Drawing attention to trends and new research is an important part of SLGE’s mission. To that end, SLGE collaborates with media outlets and related organizations to promote its research and resources. SLGE’s research has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, CNBC, Bloomberg News, Fox Business, Governing Magazine, and many other outlets. State legislators and agencies, local governments, and federal and congressional entities rely on and cite SLGE’s research regularly.

SLGE also holds events and webinars to focus on timely issues, enabling state and local governments to build capacity to attract and retain the talent they need to operate in an increasingly complex word.


Press Briefing: Update on Public Sector Employee Views on Finances & Employment Outlook Due to COVID-19

Join us for a media pre-briefing on forthcoming research that examines public employee views on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new national poll finds that the pandemic and economic crisis are taking a heavy toll on the state and local workforce. The research indicates that since May, state and local workers’ negative job […]

Webinar: COVID-19 Public Sector Trends and Solutions

Register here for a webinar on January 14, 2021 as we address ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the public sector and discuss how solutions such as Impact Investing can make a difference in communities.

Webinar: Research Examines Local Government Cross-Sector Collaborations to Address Public Health Challenges

Survey with ICMA and Case Studies in Colorado, Florida and Minnesota Focus on Affordable Housing, Healthy Community Design, and Substance Misuse As the nation continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, a new report explores how local government agencies are collaborating to help address today’s greatest public health challenges. The report delivers detailed information and promising […]

Webinar: Financial Wellness Resources Available to All

A webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th at 3:00 p.m. ET to learn more about forthcoming financial wellness education and support content. Register at no charge here. These resources — part of a larger financial wellness partnership between SLGE, the National Association of State Treasurers Foundation, and the International Public Management Association for Human […]

Webinar: K-12 Public School Employee Views on Job and Benefits

SLGE hosted a webinar to discuss results from the recent poll of K-12 public school employees on their job and benefits views, both in general and in light of the ongoing pandemic’s impacts on their job satisfaction, financial condition and personal/family well-being.  Click here to access the presentation slides or on the image below to […]

Webinar: State and Local Government Employees’ Views on COVID-19

SLGE polling of state and local government employees reveals their views on how COVID-19 is impacting their work, their finances, and their families. Report author Rivka Liss-Levinson, PhD, SLGE Director of Research, and Orlando Cruz, Senior Vice President, ICMA-RC, discussed the poll’s findings in a webinar.  Click here to download the slides or click the […]

Webinar: New State & Local Government Financial Wellness Grants

A new national initiative is accepting grant proposals from state and local governments to establish or improve employee financial wellness programs. Up to 26 grants will be offered for a one-year, non-renewable initiative. The grant funding amount is based on jurisdiction workforce size, with up to $100,000 available for state and local governments with 2,500 or more employees.
A webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2020 to review the grant proposal process and respond to questions.

Webinar: State and Local Workforce, 2020 Survey

New research from finds a steady increase in telework among state and local government employees (27 percent), the highest share since 2016 (22 percent). This practice is more common in state agencies (64 percent) than local jurisdictions (19 percent). The increase may relate to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that overlapped with this research. […]

Webinar: A Focus on Public Sector Financial Wellness Programs

A webinar discussing A Focus on Public Sector Financial Wellness Programs: Employee Needs and Preferences detailed the results of a national survey of 507 state and local government employees assessing their needs and preferences regarding employer-based financial literacy and education programs. Authored by Rivka Liss-Levinson, Ph.D., director of research with the Center for State and […]

Webinar: Public Health Workforce – Current Characteristics and Projected Growth

As the nation faces increased strains on its public health workforce from the COVID-19 outbreak, this new primer describes the current public health workforce size, expectations for growth, employee demographics, job tenure, and the skill sets most in demand. This description is offered against the broader backdrop of the overall state and local government sector. […]

Webinar: Medicare Marketplaces for State and Local Government Retiree Health Care

As many state and local governments face inadequate funding levels for retiree health care obligations, a new report and webinar offer policymakers with a guide to individual Medicare marketplaces. These marketplaces are one option for public employers and retirement systems to consider as they look to contain health care costs and create a better value […]

Webinar: Innovations in the Health and Human Services Workforce

State and local governments face greater competition for talent even as the demand for specialized health and human services (HHS) jobs grows, according to a new report from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and Kronos.  The research includes examples of successful retention strategies and innovation, and it highlights the key drivers […]

