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
Since the LGI announced the release of "A Roadmap for Government Transformation" at a press conference in the Capitol on March 16, 2010, people are taking notice. Articles that have appeared in the media are attached below. An hour-long call-in talk show hosted by Ben Merens on Wisconson Public Radio featuring an interview on the report with our own Bill Mielke can be accessed by clicking here.
Milwaukee Fox6 March 16, 2010
Milwaukee WTAQ March 17, 2010
Transform Government by Consolidating and Delivering Services More Efficiently for Taxpayers - LGI Issues Report - Download Here
Comprehensive Report Released Today by Group Representing Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages
Wednesday August 4, 2010
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
1000 Islands Environmental Center
1000 Beaulieu Court
Host: City of Kaukauna and Kaukauna Utilities
8:00 - 9:00 am - Check-In, Coffee, Continental-Style Breakfast, Conversation
9:00 - 9:30 am - Introductions and Welcome
9:30 - 11:00 am - Energy Sustainability and Economic Development
Energy Independence Workshop
April 7, 2010
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire, WI
9:00-9:30 Introductions and Welcome
9:30-10:45 Local Financing Opportunities for Retrofits – PACE, On-bill, other
Local Government Institute to Unveil Plan to Transform Government by Consolidation and More Efficient Service Delivery
Comprehensive Report to be Released at Press Conference by Group Representing Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages
On February 16, 2010 the University of Wisconsin Extension Local Government Center will host a discussion by two local government officials who have attempted municipal consolidations in Wisconsin and a state official who reviewed those efforts. Anyone is welcome to participate from a WisLine location at your local County Extension office. Material and digital audiostreams are available if you are not able to attend but interested in the program. Read more for registration info.