Continuing Education

UW-Whitewater Local Government

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The theme of this workshop is “Local Government Budgets 101”. It will feature interactive sessions focused on skill building and professional development for local government professionals. Throughout the workshop, participants at all levels of an organization will be encouraged to consider how they can and do contribute to the budget process. Registered attendees may purchase one CEU.

This event will take place at Whitewater University Technology Park in the Inovation Center.

Date:  May 3, 2019

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Registrations accepted online until 5/2/19, at noon. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Registration: $70

Early Bird Registration: $60
Register by 4/19/19 to receive $10 off your registration.

Group: $55
Receive $15 off each registration when three (3) or more register to attend from the same organization.  Make sure to use promo code 3GROUP15 at check.  Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $15 if at least 3 from your organization do not attend.  Note: The discount is for $15 per individual registration.  If you would like to register more than one attendee on your account you will need to contact to request a special promo code to reflect the number you are registering; if you do not you will only recieve $15 off your bill (instead of $15 each registrant).

CEU's Additional fee: $15

Fees Include

The fee covers instruction and meals.  CEU fee  will include a certificate.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant’s name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name an address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.


Check-in will take place at the Innovation Center beginning at 8:30a.m.  The event begins at 9:00 a.m.Innovation Center

What to Bring

  • Laptop, tablet, or smartphone for interactive portions of the workshop
  • Water bottle

Driving Directions

Innovation Center

Driving directions to the Innovation Center can be found by clicking here.

Whitewater University Technology Park, 1221 Innovation Drive, Whitewater, WI 53190


Free parking is available  at the Whitewater University Technology Park.


Please email Susan Johnson at

Event Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast (Innovation Center)
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.              Keynote Address - Lori Luther, City Manager, Beloit, WI
"The Three Rocks of Public Budgeting and Policy Analysis"
10:30 - noon Workshop Session #1 - Louis Fucilla, Department of Political Science, UW-Whitewater
“Using Your Budget to Reflect Priorities and Performance”
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch (included in fee) 
12:45 - 3:00 p.m. Workshop Session #2 - Jonah Ralston, Department of Political Science, UW-Whitewater
“Participatory Budgeting: Including the Public in Budgetary Decisions”
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Open discussion/wrap-up


Lori Luther, Keynote

Lori S. Curtis Luther began working as the City Manager of Beloit, Wisconsin on June 1, 2015. As the City Manager, she is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day management of the City and its various functions. Responsible for its $100 million total annual budget, she manages all City departments and implements policies established by the City Council. She previously served as the County Administrator in Peoria County, Illinois since 2011 and before that as the City Administrator in both Waukesha, Wisconsin and Reedsburg, Wisconsin. She was born in Kansas and earned her BA from Baker University in political science and Spanish and earned her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas. She has 23 years of full-time local government experience. Luther is a member of the International City/County Manager's Association, Wisconsin City/County Management Association, Legacy Project - advancing women in local government, Women Leading Wisconsin, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, and the National League of Cities. She serves on the Executive Board of Blackhawk Region United Way, Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce and Greater Beloit Economic Development Council. She is an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University where she teaches Public Budgeting and Financial Management. Her family, which includes her husband a teacher at Beloit Memorial High School and their four children, are already actively engaged in the community and a variety of sports activities They frequent the Farmer’s Market, Music at Harry’s, and Beloit International Film Festival’s outdoor movies.

Louis Fucilla

Louis Fucilla is an assistant professor political science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oregon. He has worked in state government as an internal auditor for the Oregon State Department of Health and Human Services.

Jonah Ralston

Jonah Ralston is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and he currently coordinates the university's public policy and administration program. He has also had appointments as faculty sustainability fellow and community-based learning fellow. Prior to his current academic position he was employed as a program analyst for a non-partisan legislative service agency in Wisconsin and before beginning his doctoral studies at Michigan State University, he had spent three years working as a business analyst with a multinational corporation. He currently serves on his city’s Economic Development Commission, and he is frequently asked to speak about state politics on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

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