Founded in October 2007
The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin, Inc. is a not-for-profit, non-partisan corporation representing all citizens of Wisconsin at the local level and created to conduct research, enhance collaboration, and educate the public and policymakers on ways to improve local government’s ability to serve the people.
The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin, Inc. will collaborate with others to find solutions for the efficient delivery and funding of local government services consistent with the needs of our citizens.
Funding is provided by our founding partners and program income.
Administrative services for the LGI are provided under contract by Hanna Strategic Leadership Consulting, Timothy Hanna serves as Executive Director.
What’s the difference
What is the difference between LGI and the UW Local Government Education Program?
The UW Local Government Education program, previously known as the Local Government Center, is a program of the University of Wisconsin Extension created in 1992. Its mission is to provide focus, coordination, and leadership to UW-Extension educational programs supporting local government, and to expand the research and knowledge base for local government education. In short, they take the knowledge of the University of Wisconsin System, format it in various ways to meet the needs of local government and deliver it as training and education programs to local government officials and citizens interested in government.
The Local Government Institute (LGI) is quite different. It is not affiliated with an educational institution. It is affiliated with the associations representing local governments in Wisconsin – the same associations that promote and support the UW Local Government Education program training opportunities. The main focus of the LGI is working with others to find solutions for the efficient delivery and funding of local government services.
The UW Local Education program is one of several groups the LGI partners with to fulfill its mission. Occasionally LGI will put on a workshop, host a conference or a webinar or otherwise conduct a training event. Sometimes these are done in conjunction with the LGC and sometimes not. Any training that LGI conducts is specifically focused on local government collaboration for the efficient delivery of services.