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Continuing a 90-year tradition of extending university resources, K-State Research and Extension created the Office of Local Government in 1997. The OLG program makes explicit K-State Research and Extension's commitment to enhance community economic viability by offering assistance to local governments, a vital partner in the continuing endeavor to strengthen communities.

The goal of the Office of Local Government is to enhance the economic viability of Kansas communities and improving the quality of life for the citizens who live there by strengthening local government institutions.

OLG provides educational outreach, technical assistance, applied research, and information and referral services to city and county governments, local organizations, the county Extension network and citizens throughout Kansas.

Dr. John Leatherman delivers outreach education programs and conducts applied research related to local economic development policy and practice; public finance and public service provision; and environmental/water quality and local/regional planning. His research interests include state and local public finance; state, regional and local economic development policy; the use of analytical tools (e.g., economic and fiscal impact analysis) to improve local decision-making; and the creation of advanced regional economic models for policy analysis.

Rebecca Bishop is the Local Government/Public Finance specialist. Through publications and community outreach, she helps community leaders understand trends in local government finance. She received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University.