Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies Series

UW-MADISON, DIVISION OF EXTENSION, LOCAL GOVERNMENT EDUCATION PRESENTS:

with:
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:

2020 Issues, Challenges, and Strategies Distance Education Series


Free Introduction to the 2021 Wisconsin Local Government Leadership Academy

Interested in developing new leadership skills or fostering such skills in future leaders among your staff? Looking for strategies to deal with challenging situations? Want new tools to support your community? The Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA) was developed to help you accomplish all these goals.

The LGLA is a 9-month program for busy, current (and future) local government leaders, which is focused on leadership skills in communication, relationships, decision-making, and vision. It is held in a flexible format utilizing on-line self-study materials, virtual meetings, and in-person workshops. During this session, we’ll provide an overview of the LGLA, explore some of the content of the program, and share the impact the program has had on recent participants.
This introduction will be offered on two different Thursdays and is free. However, participants need to register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. CDT–Register HERE.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. CST–Register HERE.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please contact Karen Moore in Local Government Education about any technical issues at karen.moore@wisc.edu or Jeremy Solin in the Local Government Leadership Academy about signing up for next year’s leadership academy at jeremy.solin@wisc.edu.


Run For It – Thursday, October 1, 2020, from Noon to 1:30 pm Central Daylight Time

Are you interested in running for a local elected office? Or want to learn how to help others run for office? Join us for a how-to webinar on running for local elected office in Wisconsin.

Registration link coming soon!


Zoom Webinars: “Clean Groundwater and Well Water in Rural and Suburban Wisconsin Communities,” Part 1

Part 1 will take place on Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. This session outlines the public health aspects of groundwater. The presenters are Sarah Yang, Ph.D., toxicologist with the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Wisconsin Division of Public Health, and Gavin Dehnert, Ph.D., Policy Postdoctoral Fellow, Wisconsin Water Resources Science, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.

Register here.

Once you register, you will be sent a Zoom link and password, as well as handouts for the program.  Registrants will subsequently be able to access the program recording.


Zoom Webinars: “Clean Groundwater and Well Water in Rural and Suburban Wisconsin Communities,” Part 2

Part 2 will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. This program will identify the unique geological features predisposing Wisconsin communities to ground- and well water contamination.  It will also describe the voluntary programs that communities and individuals may access through the Division of Extension to identify and mitigate groundwater contamination problems.  Speakers are Maureen Muldoon, Ph.D., Hydrogeologist, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and UW-Madison Division of Extension, Kevin Masarik, M.A., Groundwater Education Specialist at the Center for Watershed Science and Education, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Madison Division of Extension, and Kathleen Haas, M.A., Associate Professor and Community Development Educator for Columbia County and Community Development Institute in the UW-Madison Division of Extension.  Each program costs $30 and requires pre-registration.

Register here.

Once you register, you will be sent a Zoom link and password, as well as handouts for the program.  Registrants will subsequently be able to access the program recording.


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.

This program has taken place. To watch or download, visit this link


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.

This program has taken place. To watch or download, visit this link