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." 

Wednesday, May 11

Welcome - Urban Alliance Vice President & Racine Mayor John Dickert and Hosts: Ehlers & WEA Trust 

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

Friday-May 13

Session Six: What’s on Your whiteboard?  5 Mayors present their 5 year Forecasts

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt
Milwaukee Dept. of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux - Growing Prosperity: An Action Agenda for Economic Development in the City of Milwaukee
Racine 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