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May 15, 2015
Deliberative Governance – LGIEN Webinar
June 9, 2015 | Noon- 1p.m.
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Presented by:  Bill Rizzo, University of Wisconsin-Extension Specialist Local Government
The University of Wisconsin Local Government Center has begun developing resources to help support the development of effective local governance environments. The Center recognizes that a civil environment supports effective local government. By a ‘civil environment’ we mean one where respectful communication between elected officials, and between elected officials and the public, predominates. Join us as we learn more about ways local government can enhance collaboration and honest, constructive dialogue.
University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Specialist Bill Rizzo, will share information on programming resources at work in Wisconsin to strengthen local governance.  Key areas of programming have included:
Ø  Civility in Public Life
Ø  Community Dialogue and Deliberation
Ø  Public Participation Principles and Methods

New Tool to Protect Whales

WhaleWatch will help decrease whale mortality due to collisions with shipping and fishing gear. WhaleWatch will show the most likely locations of blue, humpback, fin, and gray whales along the west coast of the United States and Canada, based on current environmental conditions detected by satellites. It’ll also predict the movements of blue whales for any given day. The endangered whales migrate up and down the coast – along with heavy fishing and shipping traffic. Massive vessels navigating through their feeding areas near the ports increase the chances that a whale will be injured or killed by a collision, while becoming entangled in fishing gear can hamper a whale’s ability to feed or swim to the surface to breathe. WhaleWatch is funded by NASA and set to be released this year by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Small Business Ownership Transition
With 70 percent of privately held businesses expected to change hands over the next two decades and 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day (many of whom lack succession plans), the nation has the opportunity to preserve these businesses by converting them to cooperatives. This report from the Democracy at Work Institute and the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives provides case studies of successful cooperative ownership transitions for cafés in Washington and Oregon; an architecture, building, and energy business in Massachusetts; a natural conservation consultancy firm in Wisconsin; and a landscaping business in Massachusetts. The authors examine how owner involvement, financing, governance structure, and other critical factors affect the conversion process and highlight the need for greater technical assistance and peer support from the cooperative community. 

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