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Local Government Center Workshops

Counties | Towns | Fall Town & Village | BIDs

Local officials attending an LGC workshop.

Coming Up: 2014 County Officials Workshops - Biennial, Spring

Following the spring elections in even numbered years, UW-Extension's Local Government Center and the Wisconsin Counties Association co-sponsor day-long workshops to orient both new and continuing county officials, at several locations around the state. With turnover on county boards averaging about 25% each election cycle, board members need opportunities to learn more about their roles and responsibilities.

This May, topics will include the structure and processes of county government, county budgeting and efficiency initiatives, a discussion of ethics and conflicts of interest, updates on state and county issues from the Wisconsin Counties Association, and several topics related to meetings, including efficient meetings, open meetings, and parliamentary procedure.

County officials who attended these workshops in years past have commented:

  • "I definitely feel better informed."
  • "Excellent! I will recommend this to other future new county board members."
  • "As a result of attending, I will run a better committee meeting … pay attention to potential conflicts of interest … and better understand my duties, responsibilities, and opportunities to be involved."
To register, click on the Registration brochure and click on the city name where you want to attend, then follow the registration link on the Wisconsin Counties Association website.

Archived County Seminar Information

PDF icon 2012 County Officials Workshop Brochure
(PDF File, 700 kb)
206 county officials participated in 2012.
PDF icon 2010 County Officials Workshop Brochure
(PDF File, 700 kb)
214 county officials participated in 2010.
PDF icon 2008 County Officials Workshop Brochure
(PDF File, 98 kb)
216 county officials participated in 2008.
163 county officials participated in 2006.

210 county officials participated in 2004.

187 county officials participated in 2002.

Most Recent: Fall 2013 Town & Village Workshops including Finance and Budget

In September 2013 , nine one-day workshops covered a basic curriculum on budgeting, financial administration, and topics relevant to towns & villages including:

  • common parliamentary procedure issues
  • risk management
  • annexation basics
  • Department of Revenue update on forms, electronic filing, and levy limits
  • “Hot Topics” session from the Wisconsin Towns Association
Workshops were held in Cable, Minocqua, Wabeno, Eau Claire, Wausau, Green Bay, Ripon, Tomah, and Mineral Point.

Finance & Budget Sessions

"As a newly appointed treasurer - everything was good training!"--Town Treasurer, one month
"Very well-explained. I understand the levy limit worksheet better!"--Town Clerk, three years
"I feel more confident about budgeting this year!"--Town Clerk, three years

Town & Village Sessions

"Always learn something new on this every time I get this class"--Town Chair, four years
"Lots of great content. Loved the clickers and Rick's Top 10 list."--Town Treasurer, 22 years
"[Will use] to improve flow and conduct of board meetings."--Town Clerk, 3 years
"One of the best of all I've been to."--Town Supervisor four years, Town Clerk two years

Click here for brochure
Brochure 2013

PDF icon(PDF file, 780 kb)

Archived Fall Finance Workshops Information

Since this program series began in 1998, 7,679 town and village officials have participated in these workshops.

PDF icon 2013 Program (PDF file, 426 kb) 737 town and village officials attended in 2013.
PDF icon 2012 Program (PDF file, 635 kb) 687 town and village officials attended in 2011.
PDF icon 2011 Program (PDF file, 340 kb) 694 town and village officials attended in 2011.
PDF icon 2010 Program (PDF file, 1.2 mb) 569 town and village officials attended in 2010.
PDF icon 2009 Program (PDF file, 4.1 mb) 561 town and village officials attended in 2009.
PDF icon 2008 Program (PDF file, 726 kb) 561 town and village officials attended in 2008.
PDF icon 2007 Program (PDF file, 561 kb) 491 town and village officials attended in 2007.
PDF icon 2006 Program (PDF file, 87 kb)
578 town and village officials attended in 2006.
PDF icon 2005 Program (PDF File, 157 kb)
586 town and village officials attended in 2005.
PDF icon 2004 Program (PDF File, 31 kb)
485 town and village officials attended in 2004.
PDF icon 2003 Program (PDF File, 179 kb)
607 town and village officials attended in 2003.
PDF icon 2002 Program (PDF File, 38 kb)
482 town and village officials attended in 2002.
2001 brochure not available
633 town and village officials attended in 2001.
PDF icon 2000 Program (PDF File, 69 kb)
426 town and village officials attended in 2000.
PDF icon 1999 Program (PDF File, 66 kb)
676 town and village officials attended in 1999.
PDF icon 1998 Program (PDF File, 59 kb)
747 town and village officials attended in 1998.


