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2022 GIS Conference Recap
The 29th Annual PA GIS Conference was held at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center June 13 – 15. This event brings together GIS professionals and enthusiasts from all levels of government, plus academia and the private sector. CCAP has hosted this Conference since 2012. The conference hosted 250 attendees this year from the Commonwealth and beyond. This was the first in-person PA GIS Conference since 2019.

This year, attendees heard general session presentations from FEMA Region 3 on the COVID-19 response in the City of Philadelphia; from Esri on communicating the value of GIS to key stakeholders; from Eric Jespersen on the work of the State Geospatial Coordinating Board; and from the National Weather Service on using GIS for impact-based decision making.
More than 40 breakout sessions were offered, plus networking opportunities for attendees.

The County GIS Professionals Association of Pennsylvania held their quarterly membership meeting on Monday, June 13. On Tuesday, June 14, the 2022 County GIS Professionals Award was given to Jason Shellhammer of Carbon County.

The 2023 PA GIS Conference will be held April 10 – 12 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.
Road and Bridge Safety Improvement
Award Applications Open
CCAP, the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) work together every year to recognize the best road and bridge safety improvement projects undertaken by local governments across the Commonwealth. The 2022 Award will be presented during the CCAP Conference in August. Deadline to apply is July 1.

CCAP Board of Directors Meet in
Bradford County
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania held its two-day Board of Directors Meeting in Bradford County on June 9 and 10.

In addition to their meeting, the Board of Directors were also given a tour of Bradford County that included the Bradford County Museum, the Hamilton Liberty Power Project and Eureka Resources.

The Liberty project is a natural gas fueled, 829MW combined cycle generating station that can supply the needs of up to 1 million homes and is the first plant in the Marcellus Shale region.

Eureka Resources has the technology to take produced water from natural gas and extract the chlorides, which can be sold as pool salts.

“It was an honor to be able to showcase Bradford County’s rural charm to commissioners across the state,” said CCAP President and Bradford County Commissioner Daryl Miller. “This was a great opportunity to show that a county can maintain natural beauty while moving forward with economic growth.” 

Miller is only the second CCAP President to hail from Bradford County since 1896 and the first since John E. Snedeker in 1943.
2022 CCAP Annual Conference and Trade Show
Registration and Room Reservation Deadlines 
Register now for the CCAP Annual Conference and Trade Show to be held in beautiful and historic Lancaster County from August 7 to 10! The Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and the Lancaster County Convention Center will be the site of the Conference. Our theme this year is Explore the Past, Look to the Future which honors the historical significance of Lancaster County in American history and the bright future for all of Pennsylvania’s counties.
 
The Annual Conference is your best opportunity to network with other county officials, attend great education sessions, hear timely speakers and visit with vendors interested in earning your business. The Conference agenda will be updated frequently as breakouts, speakers and other events are confirmed. Be sure to check the CCAP website regularly!
 
Registration, Reservations and Deadlines - Online registration for all members and their guests is open! Register by 4 p.m. on June 30 to take advantage of the discounted rates; registration rates increase after that time. CCAP is once again offering a special promotion to counties for registering multiple attendees. Four county members can attend the Annual Conference for the price of three! Any additional attendees beyond the fourth free attendee would attend at the full Conference registration rate. 
 
Don’t forget to make your hotel room reservation at the Lancaster Marriott. The room reservation deadline for the Marriott is July 16 or when our room block fills up, whichever comes first. Don’t delay making your room reservation; after July 16, our Conference room rate will not be available.
 
We look forward to seeing you in August!
CCAP Announces CEL Graduates
The CCAP Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL), a premier professional development program for county officials, graduated 12 county officials from its two and a half-day intensive training program. CEL training focuses on fostering individual growth through interactive and high level classroom training aimed at improving participants’ communication, management and leadership skills.

CEL includes intense classes in styles of leadership, managerial versatility, interpersonal dynamics, crisis communication, media management, daily communication problem solving, decision making, and other areas.

The 2022 graduates include Laura O. Burke, Blair County Commissioner; Thomas Giovanni, Northampton County Commissioner; Dave Glass, Clearfield County Commissioner; Robin Gorman, Indiana County Commissioner; Lynn Hill, Luzerne County Division Head of Human Services; Scott Hunt, Cambria County Commissioner; Mark Kingston, Forest County Commissioner; Marian Moskowitz, Chester County Commissioner; Aaron S. Poole, Armstrong County Chief Clerk/County Administrator; Jeffrey Reber, Union County Commissioner; Stacy Snyder, Cumberland County Chief Clerk/Chief Operations Officer; and, Rick Wilbur, Wyoming County Commissioner.
Deadline Extended: Local Government Symposium
The Local Government Commission is requesting presentation proposals for its 2nd Annual Local Government Symposium. The Symposium, much like the overall mission of the Commission itself, will provide a platform where practitioners, policymakers, and researchers can gather to connect, share research and policy proposals, spread awareness of local government issues and successes, and work towards increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of municipal government in Pennsylvania.

