The conference agenda here is being constantly updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed.  It is definitely subject to change!

Milwaukee on Discovery Zone MapTHURSDAY, MARCH 12

12:00 – Registration Begins at InterContinental Hotel, Introductions

1:30 – Tour of Growing Power (dress warmly!) – bus departs InterContinental at 1:30

5:00 – Break, ongoing Registration

5:30 – Bus departs InterContinental for Dinner at Sprecher Brewery

6:00 – Opening Dinner, with speeches:

  • Why Local Government Matters, Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines
  • The Role of Young Talent, Carol Coletta, CEO of CEOs for Cities

(Note, locals who can’t attend the entire conference are invited register to attend this dinner, see this post.)

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River Tour, MilwaukeeFRIDAY, MARCH 13 – InterContinental Hotel

9:00 – Mapping the Mega-regional Issues: Presentations and Panel with Dick Longworth, of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Kate Rube, of Smart Growth America; Tom Wolfe, of the Northeast-Midwest Institute; and others (to be added as they are confirmed)

10:45 – Break

11:00 – What GLUE Has Planned and Why We Need a Mega-regional Identity (co-founders review GLUE’s major upcoming activities and general operations)

11:30 – Track Breakout I

  • Track 1 (Community Journalism): Story Telling with a Message – Crafting a Story, Interviewing Subjects
  • Track 2 (Movement Building): Theories in Movement-Building
  • Track 3 (Issues Advocacy): Policy Opportunities for 2009: Overview

12:30 – Lunch Buffet Opens

12:45 – Lunch Keynote from Kristin Purdy, Regional Organizer for the Midwest, Transportation for America Campaign

2:00 – Local Solutions Breakout I

  • Regional Governmental Cooperation
  • Strategies for Increasing Civic Engagement
  • Reuse of Vacant Land / Buildings
  • Green Jobs

3:00 – Break

3:15 – Local Solutions Breakout II

  • Supporting the Arts Community
  • Making Cities More Tolerant
  • Growing the Small Business Community
  • Community Organizing 101

4:15 – Site Visits (representing different urban challenges and successes around Milwaukee; participants choose a site visit after registering) – buses and walking tours depart InterContinental Hotel for site visits at 4:15

7:00 – T4America Dinner Workshop, with Keynote by Dave Wetzel, President of the Labour Land Campaign (U.K.), on Using Land Value to Create Sustainable Communities: How Implementation of Rail Can Be Funded Without Raising Taxes;

(optional, for all participants interested in assisting GLUE-T4 Partnership and mobilization; participants can otherwise have dinner independently) – Dinner at Trocadero Restaurant

(Note, locals who can’t attend the entire conference are invited register to attend this dinner, see this post.)

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Milwaukee SkylineSATURDAY, MARCH 14 – InterContinental Hotel

8:30 – Breakfast

9:00 – Track Breakout II

  • Track 1 (Community Journalism): Introduction to Story Editing
  • Track 2 (Movement Building): Best Practices in Community-Building
  • Track 3 (Issues Advocacy): Policy Opportunities for 2009: What should GLUE do?

10:00 – Break

10:15 - Social Exclusion in Public Policy, Lynn Todman, Ph.D., Director of the Adler School’s Institute on Social Exclusion

11:15 – Break

11:30 – Policy and Action: Local to Region-wide, John Austin, Executive Director of the New Economy Initiative

12:30 – Working Lunch: GLUE Lightning Brainstorming

  • GLUE’s Current Programs: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
  • How do we build stronger local GLUE communities?
  • What other resources can we offer members?
  • How else can we bring resources into GLUE?
  • What institutions, organizations, or outreach mechanisms have we not pursued fully?

1:30 – Track Breakout III

  • Track 1 (Community Journalism): Planning Our Next 6 Stories
  • Track 2 (Movement Building): Planning Our Next 6 Months of Outreach
  • Track 3 (Issues Advocacy): Planning Our Next 6 Months of Advocacy

2:30 – Tracks Present their Plans to the Group (Results of Track Breakouts)

3:00 – Conference Close