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
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), in partnership with the Surdna Foundation, is offering technical assistance services over the next 12 months to local governments and other local stakeholders around the U.S. on energy efficiency policy and program implementation.
The Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia Federal Reserve recently discussed their research on older industrial cities, with a particular focus on smaller cities. The research centered on the following questions:
According to the Wisconsin Counties Association, Brown County has successfully implemented more than 20 business process improvement events in 14 different departments during the first three years of implementation of its Lean Management initiative.
For a copy of the Spring 2012 Brown County Lean Newsletter, click here.
For more information on Brown County's Lean Management initiative, click here.
The Urban Land Institute recently announced the release of the Infrastructure 2012 report, prepared in conjunction with Ernst and Young, which found that constrained budgets and a growing recognition of the importance of infrastructure has led many state, regional, and local governments in the United States to adopt innovative strategies to fund, plan for, build, and manage infrastructure.
For more information on the report, click here.
To view a copy of the Infrastructure 2012 report, click here.
Webinar 2: "Efficiency and Equity in Water and Wastewater Services: Consolidation and Revenue Sharing Case Studies"
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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Webinar 1: "Establishing a Forum for Collaboration"
Friday, April 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Join us for the first webinar of the 2012 LGI Webinar Series focusing on creating collaboration initiatives.
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The Wisconsin City County Managers Association (WCMA) held its winter conference last week in Eau Claire. Robert O'Neill, Executive Director of the International City Managers Association (ICMA) spoke on current trends impacting local government and how local governments can manage in the face of these trends.
Key points from Bob's presentation:
1. The federal government will essentially have no domestic agenda for the next decade. Entitlements, defense, and debt will claim nearly all federal revenue for the next ten years. With no ability to raise additional revenue, the federal government will continue to cut domestic spending.