Special WCA eNews: WCA Legislative Exchange Issue
February 7-8, 2017: Madison Concourse Hotel
2017 WCA Legislative Exchange Brings County Officials Together Next Week in Madison

The Wisconsin Counties Association will hold its 2017 WCA Legislative Exchange February 7 and 8 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin.

County officials will gather to discuss the important issues that are facing counties around the state. This year, the agenda is full of legislative leaders and top government officials discussing relevant issues.   

While there are breakdowns for each day listed below, you can also You may still register onsite.  For additional questions, please email WCA Marketing and Events Manager Cheryl Fleck or call at 866.404.2700.       
Parking for WCA Legislative Exchange

Please note the Madison Concourse Hotel will be undergoing construction in the hotel garage and the hotel parking garage will be closed entirely.

Valet parking is available for all overnight hotel guests at the cost of $10 per vehicle. Guests should pull up in front of the hotel and a member of their staff will assist.
For guests that are not staying overnight, they can park in the State Street Capitol Garage, just a half block from the hotel on 214 North Carroll Street.

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.

Tuesday February 7 Agenda 

The 2017 WCA Legislative Exchange begins Tuesday, February 7 with a full agenda. Highlights of the day's schedule include:
9:05 a.m.- WCA Board of Directors Report
Gregg Moore, Chair, WCA Board of Directors

9:20 a.m.- Gubernatorial Remarks
Scott Walker, Governor, State of Wisconsin (invited)

10:15 a.m.- Next Generation Update 
Gary Becker, Executive Director, Local Government Institute of Wisconsin; Rebecca Ryan, Founder, NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc. 
10:45 a.m.- "Just Fix It" Wisconsin 
Craig Thompson, Executive Director, Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin

11:15 a.m.- UW-Extension
Karl Martin, Dean and Director, Cooperative Extension-UW-Extension 
11:30 a.m.- Competitive Wisconsin-Be Bold Strategy 
Jim Wood, Chairman, Wood Communications Group; Strategic Counsel, Competitive Wisconsin, Inc.  

12:45 p.m.- The 2017-2018 Legislative Session
Kyle Christianson, WCA Director of Government Affairs; Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf, WCA Deputy Director of Government Affairs; Daniel Bahr, WCA Government Affairs Associate; Marcie Rainbolt, WCA Government Affairs Associate  

2:00 p.m.- State Finance Update
Waylon Hurlburt, State Budget Director, Wisconsin Department of Administration

2:45 p.m.- Tools for Engaging Your Legislators
Kyle Christianson, WCA Director of Government Affairs; Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf, WCA Deputy Director of Government Affairs

3:00 p.m.- Sir Winston Churchill
Randy Otto, Impersonator 
Wednesday February 8 Agenda  

The 2017 WCA Legislative Exchange continues Wednesday, February 8 at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome from WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell.  Other speakers include:

8:35 a.m.- Legislative Leadership Roundtable
Robin Vos, Speaker, Wisconsin State Assembly; Dana Wachs, Representative, Wisconsin State Assembly; Scott Fitzgerald, Majority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate; Janet Bewley, Assistant Minority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate; Mark D. O'Connell, WCA Executive Director, Moderator

9:20 a.m.-
State Economy Update
Dennis Winters, Chief Economist, Office of Economic Advisors, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development 

10:15 a.m.- State of Wisconsin Politics 

Brian Fraley, President, Edge Messaging, LLC; John Nichols, Associate Editor, The Cap Times; Jeff Mayers, President, WisPolitics.com

11:00 a.m.- Executive Director's Remarks
Mark D. O'Connell, WCA Executive Director 


11:45 a.m.- Adjourn 


question marks In an attempt to answer questions we regularly receive on the WCA Legislative Exchange, we've created our list of frequently asked questions. 

If you have additional questions, please contact Cheryl Fleck, WCA Marketing and Events Manager, at 866.404.2700.

Can I get a copy of the agenda for the event?  


How do I get to the Madison Concourse Hotel? 
Directions can be found here.

I have a question about my hotel reservation.  Who do I contact?
For questions about your hotel reservation, please contact the Madison Concourse Hotel directly at 800.356.8293.
Can I park directly at the hotel? 
No, the Concourse Hotel parking ramp is closed for construction.  See the story at the top of this newsletter for additional parking information.
What is the attire for the event? 
Business casual.  Please remember that meeting room temperatures do not feel the same for everyone.

You may want to bring a light sweater/blazer should meeting room temperatures be too cool for you.  Temperatures in all meeting rooms vary, so please dress accordingly.
Can I buy individual meal tickets? 
If your spouse or guest would like to join you for a meal, tickets may be purchased for $16 each at the event for Tuesday's or Wednesday's meals.

Can I bring a spouse or guest to the County Reception? 
Yes.  There is no charge for the event if you are a registered county delegate. 

Note: If you are a state public official or state employee subject to the Code of Ethics for Public Officials or Administrative Rule Governing Ethics for State Employees, your contribution is $15.00, representing the value of the food, beverage and other matters provided at the event.   

2017 WCA Legislative Exchange Brings County Officials Together Next Week in Madison
Parking for Event
Tuesday February 7 Agenda
Wednesday February 8 Agenda