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The WCA Annual Conference. WCA board meetings. Educational seminars. These are just a few of the many events the association plans, promotes and execute every year. From scheduling speakers to securing room blocks, an important part of the operations of the association come in the form of event coordination.
WCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The conference is held every fall in various locations around the state and is a unique opportunity for county officials to come together and learn from one another, as well as receive updates on county issues.
- » 2017 WCA Annual Conference Tentative Agenda
- » Hotel Map
- » Register online for the 2017 WCA Annual Conference
- » Conference Hotel Room Block Info
WCA also hosts the "WCA Marketplace" in conjunction with the conference that features vendors offering services and goods to county government.
- » See our new video on the benefits of the WCA Marketplace here!
- » Learn more about the 2017 WCA Marketplace
- » Be a sponsor or exhibitor by filling out our simple online form
Each February, WCA holds its annual Legislative Exchange in Madison. The two-day meeting provides a briefing on legislative proposals affecting counties and reports by WCA legislative staff and state officials.
- WCA Board of Directors Meeting
- August 17, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Ironworks Hotel Beloit
- 500 Pleasant Street
- Beloit, WI 53511
- Phone: (608) 362-5500
WCA Legislative Exchange
Madison Concourse Hotel (Map)
1 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
The two-day meeting provides a briefing on legislative proposals affecting counties and reports by WCA legislative staff and state officials.
Hotel Parking Under Construction - See Details For Parking:
During your stay, the hotel's garage is undergoing construction which requires that they close the hotel parking garage entirely.
Overnight hotel guests can pull up in front of the hotel upon arrival to unload their luggage and check-in first. A city garage is located a half block from the hotel on the corner of Dayton Street and Carroll Street.
Overnight guests should inform the front desk staff that they are parking in the city garage. The hotel will provide them with a parking pass to exit the parking garage.
Valet parking is available. Please pull up in front of the hotel and a member of their bell or front desk staff can assist you.
The hotel will maintain the rate of $10/night, and the hotel will cover the difference in cost for parking at the city garage.
Day-only guests that are coming to the hotel and not staying overnight will need to pay for the parking ramp charges on their own at the public parking ramp. Here is a link showing the hourly rates for the ramp: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parkingutility/garageslots/facilities/statestcapitol.cfm
The conference is held every fall in various locations around the state and is a unique opportunity for county officials to come together and learn from one another, as well as receive updates on county issues. WCA also hosts the "WCA Marketplace" in conjunction with the conference that features vendors offering services and goods to county government.
2018 Annual Conference & Marketplace
September 23-25, 2018
300 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601
La Crosse Center (Map)
Exhibitor or Sponsor» Learn more about the WCA Marketplace
» Be a sponsor or exhibitor by filling out our simple online form
» See our new video on the benefits of the WCA Marketplace here!
Contact Cheryl Fleck, WCA Marketing and Events Manager at 866.404.2700 or via email.
WCA sponsors educational seminars on a regular basis to keep county officials informed on changing laws and county responsibilities in a variety of programs. Please check here for topics for upcoming seminars, as well CLE credits.
|8/28/17||Navigating Issues Related to Public Safety Bargaining, Discipline, Investigating Officer Involved Deaths and Recent Legal Decisions Impacting Law Enforcement||4.5 hours|
2016 CLE Credits
|1/25/16||County Board Organizational Meeting||4.5 hours|
|2/29/16||Just Fix It||1 hour|
|5/23/16||Contracting 101: A Legal Perspective||1 hour|
|7/25/16||Navigating Employment Regulations and Investing in Effective Personnel Practices||2 hours|
|8/22/16||Open Meetings, Public Records, and Drafting Meeting Notices: What Every County Official Should Know||2 hours|
2015 CLE Credits
|4/20/15||Emergency Management for Counties||3.5 hours|
|6/22/15||Implements of Husbandry - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow||4.5 hours|
|7/20/15||Construction Contracts Made Easy||4.5 hours|
|8/17/15||Broadband Development and the Role of County Government||4.5 hours|
|10/19/15||Sustainability Success Stories||1 hour|
|11/16/15||Fraud Risk, Awareness, Prevention, Management and Response||4.5 hours|
|12/14/15||Evaluating Your County Departments||1 hour|
For a complete listing of CLE credits approved by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin's Board of Bar Examiners click here.
