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Event Budgeting Under COVID
Date Thursday, June 24, 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 am
Description As we look forward to life after the pandemic, what can local governments expect for revenue and the needs of their communities? This panel presentation will help to answer these questions using current economic and demographic projections and their deep experience working with local governments. There will still be a lot of uncertainties as we move forward to a new normal, but accessing available data and expertise can help local governments make informed decisions about upcoming budgets. This expert panel will include: -Dale Knapp, Direct of Research and Analytics, Wisconsin Counties Association/Forward Analytics -Karen Kerber, CPA, Shareholder, Kerber Rose -Jonathan Schatz, Financial Specialist, Ehlers -Steve Deller, Professor and Community Development Specialist, UW Madison, Division of Extension
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Event Preparing for and Adapting to Future Floods with Natural Flood Management
Date Wednesday, July 14, 2021 1:00-2:30 pm
Description Are you curious about opportunities to mitigate flood risks to communities and infrastructure with cost-effective, nature-based solutions? In this session, participants will learn about Natural Flood Management (NFM)¿an emerging concept that involves using a combination of multiple practices, in different parts of the watershed, to increase the landscape's ability to store and manage water. You'll hear about watershed-scale risk assessments and NFM demonstration projects that are underway in Ashland County to identify infrastructure vulnerabilities and prioritize where flood risks can be minimized through upstream hydrologic restoration actions. The panel will also discuss benefit-cost data, screening tools, infrastructure design approaches, and other resources that can help your community tap into hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and climate adaptation funding. Presented by: Kyle Magyera, Wisconsin Wetlands Association; Chris Collier, Trout Unlimited; Jon Simonsen, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Robyn Fennig, Wisconsin Emergency Management; Jason Laumann, Northwest Regional Planning Commission; Mary Jo Gingras, Ashland County; Dorothy Tank, Ashland County
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Event Redistricting Workshop for Local Elected Officials
Date Thursday, July 15, 2021 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Description The Local Redistricting Group, consisting of staff from the Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB), Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), and UW-Madison Applied Population Laboratory (APL), will provide information on the 2020 US Census data and the legal process of redistricting in Wisconsin.
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Event Health Equity and Community Engagement
Date Tuesday, July 20, 2021 2:00-3:30
Description Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible (Braveman, 2017). In Wisconsin, inequities are observed across many factors, including race, place, and income. In this session, we will describe a framework for understanding health inequities and the importance of local governments engaging community members in identifying and implementing actions to promote health equity. Presented by Paula Tran Inzeo, MATCH Group Director; Jonathan Heller, Senior Health Equity Fellow; and Wajiha Akhtar, Assistant Director, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
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Event Opportunities, Strategies and Programs for Reducing County and Municipal Utility Costs through Solar Energy
Date Tuesday, August 17, 2021 1:00-2:30
Description Solar energy programs provide an opportunity for local governments to reduce their utility costs, freeing up budgets for other essential services. In this webinar, the panel will share a variety of strategies and programs municipalities and counties can use to support solar installation and reduce energy costs. Panelists: Nick Hylla, Midwest Renewable Energy Association, will share examples from Wisconsin and neighboring states that demonstrate how jurisdictions are effectively deploying solar energy to reduce operating costs. Jenny Erickson, UW Extension Sauk County, will describe Grow Solar Sauk County and the impact the program is having on energy costs. Eric Kostecki, WPPI Energy, will discuss WPPI solar programs for municipalities Zack Hill, Alliant Energy, will provide an overview of Alliant solar program for counties and municipalities
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Event The Local Government Workforce of the Future Has Arrived: How Ready Are You?
Date Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:00 to 1:15 pm
Description What should leaders of government who want to build their 21st-century workforce do? Discard the old models in favor of proven approaches to create the Workforce of Tomorrow including realizing it is not the sole responsibility of the Human Resources Department to attract great talent, but instead the entire organization. Learn the eight-step approach to becoming a talent-centric organization and translate the headwinds of change into a tailwind. Presented by Patrick Ibarra, Mejarando Group, Patrick Ibarra is an architect of innovation and entrepreneur of ideas who seeks to challenge the status quo thinking of "we've always done it that way" and replace it with a progressive approach to continuous improvement.
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Event Increasing Housing Options through Simple Zoning Changes
Date Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 2:00-3:30 pm
Description Is there a shortage of housing in your community? Are you a member of a Plan Commission, Village Board, Common Council, or neighborhood housing association and want to know how your jurisdiction can proactively support housing development using the existing zoning ordinance? In this webinar, you will learn some simple zoning code changes to reduce regulatory obstacles and increase the variety of housing choices in your community. We will explore how to add standards for accessory dwelling units (commonly called "mother-in-law units" or "granny flats"), how to incorporate multi-unit housing into existing residential zoning districts, and how to alter bulk and dimensional standards to achieve the types of development you want. This program features Rebecca Roberts, Land Use Specialist with the Center for Land Use Education and Melinda Osterberg, Community Development Educator with the UW-Madison, Division of Extension. There is no easy solution to this complex issue, however, this webinar will provide your jurisdiction with simple steps that you can take immediately to increase housing options!
