Week of April 6, 2015

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Released

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute have released the sixth annual County Health Rankings.

The County Health Rankings show us where we live matters to our health and provide counties with an annual check-up of their health. The Rankings provide local-level data that allows each state to see how people from one county to another compare on a range of factors that determine health-unemployment, education, community safety, diet and exercise, and other areas to ensure that every community is a healthy place to live, learn, work, and play.

Learn more at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

To see Wisconsin specific data in this year's report, click here.
The Public Finance Authority Passes 100 Mark for Bond Issuances

The Public Finance Authority (PFA) is pleased to announce it has closed more than 100 bond issuances representing more than $2.65 billion in financings throughout 36 states since inception in 2010.

The PFA is a political subdivision of the State of Wisconsin created for the purpose of issuing tax-exempt and taxable conduit bonds for public and private entities nationwide. PFA is sponsored by the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.


Wisconsin Selected to Continue Partnership with National Institute on Corrections on Evidence-Based Decision Making

Wisconsin has been selected to continue its partnership with the National Institute of Corrections in promoting evidence-based decision making (EBDM) in the criminal justice system.

Six new counties (La Crosse, Marathon, Rock, Outagamie, Chippewa, and Waukesha) will receive technical assistance from NIC to help implement best-practice EBDM programs, and NIC will also advise the statewide Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in advancing the use of EBDM statewide.

Plan to Attend: "Pace Financing: A Simple Way to Add Value"
April 30th Seminar Sponsored by vonBriesen & Roper, S.C.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is an innovative way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings.

By eliminating upfront costs, providing low-cost long-term financing and making it easy for building owners to transfer repayment obligations to a new owner upon sale, PACE overcomes challenges that have hindered adoption of energy efficiency and related projects in our nation's buildings.

This 90-minute panel presentation on April 30th at vonBriesen & Roper, S.C.'s office in Milwaukee will provide a step-by-step introduction to PACE financing, followed by a networking reception with refreshments.

Panel Speakers:
Beau Engman, Founder, Pace Equity
Andy Guzikowski, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
James Hamill, Managing Director, Clean Fund
Joshua Jeffers, President, J. Jeffers & Co.
Dawn Lindsey, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Lynn Parins, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Erick Shambarger, Deputy Director, City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability

Learn more and register for the free event here.

Welcome New WCA Associate Member Wipfli LLP!

The role and relationship of government with the private sector has changed in recent years. The creation of the WCA Associate Member Program is one more way WCA is reaching out to bring together the public and private sectors.

WCA welcomes our newest Associate Member, Wipfli LLP.  Learn more about them and all our members by clicking on the link below.

WCA Associate Members include:

American Transmission Company, LLC
Discover Mediaworks
General Motors  
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Wipfli LLP

We encourage you to learn more about our WCA Associate Members by clicking here.  For more information about this program please contact WCA Marketing and Events Manager Cheryl Fleck at 866.404.2700.    
What are Counties? Toolkit Available Online

Wisconsin Counties Association has launched a new toolkit for county officials and interested parties to help educate people on the role of counties in their lives.

This new campaign, "What are Counties," came about because of conversations with our county officials desiring a brochure on county government services to hand out when they spoke to civic groups, students and other entities.

The result of this collaborative effort was much more than a brochure.  WCA is proud to present the "What are Counties" trio of resources -- a video, presentation and brochure, to share the good news of what counties do to "Help Make Wisconsin Great."

Watch the "What are Counties" video here.
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Released
Public Finance Authority Passes 100 Mark for Bond Issuances
Wisconsin Continues Partnership with National Institute on Corrections
Pace Financing Seminar April 30th
Welcome New WCA Associate Member
"What are Counties" Toolkit Now Available Online