2018 WCA Legislative Exchange
- NG9-1-1 For Wisconsin: Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Office of Emergency Communications Director Tom Czaja (2/7/2018)
- WCA Phone2Action Presentation (2/6/2018)
- WCA Government Affairs Presentation (2/6/2018)
- UW Colleges and UW-Extension Restructuring : UW System President Ray Cross (2/6/2018)
2017 WCA Annual Conference
- Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program (9/26/2017)
- Sauk County Medication Assisted Treatment & Recovery Support (9/26/2017)
- Roles and Responsibilities of County Board Members (9/26/2017)
- Making Sauk: A Place Plan (9/26/2017)
- Community Placemaking (9/26/2017)
- Budgeting 101 (9/26/2017)
- The 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) (9/26/2017)
- 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) Information Guide (9/26/2017)
- Census: Accurate Geography Is the Starting Point for Accurate Data (9/26/2017)
- Badger State Sheriff's Association: Resources Assisting the Office of Sheriff (9/26/2017)
- Litigation: Combatting the Opioid Epidemic (9/25/2017)
- Wisconsin Open Meetings Law (9/25/2017)
- Protecting County Government from Fraud (9/25/2017)
- Wisconsin's Drug Crisis and Its Impact on Counties (9/25/2017)
- Maintaining an Effective Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) (9/25/2017)
- PACE Wisconsin Overview (9/25/2017)
- Understanding Ag Impacts and Strategies in Karst Areas of Wisconsin (9/25/2017)
- Wisconsin Water: Impacts of Land-Use on Groundwater (9/25/2017)
- Countywide Strategic Planning (9/25/2017)
- Sample Media Release for Attendees (9/24/2017)
2017 WCA Educational Seminars
- Navigating Issues Related to Public Safety Bargaining, Discipline, Investigating Officer Involved Deaths and Recent Legal Decisions Impacting Law Enforcement (8/28/2017)
- Are you and your personnel departments fully aware of the current trends in public safety bargaining? Is there anything new with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission? Are you aware of the Department of Justice guidance regarding investigating officer involved deaths? How do you properly discipline public safety employees? How do you manage off-duty misconduct issues? Are you aware of recent labor, employment and open meeting cases impacting law enforcement? This session presents a wonderful follow-up opportunity to dig deeper following the March workshop relating to public safety employee personnel issues. But even if you weren't able to attend the March workshop, the topics are designed to provide fresh content. This WCA Educational Seminar offers county officials an opportunity to hear from experts on each of theses issues.
- Example Proposal of Von Briesen County to Police Association, Local 1234546789 for a Successor Collective Bargaining Agreement (8/28/2017)
- What You Need to Know about the Wisconsin Department of Justice's New General Investigative Guidelines for Officer-Involved Death Investigations (8/28/2017)
- Immigration Issues: Sanctuary Cities, Local Authority and Possible Scenarios Coming to a Location Near You (8/28/2017)
- Strategies for Effective and Efficient Bargaining Relationships with Public Safety Employees (3/27/2017)
- Act 10 changed the public sector labor landscape in Wisconsin - for every employee except those involved in firefighting, EMS and law enforcement. While many of the "old" rules remain, the game has changed and counties should understand the issues they are likely to confront in order to develop an effective strategy for working with public safety employees. Join us for a timely and informative session on collective bargaining and other employment-related issues with public safety employees. Our panel of experts will guide you through the latest and greatest concerns facing counties as municipal employers and, as well, give you the tools you need to succeed at the bargaining table.
- "Rules of the Road" Interest Arbitration Lessons Learned (3/27/2017)
- 2017 Legal Update: Wisconsin Counties Association WERC Update & Public Records and Open Meetings (3/27/2017)
- 2017 Legal Update: Wisconsin Counties Association Discipline and Discharge of Sheriff's Department Deputies: The Grievance and Statutory Process (3/27/2017)
- Public Sector Construction Fundamentals: Doing Right Costs Less Than Doing It Over - Nine Practical Contracting Tips to Help Bring Your Project in On-Time and On-Budget (1/23/2017)
- On January 23, 2017 WCA held an educational seminar to discuss the latest trends in public construction and learn from industry professionals the "ins and outs" of construction contracts. The workshop will start with an exploration of the public sector contracting world without prevailing wage - legal and practical implications. From there, you will hear from public sector and private sector attorneys on their views on construction contracts - what to look for and, more importantly, what to avoid. Finally, a panel will explore the emerging world of public private partnerships or P3s. As tensions on government budgets grow, the public sector is looking to partner with the private sector on public projects. What does this mean and what opportunities exist?
- Public Sector Construction Fundamentals: Doing Right Costs Less Than Doing It Over - Public Private Partnerships (P3): The Latest Trends (1/23/2017)
- Public Sector Construction Fundamentals: Doing Right Costs Less Than Doing It Over - A Brief Introduction...Public Construction in 2017 and Beyond (1/23/2017)
- Public Sector Construction Fundamentals: Doing Right Costs Less Than Doing It Over - Merit Contracting: Public Contracting After the Repeal of Prevailing Wage (1/23/2017)
- Public Sector Construction Fundamentals: Doing Right Costs Less Than Doing It Over - Prevailing Wage Cheatsheet (1/23/2017)
- Public Sector Construction Fundamentals: Doing Right Costs Less Than Doing It Over - Best Practices for Administering a Quality Bid Process (1/23/2017)
2018 WCA Educational Seminars
- County Board Organization Meeting and Orientation for Newly Elected County Board Supervisors (1/22/2018)
- This seminar will cover in detail the roles and responsibilities of county supervisors, election of officers, adoption of the county board's procedural rules, and county board organization. Topics also include the number of committees, how members are appointed, how the officers are selected; resolutions and how they are introduced and processed; and, agendas and who is responsible for them and how items get on the agenda. Eau Claire County officials will also present information on their newly elected county supervisor orientation program.
