The mission of UW-Extension’s Local Government Center is to provide focus, coordination, and leadership to UW-Extension educational programs supporting local government, and to expand the research and knowledge base for local government education.
We provide instruction to local government officials:
- To help new officials understand their roles and responsibilities as public officials in Wisconsin
- To develop the abilities of new and continuing officials to fulfill their roles and responsibilities
- To enhance the ability of Extension educators to establish relationships and work with local officials in their area
- To help officials keep current on topics and practices which affect their communities
- To help officials fulfill requirements when specific instruction is required by statute (such as board of review).
This instruction is usually in one of four forms:
- in-person workshops presented statewide in the spring and fall of each year
- teleconference programs on individual topics offered live and in recorded form
- video accompanied by written materials
- the Center’s website.
We research questions about local government in Wisconsin to gain insight into trends and solutions to problems.
Local Government Center Specialists and Staff
Local Government Specialist
Overall Center program delivery and coordination. Funding mechanisms for downtown redevelopment; rural landscape preservation.
Local government budgeting and finance, effective meetings and parliamentary procedure, Open meetings and records, and Women in Government, and 2020 Census
Transportation, open meetings, open records, elections, meeting management, agendas, minutes, parliamentary procedure, public policy education, and Women in Government.
Local government law in general; powers and duties of local government bodies and officials; land use regulation; open meetings and records; ethics and conflicts of interest.
Center Support Staff
Phone: (608) 265-8136
We work with our partners to develop and present program content, and plan, coordinate and promote educational events, and contribute articles and chapters to the publications distributed by the statewide local government associations.
Local Government Center
702 Langdon Street, Suitw 111
Madison, Wisconsin 53703