The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin, Inc. will collaborate with others to find solutions for the efficient delivery and funding of local government services consistent with the needs of our citizens.


Welcome to the Local Government Institute of Wisconsin The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin, Inc. is a not-for-profit, non-partisan corporation representing all citizens of Wisconsin at the local level and created to conduct research, enhance collaboration, and educate the public and policymakers on ways to improve local government's ability to serve the people. There are 1,922 local units of government in Wisconsin:

10/16/2015 The Future of Local Government

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The Next Big Things: The Next Twenty Years in Local Government
By the Alliance for Innovation, 2015
There are some pretty big trends staring down on local governments across the country. How do we think about the impact those trends will have on local government twenty years from now? How can we prepare for them? This report published by the Alliance for Innovation - a partnership between the International City-County Managers Assocination and Arizona State University - details the trends and how they may impact local governments. 
The study begins by defining four forces that drive organizations - the channels through which trend impacts will be felt. Those forces are:

08/25/15 LGI Keynotes Small Town Forums

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What are the 5 keys to small town success? LGI was asked to develop a presentation in response to that question. Using research funded by LGI and other sources we came up with the following keys for success:

10/01/2015 Economist Winters Discusses Trends Impacting Local Government

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Dennis Winters, Chief Economist for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development visited with the LGI Board at its October meeting to discuss workforce trends impacting local government.  Key points:

08/06/2015 Be Bold III Briefing to LGI Board

Jim Wood, Competitive Wisconsin, gave a briefing to the LGI Board at its August board meeting about the Be Bold III initiative.  The focus of this effort is training the workforce for the type of work that will be in demand in the future.  More information about Be Bold III may be found on their website:

Analysis of North Shore Fire Department Consolidation

The Policy Forum recently released an analysis of the impact of the consolidation of five independent fire departments into the North Shore Fire Deparment 20 years after it occurred. Titled "Come Together: An Analysis of fire department consolidation in Milwaukee County's North Shore," the report concludes that service quality has improved significantly for the area served, while cost savings averaging $250,000 per year are being realized.
The report may be downloaded from the Policy Forum at this address:

Local Transportation Policy Options - UW-Oshkosh

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As a follow-up to the Filling Potholes report, the Local Government Institute worked with three of Professor Karl Nollenberg's policy analysis students from the Masters of Public Administration program at UW-Oshkosh. LGI was interested in learning the level of acceptance for various funding options described in the report.

Joint Use Partnerships Between Schools and Local Governments

“Joint use” describes a formal or informal agreement to share a community’s social infrastructure. Joint use typically integrates a public school with other services such as libraries, parks, recreation centers and senior centers. Joint use partnerships are particularly important for underserved neighborhoods or with limited public transportation.

Intergovernmental Cooperation Workshop

The Local Government Institute was asked to organize a 3 hour workshop on intergovernmental cooperation. The workshop occurred prior to the 2014 League of Wisconsin Municipalities annual conference on Oct. 15, 2014. The workshop consisted of four panelists and a moderator. The workshop was broken into 5 parts. The presentation for each part can be downloaded by clicking on the link.
1.  Introduction - Gary Becker, moderator, Executive Director, Local Government Institute of Wisconsin: Intergovernmental Cooperation for Service Delivery - Lessons Learned
2.  Leadership - Henry Veleker, City Administrator, City of Waupaca: Intergovernmental Cooperation is Not Just a Buzzword

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