A Circus of Webinars, Resources and Grant Opportunities

Save the Date Rollout: 

Focusing on the Future of Your Community
Save the date and Join us October 19-21, 2016 in Stevens Point for the League’s 118th Annual Conference - invest in yourself and your community. **All First time attendees will receive half off the registration fee** Please share widely.
Addressing Municipal Land Issues & Municipal Roads, Records & Retracements
This Northeast Chapter of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors Seminar will include topics ranging from annexations, right-of-way issues, road vacations and municipal easements. Held on Friday March 25, 2016, 7:30AM-3:30PM at The Rock Garden and Comfort Suites, Green Bay, WI – please note the registration deadline is March 18th, Register Here today.
Upcoming Local Government Programs, UW - Extension
Election Training: Baseline Chief Inspector: March 21 Various Wisconsin Locations
Baseline Chief Inspector Training: March 16 -19 Various Times and Wisconsin Locations
Open Government Traveling Show: March 16 - 17 Various Times and Wisconsin Locations
Improving Public Participation: March 22, 2016 Madison
Strategies for Effective Supervision: March 23, 2016 Madison
Asphalt Road Maintenance: March 29, 30, 31 2016 Various Locations
Foundations of Community Vitality Workshop: March 30-31, 2016 Mineral Point
Project Governance and Portfolio Management: April 6 2016 Madison
Gravel Road Maintenance: April 11, 13, 14 2016 Various Locations
Community Vitality and Placemaking: April 20 2016 Teleconference
Visit the Local Government center for details. 
ETF-Hosted Benefits Presentation
Look for opportunities to learn more about Wisconsin Retirement System benefits by attending an ETF presentation. ETF Specialists are traveling statewide over the next two months and may be in your area. Presentations are designed for all WRS members, particularly those within five years of retirement. See more information and the March presentation schedule.
America Walks 2016 Free Webinar
America Walks is excited to announce the next webinar of our free 2016 webinar series. The April 14th webinar will take a closer look at the "Walking as a Practice" report that was released in January. Learn More About the Webinar Here
Retail Conference
ICSC and CARW (Commercial Association of REALTORS®) present Wisconsin’s only annual retail conference on April 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee. Click HERE for more information on participating retailers, roundtable topics and more.

Eau Claire Sculpture, Bateman
Eau Claire Sculpture, Bateman 


Adopt the Creative Economy Proclamation
The League, in partnership with Arts Wisconsin, is hosting the annual statewide Creative Economy Week¸ April 24-30, promoting and celebrating the creative economy in Wisconsin’s communities.  Visit our website for the proclamation sample and personalize and adopt this proclamation in your community to celebrate Creative Economy Week and send it to the League at league@lwm-info.org!
National Endowment for the Arts: Wisconsin
Speaking of the Arts – Take a look and share this great video provided by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts board. Don’t forget to share your art and creative economy stories for Creative Economy Week, April 24-30 - stay tuned for more details. 
New contract to help government agencies facilitate clear and concise communication
The Government Purchasing Alliance many of you are familiar with, U.S. Communities has awarded Language Select a multi-year contract to provide interpretation and translation services and related services and solutions. To learn more about how you can access this service, register for a complimentary one-hour webinar.  Webinars are scheduled for April 5 and April 7. The webinar will be archived if you can’t participate on those dates.   
LGI to Examine Future of Local Government
The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin which includes the League announced it was starting a 9 month study of the likely scenarios that could play out for local governments over the next 20 years. Stay tuned for Survey Opportunities and a full-day workshop on June 19th, 2016 in Stevens Point.

County Health Rankings Release
The seventh national Rankings was released!  Become up to date with the latest Rankings data on the health of communities across Wisconsin, or any other state you’re interested in.  In addition, find important tools in the Roadmaps to Health section of the website that assist community leaders, policy makers, and other leaders in health improvement.
Find out how Tree Roots Improve Soil Infiltration Rates
A great Stormwater resource! 

Grant, Nomination & Project Opportunities 

**FYI Producer Led Watershed Protection Grants – Proposals due April 1st**
This is a new DATCP program designed to encourage farmer-led conservation projects to improve soil and water quality.  The maximum grant award for each producer led group will be $20,000. A webinar will be held to discuss details and requirements of the proposal and budget on Wednesday, March 16th from 11am to noon. For more information on the grant program or webinar, please visit our producer led grant program webpage.
**Nominate Your Favorite Retail District for “Main Street Contest” by April 24**
The idea is simple — consumers and small business owners pick a primary retail street in the U.S. that needs a boost (revitalization, if you will) by nominating their favorite local Main Street at MainStreetContest.com. Sponsors will then invest cash certificates, social media recognition and a slew of other prizes to celebrate the energy, drive and passion of that Main Street and help it continue to thrive. The winning Main Street will receive $25,000 in cash for revitalization.
**WCMA is accepting Nominations for its 2016 Awards Program until April 10th**
The Wisconsin City/County Management Association’s (WCMA) 2016 Awards program categories are Meritorious Service Award, Futures Award, and Outstanding Program Award. For details associated with nomination criteria and nomination form, see http://www.wcma-wi.org/index.aspx?nid=142 .

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