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Event Civically Engaging Youth in Local Government and Your Community
Date Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 to 11:30 am
Description Involving youth in local government can be a win-win for the youth and local government. Youth benefit from and are empowered by the experience and local governments gain diverse youth perspectives with an eye to the future while cultivating a next generation of leaders. Learn how to set up and run an effective Youth in Government program from leaders from across the state. Presented by: Pamela Larson, Extension Racine County Kathleen Haas, Extension Columbia County Christa Van Treeck, Extension Marquette County Neil Klemme, Extension Iron County
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Event Using Scenario Planning and Action Planning in Local Government to Make Informed Decisions
Date Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 to 11:30 am
Description Learn how Scenario Planning and Action Planning tools can be good compliments to (and, at times, replacements for) strategic planning when the future is uncertain or when there simply isn't enough time to conduct a full strategic planning process. Bring some issues or concerns that you would like to work on and leave with a rough sketch of a scenario plan and action plan! Presented by Annie Jones, Organization Development Specialist and Tribal Nations Liaison, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension
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Event The Case for Local Food Systems Planning: Getting Food Systems Planning onto Your Local Policy Agenda
Date Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30
Description From transportation to energy to housing, many local infrastructure systems receive attention and resources in local government and planning. Yet one essential system, food, is often overlooked. Local food systems can provide myriad benefits: they contribute to local economic development, provide important ecosystem services and mitigate climate change, and build food security and local resilience in the face of global disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic. What's more, planning for local food systems can often help local governments achieve other planning-related goals for their communities. Learn why local food systems planning is vital for community health, hear how communities are planning their local food systems, and explore where to start your local food systems planning process. Maybe you're ready to spearhead local food systems planning, but how do you actually get it off the ground? This workshop will also present several different pathways and approaches, share successful models and case studies, and raise important considerations for getting food systems planning onto your local policy agenda. Presented by: Catie DeMets, doctoral student, UW-Madison Dept. of Planning & Landscape Architecture; Carl T. Chenoweth, Dane County Board Supervisor & former member of the Dane County Food Council; Chippewa Valley Market Match Organizing Team: Nancy Coffey, Emeritus UW-Extension; FoodWIse Coordinator Sandy Tarter, FoodWIse Nutrition Coordinator; Eric M. Jamelske, Professor, Director of Collaborative Research, Dept. of Economics, UW-Eau Claire; Kate Beaton, former AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer
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Event Accessing and Using Census Data for Decision Making in Local Government
Date Thursday, October 14, 10:00-11:30
Description The 2020 Census data provides a wealth of information for use in decision making by local governments. This presentation will focus on what information is available, how to access it, and examples of how the information can be used. If you¿re wondering how you can use Census data to improve services to local constituents, this is the place to start! Presented by Dan Veroff, Distinguished Outreach Specialist, Applied Population Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Event Planning for Community Climate Resilience: Tools for Local Governments
Date Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:00-3:30 pm
Description Will your community be resilient in the face of more severe weather events and other challenges brought on by climate change? During this session, you'll gain planning tools, resources, and strategies to build community resilience. You'll hear from a team of UW-Madison, Division of Extension educators who will share practical tools and examples of effective planning to build climate resilience. Presented by members of the UW-Madison, Division of Extension Climate Leadership Team
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Event Practices for Protecting Local Farmland
Date Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Description Farmland protection is critical to preserving our ability to grow food for our communities in the future, among many other benefits ¿ including mitigating climate change ¿ that sustainable agriculture can provide. Proactively protecting farmland is more important now more than ever, given accelerating farmland loss and increasing urban development pressure on peri-urban and rural landscapes in Wisconsin and across the US. Wisconsin¿s state and local governments have unique opportunities to enact innovative farmland protection measures, and the opportunity to position our state as a leader in safeguarding the future of agriculture. Learn about local-, regional-, and state-level opportunities in farmland protection, hear about innovative local government programs that are working to protect farmland, and engage in a peer discussion about possible solutions. Presented by: Catie DeMets, doctoral student, UW-Madison Dept. of Planning & Landscape Architecture; Steve Steinhoff, Director, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission; Alison Volk, Easement Project Manager, American Farmland Trust
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Event Grants: From the Funders' Perspectives
Date Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:00-2:30 pm
Description Interested in better preparing grants to access state and other funding for local government projects? This presentation will share tips, tricks, and resources from the funders themselves so that you can be more effective at accessing funding. Our panel from Wisconsin DoT, WEDC, DoA, and Grantwatch.com will offer funders' perspectives on preparing effective grants. Presented by: Sam Rikkers, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Deputy Secretary and COO; Dave Pawlisch, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Community Development Bureau Director; Merrill Mechler-Hickson (tentative), Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Local Roads Programs & Finance Section Chief; Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO, GrantWatch.com
Price $20
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