Webinar: Proactive Pension Management

SLGE hosted a webinar discussing the report Proactive Pension Management: An Elected Official’s Guide to Variable Benefit and Contribution Arrangements.  The webinar included SLGE staff, as well as Paula Sanford, Ph.D., Senior Public Service Associate, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia; and Anna Petrini, Senior Policy Specialist Employment, Labor and Retirement Program, National […]

Webinar: State and Local Workforce Survey Results

Government agencies face special challenges in recruiting, retaining, and retiring employees.  The annual SLGE survey on workforce issues explores those challenges, along with effective strategies, benefits structures, and flexible work arrangements.  Join SLGE and our survey partners, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and the National Association of State Personnel Executives for a […]

Webinar: Public Employee Attitudes Toward Retirement and Auto-Enrollment

A survey by SLGE and ICMA-RC finds nearly half of state and local employees approve of auto-enrollment in defined contribution plans, known as Supplemental Retirement Plans (SRPs), and 77 percent would choose to stay in a plan if auto-enrolled. Few states currently offer auto-enrollment in SRPs, a retirement plan feature that is widely available in […]

Save-the-Date: 8th World Pensions Forum – May 23 and 24, 2019

Recent Center for State and Local Government Excellence research to be presented at the upcoming World Pensions Forum, May 23 and 24, 2019.

Media Briefing: Retirement Trends for Public Employees

A plan sponsor, researcher and financial services executive look ahead

Public Sector Workforce 2030: Planning for the Next Generation of State and Local Government Employees, September 26th and 27th, 2019

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence, the National League of Cities, and ICMA-RC hosted a workforce summit September 27, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Webinar: Financial Literacy Programs for Local Government Employees

SLGE staff hosted a free webinar on Wednesday, February 6, to discuss the findings from a new report on financial literacy programs for local government employees.  The webinar reviewed key survey findings and present seven recommendations to strengthen employee financial literacy programs.  Click here to download the report or presentation slides. “Local government employees deliver critical […]

Pension Academy

SLGE President Joshua Franzel, PhD, was one of the featured speakers at a Pension Academy being presented at the Connecticut State Capitol on Friday, January 11.

Webcast: Overcoming Top Workforce Challenges

SLGE Director of Research Rivka Liss-Levinson, Ph. D., participated in a panel discussion with Route Fifty on “Overcoming Top Workforce Challenges in State and Local Government.”  Click here to view a recording.

Webinar: Post-Retirement Reemployment

SLGE and NASRA presented the results of a study on post-retirement reemployment in state and local government in a webinar on Wednesday, December 12, at 1pm EST.  This event was geared toward state and local government elected and appointed officials and staff. 

Webinar: Post-Retirement Reemployment

SLGE and NASRA presented the results of a study on post-retirement reemployment in state and local government in a webinar on Wednesday, November 28.  This event was geared toward the academic and research community.

Webinar: Workforce of the Future

As a companion to the report Workforce of the Future: Strategies to Manage Change, SLGE conducted a webinar on October 1, 2018.  This session reviewed research that examines how state and local government leaders are shifting from a transactional to strategic approach to adapt to changing workforce demographics and increased competition for talent.  Download the full […]

SLGE Presentations and Discussions at the 2018 ICMA Annual Conference

As part of the ICMA conference in Baltimore, September 23-26, 2018, SLGE staff will participate in or convene discussions around financial literacy programs for local government workers, the state of local retirement and health benefits, and non-traditional approaches to staffing. ‘Structuring Retirement Benefits to Support Talent Management’ (with ICMA-RC) – Monday, September 24 2:45 PM – 3:45 […]

Webinar: SLGE and NLC Share Retirement and Benefits Research

Local government retirement and benefits research by SLGE and the National League of Cities was recently shared in a webinar on ‘The State of Local Retirement and Health Benefits’. A copy of the slide deck is available here.

Webinar: State and Local Government Workforce – 2018 Data and 10 Year Trends

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence hosted a webinar to review and discuss the new report – State and Local Government Workforce: 2018 Data and 10 Year Trends. For more information, please view the recording of the full webinar and download the webinar’s slide deck.

