You can benefit from the Local Government Center’s knowledge base by attending instruction in person (workshops) and teleconferences. Recorded versions of the  teleconferences are also available for sale in the form of audiostreams (digital audio file plus pdf). Live attendance for each teleconference is $20. An electronic file (PDF) of the materials will be emailed with the connection information. Live attendance plus a hard copy of the materials is $35.00.

To register online look for the link in the program description or call 608-262-0810.
Please remember to use an email address that comes directly to you when registering for the Local Government Center’s programs to make sure you receive all of the necessary information.

Upcoming Local Government Programs

These programs are part of the series “2016 Local Government Issues, Challenges and Strategies ” (LGICS) 2016 -2017 LGICS Brochure

Managing Public Records

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:00 am — 11:30 am (Teleconference) Register Online
Access to Public Records is an accepted part of Wisconsin local government. This session will consider the legal and practical concerns of maintenance and storage of public records. Learn what the law requires for preserving public records and what records may be destroyed. Also discover how these legal requirements affect electronically created and stored public records, including when an electronic record can be deemed the original record. Presented by Holly Wilson, J.D. of Stafford & Rosenbaum, LLC

Manure Management: Issues for Local Officials

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:00 am — 11:30 am (Teleconference)  Register Online
This session will provide an overview of key issues for local officials related to production, transport, and field application of manure. Topics addressed will include farm manure management systems, transport and roadway issues, and public health concerns. Presented by Ken Genskow, UW-Madison Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning Kevin Erb, UW-Extension Environmental Resources Center Becky Larson, UW-Madison Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering Cheryl Skolaas, UW Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

Road and Transportation Funding

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:00 am — 11:30 am (Teleconference)  Register Online
We are a state, like many, with an economy that relies heavily on the condition of our roads and transportation system. Representatives from the state’s major local government associations will lead a discussion during this program about some of the strategies that could be employed to best address the lack of funding for the state’s roadway system. While not a new issue, the absence of strategies and solutions will be felt for years to come. Presented by Mark O’Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association Jerry Deschane, Executive Director, Wisconsin League of Municipalities Mike Koles, Executive Director, Wisconsin Towns Association

Filling Our Shoes: Where will the next generation of local officials come from?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:00 am — 11:30 am (Teleconference)  Register Online
We know that large numbers of Wisconsin’s local officials are approaching an age where they’ll be vacating their elected and appointed positions, in increasing numbers and with increasing frequency. The important task of finding and developing people to replace them is one every official—and every community resident—should be concerned about. Learn how Wisconsin’s local government and related organizations are thinking about and preparing to meet this challenge. Presented by Mark O’Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association, Jerry Deschane, Executive Director, Wisconsin League of Municipalities, Mike Koles, Executive Director, Wisconsin Towns Association Dan Hill, Local Government Specialist, UW-Extension’s Local Government Center

How to Use State Contracts for Local Government Purchasing

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:00 am — 11:30 am (Teleconference)  Register Online
Hundreds of State of Wisconsin contracts for the purchase of goods and services are available to county and municipal governments. Learn about how these competitively-bid contracts for items ranging from vehicles to consulting services to IT equipment may be used to control local expenses and provide quality services for residents. Presented by James Langdon, Administrator, Division of Enterprise Operations, Wisconsin Department of Administration

The programs below are part of the series “2017 Local Land Use Planning and Zoning” (LLUPAZ)  2017 LLUPAZ brochure

Participation in LLUPAZ  series live programs qualifies for continuing education credits. (see brochure for details)

Cooperative Boundary Agreements

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:30 am — 12:00 noon (Teleconference)
Boundary Agreements can provide a constructive, planned and deliberative alternative to issues surrounding municipal expansion and boundaries. They can help avoid the controversies and conflicts often associated with annexation, land use, municipal utilities and services, and other issues of municipal expansion. Learn about the types of boundary agreements available in Wisconsin, including tips and potential pitfalls when creating boundary agreements. Presented by Christopher Hughes, JD, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, and Mark Roffers, AICP, MDRoffers Consulting LLC

Case Law and Legislative Update

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:30 am — 12:00 noon (Teleconference)  Register Online
Planning law is constantly changing. This program highlights and reviews recent court decisions and legislation affecting planning and land use in Wisconsin. Presented by Brian Ohm, JD, Land Use Law Specialist, Dept. of Urban & Regional Planning, UW-Madison/Extension

Business Improvement Districts and Main Streets

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:30 am — 12:00 noon (Teleconference)  Register Online
Wisconsin communities have utilized Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to help fund programs and activities to support downtown development for over 30 years. Program participants will have an opportunity to learn about how these districts are created and administered as well as some of the important lessons that have been learned over three decades of experience. Presented by Chuck Law, Director, UWEX Local Government Center and UWEX Community Planning and Design Specialist

Previous Programs

Previous Local Government Center Programs Available for Purchase


To order past programs, available as a streaming audio:
Learning Store
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday thru Friday


The streaming audios are not downloadable.  If you require a physical copy of a past program, please contact the Local Government Center office.  There is the option of ordering a USB thumb drive of the audio and electronic PFD file of the materials for $35.  Order directly from the Local Government Center.

For questions or assistance with program information:


Local Government Center
Phone: 608-262-9960 or 608-262-9961
610 Langdon Street, Room 229 Lowell Center
Madison, WI 53703