From The Telegraph Herald On-Line:
Pilot Program To Share Costs Includes Leaders From 15 Cities and 3 Counties
As a follow-up to last month's 2nd Annual Lean Government Conference co-hosted by the Local Government Institute of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence (WCPE), WCPE is putting on two upcoming workshops in Madison.
These workshops will explore in depth topics discussed at the Lean Government Conference. Information about these exciting workshops is included below.
"Selecting and Using Performance Measurement Tools"
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in Madison
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
For More Information and To Register
"Lean 101 - Taking the 'Fat' Out of Your Processes"
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in Madison
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
LGI Executive Director Gary Becker gave an update on lean government work in Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Counties Association Conference September 24 in La Crosse.
Gary gave an overview of the work of the Local Government Institute, a summary of the 2nd annual Lean Government Conference held September 19 in Stevens Point, and discussed key lessons taken from that conference.
To view Gary's presentation click here.
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.
View the Resource Directory
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.