Webinar: Succession Planning

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE), the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, and Kronos share the findings of a October 2017 report on Succession Planning. This webinar describes: Leadership’s role in assessing, communicating, and supporting employee development The importance of employee engagement in talent development Innovative approaches to train and educate […]

Retirement (In)Security Summit: State and Local Governments Tackle Retirement Preparedness and Workforce Challenges

On October 2, 2017, SLGE held a Retirement (In)Security Summit in order to explore the implications of changing demographics, pension and health benefit trends and issues, and what strategies are effective in boosting retirement savings. Welcome: Joshua Franzel, President and CEO, The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) Economic Challenges Facing Retirees and the Need for […]

Webinar: Using Public Plans Data to Understand the Funding of State & Local Pensions

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) share their newest pension research and highlight “quick facts” from In addition to looking at pension funding trends and payments of the employer’s required contribution, CRR researchers share how new pension accounting standards affect the funded […]

Webinar: What’s New in

On May 19, 2016, SLGE and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College partnered to offer a free webinar showing users the new features and data sets that have been added to, including: (1) a map showing which state retirement plans are covered by Social Security and which ones are not; (2) retirement system […]

Webinar: The Facts on Public Pensions

Public pensions continue to be a topic of great concern to state policymakers across the country. Struggling from years of insufficient contributions, combined with longer-living retiree populations, many states face mounting public pension liabilities. Understanding how your state’s plan compares to others around the country and having access to reliable data about pension plans are […]

Webinar: Workforce of Tomorrow

The Local Government Research Collaborative hosted a webinar on February 16, 2016 featuring SLGE’s “Workforce of Tomorrow” report. SLGE President/CEO Elizabeth Kellar reviewed the report’s findings and six action strategies. A panel of local government management experts described how they compete for talent and how to engage and manage that talent. Speakers: Karen Thoreson, Alliance for Innovation […]

Webinar: Using Data to Guide Decisions and Tell Your Pension Plan’s Story

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence and its partners guide participants through Public Plans Data, a free, publicly accessible online database of financial, actuarial, and governance data for the nation’s largest public pensions plans, demonstrating how state and local governments local governments can use the tool to put pension data into context.  Speakers show how Public Plans Data can be used […]

Retirement Security Summit: The Evolving Social Contract

On June 9, 2015, SLGE convened a Retirement Security Summit in order to explore pension and health benefit changes, retirement income trends, the implications of shifting demographics, and the evolving social contract with employees. Program Moderator: Peter Harkness, Founder and Publisher Emeritus, Governing magazine Welcome: Elizabeth Kellar, President & CEO, Center for State and Local Government Excellence Introduction: Robert O’Neill, […]

Webinar: Retirement Confidence of State and Local Government Workers

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence and TIAA-CREF Institute discuss the findings of a recent survey report that examined the employment and retirement planning and saving experiences of state and local government workers, as well as their confidence in their retirement income prospects. Speakers: Paul J. Yakoboski, Ph.D., Senior Economist, TIAA-CREF Institute Joshua M. Franzel, Ph.D., Vice […]

Webinar: Recruitment and Retention Challenges and Successes in the Local Health Department Workforce

A webinar based on a joint Center/University of Illinois at Chicago report, Local Health Department Workforce Recruitment and Retention: Challenges and Opportunities. The report found that local health departments face significant workforce recruitment, retention, and succession planning challenges as they try to meet increasing service demands within continued fiscal constraints. Speakers: Joshua Franzel, PhD, Vice President […]

Webinar: Auto Features in Public Sector Retirement Savings Plans

This webinar offers a review of promising practices for automatic features in public sector defined contribution plans.

Future of Retirement Summit

The Center convened a Future of Retirement Summit to address the workforce, legal, financial, policy, and political challenges facing local and state governments as they retool their retirement benefits. Program Moderator: Peter Harkness, Founder and Publisher Emeritus, Governing magazine Welcome and Introduction: Elizabeth Kellar, President & CEO, Center for State and Local Government Excellence [download pdf of presentation] Session 1: Public […]

Center Recognizes Local Governments for Workforce Excellence

Governments cultivating workforce and planning for future needs within financial realities The City and County of San Francisco was the recipient of the Center’s inaugural Local Government Workforce Excellence Award in recognition of its comprehensive approach to its workforce challenges The award included complimentary training and professional development programs offered by the partner organizations supporting […]