Week of July 29, 2013
Mark O'Connell Radio Show with Former U.S. Comptroller David Walker

WCA Executive Director Mark O'Connell hosted a fascinating WISN radio show on Saturday, July 27, 2013 with Former US Comptroller General David Walker. They talked about national debt, politics and the future.

 Listen to the Mark O'Connell and David Walker Interview here.
Action Needed: Broadband Demand Survey

Your urgent action is needed in encouraging area residents and business to respond to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin's (PSC) Broadband Demand Survey. Below please find a link to electronic versions of information you may have recently received by hard copy relating to this initiative.
 
The PSC, in cooperation with LinkWISCONSIN, has developed a broadband demand survey that is intended to provide a detailed picture of speeds, availability and access to broadband in Wisconsin with the ultimate goal of working with internet service providers (ISPs) to provide access in areas of the state that are identified as being unserved and underserved.

The deadline for completing the survey is August 15, 2013.

Click here for more information and to link to the broadband survey.

"Cyber Security" Focus of August WCA Webinar
Register today for the August WCA Webinar, "Cyber Security in the Digital Age: What Counties Need to Know and How They Can Protect Themselves."  This free webinar will be held August 14, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Equalized Value Process
By August 15 each year, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) certifies the final equalized values by class of property for each of Wisconsin's 1,851 municipalities, 72 counties, and 1,105 tax incremental districts.
 
WCA's Federal Firm Waterman and Associates Releases 2nd Quarter Report
Waterman and Associates, WCA's federal lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., has released "Washington Briefs" for the second quarter of 2013.
PDPW; WCA Host On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings

On-The-Farm Agriculture Community Engagement Twilight Meetings are an opportunity to bring together local community leaders and dairy producers to learn together and discuss important issues. These meetings are brought to you by the Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.

This year's dates will be held August 17-August 29 on farms around the state.

"This is a free, open-invitation to community leaders, elected officials, conservation officials, dairy and livestock producers and community members interested in learning from each other so Wisconsin communities can be vibrant and green," states Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW.

Those attending an ACE twilight meeting will be treated to a 60-minute tour of the hosting dairy followed by a relaxed discussion and ice cream. The discussion will provide a platform for open communication about issues important to our communities.

To see dates and locations of the PDPW's Twilight on the Farm, click here.

2013 WCA Annual Conference
Registration Open: Registration is open for the WCA Annual Conference, held this year September 22-24th in Dane County.  Note that early bird registration ends on Friday, August 2nd. 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.
 
IN THIS ISSUE
Mark O'Connell Radio Show with David Walker
Action Needed: Broadband Demand Survey
August Webinar on Cyber Security
2nd Quarter Waterman Report Issued
On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings
2013 WCA Annual Conference
GOT COUNTY JOBS?
As a service to our  members, WCA  posts county jobs on our website free of charge. 

Simply send in a position description in a Word format with an application deadline date.

Send your county jobs to Michelle Gormican Thompson via email.

See available county jobs here on the WCA County Job Board.

SIGN UP FOR NACO'S "WASHINGTON WATCH"
ONLINE NEWSLETTER

Register today for NACo's latest publication, "Washington Watch," which highlights federal news for counties across the nation.

You can sign up directly at the bottom of the latest issue by clicking here
 
WCA DAILY CLIPS
With your morning coffee be sure to visit the WCA website for your daily dose of county news clippings from around Wisconsin.

See today's WCA County Clips here.

FOLLOW WCA ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
If you haven't already, be sure to "Like" the Wisconsin Counties Association on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @wiscounties.

Latest association news and updates are shared on a daily basis, as well as links to interesting news articles and industry publications.

For questions, contact Michelle Gormican Thompson at WCA at 866.404.2700.