Volume 7, Edition 5
WCA Partners with Leadership Wisconsin to Develop Leaders and Strengthen Communities

UW-Cooperative Extension's Leadership Wisconsin has been working to develop leaders and strengthen our communities for thirty years and the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has been a close ally of the group.  Today, it was announced that WCA would be contributing funds to help ensure leadership development continues to thrive in our state.

"Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker has said that America's greatest deficit is in the area of leadership and the work of Leadership Wisconsin in our state to develop individuals who can move our communities forward has been unparalleled," said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell.  "Alumni of Leadership Wisconsin's program have gone on to prominent positions in state and local government, as well as successful business people.  We are proud to be affiliated with this group and look forward to working with them to continue to cultivate leaders in Wisconsin."   

WCA Educational Seminar-"Frac Sand Mining: The Local Government Perspective"
Join us April 15, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point for the April WCA Educational Seminar on "Frac Sand Mining: The Local Government Perspective."  For questions, contact WCA Legislative Associate Dan Bahr at 866.404.2700.

WCA Annual Conference Registration 
Opens May 1st
Watch for Tentative Agenda

Registration for the 2013 WCA Annual Conference in Dane County opens May 1st.  Note this year ONLINE registration is available on the WCA website. 

Also on May 1st, room blocks open up for the September 22-24th event at the Clarion Suites, Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, Hyatt Place, Inn on the Park, Sheraton Madison Hotel and The Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin. When the hotel room block opens on May 1, 2013, all counties are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms at any of the WCA selected hotels. (Rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.) Don't forget to mention the WCA conference to get the appropriate rate!

If you are requesting a handicap-accessible room, please contact the Wisconsin Counties Association office at 866.404.2700 to reserve your room. This request must occur no later than Friday, July 26, 2013.  Note that the WCA Conference room block cuts off on August 2, 2013.

View the WCA Annual Conference Hotel listing with all important information here.

Watch your mailbox later this month, as the 2013 WCA Annual Conference Tentative Agenda will be mailed at that time!  
Register Today! WisPolitics.com's "Future of Wis. Transportation Funding" Features Petri; Expert Panel
Across-the-board federal budget cuts, an uncertain congressional budget process, and pressure on the state Transportation Fund have raised concerns about long-term funding of transportation in our state.

To address these timely issues, plan to attend a May 2nd WisPolitics.com luncheon, "Future of Wisconsin Transportation Funding," at the Wintergreen Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells.  Registration for the public event begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m.. Then, a noontime address by Congressman Tom Petri, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

Transportation; Human Services Featured in April's Special Double Issue of "Wisconsin Counties"

The special double issue of the April Wisconsin Counties magazine highlights transportation and with a quick flip of the publication, human services.   


Click here to learn more and read the April web-featured article.

Wisconsin Counties magazine, the official publication of the Wisconsin Counties Association, is published monthly and was first published in 1938. With a readership of close to 10,000 people, Wisconsin Counties is proud of 74 years of service to county government. 

For more information, contact Managing Editor Jennifer Bock at 866.404.2700.
Wisconsin's 2013 County Health Rankings Released
The 2013 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps have been released by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute, which collaborates on the project with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

We know that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor's office-in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps help communities create solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities, focusing on specific factors that we know affect health, such as education and income. Having health insurance and quality health care are important to our health, but we need leadership and action beyond health care.

Read this year's 2013 County Health Rankings-Wisconsin here.

NACo Partners for Healthier Communities
In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute, the National Association of Counties (NACo) will be providing counties with information and insight about how to develop effective local programs and policies that can improve overall community health.

Learn more about NACO's partnership here. For questions, contact Maeghan Gilmore at 202.942.4261

WCA Partners with Leadership Wisconsin
April WCA Educational Seminar
WCA Annual Conference Registration Opens May 1st
Register for WisPolitics Event on Transportation Funding
April's Special Double Issue of "Wisconsin Counties"
County Health Rankings & Roadmap Released
DATCP is revising ATCP 34, the administrative rule under which they operate the Clean Sweep grant program.  To do this, the department is requesting your input.

DATCP has scheduled listening sessions on four days from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.:

View meeting dates and locations here.
The U.S. Census has released State and County Quick Facts.

It is an easy way to view county data, just click on the state and county you are interested in to see new population estimates. 

WCA's "Captiol Watch" is a new electronic publication that regularly updates members during the legislative session and features legislative news, bill drafts and co-sponsorship letters, recently introduced legislation and other relevant information.

Do you need volunteers to help with projects in your county? Volunteer Wisconsin is here to help!

Their Volunteer Connection Tool is your one-stop shop to post volunteer needs and recruit volunteers for your nonprofits, schools, churches, civic groups and local government departments. This tool is completely free!

Forty four counties are eligible to use Volunteer Connection. 

Counties with a local Volunteer Center should contact their location.

Start recruiting volunteers today!

For more information, click here.