Continuing Education

UW-Whitewater Local Government

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The theme of this workshop is “Engaging Your Community 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 engaging the residents in their communities.  Registered attendees may purchase one CEU.

This event will take place at UW-Whitewater Community Engagement Center.

Date:  Friday, November 8, 2019; 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Limited to 50 registrants.

Registrations accepted online until 11/7/19, at noon. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Registration: $70

Early Bird Registration:  $60
Register by 10/25/19 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 check group discount in registration and include name of attendees from your organization to recieve discount.  Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $15 if at least 3 from your organization do not attend.

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.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.


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

What to Bring

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

Driving Directions

Driving directions to the Community Engagement Center available by clicking here.  Enter throught door #4 on the backside of the building.

Community Engagement Center, 1260 W Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190 (Next to Wal-Mart).


Free parking is available at the Community Engagement Center.


Please email Susan Johnson at

Event Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast 
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.             

Keynote Address - David J. Moore, Chief of Police, Janesville, WI
"Community Engagement Starts With Trust"

10:30 - noon

Jonathan Matte, Communications Department Director and
Jenny Kosek, Communications Strategist, West Allis, WI
"REVAMP: Refresing Your Communications Toolkit to Build Engagement"

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch (included in fee) 
12:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Pat Cannon, Vice President of Community Outreach, POLCO and former City Administrator, Sun Prairie, WI and
Cory Poris Plasch, Vice President, Customer Success, POLCO and former Executive Director of the Wisconsin City/County Management Association
"From Input to Action"

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Open discussion/wrap-up


David J. Moore, Keynote

David Moore currently serves a Police Chief for Janesville, Wisconsin. Chief Moore began his career with the Janesville Police Department in 1977 and was appointed chief in 2009. As chief, he has guided the department to be a community oriented and problem solving organization. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice administration and a Master of Science degree in corporate / public communication. He is a graduate of the 186th FBI National Academy and of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. In 2019, Chief Moore received the UAW Local 95 Civil Rights Award and the YWCA Racial Justice Award. Chief Moore is a life-long Janesville resident and serves on many local committees and boards. He is a Rotarian, served as president of Janesville Morning Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Jonathan Matte

Jonathan Matte is the Communications Department Director for the City of West Allis, Wisconsin. He has over 20 years of experience within municipal government and media communications. Joining the City of West Allis in 2000, Jon has held a series of increasingly expanding positions, including video specialist, multi-media specialist, communications specialist, and communications director. Leading the communications department, Jon is responsible for facilitating, developing, and executing the internal and external communications strategies for the City in support of the organization’s mission, culture, processes, and strategic initiatives. Jon received his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jenny Kosek

Jenny Kosek is a Communications Strategist for the City of West Allis, Wisconsin. Jenny joined the City of West Allis in 2017. Her approach to exciting audiences is built on the ability to leverage data with a keen sense of humanity, ensuring communication efforts never talk down, but empower and build up, the audiences being served. Jenny’s extensive experience in marketing and social media strategy, content creation, website development and UX design, culture building and brand advocacy have propelled the City of West Allis’ engagement efforts to new heights. She is a proud member of ELGL (Engaging Local Government Leaders) and regular contributor to ELGL’s #MorningBuzz blog, and was recently featured on the GovLov podcast discussing “Government in Plain English.”

Pat Cannon

Patrick Cannon is the Vice President of Community Outreach for POLCO. Prior to his appointment at POLCO, Pat held a number of positions in local government administration and community development. He served as City Administrator of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin for 18 years. During his tenure as the City Administrator, the City continually was recognized as one of the fastest growing communities in Wisconsin. As the Administrator he oversaw the downtown redevelopment project as well as the growth on the City’s west side. After his retirement, he became the Executive Director of the Baraboo Community Development Authority and then in August, 2012, he began to work with the City of Whitewater as their Executive Director of their Community Development Authority. He earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from Kentucky State University.

Cory Poris Plasch

Cory Poris Plasch is the Vice President of Customer Success for POLCO. She has extensive experience working with local government as the former Executive Director of the Wisconsin City/County Management Association and Membership Director for the Alliance for Innovation. Her previous direct experience in the public sector includes 5 years as a 911 dispatcher, and two years in the City Manager’s office as Deputy Liquor Commissioner. Cory has spoken around the country on topics including civic engagement and innovation in local government. She received her Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University.

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.

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