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 “2017 Local Government Essentials” (LGICS) 2017 LGE Brochure

Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing

Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:30 am — 12:00 noon(Teleconference)  Register Online
Wisconsin Municipalities are required to appropriately review and issue alcohol licenses according to state law. Prepare for your municipality’s review and issuing of licenses by learning the statutory requirements for alcoholic beverage licenses, municipal licensing actions, recent court decisions and any legislative changes. Presented by Attorney Carol Nawrocki, Wisconsin Towns Association; Attorney Claire Silverman, League of Wisconsin Municipalities; and Tom Ourada, Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue.

Developing Your Annual Budget

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 10:30 am — 12:00 noon(Teleconference) Register Online
About this time each year, local governments throughout the state are beginning to 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. Presented by Yunji Kim, Local Government Budget and Finance Specialist, UW-Extension’s Local Government Center

Parliamentary Procedure Basics

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 10:30 am — 12:00 noon(Teleconference) Register Online
This program will provides a basic comprehension of the rules local government officials traditionally use in the conduct of meetings. Procedureal issues such as what can be done in the absence of a quorum, how a decision can be reconsidered, and common misconceptions will be addressed.Presented by Larry Larmer, Outreach Specialist and Professor Emeritus, UW-Extension’s Local Government Center

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

Road and Transportation Funding

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:00 am — 11:30 am (Teleconference)
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)

Case Law and Legislative Update

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:30 am — 12:00 noon (Teleconference)
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