Week of August 8, 2016

WCA Sponsors New WisconsinEye Campaign 2016 Video Player

WCA is proud to be a sponsor of the new WisconsinEye Campaign 2016 video player, which contains an array of campaign events and interviews at the state and federal levels.  Wisconsin Eye has partnered with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Gannett Wisconsin to deliver comprehensive campaign coverage.

The Campaign 2016 video player will contain an array of campaign events and interviews at the state and federal levels. Viewers will also have access to hundreds of in-depth interviews with candidates for the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly, in both the primary and general elections.

All WisconsinEye interviews are conducted by WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters, a veteran State Capitol journalist. Steve was recognized in 2013 as "Wisconsin Journalist of the Year" by the Milwaukee Press Club, the first time an individual rather than a broadcast or news entity received the club's highest honor.

See the Wisconsin Eye Campaign 2016 video player here.

Department of Revenue Releases 2016 Equalized Values 
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) posted the preliminary 2016 Equalized Values, Tax Incremental District (TID) Values, Net New Construction Report, and County Apportionment Report on its website. DOR provides each municipality with the opportunity to review and make changes to the reports if necessary. 

DOR will publish the final certified numbers on Monday, August 15 and the deadline for communicating with the department is August 8.

Latest WCA Podcast: Media 101 with Gwyn Guenther and Gail Sumi

Here at the Association, we often get questions regarding media relations and communications. As a local government official, it is an important part of your job to effectively communicate to the public. 
Recently, WCA Communications Consultant/Principal at Thompson Communications Michelle Thompson sat down with Gwyn Guenther, President of The Wheeler Report and Gail Sumi, Member Engagement and Communications Director at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, to discuss all things media. 

In this comprehensive podcast, the three discuss a variety of topics such as pitching a story, social media advice, holding a press conference, and creating relationships with local media. This podcast is a great reference for any county officials and members looking to increase and positively impact their media relationships and presence.

Enter Discover Wisconsin Calendar Photo Contest!
WCA has teamed up with Discover Wisconsin to try to encapsulate the immense beauty that our state has to offer. 

Now is your chance to show off this beautiful place that we call home. The submission period for these photos ends on August 31 and your photo might be featured in the 2017 Discover Wisconsin calendar. 

For more information about Discover Wisconsin, or to enter your image in the contest visit them on Facebook.

August WCA Seminar: What Every County Official Should Know

Do you have questions regarding what needs to be included in a meeting notice, or what the best practices are for responding to all public records requests?

Join WCA for our August Educational Seminar, "Open Meetings, Public Records and Drafting Meeting Agendas: What Every County Official Should Know" on Monday, August 22, 2016 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point.

 WCA Educational Seminar offers county officials an opportunity to hear from experts on each of these categories and how you can improve your practices. 

Speakers include:  Anne Bensky, Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice and
Steven Kilpatrick, Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice.

See the August 22 WCA Educational Seminar agenda and details about the event or register for the event here.

WCA Associate Members

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 Associate Members include:

American Transmission Company, LLC
Discover Mediaworks 
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Siemens Industry, 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.    
WCA Sponsors New WisconsinEye Campaign 2016 Video Player
DOR Equalized Values Releases
Media 101: Gwyn Guenther and Gail Sumi
Discover Wisconsin Photo Contest
What Every County Official Should Know
WCA Associate Members