CCOG University was created to serve as a regional professional development resource for local government staff, elected officials, managers and professional planners. There are two training session tracks: one for general government and one for professional planners (AICP credits available). Both provide opportunities to learn about topics that support our region’s communities and improve the overall health, vibrancy and resilience of the greater Charlotte region.

The objectives of CCOG U are to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills of local government staff and elected officials on important issues and managerial practices.
  • Provide a space for peer to peer learning.
  • Ensure our audience has regional access to professional development opportunities either delivered by CCOG experts or partners.

Register for Planning Track Sessions here.
Register for General Government Track Sessions here.

Planning Tuesday, August 18

(Virtual – reduced cost)

Transit & Housing: What’s the Link and Why Does it Matter? 11:30 am – 1 pm Communities along the proposed LYNX Silver Line are working to identify the best transit-oriented development patterns for their communities. What issues have come up? What decisions are they making? What can others learn from their experiences?
Planning Thursday, September 17 Planning for Resilience: What Does this Mean for the Piedmont? 11:30 am – 1 pm What is resiliency and what can your community be doing to better prepare for an uncertain future?
General Government Thursday, October 29 Americans with Disability Act and Aging Awareness Training 9:30 – 11:30 am Hear an overview of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and best practices for working with persons with disabilities.
General Government Thursday, November 19 Economic

Development for Elected Officials

11 am – Noon The top ten things that elected leaders need to know about economic development (content from NLC report).
General Government Thursday, November 19 Opportunity Zones: Show Me the Money! Noon – 1 pm Opportunity zones are here to stay. What’s next and how do we participate?
Planning Thursday, December 10 Exploring the Transportation & Health Connection 11:30 am – 1 pm Transportation impacts health directly. Hear how MPOs, DOTs and national organizations are flipping the script to increase health outcomes through changes in the transportation policy.

We are excited to serve our communities by providing accessible and high-quality professional development opportunities for local government staff and elected officials in our region. As an added benefit of CCOG membership, we are offering General Government CCOG U sessions free of charge and a discounted rate on Planning Track sessions. If you are an elected official, member government staff or staff affiliated with or funded by a member government (i.e. MPOs, RPOs), then you qualify for these member benefits.

All classes will be held at the CCOG offices, located at 9815 David Taylor Drive in Charlotte, unless otherwise noted. For in-person classes, lunch will be served during afternoon sessions and breakfast will be served during morning sessions. For more information or questions about General Government track sessions, contact Emily Parker at, and for questions about Planning track sessions, contact Jessica Hill at