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Cindy  Wojtczak
Executive Director

Brandon 
Robinson
Community Assistance Planner

Elizabeth  Runge
Economic Development Planner
Ext. 107

Emily Pierquet
Administrative Assistant
Ext. 101
 
Jeffrey 
Agee-Aguayo
Transportation Planner

Madison  Smith
Environmental Planner
Ext. 106

Nicole  Barbiaux
GIS Specialist
Ext. 104

Sydney Swan
Community Planner
Ext. 108

Harry Graham
Community Planner
Ext. 109


E-NEWSLETTER VOLUME 9,  ISSUE 5/ May  2019 

Welcome To Our New Employees!
We are pleased to welcome our two new Community Planners, Sydney Swan and Harry Graham, to Bay-Lake RPC!

Sydney is a 2016 graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a double Major in Urban Planning and Regional Land Use Planning, and a minor in Sustainable Energy Technology.  Since graduating, she has worked with Washington County as a Planning and
 Parks Analyst. 
 








Harry recently completed his Masters in Community Planning from Auburn University in Alabama. He has also completed a Masters in Anthropology and gained experience as a planning intern with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham. 
 
Community Partnership Award
Interns have always been a vital part of the Commission and the work accomplished here. This month, Bay-Lake RPC was the recipient of the UWGB Public & Environmental Affairs (PEA) 2019 Community Partnership Award. This award recognizes an organization in the community that has shown continuous dedication to the growth and development of the department's students. As a Commission, we are honored to have received this award, and look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come!
 

New Housing Service!
The State has released a legislation requirement for municipalities with a population over 10,000. These communities are required to have a Housing Affordability Report and New Housing Fee report annually. Bay-Lake RPC is here to help your community create these reports, and annually update the compiled data. If you would like to learn more about this service, or have questions, please contact Madison Smith or call (920) 448-2820, ext. 106.
 
Opportunity Zones
Opportunity Zones provide tax benefits when investments are made.  These "zones" have financial benefits, including the ability to defer capital gains for investors. Additionally, in Opportunity Zones, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) criteria for project eligibility is met, so the zones provide an opportunity to look further into EDA funding.  Click here for Bay-Lake Opportunity Zones. For more information, contact Elizabeth Runge call (920) 448-2820, ext. 107 .     

Devils River Trail
Bay-Lake RPC is working with Manitowoc County to complete a master plan for the county's portion of the Devils River Trail.   As a part of that process, we are gathering input about recreational preferences and conditions on the trail - please let us know your thoughts by responding to the survey here:  Devils River Trail Survey

Art of Water
  Bay-Lake staff had the opportunity to be involved with Algoma's Art of Water, and speak about the Ahnapee River Water Trail Plan. Thank you to all the local artists and galleries! If you missed it, be sure to check out this event next year! For more information on the Ahnapee River Water Trail Plan, please contact Madison Smith  or call (920) 448-2820, ext. 106.

Treatment for Invasive Species in 
Kewaunee County: Update


Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission is working with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Kewaunee County to help mitigate three prevailing invasive species including Phragmites, Japanese Knotweed, and Wild Parsnip.

Have invasive species on your property and interested in receiving treatment? Please fill out this form:   Landowner Form
Help us by locating them here:   Invasive Species Map
 
For more information please contact Madison Smith, 920-448-2820 ext. 106, or Kate Nelson (Kewaunee County).
 
News & Funding Webpage
The Commission's website now features a page for News & Funding! This webpage highlights funding and grant opportunities within the Bay-Lake region, news on what has been happening with the Commission, and upcoming events. The page will be updated on a regular basis to keep the region in touch with any new funding opportunities and announcements from the Commission.
 
The News &  Funding page can be accessed by going to Bay-Lake RPC's home page and clicking on the News & Funding section that is located on the top blue ribbon.

Upcoming Events/Meetings
 
May 30, 2019
Good Health Grows on Trees conference
Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville

June 18-19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Designing for Pedestrian Safety
WisDOT Northeast Region Office
944 Vanderperran Way, Green Bay
Register  HERE

Is your community or organization looking for speakers or meeting facilitators?
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   letsplan@baylakerpc.org .

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
Emily Pierquet for any links that are not working properly.  Thank you!