Local Government Extension Training (LGET) Webinars

Communicating with Local Government Leaders: 8 Great Opening Lines

Wed. Feb. 19, 2014 (noon EST, 11am CST, 10am MST, 9am PST)

Brian Raison, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University Extension

If Extension educators are not talking with local government leaders on a regular basis, they should be. Whether providing an informal “update” on recent activities, teaching a more formal seminar (leadership, land use, economic impact, etc.), or making a budget request, you have the opportunity to increase credibility by starting with an immediate, meaningful, connecting introduction. This webinar will provide 8 approaches that can help you quickly attain the attention of local government leaders and make a more powerful impact.

Brian Raison describes himself as a Local Food Evangelist and serves as an Assistant Professor with Ohio State University Extension. He specializes in organizational development, strategic planning, and community wellness with a research focus in local food systems.


Establishing collaborative relations with the County Commission and using community boards to build program coordination and collaborations.

Who: Norm Schwertfeger, Associate Professor; West Virginia University Extension

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12 noon EST, 11am CST, 10am MST, 9am PST

This webinar is hosted by Norm Schwertfeger, Associate Professor and Regional Extension Agent located in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Norm has the unique experience of having been a local County Commissioner for 18 years and will offer his insight into ways county agents can have impact with their local governments.

Thur. May 16, 2013
Title: The Ohio Local Government Leadership Academy
Who: Joseph E. Lucente, Assistant Professor and Extension Educator, Community Development, Ohio State University Extension/Ohio Sea Grant College Program
Description: This webinar will present an overview of the Ohio Local Government Leadership Academy that has been in use since 2001. The Ohio Local Government Leadership Academy is designed for elected officials from county, municipal, and township governments, and for appointed individuals who serve on local government committees, commissions, boards or task forces. This presentation focuses on development and improvement of leadership and decision making skills of local government officials. Attendees will:
a. Learn how to build capacity for the local government leadership academy using partnerships developed with chambers of commerce
b. Learn unique features of the case study on the Toledo Local Government Leadership Academy
c. Receive data on evaluations and examples of the survey instrument from the local academy
d. Explore the dimensions and impacts of decision making as it relates to local government
e. Discover the benefits of having a mechanism in place to assure public servants possess the knowledge, skills and awareness needed to be an effective leader.

January 14, 2013: The Missouri County Budget Trend Analysis System

Speaker: Judith Stallmann, Professor of Community Development Extension, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Rural Sociology and Public Affairs, University of Missouri

Description: This Webinar will provide an overview of the Missouri County Budget Trend Analysis System including the electronic workbook that enables Missouri third class counties to analyze county fiscal trends from 1996 to 2009. A county can carry out a detailed study of its own budget and fiscal performance to identify factors contributing to fiscal stress and to consider actions it may want to take. The workbook also allows a county to benchmark itself against a set standard, its own past performance or the record of another county as a gauge of fiscal performance. More info at: http://extension.missouri.edu/p/DM4011


April 26, 2012: Creating Conflict Competent and Collaborative Municipalities with Alberta Municipal Affairs, Dispute Resolution Services

Speakers: Michael Scheidl and Bill Diepeveen, Alberta Municipal Affairs, Dispute Resolution Services

Description: Learn about the Alberta (Canada) Municipal Affairs internationally-renowned Municipal Dispute Resolution Program. Michael Scheidl and Bill Diepeveen will present on their four essential components in creating conflict competent and collaborative municipalities. The session will also review common disputes and conflict situations that occur in Alberta that appear to be universal to most municipal governing bodies. Michael and Bill would also like to find out from the participants what trends they see in the areas of municipal disputes and/or collaboration in their respective states. More at: http://municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/MDRS.cfm

Sept. 21, 2011 “Using CommunityViz planning software with and for local governments”

CommunityViz helps planners, students and citizens learn about and work together on community plans and development. Doug Walker, co-author of The Planners Guide to CommunityViz and president of Placeways LLC leads this presentation which provides a live demo and extension-related examples.

