact

Center for Governmental Studies

Northern Illinois University
148 North 3rd Street
DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2828

Phone: 815-753-1907
Fax:  815-753-7278




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