Local Government Leadership Institute
Welcome to the official web page of Delta State University’s Local Government Leadership Institute!
The purpose of the Local Government Leadership Institute is to assist and support local officials of the Mississippi Delta in addressing governance challenges by providing activities, basic training, and helpful tools to run their municipalities effectively and efficiently. In partnership with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Municipal League, the Institute seeks to cultivate:
- More knowledgeable, skilled, and effective municipal leadership and management;
- Better‐run Delta cities, towns, and counties;
- Improved local government services and environment for business, education, and citizens;
- Enhanced community relations;
- Increased public trust in local government;
- Advancement of public civility and racial harmony; and,
- Improvements in the community’s economy and quality of life.
Well‐managed local governments are important not only to the citizens they serve, but to the businesses, industries, and other institutions that are located in those communities. The leadership, management, and infrastructure provided by local governments are key elements in a community’s delivery of services and quality of life efforts. Effective leadership and management are needed at all levels of local government, quite notably in the Mississippi Delta.
Delta State University’s Local Government Leadership Institute in partnership with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Municipal League seeks to prepare local elected leaders of Mississippi Delta communities to effect change in their municipalities, and ultimately to improve the communities in which they live.
Delta Counties Served:
Bolivar, Coahoma, Sunflower, Washington, Issaquena, Sharkey, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Leflore, Humphries, Yazoo, Warren, Desoto, Tate, Tunica, Panola, Carroll, and Holmes
The focus of the Local Government Leadership Institute at Delta State University is to assist Delta communities in addressing governance challenges by providing local officials with the basic knowledge and tools needed to run their municipalities effectively and efficiently. The Institute offers basic, hands-on, governance training over a variety of municipal topics. Contact us to reserve a seat at our next training today!
In support of municipal leaders who attend and participate in the Institute’s workshops and trainings, the Local Government Leadership Institute offers DeltaDollar$! Eligibility requirements for municipalities to receive DeltaDollar$ are as follows:
- Municipalities are within the target 2017-18 counties (Bolivar, Coahoma, Humphreys, Leflore, Sunflower, and Washington); AND
- Municipalities must have at least one representative (i.e., mayor, city alderperson/city councilperson) attending no less than four training sessions during the 2017-18 program year;
Upon meeting the eligibility requirements, municipalities may choose ONE of the following DeltaDollar$ Incentives:
- Office Depot Gift Card gifted to municipal hall, OR
- Registration Stipend for MML’s 87th Annual Conference, June 25 – 27, 2018, Biloxi, MS.
DeltaDollar$ are earned as follows:
- $25 DeltaDollar$ credit is assigned to each municipality for every representative in attendance at the trainings. Each attendee, per municipality, is counted once per training session.
- DeltaDollar$ are awarded after representation at a minimum of four trainings during the 2017-18 program (credits do not carry over into the next program year).
- DeltaDollar$ are not transferrable and are awarded to municipalities in the form of an Office Depot gift card to support the office needs of the local City Hall, OR a registration stipend for mayors and/or city alderpersons/city councilpersons attending MML’s 87th Annual Conference, June 25 – 27, 2018, Biloxi, MS.