April 21, 2011 “Charging Local Governments for Services”

Educators involved in Local Government trainings are faced increasingly with budgetary issues that require charging fees for their training services. This webinar, led by West Virginia Extension Professor Michael Dougherty will explore the present challenges and opportunities associated with charging local government entities for training and related services. He will discuss his experiences and lessons learned in doing this for more than a decade in West Virginia. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences in this area as well.
The Updated PPT file is available here: Charging Local Governments for Services CORRECTED.pptx

Thur. Dec. 9, 2010 at 2pm EST
Presenter: Judy Chambers, Penn State Extension Educator, Economic and Community Development
Title: Penn State Extension’s Local Governance programs
Description: The Penn State Local Governance Capacity Building program offers training and education about local government, how it works, and how factors such as regional context and citizen engagement can impact decision-making. Starting with a basic civics lesson on Pennsylvania local government, the program also addresses broader issues for local officials such as engaging citizens in discussions of policy, and understanding community and regional trends. For those citizens interested in becoming local elected officials, the program teaches them how to run for local office. For those serving as local officials, the program provides opportunities to focus on the concept of governance. The program consists at the outset of three related modules (two-hour sessions) which can be delivered individually or as a packaged series: ‘How to Run for Local Office’, ‘Talking about Difficult Issues’, and ‘Understanding Community and Regional Trends’. Each module is designed as a combination of curriculum taught by Extension Educators and local expertise drawn from the community in which the session is offered. For instance, the ‘How to Run for Local Office’ module includes a presentation by the County Board of Elections Supervisor and a panel of recently-elected local officials.

Wed. Sept. 8, 2010 at 2pm (EST).
Title: Supporting Informed Decision Making for NYS Communities Through Research and Education
Description: Cornell’s Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) views the training of local government officials as a key strategy to help New York communities meet their current challenges and make the most of emerging opportunities. Community and economic development in NYS in the 21st century requires educated leaders with the skills to develop and implement sustainable development strategies. Successful leaders foster strong networks and partnerships, pride of place, and solid citizen engagement. Skillful leaders know how to work with Federal and State government agencies and non-governmental entities in an era of enhanced regional collaboration. Additionally, municipalities benefit from policymakers who understand and can make the most of the interrelationships among issues. In our presentation, we will share the hallmarks of our training approaches and offer an assessment of how we are doing. We look forward to a dialogue with our peers as we seek to improve our goal of preparing local officials to make informed decisions.
Rod Howe, Assistant Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Executive Director, Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI)
Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, Extension Associate, CaRDI
Associate Director, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)
David Kay, Senior Extension Associate, CaRDI

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 2PM CST
Phyllis Schoenholz and Carroll Welte, University of Nebraska discuss their leadership training program for county officials

Wed. Feb. 24, 2010 at 10AM CST
The agenda is:
1. Chet Bowling – Ohio State University
1. Kate Lawson – University of Wisconsin Extension
2. Kim Boyce – University of Minnesota Extension
3. Greg Davis – Ohio State University
4. Notie Lansford – Oklahoma State University
5. Paul Lachapelle – Montana State University

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 at 12 noon Central time
The agenda is:
a. Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University Community Development Specialist, presentation: “Ethics Training for Local Governments: a Curriculum for Municipal Employees, Officials and Board Members” detailing a new city ordinance, set of workshops and ethics handbook (15 minutes)
b. Dan Clark, Director, Montana State University Local Government Center, presentation “The Clerks of District Court Institute: Program Design and Delivery” (15 minutes)
c. Paul Lachapelle will provide an update of our eXtension CoP progress (10 minutes)
d. Greg Davis, Leader, Community Economics & Business, Ohio State University, will provide a summary of our LGET Membership Survey results (http://localecon.osu.edu/lgetgroup.htm) (10 minutes)
e. Open Discussion.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 at 11 AM Central Time
a. Eric Scorsone, Assistant Professor, State and Local Government Program, Michigan State University, will discuss his recent local government research (30 min.).
b. Rodney Clouser, Professor and Extension Public Policy Specialist, University of Florida will present: Extension public resources and sharing issues in Local Government Education: Issues in sharing resources among ourselves, issues in sharing resources with other governmental organization (e.g., NACo) and use of our resources by paid consultants (20 min.).
c. LGET eXtension CoP Update (10 min.).
More info at: http://collaborate.extension.org/wiki/Local_Government_Extension_Training
d. eXtension MITTNET overview (5 min.); More info at: http://mittnet.extension.org/
e. Discuss agenda / presenters for our November Web Conference.

May 18, 2009 Web Conference

  1. Bill Taylor, Northeast Area Community Development Educator, University of Wyoming Extension, and colleagues demonstrate their county board training interactive website (15 min.)
  2. Presentation by Keith Niemann, the National Association of Counties Ralph L. Tabor Extension Fellow (term July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010). He discusses his role, how it interfaces with LGET, and potential interactions and collaborations (10 min.)
  3. Update on LGET meeting in San Diego on April 21 and 22. (5 min.)
  4. Discuss future meeting date / time (5 min.)

Feb. 3, 2009 Web Conference
Hosted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (link not available)

Nov. 23, 2008: Tour of eXtension Tools

June 17, 2008 Web Conference