- Three Forms of County Government as Authorized by the Wisconsin State Statutes (1/22/2018)
- County Board Organizational Meeting (1/22/2018)
- Basic Information on Motions (1/22/2018)
- Running Effective Meetings - Rules of Decorum (1/22/2018)
- 2018 Wisconsin Counties Association Board Orientation (1/22/2018)
- A Board Member's Approach to the Job (1/22/2018)
- County Board Supervisor Job Description - Dunn County (1/22/2018)
2017 WCA Webinars
- Employee Engagement in a Post-Act 10 Wisconsin (12/18/2017)
Since the passage of Act-10 in 2011, there has been a marked shift away from Wisconsin's public sector unions serving as intermediaries between employer-employee. County human resource departments have responded in turn to proactively tend to the needs of county employees. This 90-minute webinar, split in two concurrent 45-minute presentations, will highlight a project sponsored by Kenosha County in collaboration between UW-Extension to assess employee engagement and satisfaction. Based on data from over the 500+ participants in a comprehensive survey, the first segment of the webinar will share survey results. The latter segment will do a deep-dive into those human resource policies that are being piloted in Kenosha County so that webinar participants themselves engage in the discussion to weigh-in on their respective interest in exploring novel approaches to providing increased support, flexibility and leadership development opportunities to county employees.
Speakers for the webinar are Amy Greil, Assistant Professor of Community Resource Development, Kenosha County UW-Extension; Gary Green, Professor & Chair, Department of Community & Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Christian Schmieder, Qualitative Research Specialist, UW Colleges and UW-Extension; and Bob Riedl, Human Resources Director, Kenosha County.
Listen to the 12/18/17 webinar here.
- Town Hall Discussion - Open Meeting Law (7/7/2017)
The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its decision in Krueger v. Appleton Area School District Board of Education, 2017 WI 70, that will have wide-ranging impact on schools, counties and local governments across the state. In a broad sense, the Court determined that there are potentially numerous committees comprised of staff and administration that may now be subject to the Open Meetings Law - historically, the prevailing opinion from most local government and school district groups were that such meetings were not subject to that law. Now, many are asking questions: What was the Court's decision really about? What are the practical ramifications of this ruling? What do public entities need to do going forward in order to comply with the law? While not all of the answers are clear just yet, local government and school districts have the unenviable task of making sure meetings of its employees do not run afoul of the Open Meetings law.
Listen to the 07.07.17 10 a.m. webinar here.
Listen to the 07.07.17 1 p.m. webinar here.
- Becoming Proactive with Facilities Asset Management and an Introduction to WIFMA (5/22/2017)
St. Croix County Facilities Director and Founder of Wisconsin Facilities Management Association (WIFMA), Jim Elsbury will share with you two methods to manage and maintain your facilities assets. Mr. Elsbury will also introduce WIFMA, the State's first association for Public Facilities Management employees. Mr. Elsbury will be joined in the webinar by Luke Perkerwicz, Co-Founder and Vice-President of Sales and Marketing of AkitaBox and Chad Rykal, Vice-President of CR-BPS.
Listen to the 05.22.17 webinar here.
- The State of Broadband in Wisconsin 2017 (2/27/2017)
State CIO David Cagigal and State Broadband Director Angie Dickison will discuss initiatives to improve broadband access in Wisconsin. Economic development, education, public safety and telemedicine are just a few areas where services can be improved. Funding sources at the federal and state level will play a critical role in addressing the underserved and unserved areas of the state. Public and private partnerships will also be critical to our success. What are the next steps government and private sector partners must take in order to understand the demand and priorities over the next few years?
Listen to the 02.27.17 webinar here.
- nEXT Generation Update, Recommendations, and Feedback (2/13/2017)
- UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen and Director of Cooperative Extension Karl Martin will walk through the first in a series of recommendations regarding the nEXT Generation Update.
Listen to the 02.13.17 webinar here.
2017 WCHSA Fall Conference
- State Department Opioid Steering Committee Reports: DCF (12/1/2017)
- State Department Opioid Steering Committee Reports: DHS (12/1/2017)
- DHS Presentation (12/1/2017)
- Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) - PIP Planning (11/30/2017)
- Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care Presentations: County Presentation (11/30/2017)
- Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care Presentations: Rep. Patrick Snyder, Co-Chair (11/30/2017)