Local Government Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1983 to "promote excellence in government through education" for local government elected and appointed officials and municipal employees. Academy programs are offered as a service, primarily to the 415 local governments in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Prior to 1992, Allegheny County's 800+ officials had been the Academy's primary market and currently represent 67 percent of the program attendance with 33 percent coming from as many as 28 counties outside Allegheny County.

In 1983, the interest and vision of Charlie Lieberth and the Allegheny County Commissioners, especially Tom Foerster, helped to launch the Academy. The Commissioners and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development provided the necessary funding for the initial operation of the organization. Numerous committed individuals who were interested in seeing that local government training became a reality in Allegheny County worked as part of the original Advisory Board.The Academy began as a program within the Intergovernmental Cooperation Program (ICP) which was started in 1982 to initiate intergovernmental projects among municipalities.

Two full-time staff members were brought on in the fall of 1985, and in June of 1986, the Academy spun off from the ICP as a separate nonprofit corporation. In 1992, the Academy's staff was expanded to three individuals, bringing on a Director of Programs to work full-time on the development of training programs, expanding the number of educational sessions from around 10 to approximately 30 per year. In 2000, 44 sessions were attended by over 1,400 participants.

The Academy's continuing objectives include offering more than 30 training and educational programs to local government officials in an expanded market area, coordinating a range of on-site technical assistance to assist distressed municipalities in implementing what they learned in the classroom, and continuation of the Municipal Intern Program. The Academy is also committed to continuing to meet the needs of graduates of our Newly Elected Officials Course (NEOC) and will be offering special training opportunities and discounts to other training sessions for graduates who choose to join the Academy's NEOC Alumni Association.


The Local Government Academy, an independent non-partisan organization, promotes excellence in local government.