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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.

2017 Financial Forecast Forum Jan. 20, 2017

The Illinois City/County Management Association, Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, and the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies invite you to attend the Ninth Annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Registration information and a PDF form can be found on the Financial Forecast Forum page.

Midwest Leadership Institute March 20-24, 2017

Successful professional local government leadership requires knowledge and a skill set centered on the ability to understand individual and organizational behavior. The Midwest Leadership Institute was developed to equip participants with the leadership skills needed to drive for results in the increasingly complex world of local government. Registration is now open for 2017.

APRIL 3, 2017: New Perspectives on
Growing Local Economies

Looking to change the conversation on growing the economy in your  community?  Join us for this one-day conference featuring successful entrepreneurs who built  networks of businesses in rural areas and urban neighborhoods by boldly taking new approaches. They will be joined by the Illinois Tourism Director and representatives of supporting institutions from banks to higher education who will discuss their perspectives on the latest in economic development.  More information is available here (PDF). Access a downloadable registration form here (PDF).

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Past CGS Events

Midwest Leadership Institute 2016

Creative Enterprises and Downtown Prosperity

Growing Your Farmers Market Workshop

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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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