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.

First Semester Schedule | January – June 2020

Planning Postponed – new date TBD Ethics on Tap TBD An informal discussion about ethics, their purpose and related issues facing planners.
General Government Wednesday, May 6 Americans with Disabilities Act: Disability Awareness Training 9:30 am – 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, June 4



Development for Elected Officials

11:00 am – 12:00 pm The top ten things that elected leaders need to know about economic development (content from NLC report).
General Government Thursday, June 4 Opportunity Zones: Show Me the Money! 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Opportunity zones are here to stay. What’s next and how do we participate?
Planning Thursday, June 18 Regional Impact Projects: Who Knows What and When? 11:30 am – 1:00 pm What do you want to know about major developments in a neighboring communities and when?


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, except for Ethics on Tap (location TBD). 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