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.

Toward a Sustainable Community: A Toolkit for Local Government

This two-volume publication from the University of Wisconsin - Extension is an excellent resource for local governments wanting to improve their financial, social and environmental sustainability.
Volume 1 features:

  • Guidance for Adapting Local Government Functions
  • Energy
  • Buildings
  • Transportation/Mobility
  • Procurement
  • Investments
  • Human Resources
  • Case Studies & Sample Resolutions

Click here to download Volume 1 (2.76 mb)
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Volume 2 features:

Town and Village Workshops including Budget and Finance

UW-Extension Local Government Center and the Wisconsin Towns Association. 8:00 am – 3:15 pm. Nine locations across the state. Cost:  $65; late registrations $75, includes lunch. These workshops cover a basic curriculum on budgeting; payroll; financial administration; DOR update, forms, electronic filing and levy limits; local government’s role in sustainable communities; common parliamentary procedure issues; liability protection; annexation; and a “hot topics” session from the Wisconsin Towns Association. More information is available at To register, contact the Wisconsin Towns Association at (715) 526-3157.

Dates & Locations for Town and Village Workshops

08/26/13 3rd Annual Lean Government Conference October 2nd

The program for Wisconsin's 3rd annual Lean Government Conference has been posted and on-line conference registration is now open.  The venue this year will be the conference facilities at the American Family Center in Madison.  This facility is conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy 151 and Interstates 39, 90 and 94 - offering easy acces for people coming from all parts of Wisconsin.  For conference details and registration, visit

Lean Government Workshops Coming Up In Wausau

The Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence has partnered with Northcentral Technical College (NTC) in Wausau to offer educational workshops and seminars in a location more convenient to residents of northern and central Wisconsin.  The first sessions to be offered are a series of workshops by popular presenter Walter Jankowski.  Walter Jankowski is a Reinvention Consultant and the owner and principal in Reinvention, LLC, a Madison-based consulting firm.

03/07/2013 Excellence At Work Conference


March 7, 2013 at the American Family Conference Center, Building A, 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI

Our annual conference is designed to motivate, inspire…and provide practical tools and techniques to help your organization be the best it can be!  Whether your interest is in Baldrige, LEAN, or optimizing workplace or personal performance, our speakers will energize you and your team. This conference is a meeting point where the performance-minded develop skills, network and help move Wisconsin Forward–one organization at a time.

Bridging the Gap Between Education Needs of Local Elected Officials and Existing Resources Available

The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin is pleased to release this white paper on education needs of local elected officials.  This is the third and final white paper in a series of three published by LGI on the subject of education and training for local elected officials.
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This white paper provides recommendations for meeting the education and training needs of local elected officials in Wisconsin given the existing resources available.  Specific recommendations are given on what additional resources should be provided and how currently available resources can be better leveraged and provided to local elected officials.  

01/07/2013 More Collaboration Expected for Beloit in 2013

Last year was historic in terms of the city meeting with surrounding communities. It held joint meetings with Janesville, the Town of Beloit and Town of Turtle.

Education Needs of Local Elected Officials

The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin is pleased to release a white paper on education needs of local elected officials. This is the second white paper in a series of three to be published on the subject of education and training for local elected officials.
Click here to download
This white paper provides a summary of results from a survey distributed to elected county, municipal, and town elected officials.  Results are presented to illustrate the need these elected officials perceived for training in various training categories.  Survey questions were also asked about preferred training format, as well as the barriers to participation in training programs.  The last white paper in this series will provide recommendations for addressing the gaps in training and education resources relative to existing needs.

12/09/2012 Fire Departments Consider Consolidation

The fire departments of the City of Fitchburg, City of Verona, Village of Oregon and Town of Madison are discussing the possibility of consolidation to provide better services to residents at potentially lower costs.  An article on describing the situation can be found here:
Graduate students from the LaFollette School of Public Policy presented a study recommending consolidation on Jan. 2, 2013.  A news article can be found here: School Recommends Consolidation of Fire Services.pdf
A copy of the study by the La Follette grad students can be found here:

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