Food for Thought
Brown Bag Lunch Series
The League offers members a free educational web event monthly. We hope you join us for any or all in 2024.
In this one-hour workshop we will provide an update on Federal Legislation that provides funding for transportation. We will also get an update on DOT’s Connecting Highways and Local Roads Programs.
Presenters from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:
Rebecca Burkel, Administrator
Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD)
Local Roads Programs & Finance Section Chief
Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads & Harbors
Cybersecurity & the Municipality
This presentation will provide you with valuable content covering:
- Methods utilized by “bad actors” in 2023 that relate to Municipalities.
- Best practices & ideas to discuss with your constituents.
- Best practices & ideas to discuss internally to strengthen your cybersecurity posture.
The presentation will be featuring Madhu Maganti, CPA, CISA, MS, a partner in Baker Tilly’s risk advisory practice.
Have a Plan, a Comprehensive Plan
Join us as we discuss comprehensive planning with MSA.
We will touch on getting your land use and housing pieces in place to meet eligibility requirements for new WHEDA loan programs. (See January issue of Municipality Magazine page 15 for details.)
Jason Valerius: Jason has 26 years of community planning and design experience across the Midwest. He has led the development of comprehensive plans, housing plans and studies, neighborhood plans, redevelopment plans, tax incremental finance districts and zoning ordinances. Jason has presented at many state chapter American Planning Association conferences across the Midwest, most recently in 2022 on the topic of the Lean Comprehensive Plan.
Emily Soderberg: Emily is an experienced project leader with diversified planning experience. She has successfully led the completion of community-wide plans across Wisconsin and is the lead author of several elements of the City of La Crosse Comprehensive Plan Update. Emily is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Urban and Regional Planning Master’s program where she concentrated in land use and environmental planning.
Brian Wiedenfeld: Brian recently joined MSA as a full-time assistant planner after previously working as a planning intern. In May 2023, he graduated with his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from UW-Madison where he specialized in community engagement, economic development, and transportation planning. Brian assists in comprehensive plan development, data analysis, community engagement strategies, and redevelopment studies. At the 2023 American Planning Association Wisconsin Chapter conference, he presented on a project he lead on engaging youth in planning on a mall redevelopment plan in Madison, WI. Additionally, he has experience with state-level governmental planning (Wisconsin DOT and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation) and on-the-ground community work through various research projects he’s assisted with.
Workforce - Broadening Your Candidate Pool
Join us as we discuss alternative candidates you might not have considered connecting with before. Presenters include Robin Jones, Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center, to discuss recruiting and working with people with disabilities and Attorney Shabnam Lotfi of Lotfi Legal LLC, to discuss different types of work visas and how municipalities can think outside the box to fill critical roles.
Robin Jones is the Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center and an Instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Center serves the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Center provides training and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and issues related to Accessible Information Technology. Robin has served as director since the Center’s inception in 1991. Robin has been actively involved in assisting business and government to meet their obligations under the ADA and is recognized as a key resource regarding ADA compliance.
Shabnam Lotfi is an Immigration Attorney and Trustee for the Village of Shorewood Hills. Shabnam started her immigration law practice in 2014 and now has hundreds of clients from all over the world. In 2017 Shabnam founded a group called Immigrants United. Since its inception, this group has brought awareness and knowledge to members who are going through the immigration process. Shabnam is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School. She is passionate about advocating for immigration reform and enjoys figuring out creative ways to help people achieve their immigration goals.
Resiliency & Sustainability
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Back to Basics
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