Local Government Ed

Extension increases local officials’ knowledge and decision-making abilities by providing facilitation resources and educational programs. Local officials often request assistance of the Extension Office in helping boards and committees understand their specific roles and responsibilities, such as open meeting or records laws.
Program example:
The Washington County Board Chair requested Paul conduct research and facilitate a process for the Washington County Board Structure Advisory Committee that would result in the Committee identifying a preferred size for the Washington County Board. Paul presented a Summary Report of the Committee’s work at the February 2020 Washington County Board meeting.

 Related Links of Interest

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.

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.

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

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

Wis. Co. Asscn
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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