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.

2012 Beloit, Janesville Look to Cooperate

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.

2012 Aim For More Mergers at Local Level

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"

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.

2012 State of Ohio Completes Shared Services Action Plan

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.

Technical Assistance & Funding Available for Energy Efficiency Activities

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.

Smaller Cities that Think Big: Lessons from Resurgent and Transforming Cities

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:

2012 Brown County Lean Initiative - "The Lean Letter" Newsletter Available

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.

2014 Urban Land Institute Announces Release of Infrastructure 2014 Report

The Urban Land Institute recently announced the release of the Infrastructure 2014 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. 
To view a copy of the Infrastructure 2014 report, click here.

2012 Manitowoc County Joint Municipal Collaboration Event


The Manitowoc County Economic Development Corporation will be hosting a Joint Municipality Collaboration Event on June 14, 2012.  The Kiel, Manitowoc, and Two Rivers City Council members, as well as the county board are welcome to join us as we work together to identify collaborative opportunities, as well as identify challenges or concerns that need to be addressed as community partners. 
Contact Connie Loden, Executive Director, Manitowoc County EDC at or (920) 482-0540.

2012 Local Government Trends From WCMA Conference

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.

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