Local Government Ed

UW-Extension increases local officials’ knowledge and decision-making abilities by providing facilitation resources and educational programs. Local officials often request assistance of the UW-Extension Office in helping boards and committees understand their specific roles and responsibilities, such as open meeting or records laws.
Program example:
In order to determine the best approach for promoting countywide tourism that has the widest base of support from the many identified interest groups, the County Education & Culture Committee instructed UW-Extension to undertake the Washington County Tourism Initiative.   View the Washington County Tourism Initiative.

Local Government Wisline Teleconference Series

Conducting Local Elections and Current Issues Affecting Local Government training series are now available through the UW-Extension Local Government Center 

Attendance at several of the Local Election Teleconferences earns participants 1.5 hours of credit toward the recertification requirement of chief elections inspectors.

Special Note: Conducting Local Elections

Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) will be assuming full responsibility for the future training and education of election officials and clerks. As a result, the “Conducting Local Elections” WisLine series will no longer be offered by the Local Government Center. Recordings of prior WisLine sessions may still be purchased from the Local Government Center as audiostreams via The Learning Store. Future training opportunities will be offered by the GAB. Refer to the GAB website (http://gab.wi.gov/) for more information or contact Allison Coakley, Training Officer, at (608) 261-2033 with any questions you might have

 Related Links of Interest

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The Local Government Center is a multi-disciplinary unit of the University of Wisconsin Extension supported by the Wisconsin Counties Association, the Wisconsin Towns Association, and the Wisconsin League of Municipalities. The Center offers training workshops, educational teleconference network (ETN) programs, publications, and fact sheets in the areas of community planning & design, growth management, local government official education, disaster management & recovery, barn preservation, and downtown business improvement programs.

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The Washington County Web site lists the departments, services, meetings, and minutes related to county government.  Contact information for all 20 local communities within the County as well as rosters of elected and appointed officials is also available on the site.

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The Wisconsin League of Municipalities is an association of statewide municipalities  providing a clearinghouse of information, lobbying efforts, and legal assistance.

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A statewide organization promoting the interests of towns, town government, and small villages is the Wisconsin Towns Association.

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Serving Wisconsin’s seventy-two counties is the Wisconsin Counties Association, whose goal is to further better county  government and protect the counties’ interest.

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Paul M. Roback
Associate Professor
Community Development Educator

UW-Extension Washington County
333 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
PO Box 2003
West Bend, WI 53095-2003

Phone: 262-335-4480
Fax: 262-335-4863
Relay “711”
Email: paul.roback@ces.uwex.edu