Providing cooperative planning and funding solutions to foster
healthy and thriving communities within the region.
An Economic Development District serving Northeast Wisconsin for nearly 
50 years.
Sheboygan MPO

(920) 448-2820
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Cindy  Wojtczak
Executive Director

Assistant Director

Emily Pierquet
Administrative Assistant
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Transportation Planner

Madison  Smith
Environmental Planner
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Nicole  Barbiaux
GIS Specialist
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Sydney Swan
Economic Development Planner
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Harry Graham
Community Assistance Planner
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E-NEWSLETTER VOLUME 10,  ISSUE 2/February  2020 
Disaster Recovery Microloan
The Bay-Lake RPC Disaster Recovery Microloan Program provides microloans to businesses impacted by natural or man-made disaster. Eligible businesses are able to receive zero percent interest loans up to $20,000 for repair work and operating expenses until more long-term recovery funding can be secured. Bay-Lake RPC is one of the nine regional entities in the state that has the ability to distribute and administer microloans to impacted businesses. We are currently seeking applicants from a major flooding event that occurred last month in the City of Oconto. 

Please contact Sydney Swan for an application or additional information.
Input Requested on Several Local Planning Projects

Several jurisdictions in the region are in the early stages of updating their
 local plans. Kewaunee County is updating its Outdoor Recreation Plan, while the Village of Cedar Grove and the City of Gillett have initiated their comprehensive planning efforts and would like your input as they plan for future growth and preservation. As a result, the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission (BLRPC) has developed a number of opportunities for citizens and property owners to provide input on these

Provide your feedback on the Kewaunee County Outdoor Recreation Plan on the online survey and/or interactive online feedback map.
Provide your feedback on the update to the Village of Cedar Grove's Comprehensive Plan on the online survey 

Provide your feedback on the update to the City of Gillett's Comprehensive Plan on the online survey and/or interactive online feedback map.
SOGL 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement

crowdfunding.jpg Sustain Our Great Lakes  is soliciting proposals that benefit fish, wildlife, and habitat and water quality in the Great Lakes basin. The program will award grants in 2020 to improve and enhance: 1) stream and riparian habitat; 2) coastal wetland habitat; and 3) water quality in the Great Lakes and its tributaries. Details about this funding opportunity are provided in the Request for Proposals. The submission deadline for pre-proposals is February 11, 2020.
Additional application information is available the Sustaining Our Great Lake Program Website.
In 2020, grant funding will be awarded in five categories:
  • Restore and Enhance Stream and Riparian Habitat
  • Restore and Enhance Coastal Wetlands
  • Expand Green Storm water Infrastructure in Great Lakes Communities 
  • Maintain and Enhance Benefits of Habitat Restoration through Invasive Species Control
  • New in 2020: Restore and Preserve Natural Areas and Biodiversity in Wisconsin's Lake Michigan Watershed
To be eligible for funding, projects must occur within the Great Lakes basin. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal and local governments. Approximately $8.26 million is expected to be available for grant awards. Please contact Madison Smith for assistance in grant writing.

Point In Time Counts in the Bay-Lake Region

Lakeshore Community Action Program conducted the semiannual Point-In-Time Count (PIT). Bay-Lake RPC staff were among the volunteers during that evening. Over the night of January 22, 2020, a coalition of local agencies and volunteers in Manitowoc, Door, Kewaunee, and Sheboygan counties searched for vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. The focus of the count is to identify people who might be residing on the streets, in cars, campgrounds, under bridges or similar places. Services needed to help the homeless in our communities are a result of identifying those households. The information gathered is used at the state and federal levels to allocate resources for individuals and households requiring homelessness assistance.
Rural Broadband Funding: USDA ReConnect
The USDA's Rural Utilities Service is seeking applications for funding and financing to expand quality broadband Internet in rural areas. Grants, low-interest loans, and grant/loan combination may be awarded on a rolling basis to eligible public and private entities.
This online application is now open, and applications and comments must be uploaded to the online application portal by 5:00 p.m. CST Monday, March 16, 2020.
More information about this funding opportunity is available at the ReConnect program website or by emailing the RUS

Upcoming Events/Meetings

February 17, 2020, 7:30 pm
  Kewaunee County Towns Association Meeting
West Kewaunee Town Hall, Kewaunee, Wisconsin

February 19 - 21, 2020
Wisconsin Land Information Association
Madison-Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center, Middleton, Wisconsin

February 27, 2020, 1:00pm
Sheboygan MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committees Joint Meeting
Sheboygan City Hall, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

March 10, 2020, 5:30pm
City of Manitowoc Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
Public Kickoff Meeting
Senior Center, City of Manitowoc, Wisconsin

March 11, 2020, 10:00-2:00 pm
Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Workshop
Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, 7001 Glass Lake Road, Manitowoc WI, 54220
Future Events
April 23, 2020
2020 16th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference
Keyes Peak Ski Hill, Florence, Wisconsin

September 16 - 18, 2020
2020 APA - Wisconsin Annual Planning Conference
KI Convention Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin

September 20 - 22, 2020
2020 Wisconsin Counties Association Annual Conference
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

September 22 - 24, 2020
2020 MPO/RPC/WisDOT Annual Transportation Planning Conference
Wausau, Wisconsin

October 11 - 13, 2020
Annual Wisconsin Towns Association Convention
Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Appleton, Wisconsin

Available Grant Opportunities 
The following is a list of upcoming grant opportunities and their due dates. Please contact the Commission if you have a project idea, or need assistance with preparing or administering a grant, or if you are interested in partnering with the Commission on a project.
Please contact Nicole Barbiaux
for any links that are not working properly.  Thank you!

Do you want to know more about planning services or  grants  available ?
The staff of the Bay-Lake RPC are happy to speak to your boards/councils, committees, organization, or community groups about what is happening in our region. 

We are also available to assist communities and counties with meeting facilitation. 

Please contact us at (920) 448-2820 or .