Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies Series


UW-Madison, Division of Extension, Local Government Education, in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Towns Association, and the Wisconsin Counties Association, Presents:


Effective Virtual Public Meetings During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Zoom Webinar.

Speakers: Paul M. Ferguson, Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Open Government and Andrew T. Phillips, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, S.C., outside general counsel for the Wisconsin Counties Association.

Assistant Attorney General Ferguson will provide an overview of recent DOJ guidance on the applicability of the open meetings law during the current public health situation, including two DOJ Office of Open Government advisories and address some recent public inquiries regarding specific issues encountered by those attempting to comply with the advisories. Attorney Phillips will discuss the practicalities of how local governments can best follow the state guidelines for virtual meetings.

Cost: Free. Register Here.

When Revenues Fall Short – Weathering the Covid-19 Recession

Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Zoom Webinar.

Wisconsin municipal governments are already feeling the COVID-19 recession’s impact, and it is likely to get worse before it gets better. Further, Retail and Main Street have taken an economic hit in our current environment. Non-essential businesses have lost sales and workers, and community leaders and economic development professionals are concerned about the future of local business districts. Room taxes and other revenues are significantly off across all sectors. This webinar will provide data and practical information on the potential revenue loss impacts on municipalities and how to anticipate and mitigate those impacts.

We bring together experts from Ehlers, KerberRose, the Wisconsin Policy Forum, and UW-Madison Extension’s Community and Economic Development program, each of whom will provide data, practical advice, and potential solutions for local governments to consider as they deal with revenue shortfalls for 2020 and beyond.

Cost: Free. Register Here.


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Programs from 2016 – click here.

For more complete program information on past programs, you can download the brochures below.

Documents before 2010 have been removed


Can’t Attend?

You may purchase order a recorded version on a USB drive by contacting the Local Government Center, 608-262-9960 or 608-262-9961, or you may order an online audiostream. Audiostreams are available for purchase on the Learning Store website.