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Event Increasing Housing Options through Simple Zoning Changes
Date Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 2:00-3:30 pm
Description Is there a shortage of housing in your community? Are you a member of a Plan Commission, Village Board, Common Council, or neighborhood housing association and want to know how your jurisdiction can proactively support housing development using the existing zoning ordinance? In this webinar, you will learn some simple zoning code changes to reduce regulatory obstacles and increase the variety of housing choices in your community. We will explore how to add standards for accessory dwelling units (commonly called "mother-in-law units" or "granny flats"), how to incorporate multi-unit housing into existing residential zoning districts, and how to alter bulk and dimensional standards to achieve the types of development you want. This program features Rebecca Roberts, Land Use Specialist with the Center for Land Use Education and Melinda Osterberg, Community Development Educator with the UW-Madison, Division of Extension. There is no easy solution to this complex issue, however, this webinar will provide your jurisdiction with simple steps that you can take immediately to increase housing options!
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Event Civically Engaging Youth in Local Government and Your Community
Date Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 to 11:30 am
Description Involving youth in local government can be a win-win for the youth and local government. Youth benefit from and are empowered by the experience and local governments gain diverse youth perspectives with an eye to the future while cultivating a next generation of leaders. Learn how to set up and run an effective Youth in Government program from leaders from across the state. Presented by: Pamela Larson, Extension Racine County Kathleen Haas, Extension Columbia County Christa Van Treeck, Extension Marquette County Neil Klemme, Extension Iron County
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Event Using Scenario Planning and Action Planning in Local Government to Make Informed Decisions
Date Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 to 11:30 am
Description Learn how Scenario Planning and Action Planning tools can be good compliments to (and, at times, replacements for) strategic planning when the future is uncertain or when there simply isn't enough time to conduct a full strategic planning process. Bring some issues or concerns that you would like to work on and leave with a rough sketch of a scenario plan and action plan! Presented by Annie Jones, Organization Development Specialist and Tribal Nations Liaison, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension
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Event Health Equity and Community Engagement
Date Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:00-3:30
Description Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible (Braveman, 2017). In Wisconsin, inequities are observed across many factors, including race, place, and income. In this session, we will describe a framework for understanding health inequities and the importance of local governments engaging community members in identifying and implementing actions to promote health equity. Presented by Paula Tran Inzeo, MATCH Group Director; Jonathan Heller, Senior Health Equity Fellow; and Wajiha Akhtar, Assistant Director, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
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Event Opportunities, Strategies and Programs for Reducing County and Municipal Utility Costs through Solar Energy
Date Tuesday, October 12, 2021 1:00-2:30
Description Solar energy programs provide an opportunity for local governments to reduce their utility costs, freeing up budgets for other essential services. In this webinar, the panel will share a variety of strategies and programs municipalities and counties can use to support solar installation and reduce energy costs. Panelists: Nick Hylla, Midwest Renewable Energy Association, will share examples from Wisconsin and neighboring states that demonstrate how jurisdictions are effectively deploying solar energy to reduce operating costs. Jenny Erickson, UW Extension Sauk County, will describe Grow Solar Sauk County and the impact the program is having on energy costs. Eric Kostecki, WPPI Energy, will discuss WPPI solar programs for municipalities Zack Hill, Alliant Energy, will provide an overview of Alliant solar program for counties and municipalities
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Event The Case for Local Food Systems Planning: Getting Food Systems Planning onto Your Local Policy Agenda
Date Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30
Description From transportation to energy to housing, many local infrastructure systems receive attention and resources in local government and planning. Yet one essential system, food, is often overlooked. Local food systems can provide myriad benefits: they contribute to local economic development, provide important ecosystem services and mitigate climate change, and build food security and local resilience in the face of global disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic. What's more, planning for local food systems can often help local governments achieve other planning-related goals for their communities. Learn why local food systems planning is vital for community health, hear how communities are planning their local food systems, and explore where to start your local food systems planning process. Maybe you're ready to spearhead local food systems planning, but how do you actually get it off the ground? This workshop will also present several different pathways and approaches, share successful models and case studies, and raise important considerations for getting food systems planning onto your local policy agenda. Presented by: Catie DeMets, doctoral student, UW-Madison Dept. of Planning & Landscape Architecture; Carl T. Chenoweth, Dane County Board Supervisor & former member of the Dane County Food Council; Chippewa Valley Market Match Organizing Team: Nancy Coffey, Emeritus UW-Extension; FoodWIse Coordinator Sandy Tarter, FoodWIse Nutrition Coordinator; Eric M. Jamelske, Professor, Director of Collaborative Research, Dept. of Economics, UW-Eau Claire; Kate Beaton, former AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer
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Event Accessing and Using Census Data for Decision Making in Local Government
Date Thursday, October 14, 10:00-11:30
Description The 2020 Census data provides a wealth of information for use in decision making by local governments. This presentation will focus on what information is available, how to access it, and examples of how the information can be used. If you¿re wondering how you can use Census data to improve services to local constituents, this is the place to start! Presented by Dan Veroff, Distinguished Outreach Specialist, Applied Population Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Event Leading for Racial Equity Series: Increasing racial consciousness & racial literacy
Date Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 10:30 - 12:00
Description Racial literacy is a key skill in leading inclusive and equitable local governments. During this first session in a four-part series, you will increase your racial literacy and racial consciousness by engaging in a practice of racial self-awareness to deepen your racial equity work, and to develop skills to support teams and peers in developing racial literacy and racial consciousness. This session will be led by the nINA Collective, a multicultural group who bring decades of experience and expertise in systems change, equity and inclusion capacity building in local government.
