Every autumn for the last 81 years, county officials from around the state have gathered at the Wisconsin Counties Association’s (WCA) Annual Conference and Marketplace for educational opportunities, introduction to new products, and peer networking.

While we are unable to physically get together in 2020, we will be holding our 2020 WCA Annual Conference Virtual Workshops, beginning Monday, September 28, 2020 and continuing each Monday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. through November 9, 2020.

2020 WCA Annual Conference Virtual Workshops
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Monday, September 28-November 9, 2020

Registration is now open! Please click on the link below, which will allow you to register for any (or all!) of the seven webinars in ONE spot. (Note: all speakers’ presentations can be found at and will be available on the day of each respective workshop.)
Monday, September 28, 2020
Cyber Threats to Public Safety

Speaker: Paul Hill, Cybersecurity Services Business Owner Managed & Support Services, Motorola Solutions

Despite cyber security being a priority for public sector CIOs and CISOs, government agencies at all levels continue to face escalating cyber threats. Cyber intrusions and attacks increased dramatically over the last decade, exposing sensitive personal and organizational information, disrupting critical operations, and causing substantial economic losses to individuals, corporations and governments. Hostile actors such as hackers, organized criminals, and foreign countries are rapidly improving their technical cyber capabilities. They continue to target federal, state, and local governments in attempts to steal or manipulate sensitive data and disrupt operations. The sheer criticality of emergency services will likely prompt enterprising actors to launch increasingly targeted and sophisticated ransomware extortion attacks directly against emergency services for potential financial rewards or to cause disruption as a punitive action. At this webinar you will learn strategies on how to protect your county from vicious cyber attacks.

Monday, October 5, 2020
Promoting Diversity on County Boards

Speakers: Jenny Erickson, Professor and Community Development Educator, UW Madison Division of Extension; Melissa Kono, CNRED Agent, Clark County UW-Extension; Victoria Solomon, Community Resource Development Educator, Green County UW-Extension; Arletta Allen, City Council Member, City of Fond du Lac; Zoe Roberts, Supervisor, Eau Claire County; Kristin White Eagle, Supervisor, Sauk County

Diverse county boards make better decisions because they more accurately reflect the needs and interests of their constituents. This session will focus on: (1) the importance of incorporating diverse perspectives (including life experiences); (2) research-based strategies designed to encourage greater diversity on your county board; and (3) opportunities to learn from your colleagues across the state.

Monday, October 12, 2020
Implementing Pretrial Justice in Wisconsin

Speakers: Tiana Glenna, Criminal Justice Manager; Eau Claire County;
Rhonda Frank-Loron, Pretrial Program Manager, Director of State Courts Office

An essential element of implementing Evidence-Based Decision-Making throughout Wisconsin’s criminal justice system is the implementation of pretrial services. At this webinar you will learn about the essential elements of an effective pretrial justice system, as well as learn about Wisconsin’s pretrial pilot project.

Monday, October 19, 2020
Large Livestock Siting – Where Do We Go from Here

Speakers: Larry Konopacki, Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP;
John Holevoet, Director of Government Affairs, Wisconsin Dairy Business Association; Cindy Leitner, President, Wisconsin Dairy Alliance; Bobbi Wilson, Policy and Special Projects Coordinator,
Wisconsin Farmers Union; Andrew Phillips, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Large livestock siting has long been a complex and contentious issue for local governments, and also for agricultural stakeholders.

This webinar will discuss the Wisconsin Counties Association’s efforts to partner with the agriculture community and local government partners to find policy solutions to this complex issue, while preserving Wisconsin’s strong dairy heritage and protecting the environment.

Monday, October 26, 2020
PFAS – What You Need to Know

Speaker: Meleesa Johnson, Director, Solid Waste Department, Marathon County

The issue of controlling per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is increasingly becoming a major environmental and public health issue in the State of Wisconsin. Hear from a county expert on what you need to know, as well as your role as a county official in addressing this ongoing issue.

November 2, 2020
Serving Our Aging Population

Speakers: Mary Mezera, Regional Manager, ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin; Robert Kellerman, Executive Director, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.

As Wisconsin’s aging population continues to rise, counties need to be ready to meet the increasing demands associated with an aging population. Presenters at this webinar will discuss services provided to Wisconsin’s senior population, as well as how aging and disability resource centers (ADRCs) serve as an information conduit for a broad range of programs and services available to our seniors and individuals with disabilities.

November 9, 2020
Preparing for the Emergency You Hope Never Happens: Media and Communications

Speakers: Andrew Phillips, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper s.c.; Ben Conard, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.; Rebecca Roeker, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

The events surrounding the onset of a global pandemic in March 2020 called for unprecedented action. Counties were forced to quickly change the way business is normally conducted to ensure the continuation of vital services.

Was your county ready for the emergency? Can a county ever be ready for something like that? Join us for this webinar where we look back to that time to discuss what went well, what went not so well, and what your county can do to prepare for the next “once in a lifetime” situation.