2016 Urban Policy Forum
League Urban Alliance Members met May 11-13, 2016.
Thank you to the League's Urban Policy Forum Event Hosts:
Thank you to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mutual Insurance for sponsoring "The State of Wisconsin's Cities and Villages: an Urban Alliance Project" by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.
Following the Forum, one Mayor commented: "Thank you for the two days of robust discussion and idea sharing. I have told everyone back home about what an excellent opportunity we had to share what is on our white boards and what keeps us up at night. Lots of commonality, which will guide our collective efforts. Looking forward to more of the same."
Larry Delo, De Pere; Mike Schwitzer, WEA Trust; Todd Taves, Ehlers & Todd Schmidt, Waunakee.
The Urban Policy Forum drew leaders from all across the state.
Mayor Hanna, Appleton, Senator Wangaard and Assembly Speaker Vos.
Senator Marklein, City Mgr. Karen Kurt, Platteville and Mayor Lewis, Ashland.
Thank you to the Legislators who participated in the Legislative Panel.
Randy Stoecker, UW-Extension on the communities successfully retaining young people.
Curt Witynski & Jerry Deschane, League and Senator Ringhand & Rep. Shankland.
Mayor Barrett, Milwaukee and Lawrie Kobza, Boardman & Clark address lead water service lines.
Welcome - Urban Alliance Vice President & Racine Mayor John Dickert and Hosts: Ehlers & WEA Trust
Wednesday, May 11
Thursday, May 12
Session One: Unfinished Legislative Business
Curt Witynski, League of Wisconsin Municipalities & Steve Lyons, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek
- Unfinished Legislative Business & State Elections
Charles Franklin, Director Marquette Law School Poll, Prof Emeritus UW-Madison
Session Two: Strengthening the Partnership: State Legislative & Administration Leaders
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
Assembly Assistant Minority Leader Katrina Shankland
State Senator Van Wangaard
State Senator Janice Ringhand
Wisconsin Dept. Of Administration Budget Director Mike Heifetz
Session Three: First Annual State of Wisconsin Cities and Villages Report
Todd Berry & Dale Knapp, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance - The status of Wisconsin villages and cities, 2015
Session Four: The Big Shift: Dark Store and Personal Property
Rocco Vita, Village of Pleasant Prairie Assessor &Curt Witynski, League of Wisconsin Municipalities - The Big Shift: Dark Store and Personal Property Taxes
Amy Seibel, Esq., Seibel Law Offices LLC
Todd Berry, PhD., Wis. Taxpayers Alliance
Session Five: The Hard Road: Wisconsin’s Transportation Budget
Secretary Mark Gottlieb, Wisconsin Department of Transportation - Wisconsin Transportation Budget Overview
Craig Thompson, Exec. Director, Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin - Just Fix It Wisconsin (Website)
State Senator Howard Marklein -Transportation Challenges in Wisconsin
Gaining and Retaining Young People-which Wisconsin Cities are winning the Millennial Sweepstakes
Dr. Randy Stoecker, Katherine Curtis and Dan Veroff, UW Extension Specialists, Todd Flourney, Amanda Hoffman, Liangfei Ye, Graduate Student Research Team - Gaining and Retaining Young People
Session Six: What’s on Your whiteboard? 5 Mayors present their 5 year Forecasts
Ashland Mayor Deb Lewis - Ashland: Successes, Challenges, PrioritiesGreen Bay Mayor Jim SchmittMilwaukee Dept. of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux - Growing Prosperity: An Action Agenda for Economic Development in the City of MilwaukeeRacine Mayor John Dickert
Session Seven: Replacing Lead Water Laterals – Financing Options and Other Issues
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett - Lead Water Service Lines: Protecting Public Health
Lawrie Kobza, Boardman & Clark - Lead Service Lines
Session Eight: Idea Jam - Open discussion and Brainstorming