About The UT Institute for Public Service
The Institute for Public Service (IPS) serves as the public service outreach source for The University of Tennessee. Through its five agencies, IPS assists city and county governments in Tennessee, trains law enforcement personnel on a local, regional and national level, and helps Tennessee manufacturers reduce costs and increase revenue.
Center for Industrial Services – CIS
UT CIS helps companies and communities succeed, grow and create high quality jobs by providing consulting, training and connecting services across the state. Whether you want to improve productivity on the plant floor, comply with safety or environmental regulations, navigate the federal procurement process, introduce a new product, or improve your economic development potential, CIS has the expertise to help you succeed.
County Technical Advisory Service – CTAS
County Technical Assistance Services (CTAS) provides technical consulting and training to assist officials in all areas of county government operations – from transportation and solid waste issues to capital building project budgets and legal issues. offers assistance in every aspect of county government finance— budgeting, purchasing, investing, debt management, insurance and risk management.
Law Enforcement Innovation Center – LEIC
The UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) is an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service at the University of Tennessee. LEIC expands capabilities of law enforcement personnel by providing training that improves the quality of policing. Using the nation’s best instructors and consultants, LEIC develops curricula for courses that can be delivered nationwide.
Municipal Technical Advisory Service – MTAS
MTAS is the resource for cities, towns and state agencies on municipal services and issues in Tennessee. This agency provides unsurpassed technical expertise on municipal government in the state and in the nation with the quality and cost savings of a centralized source of service. MTAS assists cities and towns with the training and information necessary to support informed decisions, and develops valuable solutions to the issues and concerns facing these communities.
Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership – NCEL
The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) provides training and professional development for leaders at all levels, from the emerging supervisor to the experienced executive. Its expertise has helped hundreds of dedicated professionals in public service improve their leadership skills. The center promotes creative leadership, managerial effectiveness, professional skills enhancement and lifelong development for individuals and their organizations.
Tennessee Language Center – TLC
The UT Tennessee Language Center serves Tennessee by coordinating and providing foreign language skills needed by state government, doing research into the most effective methods of foreign language instruction and disseminating that information, and improving the language skills and teaching methods of foreign language instructors at all levels in the state’s schools, colleges and universities.
Select from the links on the left to learn more about the UT IPS agencies.