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Volume 14 Issue 3

   February 7, 2019



An e-newsletter of the

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania


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State Budget Analysis

Following Governor Wolf's presentation of his FY 2019-2020 budget on Tuesday, CCAP has created a spreadsheet comparing proposed line items with county impact to the current fiscal year, available on our Budget News webpage, as is a more detailed narrative analysis .


NACo Achievement Awards Open

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is once again recognizing innovative programs in county government through their Achievement Awards Program, an excellent opportunity for counties to promote successes and share best practices. 

As a non-competitive awards program, each application is judged on its own merits and not against other submissions. Awards are given in 18 categories and one outstanding program from each category will be selected as the "Best in Category." Winners of the Achievement Awards will be recognized onstage at the 2019 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition in Clark County/Las Vegas, Nevada from July 12-15, 2019



USDA Rural Development will host informational webinars and workshops to provide more information on the ReConnect Program, which offers loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America without sufficient access to broadband. The awards made under this program will bring high-speed broadband to rural areas that lack sufficient access to broadband.

Visit here for up-to-date information on an informational webinar on Thursday, February 7, 2019, 2-3 p.m., to be repeated Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 2-3 p.m. This hour-long technical assistance webinar will provide a high-level overview of the funding opportunity available under the ReConnect Program. USDA Rural Development staff will discuss types of funding available, eligibility provisions, notice of proposed service area, and evaluation factors. You may pre-register for either the February 7 or the February 13 webinar. The webinar link and event details will be emailed to you after registration.


Crisis Intervention Team Meeting Scheduled for March 26

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), in collaboration with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Centre County CIT, will hold the annual Statewide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) meeting at the Days Inn Penn State, State College on March 26, 2019.

This one-day event will feature informative sessions covering topics on officer wellness; CIT in Corrections; and a special session by Dr. Negola on post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and our veterans. Also, Stacey Jenkins, M. Psych., a law enforcement veteran with more than 20 years' experience with the Ft. Wayne, Indiana Police Department, who will share his compelling story of success through change and stress management. 

Visit here to register, view agenda and see session descriptions. There is a limited block of rooms available at a rate of $99/night. Deadline for the discounted room rate is February 25, 2019.


Register Now for CCAP Spring Conference, March 24-26

CCAP is proud to present the 2019 Spring Conference at the Hilton Harrisburg, March 24-26. 

At this time, the Opening Session is scheduled to include Budget Secretary Jen Swails, as well as Department of State Secretary-designee Kathy Boockvar. The Closing Session includes the always informational Legislative Panel. Scheduled breakout sessions include: Telemedicine for Psychiatry; Stop!T Program; Continuity Planning and Elections; Current State of Recycling; Civil Service Transition; PR Guidelines on Handling and Promoting a Reassessment; county Partnerships with PA StartNet/PSP/Motorola; Financing Clean Energy Through C-PACE; Family First; Civic Engagement; DEA Update - Current Trends; New Technology Driving Public Policy; and Government Relations Updates.

The deadline to register online is 4 p.m. on March 15. Registration requests received after this deadline will be assessed a $25 late fee. 


The deadline to reserve your room at the Hilton Harrisburg for the Conference group rate of $139 per room/per night plus 11 percent tax is February 25, 2019 or until our room block is sold out, whichever comes first. Availability, as well as our Conference rate cannot be guaranteed for reservations received after February 25. Be sure to bookmark the Conference website for important agenda updates. And, visit the website for CCAP contacts if you have questions about the program, registration, vendors or the Academy.

For those who are current participants in the CCAP Academy for Excellence in County Government program, or for anyone who enrolls in the Academy program before March 24, 2019, we are pleased to continue this special offer: register and attend the 2019 CCAP Spring Conference and you will receive a refund of $20 mailed to you after the Conference!

Also, a special guest registration category is exclusively for county members' family and friends. Guests will receive a badge which provides admittance to all Conference sessions, including breaks and Monday's lunch. Please complete your guest registration(s) at the same time you do your own.


CCAP Criminal Justice Awards Deadline - February 15

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 County Criminal Justice Awards Program of the CCAP 21st Century Committee. The focus of the award is to recognize centers that have implemented best practices such as successful re-entry initiatives, prevention programs, development of effective linkages with community programming in behavioral health programs, and other successful re-entry initiatives. County jails and detention centers or alternative programs that have entered a project previously can resubmit their entries, even if they were awarded in prior years.

For 2019, the 21st Century Committee is very pleased to announce an all-electronic entry process. Visit here to see detailed instructions for each award category, as well as prior submissions and winning entries. 

The deadline for submitting entries is February 15, 2019. For assistance, contact CCAP's Brinda Penyak at or (717) 736-4737. The awards program is sponsored by CCAP, the Pennsylvania County Corrections Association, along with the PA Prison Wardens Association, and CCAP Insurance Programs. 


Driving PA Forward Grants Available

Three more grant funding programs have opened to help convert from older diesel engines to cleaner technologies. This makes a total of five funding programs currently open. Older diesel engines generate over 25 percent of the oxides of nitrogen (NOx) pollution in Pennsylvania. Launched under the Wolf Administration, Driving PA Forward supports the permanent reduction of NOx emissions statewide. New engine technologies, such as electric, compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, and clean diesel, can significantly reduce pollutants from freight and delivery trucks, transit and school buses, and other mobile sources that rely on older diesel technology. Visit here for complete grant and rebate program information.


PENNVEST Information Sessions Scheduled

Learn about how PENNVEST funding can help improve water quality in your community. Information sessions are being held for municipal officials, conservation districts, private landowners, authority board members and staff, regulators, engineers, and others interested parties. 

Receive information on funding levels, sources of funding, timelines/meeting cut off dates, architecture and engineering requirements, project eligibility, lead line and lateral replacement programs, fund disbursement system, and modernizing the application process. Visit here to register, and for locations, dates and regional contacts.


NACo Legislative Conference

The National Association of Counties Legislative Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from March 2 to March 6, 2019, including sessions on a broad range of federal issues. NACo's policy committees will also meet during the Conference, and attendees will have time for visits to Capitol Hill. The Conference agenda and online registration information are available here


CCAP Events

For a complete listing of upcoming events refer to the CCAP website.


NACo Webinars
Registration is now open for the following NACo webinars:

Recordings of webinars from the past six months are available. To access these recordings, or for additional details and course registration information, please visit


Job Postings
To submit a county job posting, refer to the CCAP Job Postings webpage, where you'll find the jobs below and possibly others posted since the preparation of this e-newsletter.

For additional information on submitting a job posting contact Mandi Glantz.

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