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.

05/17/11 LGI Initiated Bills Introduced In Assembly

The Joint Legislative Committee today introduced three bills, the ideas for which can be traced to LGI's 2010 study Roadmap for Government Transformation.  

04/29/11 Milwaukee Taxing Bodies Explore Combining Employee Benefits

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.

The Pros And Cons Of Contracting Public Services

 Governing Magazine

Urban - Rural: We're All In This Together

 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:

03/13/11 Sharing Makes Sense During Tough Times - Allouez Fire Dept. Consolidation

 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.
 

Doing More With Less: Collaborative Leadership for Service Delivery Workshop - April 28, 2011

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

01/22/2011 Many Things Stand In The Way of Collaborative Government

 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.

01/01/2011 Using The Web To Improve Local Government Services

 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.
 

12/07/2010 IBM Accepting Applications for Smarter Cities Challenge

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/

11/30/2010 Collaboration: Never Have We Needed It More

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."
 
 
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