2017 Technical Assistance Project Requests

The Commission is now seeking member community/county technical assistance project requests for inclusion in our 2017 Work Program. Small-scale planning and GIS mapping projects are solicited and pre-selected during the prior year (i.e. fall of 2016 for 2017 projects) under the following program areas:

  1. General Planning (Comprehensive planning, plan implementation, etc.)
  2. Economic Development (Grant assistance, funding identification, and industrial park planning/conceptual layouts.)
  3. Transportation (Local road and street issues, traffic forecasts/analyses, PASER inventories, sign inventories, Safe Routes to School, bicycle and pedestrian planning, etc.)
  4. Community Facilities/Infrastructure (Sewer, water, stormwater, utilities, etc.)
  5. Park, Open Space and Recreation (Recreation plan, trail plan, park site planning, etc.)
  6. Environmental Management (Wetland, floodplain, farmland, conservation, etc.)
  7. Demographic Services (Census data, trend analysis/interpretation, and housing studies/assessments.)
  8. Geographic Information Systems (Data development, custom mapping, map updates, and tourism/marketing materials.)

Please confer with your department heads and/or Boards/Committees on this opportunity over the next several months and provide no more than two project priorities for consideration. Please note that projects listed should be of small scale and typically should not take more than three to five days of staff time to complete (approx. 24-40 hours total – excluding travel time and night meetings). Project requests should be returned to the Commission via mail, e-mail (, or by filling out the form below no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2016.

The Commission’s Steering Committee will be reviewing and evaluating the requests in order to prioritize and schedule a set of projects for 2017 using a ranking system which is described in the technical assistance evaluation criteria and ranking process. A listing of selected projects for formal inclusion in the Commission’s 2017 Work Program will be completed by mid to late December 2016. The final 2017 Work Program will be considered by the full Commission on January 27, 2017 and any concerns noting the inclusion/exclusion of projects can be taken up at, or prior to, this meeting. The list of selected projects will also be published in the winter (February) edition of the Commission’s newsletter, The Rapport. Communities with selected projects will be contacted directly in February 2017 to initiate discussions on project scheduling, staffing, and other details. Please note that as much as the Commission wishes that it could meet every request, it may be impossible to do so given our level of staffing and obligations to existing federal and state program areas. As such, the Commission will do its best to also factor in “geo-political equity” for selected projects to ensure that each member county receives its “fair share” of services throughout the course of any given year.

Lastly, remember that Commission staff are always available for quick phone or e-mail questions, verbal or written guidance, support letters, and public meeting attendance/presentations if required. Our staff pride themselves on their accumulated knowledge of planning subjects and extensive network of contacts within various federal, state, and local agencies/departments. If we do not know the answer, we usually know who does. If a new project or opportunity presents itself during the course of the year please contact us to let us know, particularly if it relates directly to one of our program areas, as some additional time is likely to be available through one of our federal or state programs to assist you.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this request, please do not hesitate to contact me at, via phone at (920) 751-4770, or speak to your local Commission Board representatives.

Please complete the form below to submit your 2017 Technical Assistance Project:

    1. Community/County

    2. Project Name

    3. Project Category
    General Planning (comprehensive planning, plan implementation strategies, etc.)Economic Development (grant assistance, funding identification, industrial park planning/conceptual layouts)Transportation (local road and street issues, traffic forecasts, bike/ped planning, inventories, etc.)Community Facilities / Infrastructure (sewer, water, stormwater, utilities, etc.)Park, Open Space & Recreation (recreation plan, trail plan, park site planning, etc.)Environmental Management (wetland, floodplain, farmland, conservation, etc.)Demographic Services (census data, trend analysis/interpretation, housing studies/assessments)Geographic Information Systems (data development, custom mapping, map updates, tourism/map related brochures and marketing materials, etc.)Other

    3a. If other, please explain:

    4. Timeframe/Community Need:
    As soon as possible - we’re ready to go!We wish it could be done soon (within the next year or two)Project is not an immediate need, but it would be helpful/insightful

    5. Is this a new project/initiative or an “update/amendment” to an existing plan or ordinance?

    6. What level of impact will this project have on the community?

    6a. In what sense?

    7. Is this project identified as a recommendation in your community’s adopted comprehensive plan?

    8. Have local budget or staffing issues prevented this planning project from being addressed?

    9. Would your community be willing to accept technical assistance to partially complete and/or “kick start” this project with the intent and commitment of the community to complete the remainder of the project via some other method (i.e. a contract or other internal/external means)?

    10. Name of Project Contact/Lead Person

    11. Phone (1234567890)

    12. Email

    13. To continue receiving technical assistance forms, please provide the name, title, and email address of the preferred contact for your entity.

    13a. Name of Preferred Contact

    13b. Title of Preferred Contact

    13c. Email of Preferred Contact


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