CGS provides expertise that helps decision-makers implement efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to social, economic, and information management issues.
CGS Research Associate Dr. Shannon Sohl and NIU Public Administration faculty member Dr. Craig Maher prepared a white paper for the International City/County Management Association on the current state of local government financial reporting. Click here to view their findings on how GASB financial statements affect management, provide benefits to stakeholders, and offer professional support and outreach.
Five counties in northwest Illinois - Carroll, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside - engaged CGS to explore how local economic, community, and business leaders can better promote business starts as well as expansion, attraction, and retention in the five-county region. This locally driven project is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and coordinated by county-level community and economic development agencies. Learn more about industry cluster analyses.
A project that inventoried the housing stock in this community's 23 neighborhoods, analyzed over and under supply, and compared DeKalb's housing to other Illinois university towns. This information will help the City make cost-effective and sustainable development decisions and serve as a baseline to assess change in DeKalb's housing over time. Learn more about the process of conducting housing studies.
CGS, in partnership with the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, has developed a series on issues facing critical access hospitals in Illinois. Learn more about research on healthcare policy and practices.
CGS conducted a comprehensive analysis of the food system in Suburban Cook County. The ability to address inequality in access to fresh food is complicated by the complexity of the food system. Five main functions move food from farm to table: production, processing, distribution, access, and waste management. The interdependency of those functions creates a confusing and largely invisible web. Making food systems more visible allows regions to bring appropriate partners to the table for collaboration and helps government agencies make informed policy choices. Learn more about local food planning and technical assistance.
On March 7 and 14, fifteen thought leaders from throughout the State of Ingenuity (SOI) region will share their insights regarding economic development opportunities and challenges in this six-county region that spans northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. Three areas will be spotlighted: Racine/Kenosha, Beloit/Janesville/Whitewater, and Rockford/Belvidere. These workshops will generate ideas to expand and diversify the regional SOI economy. Click here for more information.
The Center for Governmental Studies is proud to announce the launch of the Midwest Leadership Institute March 31 - April 4. The goal of the Midwest Leadership Institute is to provide local government professionals a deeper understanding and mastery of core leadership concepts and experiences in order to increase their skills at managing people to achieve intended outcomes. Click here to learn more and register.
CGS announces the 2013 - 2014 Civic Leadership Academy workshop series. CGS is offering new leading edge training programs for elected and appointed leaders and senior managers in government and not-for-profit agencies in the state of Illinois. Download the 2013 - 2014 brochure.
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The Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies Civic Leadership Academy and Illinois City/County Management Association hosted the sixth annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum:Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector on January 31, 2014. Industry leaders presented on pertinent economic and financial issues affecting local governments in Illinois. Click here to view presentations from the conference.
CGS hosted a conference focused on Engaging Institutions in Developing Regional Food Systems on October 15 at the Loyola University of Chicago Ecology and Retreat Center. Learn more about the conference here.
NIU was among an elite group of institutions to receive the Inaugural Economic Prosperity University Award from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) at the association's 126th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Read more about the award.
CGS is leading NIU's digital financial reporting initiative to increase the transparency with which governments report their financial information. New reporting technology can increase the timeliness, comparability, and ease of producing and consuming fiscal data while reducing borrowing costs for states and local governments. A recent article in The Bond Buyer, a top trade newspaper for the municipal bond industry, by CGS research associate Shannon Sohl and co-author Marc Joffe discusses the benefits of digital financial reporting to the investor community.
With a record number of professional local government managers retiring, there is a gap in the talent pool the fill these chief administrative officer positions. To help fill this gap, the International City/County Management Association's Local Government Task Force, chaired by CGS Assistant Director Dawn S. Peters, created a guide for those looking to "break into local government" as a mid-career move. Read this publication here