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September 2015


New Executive Director

Please welcome Cindy  Wojtczak as the  Commission's new Executive Director!  Several years ago,  Cindy started her career as an intern at the Commission. That internship ultimately turned into a senior Economic Planner position, and Cindy worked for the Commission for nearly 20 years. In 2003, Cindy left the Commission to go to Ayres Associates as an Economic Planner and Supervisor for Municipal Engineers.

Much of Cindy's work involves a diversity of planning projects with an emphasis on Economic Planning, grant writing, and administration. She has brought millions of dollars into the region through her grant writing, most of which was for public infrastructure projects like water towers, wastewater treatment plants, new wells, sewer and water system improvements, park improvements, special studies, and street improvements.

Cindy lives in Brown County and enjoys golfing and traveling. She is married with two grown daughters, one of whom is a school psychologist and the other an attorney.
 
Please welcome Cindy to the Commission by contacting her at cwojtczak@baylakerpc.org or (920) 448-2820.
 
Bay Beach Restoration Action Plan

The Bay Beach Restoration Action Plan is complete and available for download on the Commission's website. This plan was funded under an EPA Urban Waters Grant and provides a strategy for restoring Bay Beach in Green Bay. It is the culmination of three years of water quality research by the Commission, the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, and others.
 
Although Bay Beach occasionally experiences episodes of elevated E. coli, the water quality for recreational contact is comparable to other Lake Michigan beaches in Wisconsin. However, harmful algal blooms continue to be a concern in Green Bay and additional research is needed on effective monitoring techniques and management. Though many types of algae can form blooms, freshwater harmful algal blooms have the ability to produce toxins that are dangerous to other organisms such as humans, dogs, and livestock. Most harmful algal blooms occur in warm, slow moving, nutrient-rich waters in mid-June through late September and are formed by cyanobacteria (aka blue-green algae).
 
Based on water quality testing conducted as part of the Bay Beach Restoration Action Plan, no reason has been found to maintain closure of Bay Beach. Permanent closure of the beach resulted from pollution that is no longer allowable under the Clean Water Act. Other pollution such as PCBs and mercury are still affecting the Bay; however, not to an extent that raises any concern for recreational water contact.
 
For additional information about the Bay Beach Restoration Action Plan, please contact Angela Kowalzek-Adrians (formerly Pierce).
 
Welcome New Staff Member

Amy Carrozzino-Lyon has joined the Commission as a limited term employee to assist with the Commission's GLRI funded Phragmites control project. Amy will be working part-time as the Phragmites Project Coordinator to treat Phragmites along the Lower Green Bay and Fox River shoreline and provide outreach and education to landowners. Amy can be contacted at AmyCL@baylakerpc.org
 
Community Project Survey

The Commission will be sending out its annual community survey to member units of government within the next several days. The solicitation is to gather information on proposed community and economic development projects that will be included as a part of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and for integration into the Commission's rolling two-year Work Program. To ensure that each municipality receives a copy of the survey, it will be sent to the clerks at the town, village, and city levels, and will also be sent to various planning and economic development staff members n the region. These projects should represent a "priority list" of projects that address industrial park development or improvements, public facilities upgrades, business incubators, transportation infrastructure, park enhancements, plan updates (e.g., comprehensive plans), or planning projects that will result in sustainable economic development for one's respective community, county, or region.
 
If your community/county/organization had submitted projects in 2014, that list can be referenced on the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission website.
 
For more information regarding the Community Survey, please contact Brandon Robinson.
 
Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Activities
 
There are several upcoming work activities in the Sheboygan MPO program in the remaining months of 2015.  The major upcoming activities will include: preparation of the 2016 Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Planning Work Program; conducting a land use inventory update for the metropolitan planning area; preparing a performance indicator report; conducting passenger opinion and boarding and alighting surveys of Shoreline Metro; and preparation of the Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): Calendar Years 2016 - 2019. The Commission is working to add a limited term employee (LTE) on staff to assist with these and other activities in the remainder of 2015.

Please contact  Jeff Agee-Aguayo  for additional information.
 
Available Grant Opportunities
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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.  
BayCare Clinic Foundation Grants
Ben & Jerry's Foundation Grants Cedar Tree Foundation Grants
Charles Stuart Mott Foundation Environmental Grants Cornell Douglas Foundation Grants
Costco Wholesale Grants
EcoTech Grants - The Captain Planet Foundation
Environmental Research & Education Foundation Grants Gannett Foundation Grants
ING Foundation Grants
International Paper Grants Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant
Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants Kodak American Greenways Grants
MeadWestvaco Foundation Grants
Meetings Mean Business! Grant Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Grants
MLB Baseball Tomorrow Fund Patagonia Environmental Grants
RGK Foundation Education Fund
US Soccer Foundation Grant
Waste Management Charitable Giving
Wisconsin Humanities Council Grant
 
To submit information for consideration in future newsletters, send an email to apierce@baylakerpc.org. Include your name, community/organization, and contact information in the body of the message.

An Economic Development District & Metropolitan Planning Organization serving Northeast Wisconsin for over 40 years.  

IN THIS ISSUE
New Executive Director
Bay Beach Restoration Action Plan
Welcome New Staff Member
Community Project Survey
Sheboygan MPO Activities
Available Grants
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