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Local Government Education

Master Academy for Civic and Public Affairs Curriculum

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rebuilding Your Community After a Disaster: A "Whole Community" Approach 

Across the United States, disaster response organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross recognize that a government-centric approach to emergency management is not enough to meet the challenges posed by today’s catastrophic incident. “Whole Community” is an approach to emergency management which reinforces the idea that no one organization alone has the strengths, capabilities or competencies to successfully respond to and provide holistic recovery assistance for a devastated community.  This Whole Community Team includes, not only FEMA, Red Cross and their partners at the federal level, but also local, tribal, state and territorial partners; non-governmental organizations like faith-based and non-profit groups and private sector industry; individuals, families and the community itself.

7:30 am- 8:30 am: Registration

8:30 am- 10:15 am: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Implementing the Plan After the Flood

Phil Risseeuw, Clerk/Treasurer, City of Darlington
Roxanne Gray, Hazard Mitigation Officer for Wisconsin Emergency Management

1990 and 1993 City of Darlington Flood Disasters:  The goals of the City’s comprehensive plan included preserving the historic downtown business district; restoring the downtown economic base; developing an urban river open space park and recreation area; and eliminating or substantially reducing flood damage in the future.   The City of Darlington Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan identified how they would reduce or eliminate flood damages.  After flood events in both 1990 and 1993, during the recovery process the City moved forward in implementing their mitigation plan.  The Darlington recovery and mitigation project is a prime example of what can be accomplished by long term planning and the cooperative efforts of city officials, state and federal government, various agencies, local business owners and concerned citizens.  Explore why some communities are successful in recovery, while others are never the same.

10:30 am- 12:00 pm: Extreme Events and Community Consequences: Disaster in an Instant vs. Continuing Disaster

Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean of Professional Studies, Director, Austin E. Cofrin School of Business; Associate Professor

Interdependencies and cascading consequences is the pattern in disasters. A disaster isn’t a fire and police exercise.  Everything is interrelated: social, economic, environment, infrastructure, socio-culture capital, schools, jobs, and housing. Learn the importance of rebuilding your community using a WHOLE COMMUNITY approach. 

1:00 pm- 2:30 pm: What You Need to Know About Federal and State Disaster Assistance

Larry Reed, Retired Deputy Administrator and Bureau director of the Bureau of Planning & Preparedness for Wisconsin Emergency Management.

In this session you will review the types of Federal and State disaster assistance that are available. You will learn the criteria used to determine assistance, the limits of assistance available, and the records you must provide to document the damage in your community. This eye-opening session will have many surprising revelations. 

2:45 pm- 3:30 pm: What to Do Before Disaster Strikes: Making Recovery Easier, or, Maybe, Unnecessary

Daniel J. Alesch, Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and Environmental Affairs at the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay

Resistance and resiliency: much cheaper than recovery. Obstacles to action and overcoming those obstacles. Preparing in advance for (almost) inevitable extreme events Some best practices. 

3:45 pm- 4:30 pm: Take Aways: Steps Toward Prevention and Recovery

Pat O’Connor, Director, Bureau of Response and Recovery; Wisconsin Emergency Management

Summarization of what we are learning. What are the Top Ten considerations before and after disaster strikes? 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

7:30 am- 8:30 am: Registration

8:30 am- 12:00 pm: FLSA Update

Nancy Pirkey, Attorney at Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet

The Department of Labor has announced its intent to revise and update the FLSA regulations on exempt status. What might this mean for public employers?  Why are there so many more court cases being decided on FLSA issues?  This presentation will address recent litigation trends, the similarities and differences between state and federal wage and hour laws, overtime payments, and the definition of independent contractors and volunteers under the FLSA.

8:30 am- 12:00 pm: Absentee Voting in Assisted Living Facilities

Eric Christianson, WCMC, Municipal Clerk 2, City of Madison
and Thomas Lund, Municipal Clerk 2 and Clerk’s Office Records Custodian, City of Madison

In 2014, Wisconsin State law changed regarding absentee voting in nursing homes, community-based residential facilities (CBRFs), qualified retirement homes, residential care apartment complexes, and adult family homes. Consequently, the GAB has issued a 37-page guide to the process. The result is an increase in the number of voters who will or can vote with the assistance of Special Voting Deputies. 

In this class, we will review the changes relevant to local Clerks and offer the procedures the City of Madison has created to deal with the increased administrative workload.  Also, we will demonstrate procedures, equipment, and training given to our Special Voting Deputies.

