Good governance, equity and resilience in every Virginia community. Through three broad areas of work: applied research and public policy analysis, responsive leadership development programs, and local government support, we provide communities, governments, and leaders the tools they need to thrive in the context of a complex 21st century.
UVA's Local Government Equity Clinic was featured in Amplify, a publication of UVA's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for its unique and practical approach in helping local leaders operationalize equity within their work.
Known for its research and practical work benefitting the commonwealth and local governments, the Cooper Center soon will become an even more important part of UVA’s growing focus on strengthening democracy at home and abroad as it integrates into UVA’s Karsh Institute of Democracy in July.
Intern Irene Cox and the Energy Transition Initiative team "have crafted a report advising communities on the deal they should strike with developers – noting that decommissioning a large solar array could take months and cost more than a million dollars." Virginia Public Radio
Research & Data
We conduct unbiased, rigorous research in population studies, regional economics, alternative energy, and survey methods to produce sound data and insightful analysis for communities.
Through our programs—for active and emerging political leaders, government officials, and community leaders—we help strengthen organizations and communities across the Commonwealth and nation.
Through the Virginia Institute of Government, we support local governments through consultation services, customized training, and programs that connect government experts from across the state.
INTERSECTIONS IN PUBLIC SERVICE PODCAST SERIES
This series looks at public service through a varied lens from affordable housing to climate change to public leadership.