The League of Wisconsin Municipalities E-Newsletter | June 2021
URGENT - If you did not request your American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from DOR yet, do so TODAY!

The deadline is FRIDAY, JUNE 18!

To request funding – you must submit Form SL-330: Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Request within My DOR Government Account.

You do not have to determine how you will spend the funds to file! Every Wisconsin municipality was allocated funds. You have up to three years to obligate the ARPA funds!

If you have not e-filed yet – read DOR’s full message for additional resources and information on how to request funding.

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Questions? Join DOR for today's Open Forum.
 
Click to register for today's how to file Open Forum webinar:
·      RegisterThursday, June 17, 10-11am session
 
·      DOR is hosting the Forum to help answer your questions on requesting ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the state of Wisconsin, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury)
·      The Forum is specifically for municipalities identified by Treasury as non-entitlement units (NEUs) – that have not e-filed Form SL-330 with DOR
·      Form SL-330 is due on Friday, June 18, 2021, and must be e-filed within My DOR Government Account
·      If your municipality has not yet e-filed, we encourage you to attend to have your questions answered
After registering, you'll receive an email on how to access the session.
·      This webinar is compatible with a PC or a MAC
·      You'll need speakers to hear the presenter but will not need a microphone

Questions?
Contact DORLocalRecoveryFunds@wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-2772.
ARPA Opportunity!

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for broadband access grants authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This legislation allocated funds to aid the state in its response to the COVID-19 emergency. Governor Tony Evers has determined to make $100 million of this funding available for improvements in broadband infrastructure. Review the application materials including a letter to interested persons, application instructions, eligibility maps/data, and more here.

The PSC Wisconsin Broadband Office is hosting webinars for interested persons and potential applicants.

“How to Map Your Broadband Grant Project” - June 29th
“ARPA Broadband Access Grant Information and Overview #2” - June 30th 

A recording of the previously held “ARPA Broadband Access Grant Information and Overview #1” webinar on June 8th is available now. Visit the link above for full details, recordings, and registration links.

Questions for the WI Broadband Office PSCStateBroadbandOffice@wisconsin.gov
This "Non-Exclusive List of ARPA Eligible Uses by the DOR is available online here.
HIGHLIGHTS
Please join us in welcoming a familiar face to a new role!

Elizabeth Yanke, NEW League of Wisconsin Municipalities & League Mutual Member Services Director

As Matter Becker, League Mutual CEO stated, "Elizabeth will help members find the services available to best fit their needs as well as bring their requests for additional resources back to the team to improve our offerings."

You can say congratulations to Elizabeth on the League's LinkedIn page here.
Wisconsin Women in Government Seeks Professional Women to Join its Board of Directors

Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG), a statewide, bipartisan, non-profit organization of women in government service, announced it is seeking professional women to join the WWIG Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning in August 2021. To apply, women should send their resume, two references, and a cover letter describing why they would like to join the WWIG Board of Directors by July 2, 2021, to wwigquestions@gmail.com. Please include a description of your relevant experience and the specific skills you can contribute to the board. 
Burning Questions
Assessing the needs of the Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department
A report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum
"New Officials"
The June 2021 The Municipality

Every April about 800 new officials are elected in cities and villages statewide. The June magazine provides resources and information to new and experienced officials and staff. Read the magazine.

Have you read the article on Onboarding?
Read it and then access additional resources. Both authors presented at the Winter 2021 Chief Executives Workshop:
Onboarding in Altoona by Mike Golat, Altoona City Administrator/Treasurer
Creating a Functional Council-Manager Team by Kevin Lahner, Waukesha City Administrator 
OPPORTUNITIES
USDA Launches Resource Guide to Help America’s Rural Workforce
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled a resource guide (PDF, 2.5 MB) to help rural community leaders start and expand employment opportunities and access resources to train, recruit and create a sustainable rural workforce.

Covid Vaccine

Providing paid time off for vaccinations is an investment in the safety, productivity, and health of your workforce, business, and community. Paid leave has been shown to be a critical tool for stopping the spread of COVID-19 which keeps your staff productive at work. One Wisconsin study shows that paid leave provisions have the potential to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 by: 
  • Preventing approximately 10,000 cases per month 
  • Saving 75 lives per month 
 
study by KFF shows that overall, nearly 3 in 10 (28%) employed adults who are not yet ready to get the vaccine say that they would be more likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine if their employer gave them paid time off to get vaccinated and recover from any side effects. 



Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin - Madison 2021-2022 Senior Capstone Project
Application Deadline: August 14th, 2021
Applicant Notification: September 16th, 2021

The Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin - Madison is currently pursuing opportunities for design and planning service projects to be considered for the 2021-2022 Senior Capstone Project. Most design and planning projects fall within community design/placemaking, urban/industrial redevelopments, waterfronts, and park/open space planning. Upon completion of the project each client receives a comprehensive design and planning document that has the potential to support future design, planning, grant writing, and other fundraising efforts. Projects take place from September to May and are completed by a senior student in the Professional Landscape Architecture degree program. Each landscape architecture student is guided by an advisory group from the host community and supervised by faculty.
 
Review the 2021-2022 Capstone Application Contact Eric Schuchardt, PLA, ASLA directly at email.
So You’ve Been Elected...
The League’s new booklet for newly elected officials has been described as
“Pithy yet entertaining and very insightful.”

Two free copies have been mailed to each League member municipality.
The NEW Basic Financial Administration for Wisconsin Local Governments provides you with practical day-to-day instructions on managing local government finance. This new handbook was a joint effort by the League, the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Local Government Education Program of the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue. Order your copy.
EVENTS
Transit and Aviation
Jun 17, 2021 3:00 PM Free - Webinar
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and the American Society of Civil Engineers-WI Section
Wisconsin’s Aviation Report Card grade is C+ (between good: adequate for now & mediocre: requires attention) and Transit’s Report Card grade is D+ (between mediocre and poor: at risk).


WEDC - Connect Communities & Main Street Programs
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 12 pm - 1 pm - via Zoom - Free
Sustainable Strategies Webinar Series thanks to the Green Tier Legacy Communities
Overview of WEDC Programs to support downtown revitalization, profiling infill and sustainable development projects from communities around the state.


Records Management Workshop
The Wisconsin Historical Society
Friday, June 18
$10.00
The workshop is intended to give local government officials the opportunity to learn about their legal responsibilities and basic records management of public records.   
  
  

The Rise of the Community Manager
NEWaukee
Tue, June 22 • 8:30-10:00AM CST • Virtual
More and more, organizations are realizing the important role that community plays in achieving strategic goals: whether it’s managing sentiment, providing quality service, generating new leads, creating engagement, fostering brand awareness or more.

But, what exactly does a Community Manager do day-to-day? And when, and why, should you hire one within your organization?

Getting the Best R.O.I. on the Investment Made with The American Rescue Plan Act Fund Entrusted to Local Elected Officials
Wed, June 23, 2021, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM - Free Webinar
Provided by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties and Towns Associations and the UW-Wisconsin System

Storms Ahead: Invasive Vegetation Control, Local Regulations, and Other Stormwater Infrastructure Challenges
June 23, 2021 ||  TIME: 12:00 - 1:00 pm Central
PRESENTER: Bekah Strait, Associate Consultant, CESSWI
Green infrastructure has become increasingly common for its many environmentally friendly benefits, like improving water quality and reducing flashiness in local waterways. But did you know that communities that install green infrastructure can see major cost savings compared to significant underground infrastructure? Join this session as a panel of Davey Resource Group, Inc. experts discuss a variety of stormwater infrastructure challenges and key considerations to ensure your assets operate effectively including how to achieve success with your stormwater solutions.


