Local Government Services & Resources


The Center for Public Service offers a wide range of on-demand services and resources for Oregon’s local governments. Take advantage of interactive training or custom consulting assistance in any of these areas:

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Community-Building and Community Engagement

  • Techniques for community-building sessions to deal with difficult challenges
  • Establishment of citizen involvement plans
  • Encouraging input and involvement by hard-to-reach communities
  • Developing a Citizens Academy
  • Getting things done through collaboration and partnerships
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Governing Board Effectiveness

  • Owning and implementing the board’s policy agenda
  • Strategic planning and goal-setting
  • Effective team and interpersonal relationships
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Managing the Organization

  • Customized program analysis research and consulting
  • Process improvement
  • Development of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plans
  • Cultural competence training
  • Managing cybersecurity risks
  • Municipal code updating (removal of bias, elimination of outdated sections, improving clarity of language)
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Human Resources

  • Compensation studies; updating compensation and classification systems
  • Addressing pay equity
  • Updated and useful job descriptions
  • Recruiting top talent
  • Alternatives to the traditional annual review process
  • Advanced topics in HR
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Budget and Finance

  • Development of general fund forecasting models for strategic financial planning
  • Implementation of Expenditure Control Budgeting and other alternatives to top-down budget management
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  • Solid waste reduction and recycling
  • Development of climate action plans

Useful links:

CPS Consulting Services
Public Service Fellowships
Hatfield Fellowship (32-week resident fellowship)
Oregon Summer Fellowship
Executive Master of Public Administration
Professional Certificate Programs
--Collaborative Governance

CPS Centers and Units
--Mark O. Hatfield Center for Cybersecurity
--Community Environment Services (solid waste research, climate action plans)

Other Centers:
National Policy Consensus Center
--Oregon Solutions
PSU Population Research Center
Center for Women's Leadership


For more information on the services and programs of the Center for Public Service, please contact:

Sara Saltzberg, Director, Center for Public Service, ssaltz@pdx.edu
Scott Lazenby, Local Government Projects Manager, slazenby@pdx.edu