Gateway for Civic Leaders and Interested Citizens

The Institute sponsors public events where scholars, policymakers, and civic leaders discuss key issues, organizes training programs for local officials, maintains an online database on scholarly research about the region, and produces publications that summarize new scholarly research in timely and accessible ways. Members of the Institute’s staff also serve on civic advisory committees, help local officials and civic leaders access scholarly expertise, and work with the media to improve coverage of key issues.