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Master Academy for Civic and Public Affairs Municipal Discount Package
July 27-30, 2015

Municipal Discount Package: $392 (designed for sending multiple employees) equaling $49/half day
The Municipal Discount Package is perfect for the municipality that would like to send several employees. The package is comprised of eight half day sessions with the option of sending up to eight different employees. Attendees have a choice of attending all day, half days or multiple days in any combination totaling eight half days. For example, a package might look like one of these options:
  • 2 employees choose 2 full days equaling 8 half day sessions
  • 1 employee comes a half day, another employee goes a full day plus a half day, and another employee comes 2 days equaling 8 half day sessions with 3 different employees

There are lots of exciting ways to use this package. Contact Kassie VanRemortel for more information at: 920-465-2468 or


2015 Registration for the Master Academy for Civic and Public Affairs will be available soon.

Please fax, mail or email this form/s.

Make Check Payable To: UW-Green Bay Outreach and Extension. Unless otherwise requested, your canceled check will be your receipt.
Mail To: Send registration with payment to: Outreach- Govt, UW- Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Fax To: 920-465-2643 (Credit Card Only)
Email To: Rachel Erin Johnson-



Monday, July 27, 2015
7:30     Registration

8:30-4:30 Rebuilding You Community After a Disaster: A "Whole Community" Approach    
Across the United States, Disaster Response-based 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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
7:30 Registration

8:30-Noon FLSA Update
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-Noon Absentee Voting in Assisted Living Facilities
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.

1:00-4:30 Living with the ACA:  A Strategic Approach
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. 

1:00-4:30 SVRS Database Report Workshop
Are you interested in learning how to generate reports in the Statewide Voter Registration System? 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 Registration

8:30-4:30 Understanding your role in Regional Economic Development

8:30-Noon Ethical Communication
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.

1:00-4:30 Understanding why People Act & Behave the way they do                                           
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 Registration

8:30-11:00 The Power of Leadership
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 tryst, 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.