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Local Land Use Planning and Zoning Teleconferences

Local Land Use Planning and Zoning
Winter-Spring 2017

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

These programs are offered by teleconference and are audio-only. You attend using your home or office telephone.


  • Ethics and Open Government Laws for Planning Body Members Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Insights on Recent Changes to Wisconsin Land Use Law Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Cooperative Boundary Agreements Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Case Law and Legislative Update Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Business Improvement Districts and Main Streets Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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

Each teleconference is $20. For more information about each teleconference, download the 2017 Local Land Use, Planning and Zoning brochure

REGISTER ONLINE or call 608-262-0810.

2016-2017 Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies

2016 Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies
Monthly Teleconferences from October 4, 2016 through July 18, 2017

Hear experts discuss issues of current concern to local government officials in Wisconsin--from elections to broadband to road funding. LGICS video

There will be time for questions. All teleconferences are on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.

  • Voter Registration and I.D., October 4, 2016
  • Broadband in Rural Wisconsin: Taking Steps Forward, November 15, 2016
  • Assessing And Addressing Local Service Needs, December 20, 2016
  • Fire and EMS Planning Amid Changing Demographics, January 17, 2017
  • Cybersecurity, February 21, 2017
  • Managing Public Records, March 21, 2017
  • Manure Management: Issues for Local Officials, April 18, 2017
  • Road and Transportation Funding, May 16, 2017
  • Filling Our Shoes: Where will the next generation of local officials come from? June 20, 2017
  • How to Use State Contracts for Local Government Purchasing, July 18, 2017

These teleconferences are audio-only. You attend by telephone. Connection information and reference materials are sent one week before the presentation.

Register online or call 608-262-0810.

Registration fee is $20.00, ($150.00 if you register for all ten).

For more information about each teleconference, download the 2016 Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies teleconference series brochure.

LGC Research presented at Wisconsin Counties Association Annual Conference

Dan Hill presents research on Women Running for Public Office

Multiple studies have documented the disproportionately low number of women holding state and federal elective offices. According to the Wisconsin Women’s Council, this is also true of local elective offices in Wisconsin. Studies have shown that women who run for office win elections at equal rates as men. These facts lead to a basic question: why don’t more women run for local office in Wisconsin? The answer is a combination of real and perceived barriers.

The barriers to women running for office have been studied at the state and national level. However, The UW-Extension Local Government Center’s research is the first attempt to learn more about the local level. The findings reveal that in addition to systemic barriers, such as time away from work and family, many women indicated concern regarding their ability to serve on a local governing body. Additionally, the study explores perceptions around the skills needed for success in a campaign and elected office. Finally, it shows that potential women candidates may be more qualified than they realize.

This research has been highlighted in the monthly magazines of the Wisconsin Counties Association, the Wisconsin Towns Association, and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, and Madison Magazine. On Monday, September 26, 2016 Dan Hill and Jenny Erickson discussed their research at the Wisconsin Counties Association Annual Conference.

Jenny Erickson, Associate Professor Department of Community Resource Development, Sauk County
Dan Hill, Professor Department of Community Resource Development, Local Government Center
Victoria Solomon, Assistant Professor Department of Community Resource Development, Green County

2016 Fall Town and Village Workshops September 13-29

2016 Fall Town and Village Workshops
September 13-29

Important information for new and continuing board members, chairs, clerks and treasurers in the form of in-person, one-day workshops.


  • Legislative Update
  • Budget Basics for Board Members
  • Connecting with the Public on Your Tough Issues
  • Bidding Basics
  • Closed Sessions-The DOs and DON'Ts
  • Budget Basics for Clerks and Treasurers
  • Dept. of Revenue Update
  • Get the Answers (to your budget and financial administration questions)

Nine Locations across Wisconsin

  • Green Bay, September 13
  • Stevens Point, September 14
  • Eau Claire, September 15
  • Cable, September 20
  • Minocqua, September 21
  • Wabeno, September 22
  • Ripon, September 27
  • Mineral Point, September 28
  • Tomah, September 29

Registration fee is $65.00, ($75.00 for late registration less than 7 days prior to the workshop date).

Registration is by mail or fax through the Wisconsin Towns Association. For registration form and for more complete program information, download the 2016 Town and Village Workshops brochure.

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.

Wisconsin Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing Wisconsin Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing

Prepare for your municipality's review and issuing of alcohol beverage licenses by learning the statutory requirements for alcoholic beverage licenses, municipal licensing actions, recent court decisions and legislative changes.

Presented by Attorney Carol Nawrocki, Wisconsin Towns Association; Attorney Claire Silverman, League of Wisconsin Municipalities; and Tom Ourada, Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Live attendance is $20. A PDF of the materials will be emailed with the connection information.
Live attendance plus hard copy of reference materals is $35.

To register:
Register online
or call 608-262-0810.


Developing the Annual Budget Developing the Annual Budget

Friday, July 22, 2016
10:30 am to 12:00 noon

About this time each year, local governments throughout the state are beginning to develop and think about next year’s budget. Join this program to learn the requirements of Wisconsin Statutes 60, 61, and 65 and procedures that local governments are subject to in developing their annual budget. Gain not only a good understanding of the policies and rules that apply but also the “how and why” of local government budgets. Presenter: Karl Green, LaCrosse County UWEX Community Resource Development Educator

Live teleconference is $20. A PDF of the materials will be emailed with the connection information.
Live attendance plus hard copy of reference materials is $35.

To register:
Register online
or call 608-262-0810.


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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