The Senior Executive Institute/LEAD programs offer intensive, interactive learning for local government officials in a supportive culture at UVA’s renowned Colgate Darden School of Business. The curriculum, designed by specifically for and by senior local government managers and the faculty at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, takes a head-on approach to the challenges of government management and leadership.
Through a variety of programs for high school and college leaders, first-time political candidates, and influential business and community leaders, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system.
The Institute offers five distinct programs in of varying lengths, formats, and targeted to different groups.
The Constitutional Officer Education Program administers certification and career development in conjunction with the appropriate statewide association: Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia, Treasurers’ Association of Virginia, Virginia Sheriff's Association/Virginia Sheriff's Institute, and the Virginia Court Clerks Association.
The Center for Economic & Policy Studies is dedicated to applying economic analysis to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy and to providing a better understanding of local and regional economies.
The Virginia Institute of Government was established in 1994 by the Virginia General Assembly to increase the training, technical services and information resources available to the Commonwealth’s local governments. The Institute offers customized training, professional development programs, and real-time personal assistance focusing on the "nuts and bolts" of everyday management for all levels of local government officials.