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.

03/31/09 - Top 50 Innovations in Government - Two From Wisconsin!

Programs Compete for 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards
Cambridge, Mass., – March 31, 2009 –
 

Municipally Imposed Tax & Expenditure Limits

"Municipally Imposed Tax & Expenditure Limits", Leah Brooks & Justin Phillips; Land Lines 21(2009), Lincoln Institute of Land Pollicy; http://www.lincolninst.edu
 
The authors surveyed over 350 municipal governments in the United States to learn the extent and characteristics of locally imposed tax and expenditure limits (TELs).  They found that one in eight survey respondents had imposed some form of TEL.  Their research compared characteristics of the TELs imposed as well as the municipalities that imposed these restrictions on themselves.
 

E-Government

E-government refers to the use of information and communication technology to provide and improve government services, transactions and interactions with citizens, businesses, and other arms of government.  It is a critically important tool for improving the efficiency local government services while improving the quality of service delivery, promoting citizen engagement and providing transparency of government.
In March 2009 the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin City/County Managers Association co-sponsored with other organizations a conference at the University of Illinois Chicago called "Beyond the Web Page - An E-Government Workshop." 
 

04/20/09 - From Sandbags to Sanity: Lessons From the Floods of 2008

Monday, April 20, 2009
Monona Terrace/Hall of Ideas

Small Towns Big Ideas - Case Studies in Small Town Community Economic Development

Small Towns Big Ideas - Case Studies in Small Town Community Economic Development, Will Lamb, December 2008; Published by University of North Carolina School of Government and Rural Economic Development Center; 256 pages; http://ncruralcenter.org/images/PDFs/Publications/stbigideasi.pdf

03/26/09 - Minnesota Cities Counties Explore Funding Ideas

Energy Independent Communities - June Meeting

June 29th, 2009 Stevens Point, <

02/11/09 - Northeast-Midwest Institute 2009 Summit

Gary W. Becker and Jerry Wehrle attended a Summit sponsored by the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Brookings Institution in Washington DC on February 11-12, 2009.  The focus of the Summit was on revitalizing older cities.  There was discussion of strategies, funding and legislation that local governments can use to help revitalize older industrial cities in northeast and midwest states.  Wisconsin has a number of older industrial cities facing revitalization challenges.
 
Becker and Wehrle also met with Senator Herb Kohl, Senator Russ Feingold and Rep. Ron Kind to discuss the work of the Local Government Institute and issues facing local government in Wisconsin.
 

Significance of Metro Areas to Wisconsin

Wisconsin has four of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas—Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, and Minneapolis—which alone account for 42 percent of the state’s population, 46 percent of the state’s jobs, and 50 percent of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP).
All 15 of Wisconsin’s metros constitute 72 percent of the state’s population, 77 percent of the state’s jobs, and 80 percent of the state’s GDP.

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