Open Meetings DVD

The Local Government Center has produced an informative DVD in 10 parts, each about five minutes in length. Actors portray realistic scenarios, followed by an explanation and analysis by an experienced attorney. Some boards view one part at each meeting and find it an ideal way to train their entire elected body. A copy of […]


Local Land Use Planning and Zoning Spring 2016 WisLines

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, […]

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For over 20 years UW-Extension’s Local Government Center
has been helping local government officials build their capacity to govern.


For County Educators

UW-Extension Local Government Center’s Educator Portal You will need a CES Net ID to access this information. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Eileen Langdon at the Local Government Center., 608-262-9960  

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News and Notices – Winter 2015

In this Issue:

  • Local Land Use Planning and Zoning Winter/Spring 2015 WisLine Series
  • Electronic Meetings and Public Records in Spanish Fact Sheets added to the Center’s online resources
  • News about upcoming Women in Government Research
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Order October 2015 “Current Issues” Audiostreams

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 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, […]

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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 […]