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The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin, in partnership with University of Wisconsin - Extension's Local Government Center, hosted a leadership workshop designed for local government leaders on April 28, 2011. The workshop was broadcast to eleven different sites across the state, and approximately 200 people registered for the event. Attendees were a mix of municipal staff members and elected officials, and representatives from counties, towns, villages, and cities alike were at the workshop.

This workshop provided participants with the basic concepts necessary to transform the way local government services are supplied within their regions through collaboration and service sharing.

The workshop agenda was as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Kick-Off
  • Presenter: Mayor Tim Hanna, Appleton, WI
  • 9:20 a.m. Panel Discussion: Collaboration, When is it Right?
  • Panelists: Cristy Cramer, Ruekert/Mielke, Dean Zuleger, Village of Weston, Dave Vrana, Baker Tilly
  • 10:20 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: Getting to Yes
  • Panelists: Bill White, Michael, Best & Friedrich, John St. Peter, Edgarton, St. Peter, Petak & Rosenfeldt, Andy Phillips, Wisconsin Counties Association, Phillip Freeburg, UW-Extension Local Government Center
  • 11:30 a.m. Facilitating Local Collaborations and Lean Government
  • Presenter: Tom Mosgaller, UW-Madison
  • 11:50 a.m. Concluding Remarks
  • 12:00 p.m. Optional Local Lunch Round Table Discussions

Participation in this workshop is the first step toward achieving certification as an LGI Service Innovation Leader. This new program was designed specifically for local elected officials and government staff interested in initiating discussions on the sharing or consolidation of services between local governments and other means of achieving efficiencies in service delivery. Sessions will provide leaders with the tools to educate and motivate others in pursuit of delivering better service at lower cost. Completion of the six-session educational program will result in inclusion in a published list of certified facilitators able to serve as resources for others interested in pursuing shared services, lean government or other collaborative initiatives. This program is still in development, but preliminary information can be found by clicking here, or as a downloadable brochure.

We are providing the following meeting materials for your download. Thank you for your interest.

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