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Professional Development Program

The Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association (VGFOA) has partnered with the Virginia Institute of Government (VIG), a unit of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, to design and deliver a new and exciting series of professional and personal development programs focused on addressing a variety of topics critical to today’s government finance professionals.

In the initial year of the partnership, VIG will offer four workshops that will focus on professional and personal development. Courses will address topics such setting priorities, understanding communication styles using the DISC model, engaging and motivating employees, and leadership skills. Workshops will be designed in collaboration with VGFOA leadership and will be available on-line using a combination of platforms – live Zoom classes, online materials and videos, individual coaching sessions, and group discussions. These programs will strengthen the current offerings of VGFOA, building on the Association’s history of providing relevant and timely professional education offerings to its members through conferences and the VGFOA certification program.

About the Virginia Institute of Government

The Virginia Institute of Government (VIG) was established in 1994, by the Virginia General Assembly, to provide training, technical assistance, and information resources to its member local governments. Due to the changing needs of Virginia communities over the last quarter century, the Institute has expanded beyond its original mission. The goal of VIG is to become the central navigator for local governments to assist in building governance capacity and developing dynamic leaders at all levels. This will be achieved by curating a portfolio of services, partnerships, and best practices that provide value to its members.

VIG houses the Senior Executive Institute and LEAD programs that provide professional development to local government leaders from communities across the country. Their staff also provides support to the continuing education programs for the Treasurers Association of Virginia and the Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia.