AIC eNewsletter

January 6, 2022
AIC 2022 Legislative Conference - January 25-26, 2022
AIC's Institute of Excellence Class - Save the Date

This class will be held before the AIC 2022 Legislative Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis. There will also be a recorded version of this class.
ARPA Final Rule and Overview
Please see the link below to an overview of the final ARPA Rule

The link below is the ARPA Final Rule:
Click the button below to see all of the latest American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) information, videos, and resources.
INDOT Community Crossings Matching Grant
Community Crossings Matching Grant - CCMG 2022-1 Call for Projects
The 2022-1 CCMG Call for Projects began at 8:00am Eastern Time, Wednesday, January 3, 2022, and close at 5:00pm Eastern Time, Friday, January 28, 2022.
Visit our website for further information and instruction:
Acknowledging State Graduates from
NACo Leadership Academy:

3 Indiana County staff members participated in the NACo Leadership Academy, a 12-week online program that empowers front-line county government employees with fundamental leadership skills. Across the country, 4,500 county employees participated.
Indiana County staff to complete the Academy are:
·      Vicki Urbanik, County Auditor, Porter County
·      Cole Wyatt, Wabash County
·      Craig Eason, IT Director, Wayne County
Congratulations to all these individuals who completed the program. To learn more about the Academy, visit the NACo website here. Enrollment is now open for 2022.
Lt. Gov. Crouch, Indiana Broadband Office designate Clinton County as a Broadband
Ready Community

 Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Broadband Office announced that Clinton County is now designated as an official Broadband Ready Community. The Broadband Ready Communities Program was created as a tool to encourage broadband development throughout Indiana.
 
The Broadband Ready Community certification sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that a community has taken steps to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure investment. 

The certification was approved by the Indiana Broadband Office following the Clinton County Commissioners adoption of a Broadband Ready Community ordinance.
 
In 2021 alone, Lt. Governor Crouch and the Indiana Broadband Office have designated 18 communities as Broadband Ready. Clinton County is the 60th Broadband Ready Community overall.

Via 2020 legislation, the Broadband Ready Community Program was transitioned from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). IBO began the day-to-day management of the Broadband Ready Community Program on July 1, 2020. For more information, visit in.gov/indianabroadband. 
Register today for the 2022 Stormwater
Drainage Conference on February 10

We look forward to seeing you in-person at Purdue University. The Stormwater Drainage Conference is a signature event in the Indiana LTAP training calendar. This conference comes at an especially opportune time as the Indiana Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSGP) and the new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System General Permit became effective on December 22, 2021.
 
You will find the Stormwater Drainage Conference is the place to gain regulatory insight, share ideas, foster innovation, and discuss implementation. The conference will be an invaluable part to your professional development and will help you focus your compliance efforts for 2022 and beyond!
 
Topics 
  • Construction permits 
  • MS4 permits
  • Funding 
  • Implementing the buffer requirement of the CSGP
  • Stabilization incremental seeding 
  • Concrete wash-out 
  • Solar panels 
  • Post-construction stormwater management 
  • Long-term options of maintaining post-construction 
  • Floodplains 
  • And more! 
Who Should Attend
  • If you have a drainage project for the state, the city, or the county
  • If you are responsible for designing, constructing, or maintaining stormwater drainage systems
  • If you are a professional interested in floodplain and stormwater management in the State of Indiana
  • If you are responsible for inspecting ore reviewing drainage projects
  • If you are responsible for construction or MS4 stormwater permit implementation

Full agenda will be available soon.

Watch your inbox and the LTAP website
 
This annual conference is only possible with the support and devotion of the stormwater drainage planning committee, the Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management, the Indiana County Surveyors Association, the Indiana MS4 community and all our engineers, designers, planners, and practitioners.
The Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives program will be conducting 23 workshops across the state of Indiana to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental health, mental illness, and suicide prevention in collaboration with AgrIInstitute. 
 
Registration for the first workshops beginning in February is open now! Seating is limited to 35 individuals, so please register now to reserve a spot. 
 
*February 10, 2022 - Posey County
 Country Mark Pavilion
 6855 Lower Harmony Road
 Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
 
*February 23, 2022 - Monroe County
 Ellettsville Library
 600 Temperance Street
 Ellettsville, IN 47429
 
*February 24, 2022 - Boone County
 Boone Co. Fairgrounds Farm Bureau Bldg
 1300 E 100 S
 Lebanon, IN 46052

The Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives team is proud to welcome state and local professionals to present on various topics that impact the mental health of rural Hoosiers. Speakers will highlight the challenges involved with mental health issues and resources available in the community to help support those in need, including a special session on Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training. 
 
The workshops will start at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. They are free to attend and lunch will be provided. 
 
A full schedule of the workshops is available on the IRHA website here: https://www.indianaruralhealth.org/services/healthy-minds-healthy-lives-workshops/ 
 
For additional information about these workshops, please contact Kathy Walker, Program Director, at: kwalker@indianarha.org
 
"Funding for Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives was made possible by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (Grant no. 2021-70035-35652 FRSAN). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of ISDA."
Spending Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Please click the link or picture below to view the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) ARPA Guide. You can also find more information on their Website.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has revised its guidance for the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), which was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)
 
Under the CARES Act, CRF funds may be used for costs incurred by December 31, 2021. Treasury had previously determined that, for a cost associated with the acquisition of a good or service or the acquisition of or improvement to real estate to be considered to have been incurred within the covered period, performance or delivery must have occurred during the covered period. 
 
Treasury is now revising the guidance to provide that a cost associated with a necessary expenditure incurred due to the public health emergency shall be considered to have been incurred by December 31, 2021, if the recipient has incurred an obligation with respect to such cost by December 31, 2021. Treasury defines obligation for this purpose consistently with the Uniform Guidance definition in 2 C.F.R. 200.1 as an order placed for property and services and entry into contracts, sub awards, and similar transactions that require payment.
 
Treasury’s reporting framework currently permits recipients to record their expenditures through September 30, 2022. The CRF’s eligible use is restricted to “necessary expenditures incurred due to” the COVID-19 public health emergency. Treasury currently expects that this expenditure deadline will provide a sufficient amount of time for recipients to expend their funds in accordance with the eligible uses of the CRF. 
 
Treasury has made certain adjustments to its frequently asked questions to reflect this revision and will provide recipients subsequent updates as to how this change will be reflected in the CRF reporting requirements. The remainder of Treasury’s guidance remains in effect. 
 
Questions on the Coronavirus Relief Fund can be sent to coronavirusrelieffund@treasury.gov.  
 
 
More information regarding this revision is available here: Coronavirus Relief Fund | U.S. Department of the Treasury
 
Treasury’s guidance regarding the use of funds is available here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/CRF-Guidance-Federal-Register_2021-00827.pdf.
 
Information about reporting and recordkeeping requirements related to CRF payments is available here: https://oig.treasury.gov/cares-act.
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AIC's Institute of Excellence Class - Save the Date

This class will be held before the AIC 2022 Legislative Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis. There will also be a recorded version of this class.

February 17, 2022- Save the Date for Institute of Excellence Class

Indiana Tax Climate 2021
Do you know how Indiana is ranked as a "business friendly" tax climate? What are companies reviewing outside of taxes? How does LIT impact bringing new industry into your community? 

AIC 2021 Printed Document of County Officials and 2021 Factbook

Please click here to view an order form for the 2021 DOCO.

If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Mallers at emallers@indianacounties.org.


Click here for the order form for the 2021 Factbooks.
Dimensions of Health

Our overall health goes far beyond fitness level or food intake. Stress level, financial security, professional growth and your physical environment are just a few of the many aspects of well-being that can affect quality of life.
Apex’s Kinetiq Health team has formed a vision of what holistic health looks like. The Dimensions of Health diagram was created by our team of clinical professionals and health and wellness experts to form a model that encapsulates eight aspects of health that factor into our overall well-being.
Each dimension is interconnected; when one dimension is neglected, others tend to suffer too. Struggling in one aspect of health can affect success or growth in other aspects.
For example, your financial situation might affect how you feel you can succeed socially. Or your work may suffer if your mind is not challenged or you don’t feel fulfilled. By consciously addressing and working toward being balanced in all dimensions of well-being — we can reach our highest potential.
The eight dimensions include:
  • Mental – A person’s ability to cope with stress, be resilient, deal with conflict, express emotions, and have positive self-esteem and a sense of purpose or direction
  • Physical – Healthy habits related to physical activity, nutrition, sleep, preventive health care and the body’s overall physical well-being; the development of body awareness and tending to one’s physical health to help maintain an optimal level of fitness
  • Social – A person’s capacity to form healthy relationships and feelings of connection with their communities
  • Occupational – Having work activities and responsibilities that serve to fulfill a passion and support one’s values in life and understanding how to provide value to an organization; this could also include meeting career goals, building relationships with colleagues and having work/life balance
  • Financial – Finding a balance in relationship to money; this includes living responsibly or within means, maximizing total rewards packages and learning how to use savings and investment plans
  • Spiritual – Personal beliefs, values and morals make up spiritual health; this includes discovering a purpose and developing an appreciation for life
  • Intellectual – Creative and stimulating activities that expand knowledge impact intellectual health; this also involves being able to look at a problem or situation from multiple perspectives and provide solutions
  • Environmental – Cultivating physically and emotionally healthy work and home environments; having a sense of respect for the environment and understanding individual and corporate impact on environmental health
We’re sharing our new framework for health and wellness in hopes that it gives you some direction to reaching your own optimal health. The concept is simple — well-being is all about feeling well, holistically; it includes feeling happy, healthy, connected, purposeful, and mentally equipped to handle whatever may come your way.
Check out previous Wellness Wednesday posts for tips as you continue your journey toward optimal health.

Enjoy the recipe of the week: Harvest Chicken Casserole

In good health, 
 
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