April 27, 2018
Wisconsin's 12th Senate District contains communities in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, and Vilas Counties.

Committee Assignments:
  • Joint Committee on Finance
  • Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry Committee (Chair)
  • Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism Committee (Vice-Chair)
  • Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues Committee
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative Award

Wisconsin Rural Partners (WRP) held their annual summit in Baraboo last week and awarded three rural development initiatives with their Top Rural Development Initiative Award. One of those three projects is in the 12th Senate District: the Florence County Broadband Expansion Project.

Ben Niehaus, the Florence County School District Superintendent, nominated the project for the award. The Florence County Broadband Expansion Project was selected for the award because of the efforts the county made to obtain eighteen financial partners, including the county, regional technical college, area school district, five town governments, businesses, community organizations, and citizens, as well as contributors from neighboring counties, to meet the monetary match required to submit a broadband expansion grant application.

The successful implementation of the Florence County broadband expansion grant will have significant, wide-ranging impacts on local businesses, students, emergency services, the enhanced delivery of medical treatment and government efficiency. Congratulations to Wendy Gehlhoff and the rest of the Florence County Economic Development Corporation for their work in securing the funding for the broadband expansion grant. Great job!
Florence County Economic Development Director Wendy Gehlhoff (center) accepted the Wisconsin Rural Partners state-wide Rural Development Initiative award for the Florence County Broadband Expansion Project nominated by Florence County School District Superintendent Ben Niehaus (right).  Jon Hockhammer (left), Outreach Manager for the Wisconsin Counties Association was on hand representing the Wisconsin Rural Partners.
Crivitz Students Excel in Business Competition
Two students from Crivitz High School have made it to the second round of the statewide Wisconsin YES! contest: Paige Fuhrmann, founder of Happy Campers, and Zachary Walters, founder of RoboScoop. 

Students were asked to submit their science- and tech-based business summaries to the Wisconsin Technology Council in April to compete in the first round. More than 110 entries were received from around the state. Twenty-four students’ business plans were selected to move on to phase two of the contest. Phase two requires students to develop a business plan further with a 1,000 word executive summary. Finishers will be eligible for cash and prizes, and the grand prize winner will have the opportunity to present their winning idea on June 6th at the Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Conference in Madison.

The Wisconsin YES! contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. The Wisconsin Technology Council is a non-profit, science and technology advisor to the Governor and the Legislature. The mission of the Wisconsin YES! contest is to help young people learn how science and technology innovations can be developed into solid business plans.

I am pleased to see more local students becoming involved in the fields of science and technology. Being a young entrepreneur is no easy task, but we have some of the brightest minds in our schools who want to take leadership roles in the business world.  This is the first milestone in Paige and Zachary’s journey to becoming strong business leaders in the near future. Congratulations!
Drug Take Back Day
The Wisconsin Department of Justice hosts statewide Drug Take Back Day events biannually. The first Drug Take Back Day of 2018 will be this upcoming Saturday on April 28th. On this day, across the entire state, various drop off locations will be set up so that individuals can bring in their unwanted or unused medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement officials have set up drop off locations across the state to ensure the safe collection of all of the pharmaceuticals. The 12th Senate District has about 18 different drop off locations. If you want to locate the one closest to your home, please click here.

You can bring prescription (controlled and not controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials, and pet medications. You are not allowed to bring illegal drugs, needles, acids, aerosol cans, personal care products, household hazardous waste, and mercury thermometers. 

In October, when the previous Drug Take Back Day was held, over 60,000 lbs. of unused medications were collected and incinerated. Since 2015, Wisconsinites have disposed of over 330,000 pounds of unused medications, making Wisconsin a national leader in the DEA’s drug disposal program. 
I'd like to thank Attorney General Brad Schimel for his leadership on this matter. For information about those locations, or about Drug Take Back Day please click here.
The spring Drug Take Back Day will be held statewide on April 28th.
School Safety Grants Open
Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the opening of the $100 million School Safety Grant initiative. K-12 schools, both public and private, are encouraged to apply for the grants that will begin being awarded in June.

After consulting with numerous stakeholders in the fields of education, security, law enforcement and mental health, the Department of Justice has set up an initial prerequisite for participation in the grant program. Schools wishing to participate in the program must demonstrate that all full-time teachers, aides, counselors, and administrators recieve a minimum of three hours combined training in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Trauma Informed Care/Trauma Sensitive Schools (TIC/TSS) before the end of the 2018-2019 school year; or demonstrate that staff has already received such training. Grant applicants are also required to partner with law enforcement agencies to ensure that proposed expenditures, visitor protocols and school safety plans will be effective.

