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.
A new website has the potential to streamline the time between identifying a problem and securing a local government solution. SeeClickFix - www.seeclickfix.com - allows citizens to post a problem - from a pothole in front of their house to a broken street light to graffiti in the neighborhood. The problem is posted for all to see as is the time it takes to fix the problem. Local elected officials, eager to stay on voter's good side, monitor the site to ensure timely response to posted problems. The media also monitors the site, looking for good local interest stories.
IBM has inaugurated the Smarter Cities Challenge, a competitive grant program through which IBM will award a total of $50 million worth of technology and services to a hundred municipalities across the globe. Over the next three years, IBM will send top experts to those cities that have made the strongest case for participating in the Smarter Cities Challenge. IBM consultants will immerse themselves in local issues involving the administration of healthcare, education, safety, social services, transportation, communications, sustainability, budget management, energy, and utilities. Applications will be accepted annually.
For more information, visit the website at: https://smartercitieschallenge.org/
The Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policies Board, Ted Abernathy recently wrote a commentary on the importance of regional collaboration. He listed 7 keys to successful collaboration:
1. Regional Leadership
2. Building A Team
3. Narrowly Define the Group's Charge
4. Determine the Geography of the Effort
5. Engage Every Partner
6. Share All Information Broadly
7. Build Collaborative Capacity
The Local Government Institute also identified many of these items in our report A Roadmap for Government Transformation - the one important item we found that is not in Mr. Abernathy's list is "Clear Fiscal Benefit."
The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin is committed to promoting the building of leadership skills and organizational capacity among local governments and community leaders in Wisconsin.
The following is a list of organizations and/or programs in Wisconsin that provide valuable training opportunities for local government officials in the areas of leadership, government, economic development, conflict resolution, and others. Please refer to the links for more information about the workshops, seminars, and other programs that are offerred.
State Organizations Offering Leadership Programs
Civitas - www.civitaswi.org
Leadership Wisconsin/Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program - www.uwex.edu/ces/wrlp
A recent article in the Kansas City Federal Reserve newsletter "Main Street Economist" describes how local governments in rural areas can cope with fiscal stress through strategies that include consolidation of service delivery, cooperation and collaboration.
Download the full article here.
"Local governments have a number of options for increasing efficiencies, and most fall into one of four categories - consolidation, intermunicipality cooperation, internal reorganization and privatization. If local governments can find ways to increase efficiency, they can cope with current fiscal challenges more easily and improve their long-term fiscal health."
Follow this link to view the article on the Kansas City Fed website:
Download the "lessons learned" report - 2009 Energy Independent Communities Grant Program Overview (595 k), no appendices
Download the appendices to the 2009 "Lessons Learned" report (2.6 mb) - 127 pages
Download the Governor's Independence Day Press Release announcing release of LGI's "Lessons Learned" report (83 kb)
The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin and the Johnson Foundation hosted a forum for Racine area business and local government leaders on Thursday May 27, 2010. The 36 people in attendance heard a presentation of the "Roadmap for Government Transformation" by Christine Smith and Dave Varana of Baker Tilly followed by comments and discussion from a panel of local government leaders experienced in intergovernmental cooperation. Audience members were given an opportunity to pose questions to the researchers and panelists. Concluding remarks were made by LGI Executive Director Gary W. Becker and Johnson Bank President Russ Weyers.
A public policy forum "Beyond Milwaukee County: Challenges Facing Wisconsin’s Other Counties" was held at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee on May 17, 2010. Moderated by Charles Law Director, UW-Extension Local Government Center. The presentation is available for watching or listening from Wisconsin Eye. Follow this link to the Forums page of Wisconsin Eye. Forums are organized by date – scroll down to May 17, 2010 to find this discussion.
Panelists for this forum included:
David Bretl, Walworth County Administrator
Doug Johnson, Washington County Administrative Coordinator