Chief Executives Workshop

2017 Chief Executives Workshop

August 24-25 
Heidel House Resort
643 Illinois Avenue
Green Lake, WI  54941

Online registration for the 2017 Chief Executives Workshop has now closed.  A limited number of on-site registrations are available.  Please contact Carrie Jensen at if you are interested in attending.

Chief Executives Workshop Agenda (click for printable PDF)

Wednesday, August 23
5:30 p.m. Welcoming Reception

Thursday, August 24
8:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee & Rolls sponsored by IPR

9:00 a.m. Youth Sports Complexes as Economic Development
Sam Blahnik, Community Development Director, DeForest
Presentation: Woodside Sports Complex
Nathan Thiel, Administrator, Mauston
Presentation: DeForest Youth Sports Complex

10:00 a.m. 2017 State of Wisconsin Cities and Villages Report
Report sponsored by League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mutual Insurance
Todd Berry, Director, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance
The REPORT: The 2017 State of Wisconsin Cities and Villages Full Report (PDF)
Presentation:  PowerPoint - 2017 State of Wisconsin Cities and Villages Report PDF

10:45 a.m. Break sponsored by WHEDA

11:00 a.m. Is the Erosion of Local Control a National Trend?
Alan Greenblatt, Political Reporter, Governing

12:00 p.m. Networking Lunch sponsored by WEA Trust

1:15 p.m. Executive and Governing Body Relations: Fostering Good Governance
Stephen Hintz, Public Administration Associates
Kevin Brunner, Public Administration Associates

2:15 p.m. Surveying Municipal Residents on Service Retention or

Erik Brooks, Mayor, South Milwaukee
Tami Mayzik, Administrator, South Milwaukee
 Natalie Verette & James Madlom, Mueller Communications
Presentation: Surveying Municipal Residents on Service Retention or Elimination (PDF)  
Reference Documents:
South Milwaukee Community Survey (PDF)    
South Milwaukee 2017 Community Survey Report (PDF)

South Milwaukee Options Assessment (PDF) 

3:00 p.m. Break Sponsored by American Transmission Company

3:15 p.m. Small Community Idea Jam
Discussion Leader: George Peterson, Rothschild Village President

Large Community Idea Jam
Discussion Leader:  Tim Hanna, Mayor of Appleton

5:30 p.m.          Evening Reception Sponsored by League Mutual Insurance

Friday, August 25

7:30 a.m. Women's Executive Leadership Breakfast Roundtable
"Diversifying Leadership in Local Government"
Sponsored by the UW-Extension Instructional Communications Services
Lawrence Rabon, UW-Oshkosh MPA Student 
Presentation: Diversity Dashboard 
 Christine Lidbury, Executive Director, Wisconsin Women's Council
Presentation: Wisconsin Women's Council 
 Rebecca Ballweg, Board Member, Wisconsin Women in Government

(Open to all attendees; please RSVP with your registration.)

8:30 a.m. Coffee & Rolls

9:00 a.m. Strategies for Attracting Young People to your

Brian Liesinger, Executive Director, La Crosse Promise
Presentation: La Crosse Promise Neighborhood Program
Neighborhood Program; Ben Meyer, Managing Editor & Reporter,
Rhinelander NBC Affiliate WJFW-TV; and Loni Meiborg, Senior
Vice President of Marketing, 1st National Bank

9:45 a.m. Break Sponsored by Focus on Energy

10:00 a.m. How the Sausage Really Gets Made
Representative Mark Born, State Representative (R-Beaver Dam),
Member of the Joint Committee on Finance and former
Beaver Dam Alderperson

10:30 a.m. Legislative Update
Curt Witynski, Assistant Director & Jerry Deschane, Executive
Director, both of the  League of Wisconsin Municipalities 
Presentation: Legislative Update

11:30 a.m. Adjourn

alan-greenblatt (1) Alan Greenblatt to be Keynote Speaker
Governing staff writer Alan Greenblatt will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Chief Executives Workshop.  Alan covers politics as well as policy issues and is the coauthor of a standard textbook on state and local governments. He previously worked as a reporter for NPR. 

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