March In-Person Training: Envisioning Communities of Tomorrow

Join us for a half-day seminar discussing how to create the future of local government services. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 AM with the training beginning at 9:00. Tickets are $35 each. Event registration is online here.

The Problem: A centuries-old orthodoxy rules over the daily affairs of local government decision-making and service delivery. Local government orthodoxy, a belief system that honors the present moment over cost-effective change and public-centered innovation, allows its adherents to apply the next big thing so long as it’s consistent with the organization’s culture and approved by its hierarchy. Local governments are more likely to preserve and protect the status quo, not directly challenge or change it. Consequently, the future is beholden to present mindsets.

The Solution: In this fast-paced, interactive, and content-rich seminar, Peter Burchard will explore the essential history of self-government – a concept that now impedes intergovernmental cooperation, cost reduction, and innovation. Importantly, Peter will present a model(s) that can enable local governments to improve their efficiency and effectiveness and thereby make it possible for lower-cost service delivery and more meaningful intergovernmental cooperation.

This seminar is divided into three parts: Part 1: Innovating the Innovator. Part 2: A Model Local Government Organization. Part 3: Cooperation – not Consolidation.

Peter Burchard is the past village manager in Hoffman Estates and city manager in Naperville. After thirty years in local government, Peter pursued his other passion as the chief operating officer of inVentiv Medical Management in Augusta, Georgia. Returning to Illinois, Peter taught local government innovation and ethics at Northern Illinois University. Peter also started his own multi-sector consulting firm, where he focuses on executive coaching and organizational improvement.
Peter’s experience includes six years as a board member (three as chair) of a Chicago area hospital, board member of the Suburban Law Enforcement Agency, instructing Chinese delegations in American government (pre-pandemic), elected to the National Honor Society for Public Administration, a Public Service Education Fellow, and past Treasurer of the NIU Foundation. Peter is writing a book on how to improve and innovate local government governance and services.