Reimagining Public Service: Our Strategic Plan

Through this five-year plan, the Weldon Cooper Center aims to build on our historical strengths, while joining forces with the increasingly diverse group of stakeholders and leaders working diligently to improve public life in Virginia and beyond. 

Government Support

Best practices and emerging trends identified by practitioners for practitioners.

Government Training & Support
Research & Analysis

Trusted data and analysis applied to your context and questions. Trend-setting research with national reach.

Research & Analysis
Leadership Development

Practical and tested training programs and coaching to build leaders at all levels.

Leadership Development

Cooper Center Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan reimagines public service and represents the steps we will take in the next five years toward our vision of thriving regions and communities shaped by informed, innovative, and inclusive civic leaders. The plan outlines how we will extend the University’s public service impact through researchers, faculty, students, and our partners in communities across Virginia. Through collaboration, innovation, inclusion, and attention to impact, we aim to engage the University in making the Commonwealth a national model for good governance and resilient communities. 

The Cooper Center's Work in Southern Virginia

GO Virginia Region 3 and the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service partner together to advance economic development in Southern Virginia by expanding resources and the Commonwealth’s network. Region 3’s Program Director Bryan David interviews Larry D. Terry II., Executive Director, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, and Charles Majors and Randy Lail, both council members of Region 3. 

Normal operations at the University of Virginia are evolving to address the impact of the coronavirus. While we are no longer working from our offices in Charlottesville and Richmond, Cooper Center faculty and staff remain fully engaged in providing top quality public service to our clients, partners, and individuals who enroll in our leadership and professional development programs. We are available for video and audio conferencing, presentations, and collaborative engagements. We are utilizing tools to deliver training content that includes interactivity, and we remain fully equipped to conduct applied research for the need of those in local governing across the Commonwealth. Please contact us for assistance and turn to the information provided for each of our programs on the appropriate pages of this website. If ever there was a time to recognize the value of local leadership, this is it. We look forward to working with you to keep Virginia moving forward.

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