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Education: Let Local Government Work

WTA creates a wide array of educational opportunities on pertinent topics for town officials.  A three-day Convention is held annually in the fall of the year.  A series of District Meetings are held across the state during the latter half of winter.  Ad hoc daylong seminars are created as necessary or desired.  At the grassroots level, regularly held County Unit Meetings typically feature guest speakers as arranged by the unit’s chairperson, to include WTA Staff and outside officials affecting town operations.  WTA also co-sponsors educational opportunities with various other professional organizations, such as workshops and WisLine programs with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Center, and much more. 

See below for more information about a current or past educational opportunity:

2016 69th Annual WTA Convention

A list of hotels and contact information for the 2016 69th Annual WTA Convention is now available if you CLICK HERE.

The convention is from Sunday October 9th through Tuesday October 11th at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn & Convention Center.

WisLine Programs

WisLine homepage
UW-Extension Local Government Center hosted teleconferences on a variety of topics with statewide locations.

Free Powerpoint Webinars Available from DOJ 
on Open Meetings & Public Records Law

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has recently made available additional materials on its open government webpage. These now include powerpoints and powerpoint webinars on the topics of open meetings law and public records law, respectively. Please CLICK HERE to go to this DOJ webpage.

Materials from the
2015 WTA District Meetings

WTA recently concluded its 2015 District Meetings held across the state in 13 separate locations over two months. For those of you who made it, thank you! For anyone who would like a copy of the various meeting materials, please click on the desired item listed below:

     WTA Legislative Agenda Presentation
     New Board of Review Laws
     Board of Commissioners of Public Lands
     Fire Department & Emergency Services
     Filling Pot Holes: A New Look at Funding Transportation in Wisconsin

2015 68th Annual WTA Convention

Workshop Materials Available

(11/17/15) The 68th Annual WTA Convention was from Sunday October 25th through Tuesday October 27th at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Thanks to all who came! Linked below are the materials from various presentations at the convention:

1. Best Management Practices & Permitting of Municipal Transportation Projects (Culverts):
     Part 1     Part 2     BMPs for Culverts     Transportation Liaison Contact Info 

2. Recycling Responsible Unit (RU) Basics, Program Efficiencies and Update 
3. Basic Principals of Alcohol Beverage Licensing in Wisconsin: New Laws You Need to Know 
4. Government Accountability Board Election Training 
5. Basics of a Good Rural Road
     Characteristics of a Well Built Road
     Traffic Safety and Traffic Engineering
     Road Maintenance and Operations
     Car v. Truck Esals

6. UW-Extension Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center
     Broadband Policies and Regulations for Wisconsin Stakeholders
     Broadband Funding Opportunities
     Kotter's 8 Steps of Change
7. Implements of Husbandry
8. Why Should Our Town Have an Audit? 
9. Environmental TID Open Doors to Redevelopment
10. The Public Lands Survey System 
11. Planning From the Outside-In 

12. Broadband Development

67th Annual WTA Convention

WTA held its 67th Annual WTA Convention October 26th-28th at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point. Many thanks to the many hundreds of attendees for coming! As they become available, WTA will post materials used by presenters at the convention below: 

     Brochure on the Urban Towns Committee
     Implements of Husbandry
     Best Practices to Hire & Manage Town Employees Post Act 10 
     Issues Facing Rural Schools in Wisconsin
     What's New in Shoreland Zoning and the Scientific Research Behind It
     Zoning Boards of Adjustment/Appeals
     The Managed Forest Law (MFL) and a Review of Potential Program Revisions
     General Transportation Aids Overview     Handout
     Controlling Workers Compensation Claims     Handout
     Having a Squared Away Police Department
     GAB Election Training
     Tax Increment Financing Basics for Towns
     Lake Districts and Dam Maintenance
     Comprehensive "Smart Growth" Planning Trends & Realities
     Agricultural Enterprise Areas in Wisconsin (supporting local farms and preserving farmland)
     USDA Rural Development (community facilities)

2013 66th Annual WTA Convention

WTA wishes to thank everyone who made the 66th Annual WTA Convention a success! Such persons are our many presenters, exhibitors and especially our attendees. WTA will seek to update this space with workshop materials as they become available:

2012 65th WTA Annual Convention

WTA's 65th Annual Convention was held at the Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton on October 14th-16th. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make it a success!

WTA will post workshop and other materials as they become available to us. Please click on each of the following below to see that item:

In addition, the following workshops were recorded for future addition to the WTA video subscription service:

  • Employee Policies and Benefits under Act 10 of state law.
  • Broadband: A passing fad, or critical town infrastructure?
  • DNR General Permit Authority (for culvert and bridge replacement).
  • ATV/UTV/Snowmobile issues for towns and villages on highways (DNR)

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities

Please CLICK HERE to see a 44 page pdf guidebook titled "Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities." It contains information on housing, transportation, environmental and economic matters.

Agriculture Community Engagement (ACE)
2/23/12 Educational Seminar Materials Available

ACE held a day-long educational seminar in Madison on Thursday February 23rd. ACE events are a collaboration of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Counties Association and WTA. Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the brochure with program and registration details. Materials presented at the seiminar are below. Click on each blue hyperlink to see a pdf file of the materials as they become available.