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 local government?

The Local Government Center consistently provides quality educational programs. View the March- April 2021 upcoming events for meeting details and registration information for the following programs:

March 2021:

  • Friday, March 5, 2021– “Effective Electronic Public Meetings – Part 2 Advanced Issues” 10:00-11:00 am. Panel includes moderator Philip Freeburg and panelists, Paul 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. Panelists will address specific electronic meeting issues through a question-and-answer approach. Cost: $20.00. Register:  https://charge.wisc.edu/LocalGovernment/workshop_register.aspx?workshop_id=51
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021– “Leading at a Distance: Managing Virtual Staff and Teams” — Certified Public Manager Program. Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm, Friday: 9:30am-12:00pm. Learn how to build trust, navigate conflict, make decisions and conduct engaging meetings with virtual staff and teams. Cost:  $395, gov’t/ nonprofit $285. Registration: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/lead-distance-manage-virtual-staff/
  • Friday March 12, 2021– “Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Transformation” –Certified Public Manager Program. 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. Discover how to construct a strategic plan, involve other stakeholders in its development, and ensure successful implementation. Cost: $365; gov’t/ nonprofit $255; CPM candidates $225. Registration: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/strategic-thinking-planning-organizational-transformation/
  • Friday, March 12, 2021– “CIRD Applications Due” — Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design. CIRD is now offering two programs for rural communities with a population under 50,000. Design Workshop communities will receive technical assistance and a $6,000 stipend towards a community-engaged design workshop, and Design Learning Cohort members will join a national network of peers engaged in online learning. Apply: https://www.rural-design.org/request-for-applications
  • “2021 Virtual District Meetings” – Wisconsin Towns Association. More information to come at the Wisconsin Towns Association website: https://www.wisctowns.com/. Dates and times are as follows:Friday, March 12, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Saturday, March 13, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Monday, March 22, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (repeat of March 12 workshop)
    Tuesday, March 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (repeat of March 13 workshop).
  • Tuesday, March 16 – Thursday, March 18, 2021– “Human Resources for Small Communities Webinar Series” — League of Wisconsin Municipalities. 10:00-11:00am each cay. Cost $30. For more information, visit https://www.lwm-info.org/1488/League-Conferences-Workshop 
  • Thursday, March 18, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – “Improving Communication Skills” — Transportation Information Center. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Learn the basics of communication, conducting small meetings, working in teams, and working with difficult people. Cost: $150. Registration: https://epd.wisc.edu/tic/workshops/improving-communication-skills/
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021 – “Leading for Racial Equity Session1:  Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization” — Certified Public Manager Program. 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. Part one of a three-part series. In session 1, learn the key features of an anti-racist organization, assess the readiness of your organization to move toward anti-racism, and plan next steps. Session 2: April 22, 2021, Session 3: May 20, 2021. Cost: $365; gov’t/ nonprofit $255; CPM candidates $255. Registration: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/leading-for-racial-equity-1/ 
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021 — “Management Assessment for Personal Planning and Development” — Certified Public Manager Program. 8:30am-3:15pm. Discover strategies to enhance strengths and address limitations. Gain essential tools to improve self-understanding and identify excellence in management. Cost: $365; gov’t/ nonprofit $255; CPM candidate $225; TIC $255. Registration: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/management-assessment-personal-planning-development/ 

April 2021:

  • Tuesday, April 6, Tuesday, April 13– “Citizen/ Customer Service” – Transportation Information Center. April 6, 8, 13 9:00-11:00 a.m. Learn how to listen and respond in order to provide better customer service and reduce unrealistic expectations. Learn effective ways to lead others away from confrontation and towards cooperation. Cost: $150. Registration: https://epd.wisc.edu/tic/workshops/customer-service/
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021– “Legislative Power Over Administrative Agencies: A Retrospective on 2011 Wisconsin Act 21” – Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership. 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. One decade ago, Wisconsin enacted 2011 Act 21, which sought to clarify and limit the authority of administrative agencies. How have courts and agencies responded?  Registration: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oDdFJje1QB2tYT78ZvFLXw 
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021– “Listening for a Change: Skills for Inclusivity”– Certified Public Manager Program. 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Learn to create communities of integrity that sustain us and elicit our best actions. Cost: $325; gov’t/ nonprofit $225. Registration: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/listening-for-a-change/ 
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021– “Cyber Security Workshop” – League of Wisconsin Municipalities. 2:00-3:30 p.m. Cost: $25 (free to LWMMI Insured). For more information, visit https://www.lwm-info.org/ 
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021– “Leadership” – Certified Public Manager Program. 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. Learn how the definition of leadership has evolved over time and how knowledge, skills and values contribute to leadership style. Explore the difference between leadership and management. Cost: $365; gov’t/ nonprofit $255; CPM candidates $225. Registration: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/cpm-leadership/ 
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021– “Leading for Racial Equity Session 2: Using Racial Equity Decisions and Policy Tools” – Certified Public Manager Program. Part 2 of a 3-part series. 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. Learn how racial equity decision tools are used to hardwire equity strategies in budget allocations, programs, and policy decisions. Session 1 recommended but not required. Cost: $365 gov’t/ nonprofit $225; CPM candidates $225. Registration: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/leading-for-racial-equity-2/ 
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021– “Organizational Performance Measurement” – 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls of confused objectives when managing organizational performance, achieve success at every level of management, and evaluate the Voice of the Customer. Cost: $365 gov’t/ nonprofit $225; CPM candidates $225. Registration: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/organizational-performance-measurement/ 
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021– “Conducting Fearless Performance Reviews” – 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. Learn how to establish clear performance expectations early in the process and facilitate a collaborative conversation between supervisors and employees. Cost: $365 gov’t/ nonprofit $225; CPM candidates $225. Registration: https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/conducting-fearless-performance-reviews/

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

Highlighted Training for Green County Board Officials

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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