In October 2000, the MSU College of Letters & Science, the Political Science Department, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs entered into an agreement that formalized the relationship between MSU Extension and the Local Government Center. MSU Extension has provided significant support to the Local Government Center. In 2006, Extension Director and Vice Provost Douglas Steele placed Dr. Paul Lachapelle, Community Development Specialist, in the Local Government Center. This has resulted in a very productive partnership, including collaboration on trainings for local elected officials and publications.
The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) and the Local Government Center collaborate on a number of projects, including a 20-hour Certification for County Commissioners curriculum.
Montana Association of Clerks of District Court
Local Government Center staff have periodically provided ethics training at the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers semi-annual Institute. Additionally, an issue of the Montana Policy Review dealt with ethics issues for the training of their officers.
The Local Government Center administers a yearly Treasurers Certification School for the MCTA.