October 14, 2020 Workshops

WEA Trust Run/Walk T-shirt Day!  The WEA Trust/League run/walk, while virtual, has a way for you to connect. Wear your t-shirt and show off that sporty physique on Zoom!  Didn’t register in time for a shirt? No problem! Wear a shirt from a previous run/walk or any item that shows your hometown pride.

Wednesday, October 14

10:00 AM - Useful Tools for Environmental Cleanup and Property Redevelopment
Barry Ashenfelter, Policy Analyst, DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program; Maggie Egbarts, Kansas State University, Technical Assistance for Brownfields, Karen Harkness, Director of Community and Economic Development, Appleton and Michael Prager, Land Recycling Team Leader, DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program
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If ignored, boarded up gas stations, factories, feed mills, and other “brownfield” properties with known or likely environmental contamination can worsen and spread health hazards. This further diminishes property values and adds to investigation and cleanup costs. As well as being eyesores, derelict sites can become legal and financial burdens on a community. The Wisconsin DNR’s Remediation and Redevelopment Program along with a municipal partner will present the tools you need to address and reuse brownfield properties in your community.
Karen Harkness Director of Community and Economic Development, Appleton PowerPoint (PDF)
Barry Ashenfelter & Michael Prager DNR Remediation and Redevelopment PowerPoint (PDF)
Maggie Egbarts, Kansas State University, Technical Assistance for Brownfields PowerPoint (PDF) Video of Maggie's presentation (YouTube) 

12:00 PM - Managing Conflict in Local Government
Eric Giordano, Executive Director, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service
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Governance is inherently conflictual. The key is managing conflict effectively to build and sustain trust, especially in an environment and under circumstances where citizens and stakeholders are being encouraged and trained to mistrust government. This workshop will review key principles and values that are essential to pragmatic conflict management. Join us to examine how you can build a firm foundation for effective conflict management, whether among staff members, elected bodies or the community.
Review the Conflict Management Resources on the League's website.
Eric Giordano Presentation (PDF) 

2:00 PM - How Some Rural Communities Thrive While Shedding Population: Learning to Shrink Smart
Professor David Peters, Iowa State University
Wisconsin has lots of small rural communities that are struggling to thrive. Professor David Peters has studied why some rural communities in the neighboring state of Iowa do better than others and even continue to prosper while losing population. In this workshop he will share the results of his research on communities that are shrinking, but still flourishing.
David Peters, Presentation (PDF)
The League's Local Perspective: Gaining & Maintaining Young Adults in Wisconsin (YouTube) 2018

*CANCELLED In-Person Regional Meeting - 6:00–7:30 PM Brillion - Brillion City Center Council Chambers 201 N. Main Street, Brillion, WI 54110 

*We had hoped to see you in-person at the League’s regional meetings that were planned as part of our Annual Conference, but given the surge in Covid-19 cases across Wisconsin, we have decided to cancel the meetings.  We look forward to seeing you in person in 2021.