119th Annual Conference

2017 Annual Conference 
October 18-20 
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
333 W. College Ave, Appleton, WI  54911 


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118th Annual Conference Agenda

  1. Wednesday October 19th
  2. Thursday October 20th
  3. Friday October 21st

Wednesday, October 19

Deep Dive Workshops (Included in the Conference Price. Choose one when you register for the Conference.)

10:00-12:00 pm

Stevens Point Tour (Limit 50) 
(Gathering at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center Lobby Entrance to ride Stevens Point buses/trolley to the destinations)

Mayor Mike Wiza and Stevens Point Staff 
will lead a tour of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Historic Point Brewery and Historic Downtown Stevens Point including the city's "Creative Crosswalk."Watch the video here.  

In the case of bad weather, the Historic Downtown tour will be provided in the County Annex Building Rooms 1 and 2.  

Note:  We'll have self-guided maps of the historic walking tour available at the registration desk for those unable to attend at 10:00 a.m. but who want to explore at another time.l

The Bridge: Closing the Gap Between Wisconsin's Generations
(Meeting in the Evergreen/Frontier Room)
We have all heard endlessly about the differences between Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers and the (infamous) Millennials. Yes, there are distinctions in the way each generation desires to live, work and play. But we all have something in common - we’ve chosen Wisconsin as our home. Thus, we need to work together to ensure our state stays competitive and attractive for future generations. Come learn about the Millennial Movement NEWaukee started and how you and your municipality can connect to it in the future! 

Presented by NEWaukee  CEO Angela Damiani and CIO Jerry Fojut
Presentation (PDF)

Real Colors: Discover Your Personality and Communication Style (Limit 30)
(Meeting in the Woodland/Trillium Room)

This is a hands-on, engaging, fun workshop where you will learn about the four-color personality spectrum and identify your preferred style and how to better communicate with others. The workshop is very interactive with many opportunities to understand yourself and others better and explore personality styles more deeply. A fun workshop that is also a great learning experience.

Presented by Local Govt. Specialist Dan Hill (UW-Extension Local Government Center)

Building Engagement Through Your Community’s Front Door 
(Meeting in the Stonefield/Harvest Room)

In an era of 140 character Tweets and 24/7 Facebook posts, diverse strategic external communication strategies and a deft understanding of who your "audience" is plays a large part in the success or failure of municipalities engaging their taxpayers. Hear leading edge techniques, lessons learned, and the future of strategic government communications from a few local and nationally recognized leaders in the field of public administration. 

*Tips for helping your organization find "it's voice" on social media. 
*Crisis management and getting out ahead of the story. 
*Best practices in developing relationships with the local media. 
*Leveraging social media platforms to engage residents like never before. 
*How to cultivate positive and meaningful communication with millenials. 
*Bridging the digital divide with the "greatest generation" 

Presented by Chad Doran, Communications Coordinator – City of Appleton (Twitter: @doranchad), Jim Healy, Village Administrator – Village of Richfield (Twitter: @RichfieldWis), Josh Schoemann, County Administrator – Washington County (Twitter: @joshomen), Lauren Stott, Management Analyst – City of DeKalb, IL (Twitter: @Lauren_T_Stott) > all Engaging Local Government Leaders
Presentation (PDF)

11:00 – 1:30 pm
Northwoods Expo Exhibit Hall Open

New this year! Complimentary finger sandwiches and soft drinks will be served.

1:30 pm General Session

(Meeting in Sands/Spruce/Evergreen/Frontier room)

  • Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza Welcomes the Conference to Stevens Point
  • National League of Cities Executive Director Clarence Anthony
  • Taking Inspiration from History: Thomas Jefferson Speaking on Leadership

After Keynote Speech:   Northwoods Expo
Exhibit Hall re-opens  

3:30-4:45 pm

Roundtable Discussion
(Meeting in Woodland/Trillium Room)
  Public Works/Engineering Concerns

City Engineer Rob Vanden Noven, Facilitator

3:00 - 5:00 pm   Make a Conference Souvenir
at the Creative Crosswalk Photo Booth!  

(Located outside Northwoods Expo Exhibit Hall) 

4:00 pm

Resolutions Committee Meeting
(Meeting in the Wisconsin Room)

5:00-7:00 pm


President's Reception

(Gathering in Northwoods Expo Exhibit Hall)

Please stop in for  hors d'oervres, soda, beer & wine.  (A cash bar will also be available for Liquor purchases.)  Check out the displays from our 97 Exhibitors!