Hello friends of ILG,
We hope you enjoyed a rejuvenating Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones and had a chance to reflect on what you are most grateful for. We at ILG continue to be grateful for the commitment of our team and the collaboration of our local government partners who are making an impact across the state. We are also reflecting on 2022 and the important work we have left in the remainder of the year.
ILG will share a comprehensive year in review snapshot in January, but in the meantime, we want to highlight some progress our pillars have made this year. Our Sustainability pillar has continued their important work supporting climate action in low-capacity communities with technical assistance via the BOOST Program, securing $12 million in grant funding for climate resilient communities. Our Leadership and Governance pillar has successfully delivered numerous AB 1234 and AB 1661 mandated trainings across the state and have released many valuable good governance resources this year. We also led many important conversations, panels, webinars and convenings around civility, equity, cultural intelligence and bridging divides.
Our Workforce and Civics Education pillar launched Summer JAM, the pillar’s first civics education program for high schoolers in many years, and we have also remained focused on building an equitable onramp to the public sector for people of all ages and backgrounds. Through our workforce collaboratives and educational webinars, we’re leaning into the many important workforce development opportunities that exist as workplace expectations evolve post-COVID. We’re especially excited about leveraging public sector apprenticeships as a tool for upskilling, recruiting and retaining local government staff.
Our Public Engagement pillar hosted two sold out TIERS public engagement trainings that helped equip dozens of local government leaders with the tools to authentically engage their communities in a hybrid world. And we helped expand climate resilience, clean mobility and equitable transportation in cities like Stockton and San Diego. Last, but not least, we published our updated Planning Commissioners Handbook and trained over 1,000 new and seasoned planning commissioners at dozens of in-person trainings across the state.
In short, we remain focused on cities, counties and special districts.
ILG thanks all the local governments we have engaged with this year for their thought leadership and collaboration. We look forward to continuing the momentum in 2023. We wish you all a happy holiday season!
Note: ILG’s offices will be closed December 24-January 2. We look forward to connecting with you once we return on January 3.
Erica L. Manuel