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Upcoming Local Government Programs

December 2019- January 2020

UW-Madison Division of Extension’s Local Government Center publishes this announcement of statewide programs monthly. It includes UW-Madison Extension programming and other programs of interest relating to local government that are offered in Wisconsin. Asterisked (*) programs are UW-Madison Extension’s Local Government Center programs. Information about UW-Madison Extension’s Local Government Center and its programming may be found at lgc.uwex.edu. Please send brochures and announcements of programs of statewide interest to Philip Freeburg (philip.freeburg@wisc.edu). Our address: Local Government Center, 702 Langdon St., Suite 111, Madison, WI 53706. Please call the specified program contact with questions about the programs.

December December 2-12, 2019 – “Highway Safety” – UW-Madison Transportation Information Center. 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. Six dates and locations listed below. Cost: $80. By state law, all local road agencies must maintain their roads in a safe condition. Learn how to reduce your road agency’s liability and identify necessary safety improvements, including signing and marking requirements, identifying safety problems, pavement marking and low-cost safety improvements at intersections, curves, and roadsides. Instructors: Greg Helgeson, retired from DOT and Andrea Bill from the UW-Transportation Information Center. Questions 800-442-4615. To register call 1-800-462-0876, or visit https://epd.wisc.edu/tic/workshop/highway-safety/

Dates and Locations for Highway Safety Workshops

Monday, December 2:  Eau Claire – Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center Tuesday, December 3:  Hayward – Fish Creek Inn & Suites
Wednesday, December 4:  Weston – Fairfield Inn & Suites Center (Wausau) Tuesday, December 10:  Green Bay – Comfort Suites-Rock Garden Wednesday, December 11:  Waukesha – Ingleside Hotel (Pewaukee) Thursday, December 12:  Barneveld – American Legion Hall

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 – “Encouraging a Culture of Civility & Respect” – Certified Public Manager® Program.
8:30 am – 3:15 pm, Lowell Center, Madison. Cost: $195 Govt/nonprofit.
Disrespectful and uncivil behavior is on the rise in the workplace, costing organizations millions in lost productivity, lower quality, and employee turnover. To address this growing problem, we examine the concept of civil and respectful behavior and some of the possible reasons behind the trend. We also share strategies that organizational leaders and teams can employ to build and maintain a culture of civil and respectful behavior, and to address disrespectful or inappropriate behavior when they see it. Instructor: Allison Cooley. Questions: Masha Bubela, 608-263-5130. To register, call 608-262-0810 or 800-725-9692 or register online at https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/encourage-culture-civility-respect/

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – “Executive Writing: Effective Workplace Communication” – Certified Public Manager® Program.
8:30 am – 3:15 pm, Lowell Center, Madison. Cost: $195 Govt/nonprofit.
Strengthen your ability to write memos, letters, and reports covering a broad range of issues. Learn techniques to increase efficiency, apply different structures depending on your purpose, improve you editing, choose appropriate language for written rather than oral communication, and analyze your intended audience. We use writing samples for analysis and discussion. Instructor: Kyle Henderson. Questions: Masha Bubela, 608-263-5130. To register, call 608-262-0810 or 800-725-9692 or register online at https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/executive-writing/

December 6-12, 2019 – “Election Security Communications In-Person Training Events for County and Municipal Clerks” –A hands-on training session, participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the webinar training and navigate a crisis communication scenario through an interactive, in-person exercise. Participants will be assigned to small groups and given a real-world communications crisis to manage using the toolkit resources. With a focus on problem-solving through teamwork and utilization of the toolkit, participants will be able to test their knowledge of crisis communications management through this guided simulation. When the exercise wraps up, all participants will come together and share their experiences with the larger group. Goal of this training is to help empower election officials to feel confident in their ability to successfully navigate a communications crisis of any scale. Attendance is limited to 50 individuals and you must register in advance through this web link: https://elections.wi.gov/clerks/education- training/schedule. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle R. Hawley at michelle.hawley@wi.gov or (608) 261- 2004

Locations and Dates for Election Security Communications Training

Friday, December 6: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison. 
Thursday, December 12: 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay.

