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County Officials Workshops May 2016

County Officials Workshops
May 2016

Listen. Learn. Lead. This one-day workshop is a unique opportunity for both newly elected county government officials and veterans of the county board to learn from experienced educators about best practices and avoiding the pitfalls of governance.

Topics

  • Roles and Responsibilities of County Board Supervisors
  • The County Budgeting Process
  • The Ins and Outs of Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law
  • Running and Participating in Effective Meetings
  • Wisconsin's Public Records Law
  • Ethics and Conflicts of Interest
  • Techniques in Civic Engagement
  • State and County Issues Update

Registration fee is $75.00, ($85.00 for late registration less than 7 days prior to the workshop date). For more complete program information, download the County Officials Workshops brochure.

For more information about the workshops, visit our Workshops page.

TO REGISTER: Locations and Dates Follow the link to your desired location and use the brown "Register" button near the bottom of the page.

or fax registration form to 608-663-7189.

Board of Review Training 2015-2016 Board of Review Training 2015-2016

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has approved reissuing the 2016 Board of Review Training DVD and materials from UW-Extension's Local Government Center for certified training of Board of Review members in 2016. There were no changes in the law since the video and materials were produced in 2015. User evaluations showed enthusiastic approval of the video format. read more

ORDER THE DVD and MATERIALS from the Learning Store
In 2016 the training is by video in DVD format with printed materials that include forms and instructions for DOR certification. You can order the DVD and materials from the Learning Store. The items are available now and will mail out first class from Madison.

Training is valid for two years from the training date.

Read more about the DVD.

Local Land Use Planning and Zoning WisLines

Local Land Use Planning and Zoning
Spring 2016

For local government officials, planners, attorneys and interested citizens.

A WisLine is a live teleconference offered by the UW-Extension that you attend using your home or office telephone.

Topics

  • Understanding Local Sign Codes Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Promoting Local Protection of Wetlands and Updates to the Shoreland Zoning Program Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Housing and the Community Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Community Vitality and Placemaking Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Case Law and Legislative Update Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

For more information about the WisLine format, visit our Distance Education page.

Each teleconference is $20. For more complete program information, download the Local Land Use brochure.

TO REGISTER: Register online or call 608-262-0810 to register by phone.

Current Issues Audiostreams Available Order October 2015 Presentations Now

Engaging the Public When Issues Get "Wicked" presented by Bill Rizzo October 5, 2015. Order the audiostream from the Learning Store.

Determining Local Options for Implements of Husbandrypresented by Cheryl Skjolaas and Lee Turonie, October 12, 2015. Order the audiostream from the Learning Store.

Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials

Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials
Fall 2015/Winter 2016

This series covers timely topics Wisconsin local governments will face this fall and winter. Each program includes time for questions and answers and are moderated by UW-Extension's Local Government staff.

Topics

  • Engaging the Public When Issues Get "Wicked" Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Determining Local Options for Implements of Husbandry Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Life After Prevailing Wage & Public Works Bid Basics Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Fundamentals and Applications of Strategic Planning in Wisconsin Local Governments Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Stakeholder-Centered Community Marketing Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A WisLine is a live teleconference offered by the UW-Extension that you attend using your home or office telephone. For more information about the WisLine format, visit our Distance Education page.

Each teleconference is $20. For more complete program information, download the Current Issues brochure.

TO REGISTER: Register online or call 608-262-0810 to register by phone.

Deliberative Government Techniques Assist Town of Liberty Grove Local Government Specialist Bill Rizzo has been working with the Town of Liberty Grove to implement deliberative government practices to make sure that the voices of concerned town citizens are heard before action is taken by the town government. In this case, the hearing process was changed to allow for more citizen input into the town budget.

Read more from the Door County Daily News.

Open Meetings Training when it's convenient for your Board Don't have time to schedule Open Meetings training? Tired of reading complex statutes but need some quality training on Wisconsin Open Meetings Law? The Local Government Center has the solution. The Local Government Center has produced an informative and enjoyable 10-part video, each approx. 5 minutes in length, available on DVD, addressing Open Meetings Law with actors in a realistic setting, portraying real-world scenarios, followed by an explanation and analysis by an experienced attorney. Check out a preview of this exciting and convenient video. A perfect way to provide needed training to your entire elected body, a copy of this video can be obtained through your county UW-Extension educator.
   

UW-Extension's Local Government Center helps educate members of the public in Wisconsin, in particular locally elected or appointed officials and those who aspire to hold office, about local government structures, laws, and procedures in the State of Wisconsin. Whether you are a high school student writing a report, a resident contemplating running for your town board, an official looking up procedures, or a UW-Extension educator developing a presentation, we hope you will find what you need here.

Since its inception in 1997, the Local Government Center has partnered with county UW-Extension offices, the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Wisconsin Counties Association, and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, in providing education and information to Wisconsin local governments.



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