Local Government Leadership Institute

About LGLI

Who We Are

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.

The purpose of the Local Government Leadership Institute at Delta State University 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 provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve the following:

  • More knowledgeable, skilled, and effective municipal leadership and management;
  • Better‐run Delta towns and cities with a regional approach to economic success;
  • 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.

What We Do

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 offers its service in the following ways: monthly workshops and trainings, information and resources, and opportunities for networking and collaboration.

Who We Serve

The Local Government Leadership Institute serves the eighteen counties of the Mississippi Delta Area identified by the Delta Council.  Those counties include: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphries, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo.