Week of June 10, 2013

2013 WCA Annual Conference
Registration Open: Registration is now open for the WCA Annual Conference, held this year September 22-24th in Dane County.  You can register online or by traditional fax/mail  Learn more here.

Tentative Agenda: Find out this year's speakers, concurrent workshops and other events happening in Dane County.  View the 2013 WCA Annual Conference Tentative Agenda here. 


Hotel Listing and Map:  See this year's listing of hotels and where they are located in Madison.  Learn more here. 

WCA Marketplace:
The 2013 WCA Marketplace is held in conjunction with the WCA Annual Conference and there are many opportunities to get involved with the event as an event sponsor or exhibitor.   

Learn more about how you can be a part of the WCA Marketplace here.

Be a sponsor or exhibitor by filling out our simple online form here.
WCA Website Highlights State Budget Updates
The past few weeks, WCA has spent many hours at the Capitol as the Joint Finance Committee has made their way through the state budget.

Stay up-to-date on WCA's activities by visiting our "State Budget" section of the WCA website.  Testimony, memos and updates are all included in this easy-to-navigate area.

WCA 2nd VP; Presidential Appointments to Board; Steering Committee Applications Now Being Accepted
Nominations are currently being accepted for the position of Second Vice-President of the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA).  The 2013 WCA Nominating Committee, appointed by President Gus Wirth, will meet in August or early September to recommend a slate of officers for 2013-2014.

In addition, there are various opportunities to serve as presidential appointments to the WCA Board, as well as to WCA Steering Committees.

 Click here to learn more.
WCA Educational Seminar-"Current Issues in County Jails"
Join us June 24, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point for the January WCA Educational Seminar on "Current Issues in County Jails."
Join a NACo Steering Committee

Now is the time to get active in the National Association of Counties (NACo) by joining a steering committee! 

If you have interest in a specific issue, expertise on a certain topic, or concerns about the impact of federal legislative and policy decisions on your county, then you should consider joining one of NACo's policy steering committees.
Waterman & Associates Release First Quarter Report
WCA's federal lobbying firm, Waterman & Associates, have released their 2013 First Quarter "Washington Briefs."   

Find out the latest county news and updates on the federal level here.
County Mutual and Group Health Trust Scholarship Opportunities

  The Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation has opened up this year's 2013 County Mutual Scholarship program.   Click here to learn about eligibility, as well as how to apply. 

Also, the WCA Group Health Trust is accepting applications for their 2013 Group Health Trust Scholarship program.  Learn more and apply here.

2013 WCA Annual Conference
State Budget Highlighted on WCA Website
Second Vice President; Other WCA Positions Now Being Accepted
June WCA Educational Seminar
Join a NACo Steering Committee
Waterman & Associates 1st Quarter Report
WCA Legislative Staff will hold their free weekly budget briefing webinar on Monday, June 17th  at 10:00 a.m.  You can register until 9:30 a.m. the morning of the event, so sign up today!

Register today by clicking here.

WCA Executive Director Mark O'Connell recently hosted a radio show on WISN in Milwaukee, with Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Representative John Nygren as his guest.

The topic of the show was the state budget and included calls from listeners.  

Listen to the radio show here.

In addition, WCA's podcast series on the state budget has two new segments:

Transportation Package with WCA Legislative Associate Dan Bahr.
"Capitol Watch" is a weekly update for members during the legislative session and features legislative news, bill drafts and co-sponsorship letters, recently introduced legislation and other relevant information.