Workshop! Legal Issues and Approaches to Effective Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreements

On October 3rd, Philip Freeberg, J.D. , Legal Expert from the UW Extension’s Local Government Center will be leading a workshop on the legal aspects of intergovernmental cooperation, particularly with reference to forming boundary agreements. Intergovernmental Cooperation is the general name for two or more governments finding mutual benefit through cooperation. The potential benefits from intergovernmental cooperation include shared services, improved planning outcomes, reduced costs, and beneficial boundary agreements. However, cooperative arrangements also need to carefully consider a range of legal issues as well as the framework for initiating and carrying intergovernmental discussions.

Intergovernmental cooperation is built upon identification of mutually important or beneficial issues, trust, and cooperative dialogue. The process can range significantly in time depending upon how complicated the issues are, how attuned the parties are to finding a solution, and the legal hurdles that must be overcome. Mr. Freeberg teach participants about these issues, including identifying opportunities for intergovernmental cooperation, legal issues impacting design and implementation of intergovernmental cooperation, potential impact on local financial situations, expectation and evidence of benefits, and framing cooperative issues appropriately. A case study approach will be used for participants to work through the details of a sample process.

This workshop is presented as the final part of a series of intergovernmental cooperation topics. Previous topics have included land use planning and zoning, water pollution trading, and anaerobic digester biorefinery systems. This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in the topic of intergovernmental cooperation, especially elected officials and practitioners.

The workshop will be held on October 3rd from 10AM to noon at the St. Croix County Agriculture Services Center, 1960 8th Avenue, Baldwin, WI 54002. Contact Eric Biltonen, UW Extension at 715-531-1941 for questions or details.

Please Register at:
(Enrollment is limited to 50 people)
Registration is $15 and is payable on the day of the workshop; checks made out to St. Croix County.