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.)


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.)


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