An Inside Look at the Certified Local Government Program

Note: This session is part of a three-part series for local governments, entitled "Lessons for Local Governments." Register for all three and save over 20% on the series. AIA and AICP continuing education credits will be available. The Certified Local Government (CLG) Program was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to help municipalities become empowered in their preservation planning activities and to assure support from the State Office of Historic Preservation.  This 90-minute webinar will provide an overview of the CLG Program, from its beginnings in the 1960s to its present-day status throughout the United States; its demonstrated effect on historic preservation in American communities; and will present tools and tips from CLG Program applicants and reviewers.

Learning Objectives

  1. Start the application and early steps necessary to become a Certified Local Government (CLG) in California
  2. Understand the impact of the program on local governments in order to advocate and encourage stakeholders to become a CLG
  3. Make use of tools and tips to streamline the application process and maintain your status as a CLG
  4. Take the necessary steps prior to the application, including the formation of a board or commission and establishment of a preservation ordinance


  • Shannon Lauchner, California Office of Historic Preservation
  • Ken Lyon, Planner, City of Palm Springs
  • Megan Brown, CLG Coordinator, National Park Service

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