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For over 35 years LGC has connected cutting-edge leaders from across the nation. Together we are advancing transformative policies and implementing innovative solutions for livable communities.

The latest from the Local Government Commission

Cities to Fight Federal Inaction on Climate

Nexus Media- a syndicated newswire covering climate, energy, politics, art and culture- recently published an article where Kate Meis, Executive Director of the Local Government Commission, discussed how LGC works with local governments across the country to build sustainable communities. Meis highlights the contributions of CivicSpark, an initiative of the state and the AmeriCorps program that helps local governments address climate change and water management needs. Each year the program recruits 68 “fellows” who contribute more than 65,000 hours at the local level to help California communities respond to climate change and water issues.

Twelve ‘Can’t Miss’ Planning and Design Conferences in 2017

In what has become an annual article, L.A. County Planner Clement Lau lists and describes New Partners for Smart Growth annual conference as one of twelve of his favorite national conferences and meetings in the fields of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.

Business of Local Energy Symposium

The Center for Climate Protection along with the Local Government Commission and the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition are hosting the third Business of Clean Energy Symposium at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach on May 5th, 2017. The Symposium provides a forum to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs and to learn about current energy policy, regulations, markets, and technology. The event will convene government, business, and community leaders to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy.

Featured Newsletters

Livable Places Update – October

October’s article: Smart Water, Smart Planning: Managing California’s Groundwater

Past Issues of Livable Places Update

Currents: Fall 2016

Currents provides readers with current information on energy issues affecting local governments in California.

Past Issues of CURRENTS

CivicSpark Newsletter – November

This monthly CivicSpark newsletter features updates on CivicSpark projects and highlights.

Past Issues of CivicSpark Newsletter

Featured Podcast

Regenerative Agriculture with John Roulac of Nutiva: Voting for a Sustainable Future Three Times Per Day – December 01, 2016

Infinite Earth Radio is a podcast produced by Skeo, in association with the Local Government Commission. Each week we interview visionary civic leaders who are transforming the future.

Listen to other recent Infinite Earth Podcasts.

Featured Videos

John Laird: A Shout-Out to the LGC

John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency, relates his experience working with LGC.

Rick Cole: 2016 Yosemite Conference

Rick Cole, provides a retrospective on the role the LGC network has played in advancing smart growth over the last 35 years.

The Yellow Brick Road: Reclaiming the Iron Triangle

Working together with the the nonprofit POGO Park and the City of Richmond, LGC helped secure funding to create a more livable community.