December 9, 2019- January 23, 2020 – “Wisconsin Elections Commission Training: Baseline Chief Inspector Training” Questions call Allison Coakley (608) 261-2033. To register or for more information online visit http://elections.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/schedule

Dates and Locations for Baseline Chief Inspector Training

Monday, December 9, 2019: 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM, Suamico Municipal Services Building, Suamico
Monday, December 16, 2019:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Dodge County Administration Building, Juneau
Saturday, January 18, 2020: 8:00 AM-11:00 AM, Pittsville Community Hall, Pittsville
Wednesday, January 22, 2020: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Washington Town Hall, Eau Claire
Wednesday, January 22, 2020: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Washington Town Hall, Eau Claire
Thursday, January 23, 2020: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Portage County Annex, Stevens Point

Wednesday, December 11, 2019- December 20, 2019:- “Elections Security Tabletop Exercise (TTX)¬”- This tabletop exercise (TTX) is a training simulation that mirrors real-life security-related events that could occur leading up to and including Election Day. It will provide participants opportunities to identify, assess, and solve issues that could affect elections. It may also provide the chance for participants to experience election official roles different from their own. The goals of this training are to assess the current awareness and readiness of clerks as they relate to election security (physical, operational, cyber) and communications, and to provide tools and resources to help better prepare clerks for potential future incidents. These incidents are scripted and encompass a wide variety of topics and severity, ranging from weather-related issues that could potentially impact polling places, to some cybersecurity incidents that may require the assistance of IT professionals. This training is being hosted by the Kewaunee County Clerk, Jamie Annoye and led by WEC staff. Any questions question specifically related to registration may referred to Michelle R. Hawley, WEC Training Officer (608-261-2004 or michelle.hawley@wi.gov). Register online at this link: https://elections.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/schedule

Locations and Dates for Elections Security Tabletop Exercise

Wednesday, December 11, 2019: 1:00- 4:00 PM, Luxemburg Fairgrounds, Luxemburg
Thursday, December 12, 2019: 8:30- 11:30 AM, Buffalo County Courthouse, Alma
Thursday, December 12, 2019: 1:30- 4:30 PM, Buffalo County Courthouse, Alma
Thursday, December 12, 2019: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay
Tuesday, December 17, 2019: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM, St. Croix County Government Center, Hudson
Tuesday, December 17, 2019: 1:30-3:30 PM, St. Croix County Government Center, Hudson
Friday, December 20, 2019: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Northcentral Technical College, Phillips

Friday, December 16, 2019: “Update on Forward Analytics Webinar” – Wisconsin Counties Association. 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Dale Knapp, Director of Research & Analytics, Wisconsin Counties Association will discuss Forward Analytics latest research on job creation in Wisconsin; i.e., what kinds of jobs are being created and what that might mean for counties. You will also learn about some exciting research currently in progress, including a major project on rural depopulation both in Wisconsin and nationally. This is a remote location webinar. You can register in advance at this web link: https://events-na1.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/2192394915/en/events/event/shared/2227998022/event_registration.html?connect-session=na1breez7egzpw4ssvn8dmax&sco-id=3273409466&_charset_=utf-8

January

Monday, January 13, 2020- “Preparing for The County Board Organizational Meeting and Orientation For Newly Elected County Board Supervisors” – Wisconsin Counties Association.
10:00 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.
Cost: FREE to member counties, $115.00 for non-member participants due the day of the seminar.
Location: Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Stevens Point.
A workshop that will cover in detail, county government authority, roles and responsibilities of county supervisors, election of officers, adoption of the county board’s procedural rules, and county board organization. Topics also include committee structure; how committee members are appointed; resolutions and ordinances and how they are introduced and processed; and, agendas and who is responsible for them and how items get on the agenda. Eau Claire County officials will also present information on their orientation program for newly elected county supervisors. Featuring Speakers: Attorney Andrew Phillips, von Briesen & Roper, s.c., Kathryn Schauf, Eau Claire County Administrator, Philip Freeburg, Local Government Law Educator, Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin and Jon Hochkammer, Outreach Manager, Wisconsin Counties Association. Register online at: https://fs30.formsite.com/Wiscounties/fm0s4nyoxb/index.html

Friday, January 24, 2020 – “2019 District Meetings” – Wisconsin Towns Association. 8:00 am – 3:15 pm. $50, late registration $60; Reuland’s Conference Center, 630 Chippewa St., Minocqua, WI 54548. First of sixteen District Meetings. For more information, please visit the Wisconsin Towns Association website at http://wisctowns.com.