Yesterday, we put the following appeal into email circulation–please email if you can help!

Dear Milwaukeeans,

GLUE is thrilled to be holding its second annual conference in your city.   In less than two months, 50-75 urbanists and activists from older industrial cities in the upper Midwest will descend on Milwuakee for over 48 hours.  We will share best practices, stories, and strategies for equitable, sustainable urban revitalization.  We will figure out how to make GLUE a more effective forum and resource for our communities.  And we will also eat, drink, and be merry – all to the end of thriving urban centers, of course!  To that end, we’re contacting you with hat in hand.

GLUE’s March 12-14 conference has been partially funded with generous support from the McCormick Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, but unless we underwrite some of our costs in Milwaukee, we’ll only be able to offer a limited number of travel scholarships for participants. Those scholarships allow this conference to be a truly representative one, permitting anyone dedicated to their “Sticky City” a chance to share information and shape GLUE.

  • Do you own a small business that can donate food, drink, or yellow bus transport during the GLUE 2nd annual conference?  We are currently looking for baked goods, coffee, sandwiches, pizza, juice, and other snacks.
  • Can you provide participants with coupons or discounts to use while in Milwaukee?
  • Can you provide printing and copy services, folders or pens?
  • Do you, as either an individual or a business partner, have the resources to fully or partially underwrite a participant’s journey to and stay in Milwaukee at $500/person?
  • Or to sponsor a dinner provided by local food enthusiasts, for $4000?
  • Could you put us in touch with people who can?

In addition, of course, to our gratitude and that of our participants, GLUE will acknowledge sponsors formally in all conference materials and in our communication with the press (unless you prefer to remain anonymous).

In an era of great hope and great challenge for America’s cities, GLUE’s 2009 conference will put Milwaukee on a regional, if not national, spotlight. We hope you will be a part of it.

Please see GLUEspace to learn about our organization, and for more information about the gathering, visit the GLUE Conference Blog.  We appreciate your time reading this message and your willingness to send it on to other Milwaukeeans.


Sarah Szurpicki and Abby Wilson
Co-Founders, GLUE (Great Lakes Urban Exchange)