Adapt, Emerge, Thrive
122nd Annual Conference

October 6-8 & 13-15, 2020

A series of virtual and in-person regional meetings across Wisconsin. 


Check out the Annual Conference Agenda (PDF)! Scroll down for details.... 

Online Registration Form
(Use this link to register and pay with a credit card online.)

Online Invoice Registration Form
(Use this link if you wish to register and be sent an invoice.)

$150 for members ($260 in 2019) and $175 for non-members ($305 in 2019) 

Conference Registration is available until October 7, 2020.  Note that you must register for the Conference in order to attend the in-person regional meetings. A refund minus a $10 administrative fee will be provided for cancellations received by September 28, 2020.  

122nd Annual Conference Agenda - Schedule at a Glance

Click through on the date for details on the speakers, workshop descriptions, presentations and information (note this is a work in progress.)

Tuesday, October 6 

Logo wear day!  Wear your shirt, hat, name tag, mask, etc with your municipal or company logo.  

10:00 AM - Opening Keynote: The Positive Power of Servant Leadership with Tom Thibodeau and League Business Meeting

12:00 PM - Unpacking 2020: Lessons Learned in Crisis Communications
*** Eligible for Municipal Clerk Certification  

2:00 PM - Racial Equity Local Government Action Steps

*In-Person Regional Meeting - 6:30–8:00 PM Spooner - Council Chambers 515 N. Summit Street, Spooner, WI 54801

Wednesday, October 7

10:00 AM - Tax Incremental Financing Basics
**Eligible for EPW PDH  

12:00 PM - Roundtable: Small Communities (You can self select into either Roundtable.) 

2:00 PM - How Secure is Your Municipality’s Network? Assessing Cyber Risk
*** Eligible for Municipal Clerk Certification

*In-Person Regional Meeting - 6:00–7:30 PM Strum - Village Hall Community Room 202 5th Avenue South, Strum, WI 54770 

Thursday, October 8

Dress for success day!  Whatever that means to you, wear your “dress for success” clothing and impress on Zoom!

10:00 AM - Best Practices for Recruiting & Interviewing Your Next Hire
*** Eligible for Municipal Clerk Certification

12:00 PM - Finding Lowest Responsible Bidders for your Construction Projects
**Eligible for EPW PDH 

2:00 PM - Roundtable: Large Communities (You can self select into either Roundtable.) 

*In-Person Regional Meeting - 6:00–7:30 PM Lancaster - Lancaster Municipal Golf Course Club House 5 E. Golf Road, Lancaster, WI 53813 

Tuesday, October 13 

10:00 AM - Ask the Attorneys

12:00 PM - Innovative and Affordable Ways to Comply with Phosphorus Standards
**Eligible for EPW PDH

2:00 PM - Locally Sourced Downtowns: Supporting and Cultivating a Thriving District

*In-Person Regional Meeting - 6:00–7:30 PM Waterford - Seidel Community Center, 625 S. 1st Street, Waterford, WI 53185 

Wednesday, October 14

WEA Trust & League Virtual Run/Walk T-shirt Day!  Wear your t-shirt and show off that sporty physique on Zoom! 

10:00 AM - Useful Tools for Environmental Cleanup and Property Redevelopment

12:00 PM - Managing Conflict in Local Government

2:00 PM - How Some Rural Communities Thrive While Shedding Population: Learning to Shrink Smart

*In-Person Regional Meeting - 6:00–7:30 PM Brillion - Brillion City Center Council Chambers 201 N. Main Street, Brillion, WI 54110 

Thursday, October 15 

10:00 AM Budget Strategies for Surviving the Recession and Thriving Post-Pandemic

12:00 PM Three Feisty Clerks: Candid Feedback for Municipal Leaders

2:00 PM Closing General Session: Featuring a Surprise Guest and the Arts Wisconsin "Arts in the Community Award"  

*In-Person Regional Meeting -  6:00–7:30 PM Clintonville - Community Center 305 S. Main Street, Clintonville, WI 54929 

In-Person Regional Meetings

*We know there’s a unique value to local leaders being able to get together and share ideas, so we’re hosting a series of six in-person regional meetings. Join us at the meeting nearest to you. Space will be limited, so only registered conference attendees may attend. Your health is our first concern, so it is possible that we may have to cancel one or more regional meetings based on pandemic conditions.

** Eligible for Engineering and Public Works Professional Development Hours but open to anyone who is interested.  The League will provide the necessary forms to EPW staff who complete these sessions. 

*** Eligible for Municipal Clerk Certification but open to anyone who is interested. The League will track Municipal Clerk attendance and provide the list of those who attend the entire session to the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association for certification. 

#LeagueWI2020 is the Conference hashtag! Tag us in your posts so that we can share them with everyone! 

Check out the 2019 Conference Social Media
Facebook Album#LeagueWI2019 Tweets 

Save the date for 2021! League’s 123rd Annual Conference and Engineering & Public Works Institute, October 20-22, Green Bay