Resources for Local Government Officials

There are lots of non-partisan educational resources available to support local government officials. This page highlights some useful handbooks and trainings. You are also encouraged to check out the resources on the Local Government general page

Please note that UW is a non-partisan entity.

What handbooks are available?

The following handbooks are easily available and can provide useful, non-partisan educational information:

What are Extension's upcoming trainings for December 2020 - January 2021?

The Local Government Center consistently provides quality educational programs. View the December-January Upcoming Local Government Programs for meeting details and registration information for the following programs:

*Upcoming November 2020:

  • Monday, November 30, “Refreshing Your Zoning Ordinance” , Webinar  10:00-11:00am

*Upcoming December 2020:

*Upcoming January 2021:

  • “Wisconsin Local Government Leadership Academy” – Registration is now open. Join local government leaders from across the state in honing leadership skills and strengthening networks. The program is held in a hybrid format with online self-study, virtual sessions, and in-person workshops. The academy runs January through August and includes four 2-day workshops in Stevens Point, group virtual meetings and self-paced learning activities. The registration deadline is December 1, 2020. More details: https://leadershipdevelopment.extension.wisc.edu/programs/local-government-leadership-academy/For more information, contact UW-Madison Division of Extension LGLA Facilitator, at jsolin@wisc.edu or 715.498.4733.

“Fall/ Winter 2020-2021 Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies Distance Education Programming” – Local Government Education. Webinar.

Local Government Education is finalizing plans and dates for Zoom Webinars on the following topics:

1) Doing Our Homework: Optimizing Local Communities for Virtual Work, and .

2) Governing During the Pandemic: Evolving Issues, Challenges and Strategies.

For additional information, visit the Local Government Issues, Challenges and Strategies webpage or contact Karen Moore, karen.moore@wisc.edu

Opportunities to learn what is important to Town and Village Officials in Wisconsin, print the 2020 Fall Workshops Flyer.

Green County Board Elected Official Education and Training

To aid you in performing your County Board supervisor duties, Green County partnered with
UW Madison – Extension Green County and provided training and in-person Question and
Answer sessions. The materials and recorded sessions from June 2020 are available for your continued use.  For a complete listing of the sessions that were offered, print the Green County Board Elected Official Education & Training Sessions schedule.  

11:45am —  12:00pm  ~  Optional Introduction to Zoom
12:00pm — 1:00pm  ~  Question & Answer Session
Please watch the recording prior to the Question & Answer session. Access
the recording online and the materials from the session online.
Topics:
● Who We Are: The UW-Madison Division of Extension Local
Government Center and the Wisconsin Counties Association
● Roles and Responsibilities for County Officials

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 ~ Running Effective Meetings; County Budgeting

11:45am —  12:00pm  ~  Optional Introduction to Zoom
12:00pm — 1:00pm  ~  Question & Answer Session
Please watch the recording prior to the Question & Answer session. Access
the recording online and the materials from the session online.
Topics:
● Running Effective Meetings
● County Budgeting

11:45am —  12:00pm  ~  Optional Introduction to Zoom
12:00pm — 1:00pm  ~  Question & Answer Session
Please watch the recording prior to the Question & Answer session. Access
the recording online and the materials from the session online.
Topics:
● Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law
● Agendas and Minutes

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 ~ Wisconsin's Public Records Law; Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

11:45am —  12:00pm  ~  Optional Introduction to Zoom
12:00pm — 1:00pm  ~  Question & Answer Session
Please watch the recording prior to the Question & Answer session. Access
the recording online and the materials from the session online.
Topics:
● WIsconsin’s Public Records Law
● Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

 

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