The Wisconsin Land Information Association is a cross-section of many Land Records communities across the state.
Each of the 72 counties in Wisconsin has an appointed representative to conduct the business of the Wisconsin Land Information Program (WLIP) for their county. These representatives, often in addition to their normal daily duties, act as their county Land Information Officer (LIO). The duties of the LIO are broadly defined as:
- Coordinating land information projects
- Preparing and maintaining a plan for land records modernization
- Reviewing and recommending projects (grants) for local governments
Established in 1999, the mission of the Land Information Officers Network (LION) is to provide a forum for communication and knowledge sharing, geared toward making county LIOs more successful in implementing the Wisconsin Land Information Program. LION has the following objectives and goals:
- To promote an understanding of the Wisconsin Land Information Program and county land information programs.
- To assist in developing successful county Land Information Offices by promoting professional practice, best practices, and communication.
- To encourage and support educational programs for its members.
- To promote a better understanding and appreciation of how land information officers serve the public interests.
What is the WRPLA?
The Wisconsin Real Property Listers Association (WRPLA) is a statewide association comprised of county and municipal real property lister offices/departments. Anyone is able to join, as we also have associate and sustaining memberships.
What is a Real Property Lister?
In 1951, the Wisconsin Legislature created the position of the County Real Property Lister (RPL) to ensure that lands were being represented accurately for assessment and taxation purposes. The RPL maintains land records focusing on the ownership records of real estate, and is a “Land Information Librarian/Custodian” of the information used to create the assessment rolls that underlie the entire taxation process. To put it more simply, the RPL maintains parcel information, using land records.
Organized in 1952, the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS) is a statewide volunteer organization committed to the advancement of the surveying profession. The WSLS supports professional land surveyors licensed to practice in Wisconsin as well as those seeking licensure and Certified Survey Technicians.
The WSLS consists of ten chapters throughout Wisconsin. Each chapter works diligently within its region, organizing and participating in community and educational events, networking, helping the public access licensed surveyors, and as an advocate in legislation and issues affecting the surveying profession.
State Agency Geographic Information Committee (SAGIC) is a volunteer group consisting of high-level geospatial staff from Wisconsin state agencies. The committee fosters collaboration between state agencies and other organizations to recognize the value of geospatial data and tools and broaden their use. Members lead, support and promote the standardization, development, documentation, accessibility, sharing, and governance of state agency geospatial data, data services, and related solutions. Additionally, SAGIC effectively communicates with decision makers within state government entities and affects change to geospatial data within the enterprise.
The Committee promotes and facilitates on-going efforts to:
- Recognize geospatial data and data services as enterprise assets.
- Ensure major legislative, program, policy, and planning efforts support sharing of geospatial data and data services.
- Communicate openly and raise awareness about geospatial issues and activities to enhance the efficiency of operations and improve the delivery of services.
- Identify and prioritize geospatial needs, opportunities, risks, gaps, priorities, issues, and initiatives.
- Share geospatial resources, expertise and training across the enterprise.
- Develop and recommend geospatial best practices, standards, policies, processes, and projects.
- Improve collaboration to eliminate inefficient, wasteful and duplicative activities.
SAGIC meets on a monthly basis, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are usually held virtually, with occasional in-person options. To follow SAGIC updates and receive invites to meetings, email Jim Lacy, SAGIC’s Chair.
Good communication between real estate industry stakeholders is essential. In addition, it is important that perspectives and information are shared between national and local industry levels. Recognizing these needs and supported by the success of Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) at the national level, an alliance was formed for the purpose of creating local industry workgroups to bring business and government stakeholders together.
With so many changes happening in the property records industry, there is a continuing need for everyone to work together on a local level. We created Greater Wisconsin PRIA Local so that property records professionals could collaborate to create greater efficiencies and ensure high levels of service in their local markets.
PRIA Local chapters help those involved in the recording of public records build industry relationships, solve their business issues and learn about new laws, technologies and processes that apply to the property records industry in their region.
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