Electric Vehicle Adoption Roundtable discussion
June 30 at 10 AM – 11 AM – Free
RENEW Wisconsin
Utilities and municipalities: We’d like to hear from you! As electric vehicle demand and charging infrastructure increase throughout Wisconsin, we’d like to hear your thoughts and concerns on how to plan for EV adoption in your communities. From planning through procurement, to costs and grid impacts, this is your chance to share your concerns, ask questions, and tell us about your needs!

The League's next Member Roundtable via Zoom
July 13, 2021, 12:00-1:00
Zoom Information for all Roundtable calls.


The League's Chief Executives Workshops
August 19 & 20, 2021 (Early arrival reception 5:30pm Aug 18)
Hotel Retlaw, Fond du Lac
Please thank our sponsor! MPIC


2021 Municipal Attorneys Institute 
Monday -Wednesday!
August 30 – September 1, 2021
Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Please thank our sponsors!


Local Government 101:
For New & Experienced Local Officials and Staff
Sept. 10 in Waupaca in person (capped at 65)
Please thank our sponsors!


2021 Plumbing Inspectors Institute
September 15-17, 2021 Eau Claire
Hotel Lismore


Municipal Assessors Institute 2021 
Sept 28-30, 2021 in Oshkosh
Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center


Building Inspectors Institute
October 6-8, 2021
Lismore Hotel, Eau Claire


The League's 123rd Annual Conference
Bonus Pre-conference Webinars October 12-14 Via Zoom
(These are included in the full conference registration, but if you can't attend in-person, you can also register for just the Bonus Virtual Workshops.)
Annual Conference October 20-22
K-I Center, Green Bay


Police & Fire Commission Workshop
November 3, 2021 in Wisconsin Dells
Wilderness Resort, Glacier Canyon Conference Center
National Foundation for Women Legislators 2021 Annual Conference
November 8-10, 2021
Memphis, TN
Scholarships Available
Baker Tilly's CommuniTIES: Municipal bond market trends and opportunities – a discussion with Dave Erdman, State of Wisconsin Capital Finance Director.
Listen to it here.
GRANTS & FUNDING
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for the Wisconsin Clean Diesel Grant program. Approximately $385,000 is available to reduce emissions from older diesel engines across the state. Applications are due June 23. 


The WiPERC Onroad Vehicle Data Collection Incentive Program is available through Dec. 31 for U.S. EPA-certified on-road vehicles purchased or converted to propane. 


American Transmission Company (ATC) announces the opening of applications for their Community Planting and Pollinator Habitat Grant Programs. Applications for these programs are accepted July 1 through September 30 each year, and recipients are selected by the end of the calendar year. More information.


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Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities, Publications, Events and Learning is the latest USDA Rural Development Newsletter. This issue includes the new Rural Community Toolkit which is a Tool to Increase Vaccine Confidence in Rural Areas.
Subscribe to the USDA newsletter.


Thanks to the Green Tier Legacy Communities staff at the WDNR for putting these lists together. Learn more about how your municipality can benefit from the popular and growing Green Tier program for local governments founded by the League and others in 2010.

July
August
September
Grants
Loans
Year-Round Opportunities

Thanks to the Daniel Foth, Local Government Education Specialist at Local Government Education for this list.

•Federal Grants – Grants.Gov - https://www.grants.gov/
•State of Wisconsin Grants – DOA - https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/home.aspx
•The Foundation Center, https://fconline.foundationcenter.org/
•Research Libraries - Funding Information Network locations, https://researchguides.library.wisc.edu/wisconsin
•Madison Community Foundation, https://www.madisongives.org/nonprofits/recent-grants
•The Community Tool Box, https://ctb.ku.edu/en
•The Wisconsin Philanthropy Network, https://wiphilanthropy.org/
•Council on Foundations, https://www.cof.org/
•Chronicle of Philanthropy, https://www.philanthropy.com/
•Inside Philanthropy, https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/
•Local Government Center, https://lgc.uwex.edu/