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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” compiles data indicating that Illinois’ rural counties are continuing to lose population, especially in the age group comprised of working adults. Compounding the loss of population is the growing need to provide and expand the services required by senior citizens who constitute an increasing percentage of rural residents. The newly published Profiles suggests strategies rural counties can pursue to sustain the quality of life in rural Illinois in the years ahead.
Vol. 2 lllinois Municipal Policy Journal - Includes two articles by CGS research associates: one by Norman Walzer, Mim Evans and Michael Aquino about Downtown Development issues. The other is by Norman Walzer about Community Supported Enterprises as a Local Investment Strategy.
Vol. 1 lllinois Municipal Policy Journal - Includes two articles by CGS research associates: one by Cory Poris Plasch and Norman Walzer on shared services. The other by Shannon Sohl, Andy Blanke and Norman Walzer on determinants of unrestricted net reserves in Illinois municipalities.
"Think Globally/Eat Locally" - Video
Community Supported Enterprises - Report
Community Supported Enterprises - Executive Summary
Current CGS EventsCivic Leadership Academy
Registration for the 2018-2019 Civic Leadership Academy is now open. Plan to attend one or more of the workshops offered. For more information, visit the CLA Page.
Planning is complete for the 2018-19 Illinois Township Management Academy. Registration is now open via ITMA’s portals and information on their marketing material. Workshops will meet on Oct. 12 and 19, 2018, at NIU-Naperville. More information is available on the ITMA page.
Midwest Leadership Institute 2019
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. The next MLI runs April 29-May 3, 2019. More information is available on the CGS MLI web page.
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