Proposals should include both in-progress and completed work relevant to Pennsylvania local government, such as discussions of “real-world” challenges and successes, research projects, and legislative proposals. The Symposium will be a hybrid event, allowing for both in-person and online participation, including panel discussions on municipal governance issues, and providing meaningful opportunities for education and potential future collaboration by researchers and practitioners.

By June 30, please submit a 100-150 word abstract of your proposed presentation or discussion participation. Submission assumes that at least one of the authors will attend and present at the symposium, and that presentation materials for those selected will be submitted electronically by August 31, 2022.

The symposium will take place on Thursday, October 6, 2022.
Please email abstracts, and any questions you may have regarding the event, to Julia Frey (jfrey@palegislature.us).
Treasury Releases Updated Guidance for
P&E Reports and Recovery Plan Template
Last week, Treasury released updated reporting guidance for the Project and Expenditure (P&E) Reports and a new template for the Recovery Plan Performance Report (Recovery Plan) ahead of the July 31, 2022, reporting deadline.

Key updates to the compliance and reporting guidance outlined by Treasury include:

  • Additional programmatic data for capital expenditures
  • Written justification for capital expenditures
  • Description of labor requirements for capital expenditures
  • Project information for broadband projects
  • Moving of Recovery Plan Performance Report data into P&E Report
  • Updated template for Recovery Plan
USDOT Announces Availability of $2.36B
Through Bridge Investment Program
On June 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $2.36 billion in FY 2022 through the competitive Bridge Investment Program (BIP). Newly established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL/P.L. 117-58), the program will provide $12.5 billion over the next five years to reduce the number of the nation’s bridges in poor condition or, in fair condition, but at risk of falling into poor condition within the next three years. NACo worked tirelessly to ensure this additional funding that can be accessed directly by counties was included in the final package.

Counties are eligible to apply for BIP funding directly through USDOT, as well as to bundle bridge projects into one application. Twenty million is reserved for the planning application category outlined below. In total, the NOFO is soliciting applications for three different funding categories:

  • Planning: For projects requiring technical assistance to become eligible for BIP capital construction funds | Applications due July 25, 2022
  • Large bridge projects: For projects with eligible costs over $100 million | Applications due August 9, 2022
  • Bridge projects: For projects with eligible costs less than $100 million | Applications due September 8, 2022

Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that replace, rehabilitate, preserve and protect bridges on the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) by improving the safe and efficient movement of people and goods over bridges or by improving the condition of bridges in poor and at-risk conditions.

Court Appearance Notifications
Did you know that CCAP offers a service to help counties reduce costs associated with your Court Offenders not showing up for their scheduled proceedings?

The Court Appearance Notification program provides counties with the ability to send text message and email notifications to remind offenders of upcoming court appearances. You get those reminders to tell you that you have an upcoming doctor or dentist appointment. Why wouldn’t you want to remind your court participants that they have an upcoming proceeding?

The counties that are participating in our program are seeing a tremendous reduction in their failure to appear costs. Not only are more offenders showing up for court, they are seeing efficiencies whereby they do not have to reschedule proceedings and court calendars. This program is completely customizable by county. You choose what type of court notifications you want to send, in what language they should be sent in and the frequency or how often you want to send them. 

Just in 2022 alone, CCAP has sent out over 18,000 notifications to PA County Court participants, allowing our counties to see a dramatic increase in attendance and reduction of overhead costs. Save time. Save money. Save resources.

Contact us today: Heather Hiester, Director of Technology Justice Solutions | (717) 736-4774 | hhiester@pacounties.org for more information.
Regional CJAB Specialist Opening
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) have combined resources to create the position of a Regional Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) Specialist for the Central region of Pennsylvania.
 
The Central Region Specialist will be responsible for the following counties: Adams, Bedford. Blair, Bradford, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cameron, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Perry, Potter, Somerset, Snyder, Tioga, Union and York. There will be frequent travel to CJAB sites throughout the identified region and to CCAP/and or PCCD offices in Harrisburg.
 
This is an independent contracted position and does not include benefits. Responsibilities include regularly attend CJAB Meetings within defined region, attending quarterly subcommittee meetings at PCCD and/or CCAP offices, attend scheduled staff meetings at CCAP and/or PCCD offices as established, monitor PCCD funded projects within defined region through site visits, and more. Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent knowledge and experience in a local, county or state criminal justice agency, a valid Pennsylvania Drivers License and reliable transportation.
Please submit a cover letter and resume with 2 letters of reference to:
 
Ms. Brinda Penyak, Executive Director, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
2789 Old Post Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110
 
Or via email at bpenyak@pacounties.org
NACo WEBINARS
Upcoming NACo webinars include:

June 29, 1:00p.m.
June 29, 2:00p.m.

Recordings of webinars from the past six months are available. To access these recordings, or for additional details and course registration information, please visit naco.org/education-events.
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