1:00 pm- 4:30 pm: Living with the Affordable Care Act:  A Strategic Approach

Bret McKitrick, J.D., Vice President/HR Consultant at Associated Financial Group

With Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance obligations looming for individuals and employers alike, how does a public sector organization assess its current benefits and prepare for the future?  It is more important than ever for employers to engage in strategic planning to ensure they are ready to meet their benefit goals and objectives – from a fiscal standpoint and to maintain their designed employment culture.  This presentation will help municipalities manage their unique set of employees in the context of healthcare reform.  Specifically, we’ll discuss the cost implications and relevant planning strategies as the most important mandates of the ACA begin taking shape this year and next.

1:00 pm- 4:30 pm: SVRS Database Report Workshop

Government Accountability Board, former judges in the State of Wisconsin: Mike Nelson and Juanita Borton

Are you interested in learning how to generate reports in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS)? Well, we are interested in learning about the kind of reports you would like to see in a “modernized” SVRS, set to roll out next year. We will give participants an early glimpse of what’s ahead for SVRS – new name to be determined! The class will also cover: absentee ballot log, voter listing, and voter participation, vote count by voting method, GAB-190 data and data quality reports. In addition, we will be giving participants a data system overview of the MyVote Wisconsin, BADGER Voters, WEDCS, Canvass Reporting System, CRM and Access Elections web applications. This class is limited to SVRS provider and self-provider municipal clerks.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

7:30 am- 8:30 am: Registration

Option 1- All Day Course Option

8:30 am- 4:30 pm: Understanding Your Role in Regional Economic Development

Quasan Shaw, EDFP, Economic Development Coordinator for NWTC
and Naletta Burr, Community Account Manager for Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Session 1: Strength in Regions: Intergovernmental Cooperation
This session will dive into the rationale for inter-local cooperation in economic development and discuss various types of inter-local cooperation for economic development financing. The first part of this session will consist of a panel discussion to share best practices for cooperation.

Session 2: Understanding Real Estate Site Selection Process
How do you get from Point A to Point B? While every site selection project of course is different, this session will cover a basic overview of the process and philosophy behind choosing where to locate a business.

Session 3: Creating Business Recruitment and Expansion Programs for Your Community
Business Recruitment and Expansion will show you how community organizations, chambers of commerce, and economic developm:ent leaders are working together to strengthen existing businesses and bring the new businesses to your community.

Option 2- Two Course Option

8:30 am- 12:00 pm: Ethical Communication

Laura Smythe, J.D., Director of Pro Bono Programming at University of Wisconsin- Madison Law School, Executive Director of the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay

Effective communication requires much more than simply speaking and listening.  Learn Laura’s definition of Ethical Communication and how it can help to prevent many of the most common conflicts that occur in the workplace and in personal relationships.  This workshop is particularly useful for government officials who often have to think on their feet and respond respectfully to challenging questions.


1:00 pm- 4:30 pm: Understanding Why People Act & Behave the Way They Do

Tim Pflieger, Founder/President of Door County's Adventure Center, Team Leadership Center

Understanding perspective, culture and background can provide an atmosphere which allows us to respond favorably to our differences. This workshop explores why people act the way they do through activities that will examine our perspectives and offer techniques to reduce misunderstanding and confusion. The activities are interactive and designed to create awareness and competency in dealing with our own perspectives and differences to create mutual understanding and respect and deal with the “problem person” and/or bully.
Desired Learning Outcomes:

      • Understanding of Member’s “True Colors”
      • Learning Leadership Workplace Tendencies
      • Understanding How to Influence and Coach other Members Behaviors
      • Completion of a Personal Profile System that addresses behavioral tendencies

Thursday, July 30, 2015

7:30 am- 8:30 am: Registration

8:30 am- 11:00 am: The Power of Leadership

Rob Davis, Director of Player Development for Green Bay Packers Organization, Former Green Bay Packer,
and Nicole Ledvina
, Vice President of Human Resources for Green Bay Packers Organization

Learn about Leadership Development from the perspective of the Packers Organization. Two of the Packers leaders will share their best practices of influencing a leadership style that creates trust, sets a clear vision, and builds motivation. This viewpoint will focus on how leadership excellence is achieved at the Packers—in both the locker room and the offices.

The goal of this interactive session is to share best practices, review strong leadership characteristics, and discuss how we can strive for excellence in the face of adversity.