Upcoming Local Government Programs
The UW-Extension Local Government Center (LGC) is publishing this announcement of statewide programs on a monthly basis. It includes Extension programming and other programs of interest relating to local government that are offered in Wisconsin. Asterisked (*) programs are Cooperative Extension programs. Information about the UWEX Local Government Center and its programming may be found at lgc.uwex.edu.
Town Official Wortkshops – In May, series of one-day workshops, which review background information and current operations for new and continuing town officials, will be held in several locations around the state. The workshops are sponsored and conducted by the UW-Extension Local Government Center, the Wisconsin Towns Association, and the UW Transportation Information Center. Topics for new officials will include: powers and duties of town officials; ethics and conflicts of interest; open meetings law; town road funding and operations; and, running effective meetings. Continuing officials will learn about: additional funding sources; limits on village powers; advanced topics in town road operations; civility and public discourse; and, a legislative update and other selected topics. For more information, Locations, costs and registration, read Town Official Workshop Press Release
Board of Review Training Returns for 2013 – Meeting Your Certification Requirement –Board of Review WisLine Training is coming again in April and May 2013 from UW-Extension Local Government Center. This time it will arrive wherever you want to learn. You will no longer have to attend at a WisLine site, but can listen in your office, home or wherever you have access to a telephone. When you register you will receive an email that will include program materials in PDF format, a toll free number and a passcode to join the program. For an additional fee, printed materials can be sent to you through the mail. The program is part of the Local Government Essentials WisLine Series. You can register online or by phone at (608) 262-0810 for anyone of four WisLine broadcasts.
Outagamie County Rural Development — The Greater Outagamie County Economic Development Corp (GOCEDC) is the group leading cooperative efforts to create jobs and income in rural areas of the county. It is supported administratively by UW-Extension and Outagamie County Planning, with help from member villages, small cities and rural towns. Current projects include a supper club promotion campaign, which recognizes that hospitality businesses often serve as destinations that attract visitors to rural places. GOCEDC also helps commercial districts of small communities become brighter, more attractive places that draw the interest of consumers and entrepreneurs. The overall purpose of these and past efforts is to create rural wealth, which becomes the foundation for ongoing community development. Membership in GOCEDC is open to community, business and nonprofit representatives. There is no membership fee, other than “blood, sweat and tears” on joint projects undertaken by members. For more information on how to get involved in GOCEDC, contact Jim Resick at 920-832-5125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary School Energy Challenge — The Outagamie County UW-Extension office, Sustainable Fox Valley, Menasha Utilities and Kaukauna Utilities have been promoting a new program in the elementary schools that challenges the students and their families to reduce their energy consumption. Four Kaukauna schools and three Menasha schools have been selected for participation for this pilot program. The game play will begin in the schools at the end of January or the beginning of February, ending within a few days of Earth Day (April 20). Cash prizes will be awarded to the top performing schools, and individual and classroom prizes will also be awarded.
Wisconsin Open Meetings Law DVD Available — Don’t have time to schedule Open Meetings training? Tired of reading complex statutes but need some quality training on Wisconsin Open Meetings Law? The Local Government Center has created the solution in the form of informative and enjoyable 10-part video. Each program is approximately five minutes in length and addresses Open Meetings Law with actors in a realistic setting, portraying real-world scenarios, followed by an explanation and analysis by an experienced attorney. A perfect way to provide needed training to your entire elected body! A copy of this video or DVD can be obtained through your Outagamie county UW-Extension office. To check it out, call 920-832-5121.