Established in 1973, the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) is a research and public service center in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware. IPA provides direct staff assistance, research, policy analysis, training, and forums while contributing to the scholarly body of knowledge in public administration.
To meet the needs of local governments, offers several training programs for public officials and municipal staff. Training is primarily focused on targeted issues of importance for town councils and planning commissions, such as municipal planning and zoning, legal issues, economic development, and sustainability. The IPA currently offers the following training programs that help meet the needs of local governments.
View upcoming training programs on UD IPA’s Events page
The online Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox was launched in 2014 as a resource for local government officials, planning commission members, and "citizen planners" to utilize:
Complete-Communities Planning Approaches in five key areas of land use and development:
Community-Design Tools to create places that are dynamic and reflect community changes, oriented toward people not cars, reflective of a town's architectural and cultural heritage, visually attractive and enjoyable, accessible and inclusive, and economically vibrant.
Public-Engagement Strategies to actively involve citizens in a process that incorporates both "high-touch" (face-to-face) interactions and "high-tech" (online) public participation methods.
On IPA's podcast First State Insights, staff members explore diverse topics that impact Delawareans through interviews with experts in their fields.
Tune to First State Insights for information, perspectives, and analysis - "IPA" - on public policy, management, and community and economic development in Delaware.
The Delaware Training and Technical Assistance Center/Local Technical Assistance (T²/LTAP) Center at the University of Delaware is one of 51 centers in the United States funded by the Federal Highway Administration). The Center serves members of Delaware’s Transportation community, including local government public works directors, street and road maintenance superintendents and staff, municipal engineers, and transportation planners. The Delaware T²/LTAP Circuit Rider program provides training, advice, and technical assistance to address a host of technical, regulatory, procedural, and policy issues related to transportation.
View Delaware T²/LTAP Center’s website, follow on Facebook, and look for periodic email blasts for the latest training offerings, technical and safety issues in transportation, and Center happenings.
View the links to the T²/LTAP Center’s: