On September 19, 2012 in Stevens Point, LGI co-hosted the 2nd Annual Lean Government Conference in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, with the theme "do more better."
120 individuals from 46 organizations attended the conference, representing county, city, village, and town government, as well as state agencies, school districts, technical colleges, non-profits, and the business community. Keynote speakers included Roger Gerard, PhD, lean expert and co-author of On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry, and Mike Levinson, former City Manager of Coral Springs, Florida, the only state or local government to receive the Presidential Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Shawano Common Council and Shawano County Board of Supervisors meet for the first time in two years, and plan to keep in better touch in the future to discuss issues of common concern.
Click here to read the article from The Shawano Leader.
The University of Wisconsin Extension's Local Government Center will be hosting a webinar entitled "Developing the Annual Budget" from 10:00 am til 12:00 pm on September 19.
The webinar will be an interactive and engaging session designed to help local government officials develop and finalize their annual budgets for next year. Gain not only a good understanding of what policies and rules apply, but also the "hows" and "whys" of local government budgets.
The program covers the statutory requirements and procedures local governemnts are subject to in developing their budgets, addresses fund accounting in local government budgets, what considerations are necessary involving such essential subjects as revenue and debt management, what the various components of a budget look lik,e and how each part/fund relates to the entire budget.
Co-Hosted by the Local Government Institute of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence
Learn about tools and principles to improve quality, cost effectiveness, service delivery and responsiveness to the public—and how to lead the change. Hear from public sector organizations who have successfully implemented LEAN initiatives and developed “lean cultures” within their agencies and departments.
With limited resoures, collaboration and partnerships between local units of government play an important role in enhancing and improving service delivery and addressing difficult issues.
The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin continues to expand its resource directory of case study examples of collaboration between local units of government and other entities. We invite you to explore the directory to see if there are case studies that can help assist your community with its collaborative effort.
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This is a working directory, as it will be added to and enhanced as more examples and information become available.
The Cities of Beloit and Janesville are working together to determine ways the two municipalities can collaborate to increase efficiency and save money. Collaboration has occurred in areas such as plumbing inspection, public works materials purchase, and planning for management of Emerald Ash Borers.
Click here for the article from the Beloit Daily News.
This Wisconsin State Journal editorial argues for more cooperation between local units of government in order to save money and improve service delivery.
Click here to read the editorial.
Presentation 3: "Local Government Collaboration in Energy Planning"
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The third presentation in the 2012 LGI web presentation series focused on collaborative initiatives in energy planning. The presentation featured two speakers who shared their experiences with energy planning efforts aimed at making energy systems more efficient and sustainable.
The Ohio Governor's Office of 21st Century Education, in partnership with the Ohio Office of Budget and Management, have recently completed the study Beyond Boundaries: A Shared Services Action Plan for Ohio Schools and Governments. The study included a survey of government entities and leadership to determine the current state of shared services in Ohio. The plan serves as a "roadmap" for furthering collaborative approaches to delivering necessary services, increasing efficiency and service delivery, and reducing costs.
Energy on Wisconsin, a collaboration of the State Energy Office and UW-Extension, will host quarterly gatherings of Energy Independent Communities (EIC) and other municipalities and school districts interested in sustaiinable energy programming. The sessions are designed to promote networking and learning from each other. Each of the gatherings will include a case study of the host area energy and sustainability programs and projects, sharing between attendees, information/training about the topic session, funding opportunities and strategies for that topic, and a tour, event or both. Meetings will be held in different regions around the state to promote participation.
Session 1: April 20, 2012, Evansville, WI
Session 2: July 18, 2012, Ashland, WI