The Municipality Magazine

The League's The Municipality magazine is published monthly and circulates to almost 10,000 local elected officials, staff and partners in Wisconsin. We focus on issues that are of interest to Wisconsin's cities and villages and will help to move Wisconsin forward.

If you are a local official or staff of a League member municipality and are not receiving the magazine please email the League and we will add you to the subscription list.

If you would like to subscribe please use the online order form.  The subscription rate is $25 annually. 

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6 22 Cover Jerome Glenn colorful art with sun in left top corner and buildings MunicipalityCover

June 2022

Every April approximately 800 new officials are elected to local government. They come to public service with a wide variety of life experiences so we crowdsourced advice from experienced officials in articles and from LinkedIn and Facebook. Thanks to everyone who offered their advice. 

Thanks too to Jerome Glenn, who works with "Arts for ALL Wisconsin", for the colorful cover art. Learn more about Jerome on page 1 of the magazine.  

5 22 Cover The Municipality Clerks Safety

May 2022

May 1-7, 2022 is Municipal Clerks Week and we are celebrating! Learn about the many responsibilities the clerk has beyond administering elections and also read about the League's "We Trust Them" PSA. (Watch it here.) 

We also take on road and railroad safety plus there's an article on what to do in an active shooter situation.  

4 22 Grants The Municipality Waupun groundbreaking

April 2022

Grants are the hot topic and this magazine will not disappoint. Each article has a great nugget or two to help you navigate what can be a complicated process.  

Access the USDA Rural Development article (PDF) that directly links to all of their resources.  

Check out the League's Grants Resource page. 

3 22 The Municipality COVER Public Places Oconomowoc Yellow Brick Road

March 2022

Oconomowoc's Yellow Brick Road is a good analogy for public places, the places where people gather. The magazine includes public places from across Wisconsin, an essay on the serenity public places can bring and articles on the importance of senior centers and parks.  

The League's March E-Newsletter with grants, events and opportunities.  

The League's March E-Muni takes a deep dive into the magazine, providing direct links to resources.  Note that this newsletter is being discontinued.  

2 22 Cover The Municipality Hiring

February 2022

Hiring is hard right now.  The League's magazine is focused on what you can do to make your municipality stand out and become an employer of choice.

Where are Wisconsin Workers - the Graphs: 
(Open the image and right click to save to your computer.) 
Figure 1 - Monthly Job Openings  
Figure 2 - Unemployed per Job Opening
Figure 3 - Monthly Quits
Figure 4 - Labor Participation Ages 16 and Over
Figure 5 - Labor Participation by Age
Figure 6 - Population Age 15 and Over
Figure 7 - Changes in Total Working and Prime Working Age
Figure 8 - Employees Age 55 and Over by Industry

The League's February E-Newsletter with resources, grant and funding information, events and opportunities.  

The League's February E-Muni, a deep dive into the magazine with direct links to resources.  

1 22 Cybersecurity magazine in dramatic blue with a locked computer

January 2022 

Cybersecurity and internet access go hand in hand and we tackle both in the League's January magazine. An accessible Q&A with experts on cybersecurity and an article on an innovative way to provide broadband access anchor the magazine. 

Download Matt Kure's Broadband Affordability and Accessibility Map (PDF) from page 6. 

The League's January E-Newsletter is chockful of funding resources, events and opportunities. 

The January E-Muni has direct links to useful resources including the legal articles.   

12 21 Cooperation Cover West Salem in Winter

December 2021

Collaboration is often key to local government progress. The Local Government Institute and the new Whitburn Center at UW Oshkosh along with the work by UniverCity in communities all demonstrate the strength of collaboration.  

The League's December E-Newsletter with resources, funding, opportunities and events. 

The League's December E-Muni provides direct links to legal articles and resources mentioned in the magazine. 

11 21 Cover THE MUNICIPALITY By the Numbers

November 2021

So many numbers!  Did you know that the median size city/village in Wisconsin has a population of 1,450? Or that Yuba is the smallest village in Wisconsin and, no surprise, Milwaukee is the biggest city. Or that there are 1,100 special purpose districts in Wisconsin? Page through and find your favorite number.   

The League's November E-Newsletter with opportunities, events and funding.  

The November E-Muni takes a deep dive into the magazine with direct links to resources.  

10 21 THE MUNICIPALITY Annual Conference cover

October 2021

Municipal safety best practices, salty water and successful housing strategies along with a profile of incoming League Board President Justin Nickels are all featured in the League's October magazine.  The "For the Goof of the Order" column is authored by Boardman Attorney Mike May and is focused on the "Use and Misuse of Substitute Amendments." You'll want to open the magazine to review the amazing 123rd Annual Conference agenda. We'll see you there!

The League's October E-Newsletter with information on police funding, the latest on ARPA, funding opportunities and events.  

Read the League's E-Muni and take a deep dive into the October magazine.

9 21 Cover The Municipality Looking Forward West Bend From the Roof CityHallSelfie

September 2021

From examples of housing innovations to infrastructure considerations in a changing climate, the September The Municipality looks forward.  In addition, our Government Relations staff details the impact of the State Budget on municipalities and we reprint a legal article on objectionable content.  

The League's September E-Newsletter details opportunities, events and funding.  

Direct links to resources and magazine articles, including the "Impact of the State Budget on Municipalities" are provided in the League's September E-Muni.

8 21 cover THE MUNICIPALITY Open Government Downtown West Bend with an American Flag.

August 2021

From Open Records requests to holding meetings post-pandemic, The Municipality covers open government plus there's an article on Dark Store and discussion of the delayed census data's impact on redistricting.  

The August E-Newsletter with resources, grants, opportunities, and events for you.

The E-Muni with direct links to magazine resources.  

7 21 Magazine Cover Sheboygan Public Art


July 2021

Great advice on investing the American Rescue Plan funding from Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors and Ruekert Mielke plus insight on TID closures from Ehlers and the transformation of a concrete channel to a community asset by Graef and so much more. 

Bonus article: "Making the Most of ARPA" by Sharon Eveland, City Administrator, Clintonville. 

The League's July E-Newsletter with opportunities, events and funding.  

The July E-Muni provides direct links to legal articles and other resources from the magazine. 

6 21 New Officials Cover with painting of Blanchardville by Ruthie Rolfsmeyer

June 2021

Every April about 800 new officials are elected in cities and villages statewide. The June magazine provides resources and information to new and experienced officials and staff. 

The League's June E-Newsletter provides information on an important ARPA DEADLINE & Broadband $ + So Much More.  

The League's June E-Muni provides direct links to the legal articles and additional resources.  

5 21 CLERKS COVER Contest Winner

May 2021

Celebrate Clerks! May 2–8, 2021 was the 52nd Professional Clerks Week and the League is celebrating with this The Municipality magazine. 

As part of the celebration, the League was thankful to partner with the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association (WMCA) on a magazine cover contest. Congratulations to Tina Wallace, WCMC, Deputy City Clerk, City of Oconomowoc whose image was chosen for the magazine cover. 

All the contest entries are included in this magazine and will be posted to the special League’s Facebook Album during Clerk’s Week. Thank you to everyone who entered and to all Wisconsin Clerks!

The League's May E-Newsletter with ARPA information and events, opportunities and grants.

The League's May E-Muni takes a deep dive into the magazine.