Past CGS Events

Jan. 24, 2020:

Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: The Illinois City/County Management Association, Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, and the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies sponsored the Annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: Private Sector Views that Impact the Public Sector Jan. 24, 2020, at Harry Caray's, Lombard, IL. Visit the Financial Forecast Forum page for a complete wrap-up of the day's program, including photos and links to presentations.

April 3, 2017: New Perspectives on Growing Local Economies

Conference Overview (pdf); Conference Program (pdf); Speaker Bios (pdf); Illinois Tourism Presentation (pdf); Tangled Roots Presentation (pdf); Great Downtowns Growing Cities Report (pdf); An Orange Moon Presentation (video)

Nov. 14, 2016: "Civil Unrest - Is Your Community Ready?"

CGS helped facilitate "Civil Unrest-Is Your Community Ready?" Nov. 14, 2016, for the Wisconsin City/County Manager Association. Many communities facing a “man-made” crisis find they don’t have the resources to respond. John Shaw, former City Manager of Ferguson MO; Pam Hylton, former Assistant City Manager of Ferguson, MO; and Anne Marrin, Village Administrator for Fox Lake, IL, discussed what they learned when civil unrest unfolded in their communities. The event was restricted to WCMA members and their guests. Questions? Contact WCMA Executive Director Cory Poris Plasch, at CGS,

2016 Creative Enterprises and Downtown Prosperity

The creative economy is one of the most talked about topics in downtown development. What it includes and how to incorporate it into  economic growth planning and downtown revitalization are discussed in the resources listed below. For additional information contact Mim Evans,, or Norm Walzer,

2016: The Creative Economy and Downtown Workshop

Agenda (pdf); Speaker Biographies (pdf); Financial Models for Creative Enterprises (xls); Business Plan for Creative Enterprises (doc); Services for Owners of Creative Enterprises (pdf); Developing a Creative Economy presented by Pam Schallhorn, University of Illinois Extension (pdf); Architects as Creative Entrepreneurs presented by Lisa Sharp, Sharp Architects (pdf); Six Corners Chicago Revitalization, presented by Kelli Weffenstette (pdf); Creative Enconomy, presented by Anne Katz, Art Wisconsin (pdf); Creative Economy Final Report (pdf); Policy Profiles - The Back to the City Movement: Will It Help Illinois’ Smaller Cities? (pdf) 

Jan. 29, 2016: Growing Your Farmers Market Workshop

There are many ways to host and manage farmers markets and many resources available to help start or grow an existing market.  On Jan. 29, 2016, CGS hosted a workshop at the NIU Holmes Student Center that explored these topics in addition to looking at how SNAP and WIC can be implemented in your market, how to better manage your market, what farmers think about markets, and much more.  The workshop included one of the initial screenings of the new documentary, Think Globally, Eat LocallyClick here for additional information.  

2016 Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector

The Illinois City/County Managers Association and the Center for Governmental Studies Civic Leadership Academy held the 7th annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum. Industry experts from the financial, housing, automotive, land use, retail, real estate, and manufacturing sectors will on pertinent economic and financial issues affecting local governments in Illinois. Download presentations

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DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2828

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