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About The UT Institute for Public Service

The statewide UT Institute for Public Service (IPS) provides university expertise for communities and workplaces by consulting daily with government, law enforcement and industry leaders. In fiscal year 2016, IPS services contributed more than $1.2 billion to Tennessee’s economy as local governments and industries increased revenue, won contracts or reduced operating costs. For nearly 60 years, IPS agencies have led the university’s outreach efforts, extending the university to all communities in the state. So please take a moment to learn more about what we do. We might be helping your community right now.

The Institute for Public Service (IPS)

IPS plays a key role in the public service component of the University of Tennessee by assisting city and county governments in Tennessee and by training law enforcement personnel on a local, regional and national level. With offices in every region of the state, IPS also helps Tennessee manufacturers reduce costs and increase revenue.

Mission Statement

We serve business and government to improve the lives of Tennesseans.

Vision Statement

We envision Tennessee as a global leader with thriving business and industry, efficient and effective government, and vibrant communities.

Values Statement

At the Institute for Public Service we value people, diversity, relationships, integrity, and excellence.

The focus on prevention and control of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has highlighted the importance of having access to online opportunities for professional development. The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership has online certificates that provide relevant, remote, and high-quality training that can be completed anytime, anywhere! We have a wide variety of class offerings for all professional levels. Check out our website and social media for more information.

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