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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:

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Workshop - Future of Wisconsin Local Government


Future of Wisconsin Local Government

The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin announced today it was starting a 9 month study of the likely scenarios that could play out for local governments over the next 20 years. As we know, recent demographic, economic and political trends are making it more difficult for local governments to operate in a way that is both fiscally sustainable and provides the expected level of services to residents.
Over the next decade, many of these trends will deepen and Wisconsin will face additional demographic and economic pressure as the state's population ages and the support ratio (the number of working citizens supporting each retiree) falls.
  • Between 2010 and 2040 in Wisconsin the population of children ages 0­17 will fall from 23% in 2010 to 21% in 2040;
  • The working age population (ages 18­64) will fall from 63% in 2010 to 55% in 2040;  

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.

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