Presentation 1: "Establishing a Forum for Collaboration"

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The first presentation of the 2012 presentation series focused on the initial step to finding opportunities for collaboration - getting units of goverment together to talk about it.  The presentation featured three speakers who shared their experiences with local forums that were established specifically to promote inter-government cooperation and collaboration.

Neil Kraus, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, spoke about his work with the Western Wisconsin Intergovernmental Collaborative.  The Western Wisconsin Intergovernmental Collaborative (WWIC) was formed as an educational non profit in 2006.  Meetings of the WWIC address a range of issues important to local governments, including transportation, recreation, state legislative actions, and local  government collaboration in general.  The organization is open to any officials from local governments in Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties.

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Martin Havlovic of the University of Wisconsin Extension and Andy Ross, Columbia County Board Supervisor for District 21 and Village of Poynette Trustee, spoke about their experience with the Inter-County Coordinating Committee. Columbia, Dodge, Jefferson, and Sauk Counties formed the Inter-County Coordinating Committee to address the problems and concerns they were facing as an area.  The ICC by-laws state that the purpose of this joint effort “shall be to foster a cooperative effort in resolving problems, establishing priorities, exchanging information, and providing educational programs.”  Green Lake County withdrew from its assigned RPC and joined the ICC in 1974 and Marquette County followed suit in 2009.  The ICC is a recognized standing committee among its six member counties. 

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