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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. Please join us September 22-24 in Sauk County.
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 2019 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 Judicial and Public Safety Steering Committee Meeting
- October 19, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center
- 5109 W Terrace Drive
- Madison, WI 53718
- For information contact:
- Marcie Rainbolt -- Email
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.
2019 Annual Conference & Marketplace
September 22-24, 2019
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Dr, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
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 Annual Conference
- The Essentials of an Annual Budget Development Process - Program Evaluation, Prioritization, and Collaboration (9/25/2018)
- Understanding Generational Differences in the Workplace (9/25/2018)
- Connecting the Dots between IT & Organizations: Definition List (9/25/2018)
- Ground Water Quality Issues and County Responses: Nitrate Well Water Taskforce (9/25/2018)
- Farm Bankruptcies and Their Impact on Counties (9/25/2018)
- Ground Water Quality Issues and County Responses (9/25/2018)
- Go Regional or Go Home! (9/25/2018)
- Register of Deeds in the New E-World (9/25/2018)
- Connecting the Dots between IT & Organizations (9/25/2018)
- Protecting Your County: Risk Management Best Practices (9/24/2018)
- Administration of Local Highway Programs (9/24/2018)
- The Future of Long-Term Care in WI-How Do County Nursing Homes Uniquely Assist to Meet the Needs of our Residents (9/24/2018)
- Foxconn in Wisconsin: What Does It Mean for My County - Handout (9/24/2018)
- Nonferrous Metallic Mining: County Challenged After Act 134 (9/24/2018)
- Foxconn in Wisconsin: What Does It Mean for My County (9/24/2018)
- County Perspectives & Recommendations to Address Wisconsin's Child Welfare Crisis (9/24/2018)
- County Perspectives & Recommendations to Address Wisconsin's Child Welfare Crisis: Caseload Standards for Child Protective Services (9/24/2018)
- County Perspectives & Recommendations to Address Wisconsin's Child Welfare Crisis: 2019-21 Recommended Biennial Budget Request (9/24/2018)
- County Perspectives & Recommendations to Address Wisconsin's Child Welfare Crisis: In the News.... (9/24/2018)
- County Perspectives & Recommendations to Address Wisconsin's Child Welfare Crisis: Review of Wisconsin's Child Protective Services Mandates (9/24/2018)
- If it Smells Funny, You Might have an Ethics Issue (9/24/2018)
- WI Act 185 Overview and Update (9/24/2018)
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)
2018 WCA Educational Seminars
- Wisconsin Public Safety Educational Seminar WISCOM - FirstNet - Next Generation 911 (8/20/2018)
- This seminar will cover in detail the topics of WISCOM, Next Generation 911 and FirstNet and the impact they have on county governments. Topics include an overview of the Office of Emergency Communications in the Department of Military Affairs, moving Wisconsin PSAPs into the Next Generation, FirstNet and its impact on counties, improvements to WISCOM, and the integration of local GIS data into a statewide system. Tom Czaja, Director of the Office of Emergency Communications for the Department of Military Affairs will be speaking about the new division at the Department of Military Affairs and the state's role in these programs as well as other experts speaking on how these programs impact counties.
- FirstNet (8/20/2018)
- Office of Emergency Communications Update (8/20/2018)
- The Role of GIS in Next Generation 9-1-1 (8/20/2018)
- Next Generation 9-1-1 (8/20/2018)
- 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)
2018 WCA Webinars
- County Perspectives & Recommendations to Address Wisconsin's Child Welfare Crisis (9/28/2018)
Presented by Jason Witt, La Crosse County Human Services Director
Listen to the 09/28/18 webinar here.
- Review of Wisconsin's Child Protective Services Mandates: Selected Mandates & Their Impact (9/28/2018)
- In the News...Counties from Across Wisconsin Experiencing Extreme Child Protective Services Challenges (9/28/2018)
- 219-21 Recommended Biennial Budget Request (9/28/2018)
- Caseload Standards for Child Protective Services (9/28/2018)
- 2017 Wisconsin Act 184 (6/7/2018)
2017 Wisconsin Act 184 makes modifications to state statute with regard to the supervised release of sexually violent persons. Counties will play an increased role in securing placement for individuals released from Sand Ridge under supervised release through the creation of a temporary committee, consisting of the county department under s. 51.42, a representative of the department of health services, a local probation or parole officer, the county corporation counsel or his or her designee, and a representative of the county that is responsible for land use planning or the department of the county that is responsible for land information. The county also needs to demonstrate that it has contacted the landlord for the residential option and that the landlord has committed to enter into a lease. This webinar is designed to educate county officials about Wis. Stats. Ch. 980, governing sexually violent person commitments, as well as educate counties on their increased role as outlined in 2017 Wisconsin Act 184. Speakers for the webinar are Holly Audley, Beth Dodsworth, and Alicia Boehme, Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Listen to the 06/07/18 webinar here.
- 2017 Wisconsin Act 184 FAQs (6/7/2018)
- The Process of Issuing Debt (3/26/2018)
Creating a well thought out debt plan is a critical part of your overall budget development and tax levy. This session will focus on different funding methods, debt structures, building a financing plan and team, bond credit ratings, and bond underwriting. A common question we receive is who buys our bonds? This presentation will address that question along with many others and take you through all the steps and considerations a County should consider when issuing debt.
Speakers for the webinar are Justin Fischer and Anne Mongoven with Baird Public Finance.
Listen to the 03/26/18 webinar here.
- Juvenile Correction Changes (2/28/2018)
The Wisconsin State Assembly adopted Assembly Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 953 which closes Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools by January 1, 2021. The bill represents a significant change to the juvenile justice system and county responsibility. This webinar will review the changes to the juvenile corrections system as adopted by the Wisconsin State Assembly. Speakers for the webinar are WCA Director of Government Affairs Kyle Christianson and Deputy Director of Government Affairs Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf.
Listen to the 02/28/18 webinar here.
- Job Documentation and Compensation in Local Government (2/26/2018)
Local government budgets continue to be tight, labor markets are becoming increasingly competitive, and our public-sector workforce is in the throes a generational shift. Talent is at a premium, and organizations are challenged to recruit and retain the talent necessary to provide the complex and critical to the success of local government. At the heart of the human resources activities (including recruitment and retention) are the issues of job documentation and employee compensation. This 90-minute webinar will cover topics such as: workforce challenges facing employers; job documentation, including its importance to other employment activities; tips for maintaining job documentation; and the importance of, and the challenges associated with, maintaining a competitive compensation structure.
Speakers for the webinar are Patrick W. Glynn and Charles E. Carlson with Carlson Dettmann Consulting.
Listen to the 02/26/18 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)