From WBAY-TV Green Bay-Fox Cities-Northeast Wisconsin News:
The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, along with local and state officials, unveil a legislative proposal they hope will help grow communities.
It involves creating tax increment financing districts across municipal lines.
The Joint Legislative Committee today introduced three bills, the ideas for which can be traced to LGI's 2010 study Roadmap for Government Transformation.
from The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee:
As health care costs continue to rise and government entities face reduced funding in the state budget, Milwaukee’s cash-strapped taxing bodies are exploring combining their employee benefits to save money.
Estimating Rural and Urban Minnesota's Interdependencies, by Kate Searls, Minnesota Rural Partners, March 2011
This is the report of a study, funded by US Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development, to document the degree to which rural and urban areas are economically linked. The study looked at Minnesota, but the conclusions apply to Wisconsin as well. Key findings:
• Rural Minnesota provides critical employment in a number of the most sought after industry sectors. Forty percent of Minnesota’s total employment in 17 targeted industry clusters takes place in rural Minnesota.
• Well over half of the state’s jobs in the following clusters are located outside the urban region:
Editorial from the Green Bay Press Gazette, March 13, 2011:
The village of Allouez appears to be taking a rational, measured approach to the possibility of consolidating or sharing fire services — the kind of move our state could see more of as belt-tightening in Madison trickles down to the local level.
The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin, in partnership with University of Wisconsin - Extension's Local Government Center, hosted a leadership workshop designed for local government leaders on April 28, 2011. The workshop was broadcast to eleven different sites across the state, and approximately 200 people registered for the event. Attendees were a mix of municipal staff members and elected officials, and representatives from counties, towns, villages, and cities alike were at the workshop.
This workshop provided participants with the basic concepts necessary to transform the way local government services are supplied within their regions through collaboration and service sharing.
The workshop agenda was as follows:
8:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Kick-Off
An article from the Wisconsin State Journal describing the difficulty of local government service consolidation:
"For the first time in recent memory, the oddly shaped, sparsely populated and slated-for-extinction town of Blooming Grove will have its own ambulance service.
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, with the first cycle closing December 31, 2010.
For more information, visit the website at: https://smartercitieschallenge.org/