Staff from the Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB) and UW-Madison Applied Population Lab (APL) are taking to the road for a series of six workshops aimed at helping local government officials understand the local redistricting process. A major part of the training covers a new online geospatial tool developed cooperatively by LTSB and APL.
WISE-LR is a simple to use online local redistricting tool that can be utilized to quickly and easily create county supervisory, aldermanic and municipal ward boundaries. The application uses U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 tabulation blocks merged with Census 2010 population totals. WISE-LR was built specifically to help counties meet a statutory requirement to submit municipal ward information to the Legislature.
The workshops, which are scattered throughout Wisconsin, are broken into two sessions. The morning session (9:00 a.m. to noon) provides an overview of the redistricting process, while the afternoon session (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) gives attendees a “hands-on” look at the new WISE-LR tool. The workshops supplement and expand upon the training videos LTSB has made available on their Web site.
Pre-registration for the workshops is required, and attendance at the afternoon session is limited to one person per organization due to limited space available.