ROAD WORK AHEAD
The December 2022 issue takes a deeper look at Wisconsin highway funding – the resources needed to continue appropriately investing in our roads as well as the impact of the federal infrastructure investment. It also takes a look at the steps county highway departments take to prepare for winter weather and what one county has done to improve highway safety.
The Research Room column analyzes the 2022 WCA member survey results and the legal column delves into how counties are deciding how best to use the opioid settlement funds.
See the December 2022 issue here.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: PREPARING FOR THE NEXT CRISIS
Preparing for the next crisis is the focus of the November 2022 Wisconsin Counties, which takes a closer look at emergency management issues at the state and local levels.
The issue delves into disaster assistance, the National Weather Service, Next Generation 911, and the status of emergency medical services in the state.
The November issue also includes an overview of the WCA 2023-24 Legislative Agenda and highlights from the 2022 WCA Annual Conference.
See the November 2022 issue here.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT: THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT
Whether renovating a courthouse or repaving a highway, counties face a diverse set of competing priorities when planning for capital projects. The October 2022 issue delves into strategic capital planning processes and highlights successful projects around the state. This issue also features a Q&A with the two leading gubernatorial candidates for the governor’s race and a Research Room column that explores the destinations of Wisconsin millennials who are moving out of state.
See the October 2022 issue here.
See past issues of Wisconsin Counties and learn more about the publication here.
WISCONSIN’S LABOR MARKET
The September 2022 issue delves into Wisconsin’s labor market, helping county officials understand the state’s changing demographics and what they can do to recruit and retain its workforce. The issue highlights county initiatives to improve housing, child care and broadband access. The September issue also encourages members to explore Sauk County during the annual conference and provides legal advice on public records disclosures.
See the September 2022 issue here.
STRIKING A BALANCE TO MANAGE WISCONSIN’S COURT SYSTEM
The August 2022 issue explores the state and county partnership in managing Wisconsin’s court system. It dives into the various aspects of the judicial system, their ongoing challenges, and how they are impacted by the growing imbalance in how the system is funded. The issue also takes a closer look at the current tight labor market.
See the August 2022 issue here.
PUBLIC TRANSIT IS MOVING WISCONSIN FORWARD
This issue examines the importance of public transit in rural and urban communities across Wisconsin. We take a closer look at county bus programs and shared-ride initiatives as well as provide an update on Amtrak’s expansion in Wisconsin. The July issue also includes information about the WCA annual meeting in September.
See the July 2022 issue here.
THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA-WISCONSIN’S RENEWABLE ENERGY FUTURE
This month’s issue focuses on renewable energy in Wisconsin with a particular look at solar and wind. Learn about what counties can expect as the state transitions to clean energy. It also includes information about today’s hot housing market and an annual conference update.
To read the June 2022 edition, click here.
SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS
This month’s issue focuses on the programs and services available to our veterans from counties, the state of Wisconsin, the federal government and nonprofits. It also includes a summary of the 2021-2022 legislative session, a preview of the WCA Annual Conference, and a copy of the 2022 County Government: History, Services and Funding Brochure.
To read the May 2022 edition, click here.
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK INTO CYBER SECURITY
Counties need to raise the bar on cyber resiliency to protect their infrastructure, staff and citizens. This issue features tips and resources from state and federal cybersecurity experts that county officials can use when evaluating and improving their cybersecurity. Also inside: a federal transportation update, a legal summary outlining an important judicial win for Wisconsin counties, and a wrap up of the 2022 Legislative Exchange.
To read the April 2022 edition, click here.
COVID-19 After 2 Years – Lessons Learned
In many ways the pandemic presented challenges county officials had never faced in the past. All county departments confronted one obstacle or another due to the unprecedented events of the last two years. This edition of the magazine highlight some of the departments, their experiences, resilience, and some lessons learned.
To read the March 2022 edition, click here.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
Embracing Change to Build a Better Wisconsin
As individuals and organizations, we must all work toward embracing our differences and recognizing the strength those differences bring to our daily lives. The March edition of the magazine highlights the ways in which diversity, equity, and inclusion are being addressed by state, county, and the Wisconsin Counties Association. ALSO INSIDE: Civil Rights Compliance – Where did it Come From & What does it Mean?
To read the February edition, click here.
WINTER IN WISCONSIN
This edition highlights some of Wisconsin’s wonderful wintertime activities – stargaze in winter skies in the one of Wisconsin’s dark sky parks, visit Ice Castles in Walworth County and Nine Mile County Forest for cross-country skiing in Marathon County. This edition also includes an article that examines the economic boom of Wisconsin’s winter tourism industry – there’s no business like snow business!