Getting the Best R.O.I on Your Local American Rescue Plan Act Funds

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Getting the Best R.O.I. on the Investment Made with The American Rescue Plan Act Fund Entrusted to Local Elected Officials

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A Summit for local governmental officials and other community leaders to share their experience and thoughts on investing funds authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act .

The Summit is about informing local decision making, not directing it. The Summit is dedicated to providing local officials and others with information related to understanding and considering the ARPA windfall in terms of its strategic, tactical and financial value to addressing such shared challenges as workforce and population shortages; the need for affordable and workforce housing; broadband access; health care and other infrastructure issues; and eroding tax bases.

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Welcome by Mr. Jim Buchheim, Community and Social Impact Officer, American Family Insurance, Board Member, CWI

USING AMERICAN RECOVERY FUNDS: Requirements, Restrictions and Opportunities

  • Mark O'Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association
  • Jerry Deschane, Executive Director,League of Wisconsin Municipalities
  • Michael Koles, Executive Director, Wisconsin Towns Association

Keynote Address by Tommy G. Thompson, President, UW System


Session 1: POPULATION AND WORKFORCE SHORTAGES (Facilitated by Jim Wood, Chairman, Wood Communications Group, and Strategic Counsel to Competitive Wisconsin Inc.)

  • Dale Knapp, Director, Forward Analytics, Wisconsin Counties Association
  • Dennis Winters, Chief Economist, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Matt Kures, Distinguished Community Development Specialist, Center for Community and Economic Development, UW-Madison, Extension

Local Leader Panelists

  • Steve Genisot, Mayor, City of Westby
  • Joe Gow, Chancellor, UW La Crosse
  • Dan Helgerson, Mayor, City of Marinette
  • Melissa Kono, Clerk, Town of Burnside
  • Adam Payne, Administrator, County of Sheboygan
  • Renee Wachter, Chancellor, UW Superior

Session 2: TECHNOLOGICAL, FINANCIAL AND PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE (Facilitated by Scott Neitzel, Vice President, University Relations, University of Wisconsin System)

  • Dan Smith, President and CEO, Cooperative Network
  • Tim Size, Executive Director, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Robb Kahl, Executive Director, Construction Business Group
  • Michael Theo, President & CEO, Wisconsin REALTORS Association
  • Jason Fields, President & CEO, Madison Region Economic Partnership

Local Leaders Panelists

  • Jerry Derr, Chair, Town of Bristol
  • Katherine Frank, Chancellor, UW Stout
  • Jeff French, Administrator, County of Barron
  • Tom Kramer, Administrator, Town of Norway
  • Deb Lewis, Mayor, City of Ashland
  • Maureen Murphy, Administrator, Village of Mt. Pleasant
  • Dennis Shields, Chancellor, UW Platteville

Session 3: COMPETITIVE QUALITY OF LIFE AND OPPORTUNITY (Facilitated by Mark O'Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association, and Competitive Wisconsin Inc. Vice Chair)

  • Timothy Hanna, Executive Director, Local Government Institute
  • David Minor, President and CEO, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Ruth Schmidt, Executive Director, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
  • Steve Deller, Professor, Applied Economics, UW-Madison, Extension

Local Leaders Panelists

  • Michael Alexander, Chancellor, UW Green Bay
  • Deborah Ford, Chancellor, UW Parkside
  • Chris Frederickson, Mayor, City of Rhinelander
  • Walter "Bud" Kalms, Administrator, Town of Liberty Grove
  • Steve O'Malley, Administrator, County of La Crosse
  • Jim Paine, Mayor, City of Superior
  • Tom Wilson, Administrator, Town of Westport

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Organizer Competitive Wisconsin, Inc.

Organizer of Getting the Best R.O.I on Your Local American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Competitive Wisconsin, Inc. (CWI) is a unique non-partisan coalition that engages business, education, agriculture and labor in strategic collaborations dedicated to strengthening and growing the Wisconsin economy.

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