Local Government Training

photo of IPA planning consultant Linda Raab leading a Planning Education classProfessional Development and Training Opportunities for Local Government

Throughout its history, the Institute for Public Administration has responded to the professional development needs of Delaware's local governments, which is consistent with the central mission of the University of Delaware. To meet the needs of local governments, IPA offers several training programs for public officials and municipal staff. Such training programs are invaluable and meet several needs for most local governments as the training builds governance and planning capacity.

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IPA currently offers three training programs that help meet the needs of local governments.

  • Academy for Excellence in Local Government Leadership
    This is a certificate program that recognizes local officials for their participation, over time, in a series of education and training sessions that are targeted to meet their informational needs. As a discrete academy event in cooperation with the Delaware League of Local Governments, IPA leads the following program, which focuses on the needs of local government officials.
  • Delaware Planning Education Program
    This is an organized series of educational courses designed to meet the responsibilities of municipalities as partners in the state's strategies for policies and spending initiative. The program is offered in partnership with the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association.
  • Municipal Clerks Training Program
    This program has been offered annually in the fall since 1993, enrolling clerks from throughout Delaware and from several nearby municipalities in the state of Maryland.

For more information, contact Martin Wollaston (302-831-4930) or Julia O'Hanlon (302-831-6224).