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Event Grants: From the Funders' Perspectives
Date Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:00-2:30 pm
Description Interested in better preparing grants to access state and other funding for local government projects? This presentation will share tips, tricks, and resources from the funders themselves so that you can be more effective at accessing funding. Our panel from Wisconsin DoT, WEDC, DoA, and Grantwatch.com will offer funders' perspectives on preparing effective grants. Presented by: Sam Rikkers, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Deputy Secretary and COO; Dave Pawlisch, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Community Development Bureau Director; Merrill Mechler-Hickson (tentative), Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Local Roads Programs & Finance Section Chief; Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO, GrantWatch.com
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Event Leading for Racial Equity Series: Learning and deconstructing structures of power and privilege in state and local government
Date Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 10:30 - 12:00
Description Even when we don't recognize them, many of our local government programs are built on structures of power and privilege. This webinar will help identify and break down these structures in the pursuit of developing more equitable and inclusive local governments. During the webinar, you¿ll develop a shared understanding of concepts related to deconstructing inequitable systems and navigating change through a lens of racial equity and inclusion, build a shared understanding of the historic roots and present-day manifestations of inequity, and begin to explore the conditions needed, for self and for organizations, to undergo and sustain change toward racial equity and inclusion. This session will be led by the nINA Collective, a multicultural group who bring decades of experience and expertise in systems change, equity and inclusion capacity building in local government.
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Event Planning for Community Climate Resilience: Tools for Local Governments
Date Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:00-3:30 pm
Description Will your community be resilient in the face of more severe weather events and other challenges brought on by climate change? During this session, you'll gain planning tools, resources, and strategies to build community resilience. You'll hear from a team of UW-Madison, Division of Extension educators who will share practical tools and examples of effective planning to build climate resilience. Presented by members of the UW-Madison, Division of Extension Climate Leadership Team
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Event Practices for Protecting Local Farmland
Date Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Description Farmland protection is critical to preserving our ability to grow food for our communities in the future, among many other benefits ¿ including mitigating climate change ¿ that sustainable agriculture can provide. Proactively protecting farmland is more important now more than ever, given accelerating farmland loss and increasing urban development pressure on peri-urban and rural landscapes in Wisconsin and across the US. Wisconsin¿s state and local governments have unique opportunities to enact innovative farmland protection measures, and the opportunity to position our state as a leader in safeguarding the future of agriculture. Learn about local-, regional-, and state-level opportunities in farmland protection, hear about innovative local government programs that are working to protect farmland, and engage in a peer discussion about possible solutions. Presented by: Catie DeMets, doctoral student, UW-Madison Dept. of Planning & Landscape Architecture; Steve Steinhoff, Director, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission; Alison Volk, Easement Project Manager, American Farmland Trust
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Event Leading for Racial Equity Series: Understanding Individual, institutional and systemic levels of oppression in state and local government
Date Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 10:30 - 12:00
Description Systems of oppression can occur at all levels and are often unrecognized by those within local governments. During this webinar, you will sharpen your understanding of how systems of oppression operate at the individual, institutional and systemic levels, learn applications for addressing multilevel systems of oppression in organizations, and begin identifying and exploring equity project goals and implementation strategies. This session will be led by the nINA Collective, a multicultural group who bring decades of experience and expertise in systems change, equity and inclusion capacity building in local government.
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Event Leading for Racial Equity Series: From tolerance for diversity to deep systems change for equity in state and local government
Date Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 10:30 - 12:00
Description Tolerance of diversity isn't enough, local governments need to intentionally be equitable and inclusive in order to better serve their communities. This often involves changing local government systems. Through this webinar, you will understand organizational change management frameworks, learn how to integrate transformative leadership throughout your organization, and analyze the complexities of diversity, inclusion and equity and its application at the organizational level. This session will be led by the nINA Collective, a multicultural group who bring decades of experience and expertise in systems change, equity and inclusion capacity building in local government.
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