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What Can VIG Help You Do? 

The Virginia Institute of Government and our external partners have extensive experience working with local government organizations to build capacity and develop leaders.  We offer a range of consultation services, including:

  • facilitating board/council and leadership team retreats
  • developing and implementing strategic plans
  • conducting diversity, equity, and inclusion forums and training

We also offer a wide range of professional development and training activities for elected officials and employees at all levels of your organization. 

Does Your Locality Need Help?

Let Us Help You Build Capacity

2023 Consulting Engagements

We can customize a program specifically for your locality. 

Strategic planning facilitation for governing bodies
  • Dumfries Town Council: February and August
  • Salem City Council: March
  • Vinton Town Council: March
  • Tappahannock Town Council and Essex County Board of Supervisors: August
Leadership support to local government professional staff
  • Pittsylvania County Administration: January-March
    • Facilitated executive team strategic planning session
    • Interviewed leadership team and provided feedback regarding operational best practices
Economic development coordination
  • King and Queen County: April – September
    • Facilitated economic development community stakeholder meeting
    • Facilitated joint strategic planning session of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and Economic Development Authority 
Municipal election system review
  • Virginia Beach City Council:  January - June
    • VIG partnered with Center for Survey Research and the UVA Law School complete a community survey, facilitate twelve community input sessions, and complete a legal review of federal, state, and local election laws.
Housing Issues for Local Governments
  • Virginia Housing and the Virginia Municipal League: December
    • Facilitating a state-wide housing stakeholder session


Meet Our Consultants


Cynthia Epps Hudson Headshot

Cynthia Epps Hudson

Virginia Institute of Government

Suzette Denslow

Virginia Institute of Government