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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.


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 Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, as well as experts in local government regulatory and policy tools, Internet based communication, nontraditional funding options, community organizing, and the role of higher education.  More information is available here (PDF). The Conference Program is available for more details (PDF). Access Speaker Bios here (PDF). Access a downloadable registration form here (PDF).

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Past CGS Events

2017 Financial Forecast Forum Jan. 20, 2017

Midwest Leadership Institute 2017

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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