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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.
Save the Date: NIU CGS
Celebrates 50 Years in 2019!
Shaping our Future: Purpose, Partnership, Possibilities
Framing Sustainable Solutions
On Nov. 7, 2019, a one-day convening will be held on NIU’s DeKalb campus to celebrate CGS’s five decades of generating and sharing knowledge with its many university and external partners and chart a course for the future. This celebration will not only highlight the important accomplishments of CGS, but also be future-focused: how to understand and harness the vast demographic, economic, environmental, and technological forces that are reshaping our world. The celebration begins with a keynote address by Neil Howe, an authority on generations and social change in America. He will share the results of his research on generational cycles, or "turnings," which reveal predictable social trends that recur throughout history. Watch this site for more details about participating; and send your contact information to to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive updates.
Current CGS Programs
Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: The IL City/County Management Association, IL Government Finance Officers Association, and CGS will sponsor the Annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: "Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector" Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Harry Caray's, Lombard, IL. More information: Financial Forecast Forum page.
Illinois Township Management Academy: One of the workshops in the 2018-19 Illinois Township Management Academy session originally planned in October, will be rescheduled for late January or early February, 2019. "Responding to Vulnerable Populations in Your Community," will be presented by Dr. Adrienne Holloway, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Aurora. Visit ITMA page.
CGS Practice Areas
- Association Management
- Community and Economic Development
- Workforce Development
- Health and Technology Engagement
- Data Visualization
- Public Management and Training
- Survey Research
CGS Recent Work
Policy Profiles June 2018 - “The Future of Rural Illinois: Predicaments and Possible Solutions”
Vol. 2 lllinois Municipal Policy Journal - Includes two articles by CGS research associates.
Vol. 1 lllinois Municipal Policy Journal - Includes two articles by CGS research associates.
"Think Globally/Eat Locally" - Video