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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 $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

Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies Series

2018-2019 Topics, December 2018 – February 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.

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
Recorded program available soon. Call the Local Government Center at 608-262-9961 or 608-262-9960 for availability and to order.

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 https://goo.gl/NJedKV 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 https://goo.gl/K4kJQt or by phone call 608-262-0810.

 

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These programs cover topics of interest to Wisconsin local government officials, attorneys, citizens, and land use planners. Each session includes the opportunity for participant questions and comments. Programs will be moderated by UW-Extension’s Local Government Center staff and UW-Madison Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. 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.

Complying with the New Housing Report Requirements – Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Complying with the New Housing Report Requirements – Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 10:30 am — 12:00 noon
Affordable housing is a critical issue for many communities in Wisconsin. During the last legislative session, the Wisconsin Legislature passed 2017 Wisconsin Act 243 to address housing affordability. Act 243 requires that by January 1, 2020, cities or villages with a population of 10,000 or more must prepare two reports: the first on the implementation of the housing element of the community’s comprehensive plan and the second on the community’s residential development fees. This program covers the legal requirements as well as tools and approaches available to
communities to prepare these reports .
Presented by Kurt Paulsen, PhD, AICP, and Brian Ohm, JD, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison.
To register on line click here https://goo.gl/3UD1Ea or by phone call 608-262-0810.

Regional Planning for Change in a Big Way: Foxconn – Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Regional Planning for Change in a Big Way: Foxconn – Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 10:30 am — 12:00 noon
In 2017, the Village of Mount Pleasant in Racine County was selected as the site for Foxconn Technology Group’s new liquid crystal display panel glass fabrication facility. The facility is projected to be approximately 20 million square feet (large enough to hold 11 Lambeau Fields), located on approximately 1200 acres (larger than a number of cities and villages in Wisconsin), and will be the largest such facility in the state and one of the largest manufacturing campuses in the world. The facility is expected to create 10,000 construction and related jobs. This program explores the regional impacts of the development on land use, stormwater runoff, transportation, and housing and the planning necessary to address those impacts by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.
Presented by Ben McKay, AICP, Chief Community Assistance Planner, Kevin Muhs, Deputy Director, and Laura Herrick, Chief Environmental Engineer, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
To register on line click here https://goo.gl/xuCRF4 or by phone call 608-262-0810.

Planning for the Autonomous and Connected Future—From Horseless to Driverless Carriage – Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Planning for the Autonomous and Connected Future—From Horseless to Driverless Carriage – Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 10:30 am — 12:00 noon
According to the American Planning Association, the time for planning for self-driving vehicles is now! Fortunately for Wisconsin, UW-Madison and a team of public and private entities across the state have been integrally involved in autonomous and connected vehicles for the past three years. This program provides a background on this technology and its intersection with urban and regional planning. The program outlines potential future scenarios that impact planning efforts, reviews the current and future state of automated and connected vehicle technology, and highlights the current work underway in Wisconsin and at the Wisconsin Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds. The program concludes with a discussion of the way planning can shape automated and connected vehicles and vice versa.
Presented by Jon Riehl, PhD, Transportation Systems Engineer, Traffic Operations and Safety Lab, College of Engineering, UW-Madison
To register on line click here https://goo.gl/J48fSB or by phone call 608-262-0810.

Annual Case Law Update – Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Annual Case Law Update – Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 10:30 am — 12:00 noon
Planning law is constantly changing. This program reviews recent court decisions from the past year affecting planning and land use in Wisconsin.
Presented by Brian Ohm, JD, Land Use Law Specialist, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison/UW-Extension
To register on line click here https://goo.gl/awYnkD or by phone call 608-262-0810.

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
1-877-947-7827
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
Email: lgc@uwex.edu
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