For schools that meet DOJ’s grant requirements, grants will be awarded in two general categories. DOJ’s Primary School Safety Grants will be focus on baseline improvements to schools, including door locks and hardening school entryways. The other category, Advanced School Safety Grants, will be prioritized to award grants on a competitive basis to schools that have met minimum security thresholds. The two grant categories will be awarded concurrently. 

Schools interested in applying for a School Safety Grant should create an account on the E-grants online system, and review the DOJ Grants Administrative Guide prior to submitting an application. The School Safety Initiative Grant application is available online, For more information about the grants, please click here.
WEDC Announcement
On Tuesday, Governor Walker announced that a 21-acre parcel of land in Eagle River will be designated as the 20th "Certified in Wisconsin development-ready site." The Certified in Wisconsin Program, overseen by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), provides potential land tenants with all the information needed to make quick decisions about whether a site will fit the needs of their future business. WEDC administers the program to enhance Wisconsin's appeal to companies to expand operations or locate within the state.

The site, owned by Ruedebusch Development, is located at the intersection of County Highway G and U.S. Highway 45 in Eagle River. 
All utilities on the site are at the lot line, including electric, natural gas, water, sanitary sewer, telecom and internet. A snowmobile/ATV recreation trail runs along the western boundary of the site, providing direct access to year-round activities and alternative modes of employee transportation.

This is the first Certified in Wisconsin site to be located within the 12th Senate District and the third site in Wisconsin that Ruedebusch Development has worked on. I'd like to thank Carl for his continued support of economic development projects in Wisconsin. His leadership on the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation has helped shepard many projects to the region. 

For more information about the Eagle River Certified Site, please click here.
I was joined by (L to R) Carl Ruedebusch, Governor Scott Walker, Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop and City Councilman Jerry Burkett at the "Development-Ready" announcement on Tuesday.
Bringing the Government to the People
Over the next few months, I will be working to bring state agency secretaries to northern Wisconsin. The agency secretaries will join me for a listening session with my constituents.

I believe it is important for the people of Wisconsin to have open communication with their state government. They want to know that their concerns are being heard and local issues are taken seriously. It is often forgotten just how far away Madison is from our communities. That is why I am bringing the leaders of our state government to you.

To begin, the Department of Transportation Secretary, Dave Ross, will be joining us in Crivitz and Merrill on April 30th for listening sessions. I am also planning on bringing north the secretaries from the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Veterans Affairs and others. Below I have included the information for the April 30th Listening Sessions:
  • Crivitz - Crivitz Village Hall - 800 Henriette Avenue, Crivitz - 9:00 am until 10:30 am
  • Merrill - Merrill City Hall (Council Chamber) - 1004 E. 1st Street, Merrill - 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm
On May 7th, I will be hosting a second listening session in Oconto Falls with State Broadband Director Angie Dickison. Prior to the listening session, Angie and I will be joined by Governor Scott Walker and representatives from Microsoft and Packerland Broadband to discuss their TV White Space Initiative that intends to provide broadband services to over 80,000 homes in northeastern Wisconsin. The location is to be determined. Please watch for more information on my Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the local papers. I will also share more information in my E-Update next week.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
April 28 Get Your K's On Run Minocqua
April 28 Merrill Historical Society History Hunt Merrill
April 29 Motorsports Swap Meet Lena
April 29 Dorf Kapelle Dinner and Show Suring
May 3-5 Northern Lakes Conference Art Show Three Lakes
May 5 Martinis in May St. Germain
May 5 Colors of Cancer 5K Crandon
May 5 Old Fashioned Plow Day Antigo
May 7 Lioness Spring Fashion Show Lakewood
May 11-12 14th Annual Northwoods Birding Festival Manitowish Waters
May 12 Bear 100 Bike Race Laona
May 12 Journey's Marathon Eagle River
May 18-20 Amoterra's Spring Wellness Fair Townsend
May 18-20 Spring Walleye Tournament Presque Isle
May 19 Fishing with the Stars St. Germain
May 19 Minocqua Home, Lifestyle and Recreation Show Mincoqua
May 25 Holiday Flea Market Antigo
May 26 Summer Launch Land O'Lakes
May 26 Red, White and Music Festival Crivitz
May 26-27 Main Street Memories Car Show Tomahawk
June 9 Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn Rhinelander
June 9 Florence Historical Society Museum Open House Florence
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
As always, if you have any events for our calendar, comments or thoughts regarding the subjects of this newsletter, please feel free to contact me.
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