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.

The American Planning Association Knowledge Center
Best practices, review research, and case studies from the leading planning authorities and experts in the profession.

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

Center for Land Use Education
CLUE helps communities make sound land use decisions that result in a sustainable Wisconsin.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Local Government Institute
Offers research and education related to local units of government.

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

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.

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.

Tree City USA/Wisconsin DNR
By meeting four fundamental standards, an incorporated municipality of any size can qualify for the Tree City designation.

US Communities
Leading national cooperative purchasing program, providing procurement services to local government agencies looking for the best overall supplier government pricing.

UW-Extension Local Government Center
Helps educate local government officials through workshops, distance learning and website resources.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

Wisconsin Office of Open Government at the Dept. of Justice
Materials on the public record and open meeting laws

Wisconsin Rural Partners
A state-wide non-profit organization promoting leadership and collaboration to make rural Wisconsin thrive.

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.

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.

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.