The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is launching the state’s only local government-specific nationally recognized chief information officer certificate program for local government information officers. The Certified Government Chief Information Officer program incorporates 12 sessions covering 240 hours of study that include online moderated sessions, in-person classes, self-paced online courses, developmental assessments and a capstone project. The in-person classes will be held during the Georgia Government Management Information Sciences’ fall and spring conferences, starting in October. A national professional development organization, the Public Technology Institute, has accepted UGA’s CGCIO™ program in its Consortium for State and Local Government Technology Leadership Development.