October 21, 2013
County Ambassadors Gather in Madison for Lobbying Day 

On October 23, 2013, county officials gathered for the WCA County Ambassador Program (CAP) at the Madison Concourse Hotel and the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin.  This was the second gathering of the CAP Team this year and members met with legislators on the following topics:
  • Transferring Jurisdiction Over 17 Year Old Offenders Back to Juvenile Court
  • Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Programs
  • Designating "Razing" from a Special Tax to a Special Charge
A briefing was provided to attendees by WCA Senior Legislative Associate Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf and WCA Legislative Associate David Callender.  Representative John Nygren was the lunchtime speaker.

To view pictures from the event, click here.
New Cost-Effective Financing Program through the Public Finance Authority

The Wisconsin Counties Association is pleased to announce a new cost-effective financing program for land, building and new equipment acquisitions and refinancings through the Public Finance Authority (PFA).

Tax exempt bonds are a financing mechanism that typically offer interest rates 1.5% to 2.5% below conventional interest rates. However, the high up-front costs associated with tax-exempt bond issues are cost-prohibitive for issues of less than $5 million.

PFA explored alternative programs to assist Wisconsin nonprofits, manufacturers and other eligible borrowers access to tax-exempt financing in a continued effort to support economic development in Wisconsin.

Created in 2010 the PFA is a political subdivision of the State of Wisconsin established to provide economic development tools in Wisconsin and nationwide.   Read the full PFA story here. 


PFA is sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities.


For more information about the PFA or the small bond issue program, contact Phil Letendre, Program Manager with the PFA at (888) 508-7188 xt 260 or pletendre@pfauthority.org or visit www.pfauthority.org.  
Presidential Appointments to WCA Board Announced

WCA President Marty Krueger has named his presidential appointments to the WCA Board of Directors for 2013-2014.

President Krueger's appointees include: 
  • Colleen Bates, Eau Claire County Board First Vice Chair
  • Linda Thorpe, Vilas County Supervisor

In addition, constitutional officers were also appointed to the WCA Board and include: 

  • Vicki Brown, Rock County Treasurer 
WCA Annual Conference Coverage on WisconsinEye

wisconsin eye WisconsinEye covered the Second General Assembly at the 2013 WCA Annual Conference, which included Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Mark Pocan, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank, UW Colleges and Extension Chancellor Ray Cross, Dean and Director UW Extension and UW Cooperative Extension Rick Klemme and WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell.    

Learn more and see coverage of the September 24th Second General Assembly here.

A.L.E.R.T. Law Enforcement Challenge Brings Together Member Departments

The County Mutual and Community Insurance Corporation's 2nd Annual Advanced Law Enforcement Risk Training (A.L.E.R.T.) Law Enforcement Challenge was held Tuesday, October 1st in Lincoln County and Thursday, October 3rd in Sauk County.

The A.L.E.R.T. Law Enforcement challenge was FREE to member law enforcement departments of the County Mutual and Community Insurance Corporation and included all training sessions and lunch.

Learn more about the event and view photos here from both the Lincoln and Sauk County dates.
County Ambassadors Gather in Madison for Lobbying Day
New Cost-Effective Financing Program through PFA
Presidential Appointments to WCA Board
WCA Annual Conference Coverage on WisconsinEye
A.L.E.R.T. Law Enforcement Challenge Brings Together Member Departments

Early bird registration rates are now in effect for exhibitors and sponsors at the 2014 WCA Annual Conference in Sauk County, which will be held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center September 14-16, 2014 in Wisconsin Dells.

To learn more and see rates for the 2014 WCA Annual Conference, click here.

For questions, please contact WCA Marketing and Events Coordinator Cheryl Fleck at 866.404.2700.

Waterman and Associates, WCA's federal lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., has released "Washington Briefs" for the third quarter of 2013.

Read Waterman and Associates's 2013 Third Quarter "Washington Briefs" here.
As a part of the WCA Annual Conference in Dane County, a video annual report was shown to attendees, urging members to get involved with the Wisconsin Counties Association.

The video can now be found on our video channel on the WCA home page and can also be viewed here.