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Training and Education

Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware

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.


UD IPA Local Government Training Programs

Participants in an IPA training program

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.

  • Delaware Certificate in Local Government:​ This certificate program recognizes local officials for their participation in IPA’s annual series of training courses. In order to achieve the Local Government Leadership certificate, an individual must complete a minimum of five planning-related courses, two non-planning related courses, and attend the Institute for Local Government Leaders.​ Contact Sean O’Neill
  • Delaware Certificate in Planning Education​​: This certificate program is earned by completing five planning-related courses included in IPA’s annual series of training courses. Contact Sean O’Neill
  • Municipal Clerks Institute: Offered annually, the three-year 40-hour Municipal Clerks Certificate Training Program satisfies the educational requirements for the designation of the Certified Municipal Clerk (MCM) and Master Municipal Clerks. Contact Julia O’Hanlon​

View upcoming training programs on UD IPA’s events page


Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox

Complete Communities Toolbox Video

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:

    • Complete Streets
    • Efficient Land Use
    • Healthy and Livable
    • Inclusive and Active
    • Sustainable and Resilient

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.


First State Insights

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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. 


Delaware T²/LTAP Center

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:


Matt Carter, T² Engineer
(302) 831-7236