Town Officials Workshops - Biennial, Spring

Following the spring elections in odd numbered years, UW-Extension's Local Government Center working in conjunction with the Wisconsin Towns Association coordinates and delivers a series of day-long programs designed to help orient both new and continuing town officials.

This May, topics will include powers and duties of town officials, Open Meetings Law, effective meetings, land use law, road maintenance and construction and road safety, ethics and conflicts of interest, performance measurement, and a state legislative and budget update.

Town officials who attended these workshops in years past have commented:

  • "I intend to use this starting tonight - my first meeting as chair."
  • "It will help tremendously in everyday affairs."
  • "The excellent reference materials will be easy to use in future."
  • "The workshop will help me better serve the people - and stay out of trouble."

brochure cover
2013 Brochure
PDF icon(PDF file, 780 kb)

   

Archived Town Officials Workshops Information

PDF icon 2011 Program (PDF file, 778 kb)
1,059 participants attended in 2011.
PDF icon 2009 Program (PDF file, 1.3 Mb)
1,206 participants attended in 2009.
PDF icon 2007 Program (PDF file, 139 kb)
1,520 participants attended in 2007.
PDF icon 2005 Program (PDF file, 52 kb)
1,121 participants attended in 2005.
PDF icon 2003 Program (PDF file, 30 kb)
1,170 participants attended in 2003.

PowerPoint icon Comprehensive Planning Update; Town-County Zoning Relations(PowerPoint file, 74 kb)
PowerPoint presentation used in the Spring 2005 Town Officials Workshops. (This includes slides 40-45 which were missing from some workshop packets.)

2012 County Officials Workshops - Biennial, Spring

Following the spring elections in even numbered years, UW-Extension's Local Government Center and the Wisconsin Counties Association co-sponsor day-long workshops to orient both new and continuing county officials, at several locations around the state. With turnover on county boards averaging about 25% each election cycle, board members need opportunities to learn more about their roles and responsibilities. Past participant comments included the following:

This May, topics will include the structure and processes of county government, county budgeting and efficiency initiavies, a discussion of ethics and conflicts of interest, updates on state and county issues from the Wisconsin Counties Association, and several topics related to meetings, including efficient meetings, open meetings, and parliamentary procedure.

County officials who attended these workshops in years past have commented:

  • "I definitely feel better informed."
  • "Excellent! I will recommend this to other future new county board members."
  • "As a result of attending, I will run a better committee meeting … pay attention to potential conflicts of interest … and better understand my duties, responsibilities, and opportunities to be involved."

brochure cover
2012 Brochure
PDF icon(PDF file, 614 kb)

   

Archived County Seminar Information

PDF icon 2010 County Officials Workshop Brochure
(PDF File, 700 kb)
214 county officials participated in 2010.
PDF icon 2008 County Officials Workshop Brochure
(PDF File, 98 kb)
216 county officials participated in 2008.
163 county officials participated in 2006.

210 county officials participated in 2004.

187 county officials participated in 2002.

Annual Business Improvement District (BID) Seminars

Since 2003, UW-Extension's Local Government Center has helped coordinate and offer a series of annual programs aimed at educating Business Improvement District managers, their Board members and interested parties about BID operations and programming.

For more information, please email: kharkness@new.rr.com

Archived BID Seminar Information

Seminar Agenda for 2008 "Foundations for Successful BIDs" PDF icon PDF, 56 kb
Seminar Agenda for 2007 "Beyond the Basic BID" PDF icon PDF document, 11 kb
Seminar Agenda for 2006 Models of Economic Renewal PDF icon PDF File, 23 kb
Seminar Agenda for 2005 PDF icon PDF File, 7 kb

This page last modified: March 25, 2014 .

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