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.


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." 

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;

Energy Independent Communities - June Meeting

June 29th, 2009 Stevens Point, <

2009 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.
The Summit included discussion about the role of local government in restoring economic prosperity and the relationship between federal policy and the health of local government.  The following ideas were discussed:

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.

Energy Independent Communities March Meeting

Renewable Energy Summit

Local Government Energy Planning - Lessons Learned

Many factors affecting the cost of government are outside the control of administrators and elected officials.  Enery usage, however, is one area where cost savings are within the control of managers.
The Local Government Institute is working with the Office of Energy Independence (OEI), U.W. Extension, and the Energy Center of Wisconsin to understand ways local government can better plan how energy is used.  In January 2009, OEI awarded 10 grants to 23 units of government to prepare energy plans to guide each of the local government units achieve energy independence goals.

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Best Practices

Best Practices in Local Government: Efficiency, Service Delivery and Regional Collaboration
Local governments across Wisconsin have been innovators in finding ways to improve administrative efficiency, reduce costs while improving service quality and working together with other governmental units within a region.  We are using this page to collect examples of some of the best practices in Wisconsin.


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