Resources for Local Government Officials

There are lots of non-partisan educational resources available to support local government officials. This page highlights some useful handbooks and trainings. You are also encouraged to check out the resources on the Local Government general page.

Please note that UW is a non-partisan entity.

The following handbooks are easily available and can provide useful, non-partisan educational information:

What are Extension's upcoming trainings for local government?

The Local Government Center consistently provides quality educational programs. View the January-February 2021 Upcoming Local Government Programs for meeting details and registration information for the following programs:

January 2021:

  • Monday, January 25, 2020– “Wisconsin Rural Economic Summit” – UW-Extension, Wisconsin Rural Partners – 1:00- 4:00 p.m. Discuss pressing issues and opportunities faced by communities and learn strategies to foster economic opportunities and well-being in rural communities. Register:

February 2021:

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021– “Elements of Digital Style: Updated Guidelines for Today’s Content Editors” – Certified Public Manager Program. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Learn styles for digital layout, content, and text. Cost: $225, gov’t/ nonprofit $125. Register:
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2021– “Managing Time, Multiple Priorities, and Interruptions” – Certified Public Manager Program. 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. Learn  to identify behaviors and create strategies so they are more effective at work. Cost: $365; gov’t/ nonprofit: $255; CPM candidates: $225. Register:
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021– “Chief Executives Winter Workshop” – League of Wisconsin Municipalities. 1:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Cost: $50. For more information and to register, visit:

For additional information, visit the Local Government Issues, Challenges and Strategies webpage or contact Karen Moore,


Questions? Contact:
Jessica Jane Spayde, Community Resource Educator, Extension Crawford County – (608) 326-0223 or by e-mail