General Resources for Municipal Officials & Staff

Last updated June 27, 2017

Albany Law School Government Law Center
Though this website is based in New York, much of the information available through the blog links and white papers is useful knowledge in Wisconsin.
http://www.albanylaw.edu/centers/government-law-center

The American Planning Association Knowledge Center
Best practices, review research, and case studies from the leading planning authorities and experts in the profession.
https://www.planning.org/knowledgecenter/

Bird City Wisconsin
A conservation and education organization that recognizes Wisconsin municipalities that work to make their communities healthy for birds and people.
director@birdcitywisconsin.org
birdcitywisconsin.org

Center for Land Use Education
CLUE helps communities make sound land use decisions that result in a sustainable Wisconsin.
715-346-2386
http://bit.ly/UWSPCLUE

Focus on Energy
Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program, providing information, resources and financial incentives to implement energy saving projects.
888-947-7828
focusonenergy.com

Green Tier Legacy Communities
Green Tier helps communities across the state move toward a sustainable future through initiatives that promote environmental stewardship, economic growth, public health, and social equity.
608-259-1000
greentiercommunities.org

healthTIDE
healthTIDE unites multi-sector partners across Wisconsin who are working to make the healthy choice the easy choice in their communities.
608-265-2005
healthtide.org

Instructional Communications Systems-UW Extension
ICS offers Audio, Video and Web Conferencing, in-house and off-site Video Production and Audio/Video Self-Recording Studios.
608-262-1598
ics.uwex.edu

Legislative Fiscal Bureau
For Wisconsin state legislative budget, informational and bill summaries, see the publications section of this website.
legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb

Local Government Institute
Offers research and education related to local units of government.
608-960-2850
Exec_dir@localgovinstitute.org

Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) Regional Safety Management Program
Wisconsin's largest safety program custom-tailored for public sector employers.
608-837-2263
meuw.org

Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC)
A nonprofit organization that helps local governments across Washington State better serve their citizens by providing legal and policy guidance on any topic. Though this is a Washington website, much of the information provided is useful to Wisconsin local governments, too.
http://mrsc.org/Home.aspx

National League of Cities
Working in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, NLC serves as a resource to and advocate for all cities and villages.
202-626-3067
www.nlc.org

Tree City USA/Wisconsin DNR
By meeting four fundamental standards, an incorporated municipality of any size can qualify for the Tree City designation.
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/treecity.html

US Communities
Leading national cooperative purchasing program, providing procurement services to local government agencies looking for the best overall supplier government pricing.
866-472-7467
uscommunities.org

UW-Extension Local Government Center
Helps educate local government officials through workshops, distance learning and website resources.
608-262-9960
lgc@uwex.edu

Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School
The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project provides training, tools and technical assistance to municipalities, law enforcement, public health and community groups working to improve the alcohol environment. 
608-262-0370
julia.sherman@wisc.edu
law.wisc.edu/wapp/

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
WEDC leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing opportunities for Wisconsin businesses and communities to thrive in a globally competitive environment.
855-469-4249
inwisconsin.org

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
WHEDA works closely with lenders, developers, local government, nonprofits, community groups and others to implement its low-cost financing programs for housing and economic development.
wheda.com

Wisconsin Legislative Reference Library
The staff of the Legislative Library collects and organizes state, local, and federal government information and contains over 85,000 items related to the lawmaking process and public policy issues.
http://lrbcat.legis.wisconsin.gov/

Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association
The WMCA is the source for education and professional development for municipal clerks and staff in similar jobs.
coordinator@wisclerks.org
wisclerks.org

Wisconsin Office of Open Government at the Dept. of Justice
Materials on the public record and open meeting laws
https://www.doj.state.wi.us/office-open-government/office-open-government-resources

Wisconsin Rural Partners
A state-wide non-profit organization promoting leadership and collaboration to make rural Wisconsin thrive.
608-967-2322
wirural.org

Wisconsin State Legislature
Provides state statutes, contacts for your local state representative/senator, calendar overview of the Legislative session, Wisconsin Blue Book information and much more.
legis.wisconsin.gov

Wisconsin Women's Council
The Women's Council is a Wisconsin state government agency with a board appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders.  Information on the Council's programs is available on their website.
www.womenscouncil.wi.gov

Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG)
WWIG is a bi-partisan volunteer organization that recognizes and supports women who choose to pursue a career in government by providing educational, mentoring and networking opportunities.
info@WiscWomenInGovernment.org
wiscwomningovernment.org