You can benefit from the Local Government Center’s knowledge base by attending instruction in person (workshops) and teleconferences or webinars. Recorded versions of the teleconference and webinar programs are also available for sale (digital audio and/or video file plus pdf). Live attendance for each teleconference or webinar is $25. An electronic file (PDF) of the materials will be emailed with the connection information. Live attendance plus a hard copy of the materials is $40.00.

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

Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies Series

2018-2019 Topics, December 2018 – February 2019 (Please note that the November 29th program “Live, Work & Play is Dead: Innovative Ways to Attract, Retain & Engage Talent” has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 17, 2019)
These programs cover current or emerging topics of interest to Wisconsin local governments. Each program will provide ample opportunity for participant questions and comments. Programs will be moderated by UW-Extension’s Local Government Center staff. These programs are audio-only. You attend by telephone. Reference materials are sent to you in PDF format. One benefit of joining the program “live” is interacting with your colleagues statewide. You will get to hear their questions and the answers, and they will benefit from hearing yours.

Local Government Regulation of Nonferrous Mining — Unearthing Your Options – Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Local Government Regulation  of Nonferrous Mining — Unearthing Your Options – Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – 10:00 am — 11:00 am
Toward the end of the 2017 legislative session, Wisconsin ended its nearly 20-year moratorium on nonferrous metallic mining in the state. In doing so, the Legislature recognized a shared responsibility between state and local governments in the regulation of mining. Mining presents unique land use regulatory issues and it is important for local government policy makers and administrators to understand what regulatory tools are at their disposal and how those tools may be used when it come to considering, approving and monitoring a nonferrous metallic mine. The presenters in this session will provide an overview of the regulatory tools and provide perspective on how various towns and counties have chosen to proceed.
Presented by Carol Nawrocki, Attorney, Wisconsin Towns Association; and Andy Philips, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
To register on line click here or by phone call 608-262-0810.

Live, Work & Play is Dead: Innovative Ways to Attract, Retain & Engage Talent - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Live, Work & Play is Dead: Innovative Ways to Attract, Retain & Engage Talent – Thursday, January 17, 2019 – 10:00 am — 11:00 am (Rescheduled from November 29, 2018)
Local governments need to be savvy and intentional about how they connect with the next generation. This presenter will cover ten ways to engage Millennials and Gen Z including successful talent attraction case studies and strategies to create connection in communities. His philosophy for community engagement starts with–change everything and then create solutions that empower constituents to create the communities they envision.
Presented by Jeremy Fojut, Co-Founder and Chief Idea Officer at NEWaukee
To register on line click here or by phone call 608-262-0810.

Repurposing our Downtowns: Strategies that Work – Thursday, January 31, 2019

Repurposing our Downtowns: Strategies that Work – Thursday, January 31, 2019 – 10:00 am — 11:00 am
Downtowns in Wisconsin, both big and small, continue to experience significant change in their customers and competition. With the emergence of shopping centers in the ‘70s, large format stores in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and now the Internet coupled with brick and mortar stores, businesses are reaching new customers in new ways. Beyond traditional retail are emerging many unique businesses that contribute to downtown’s evolving purpose. But identifying the key market segments, finding the right business mix, creating an authentic niche, and use of technology require a solid market analysis. Working with UW-Extension, a community-led research project applies the data and insight from the University, with the experience of local leaders to develop a community-led market analysis. This market analysis becomes a roadmap for the community to properly manage the direction of its downtown.
Presented by Bill Ryan, UW-Extension Community Business Development Specialist; Sharon Lezburg and Victoria Solomon, UW-Extension Community Development Educators
To register on line click here or by phone call 608-262-0810.

Farm Economic Trends and their Effects on Farmers and Local Communities – Thursday, February 28, 2019

Farm Economic Trends and their Effects on Farmers and Local Communities – Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 10:00 am — 11:00 am
Agriculture has long served as a major economic engine in Wisconsin, but today farmers are under increasing financial stress which has led to an uptick in farm bankruptcies across the state. In fact, Western Wisconsin led the nation in farm bankruptcies in 2017. As part of this session, the presenters will discuss economic trends affecting agriculture, the impacts on Wisconsin farmers, and implications for Wisconsin’s communities.
Presented by Paul Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW-Madison and Gary Sipiorski, Dairy Development Manager, Vitaplus Corp and Director, Citizen State Bank of Loyal 
To register on line click here or by phone call 608-262-0810.

The 2018 series 2018 Local Land Use Planning and Zoning (LLUPAZ) has completed. Please check in ‘Previous Programs’ for 2018 to purchase recordings. 

The 2018 series 2018 Local Government Essentials (LGE) has completed. Please check in ‘Previous Programs’ for 2018 to purchase recordings.

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.

To order past programs, available on USB drive:

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 PDF 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


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We have a limited quantity of our recently updated and published Wisconsin Statute Book.
The ‘2015-2016 Wisconsin Statutes – Chapter 60 – Towns‘ updated in April 2017 is available to purchase on a first come-first serve basis.
Cost: $30.00 (includes shipping)
To order call 608-262-9961 or 608-262-9960 and Katy or Eileen will gladly assist you with your order.
If you prefer to write a check and mail in your order, you may download an order form.  Download Order Form