October 7, 2020 Workshops

Wednesday, October 7 

10:00 AM - Tax Incremental Financing Basics
**Eligible for EPW PDH 
Jon Cameron and Phil Cosson, Senior Municipal Advisors, Ehlers
Click here to start the conversation. You can connect with the experts from Ehlers and each other on the League's LinkedIn page.
Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) is the most potent tool that municipalities have available to finance the cost of public improvements and economic development projects. This session will focus on TIF basics: when is it appropriate to consider TIF, how does TIF work, what can it pay for? The presentation will also cover the types of TIF districts that can be created, and important considerations related to timing, process, and planning for financial success.
Jon Cameron and Phil Cosson, Ehlers TID 101 (PDF) 

12:00 PM - Roundtable: Small Communities
A Roundtable discussion of current and relevant topics to Small Communities. Participants may self select into the Small or Large Community Roundtable. (The Large Community Roundtable is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2:00PM.) 

2:00 PM - How Secure is Your Municipality’s Network? Assessing Cyber Risk
*** Eligible for Municipal Clerk Certification  
Andrea Jansen, Baker Tilly; Anthony Neumann, Manager, Information Technology Division, City of Oshkosh and Brian Nichols, Baker Tilly 
Click here to start the conversation. You can connect with the panelists and each other on the League's LinkedIn page.
Cyberattacks are common, and local governments are a relatively easy target. Municipalities across the country, including some in Wisconsin, have had their computer networks shut down due to ransomware, a cyberattack that locks governments out of their data, usually demanding money in exchange for access. It often enters a system through phishing emails. Learn how the City of Oshkosh suffered a ransomware attack and the lessons it learned from that experience. Hear experts from Baker Tilly explain how to assess your municipality’s cyber risk and what steps to take to protect your community from cyberattacks.
Baker Tilly Presentation (PDF) 

*CANCELLED - In-Person Regional Meeting - 6:00–7:30 PM Strum - Village Hall Community Room 202 5th Avenue South, Strum, WI 54770 

*We had hoped to see you in-person at the League’s regional meetings that were planned as part of our Annual Conference, but given the surge in Covid-19 cases across Wisconsin, we have decided to cancel the meetings.  We look forward to seeing you in person in 2021.