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If you are a Milwaukeean and would still like to join us, we are here! Conference registration starts today at noon at the InterContinental Hotel.

It is too late to register formally, or to join us for dinner, but it is not too late to show up for any of the sessions at the InterContinental.  

An updated agenda is available here

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NEW on 3/3: We are please to announce that GLUE has opened up two of our conference events to locals who are unable to attend the entire conference.  Tickets to the dinners being hosted on Thursday, 3/12, and Friday, 3/13, are now available.

Thursday: We will be enjoying locally-sourced food (vegan options available) catered by Papineau & Co. at the Sprecher Brewery in Glendale, at 6:00.  After enjoying appetizers and mingling, we’ll hear from Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines, on the Importance of Local Government, and from Carol Coletta, CEO of CEOs for Cities, who will speak on the role of young leaders in our cities.  After dinner, we’ll receive a tour of the brewery.  One beer is provided with dinner.  Tickets are $45, or $140 for four.

Friday: We are hosting a transportation-themed dinner at Trocadero, beginning at 7:00.  Please join us to hear Dave Wetzel’s talk: Using Land Value to Build Sustainable Communities: How Implementation of Rail Can Be Funded Without Raising Taxes. Following Dave’s speech, participate in a workshop to design local strategies to advocate for transit.  Cash bar.  Tickets are $30, or $100 for four.

You can register for each of these events here.  Your registration is complete once you make a donation (in the amount of the tickets you are purchasing) to GLUE here.

I just posted this additional text to the “register” page.  Please read if you haven’t already registered:

Update: As of Monday, February 23, GLUE has only five travel scholarships remaining, which will be awarded to participants from Buffalo, Minneapolis-St. Paul, or Indianapolis ONLY.

Milwaukee residents should continue registering.  So should conference participants who don’t require a travel scholarship.

We have begun a waiting list for participants, dependent on the procurement of additional funding (we’re trying!).  If you would like to join the waiting list, please register as usual, and, when asked, indicate the percentage of your costs that you need reimbursed.  We will keep you posted as to your position on the waiting list, and the availability of additional scholarships.

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)

Juli in Milwaukee just forwarded me a Midwest Airlines email — this might be a good time for conference participants who plan to fly to go ahead and buy those tickets!

Great fares between Milwaukee and cities such as Indianapolis for just $155 roundtrip, Newark $206, Minneapolis/St. Paul $213 and Pittsburgh $216. There are plenty more, just click the link to find them.

> Purchase tickets by Feb. 2; travel Feb.10 to June 10.
> 14-day advance purchase.
> Stay over a Friday or Saturday night.

Get Details:

We’ll be convening (and out-of-towners will be sleeping) at the InterContinental Hotel, which our Milwaukee team tells us is conveniently located in the heart of downtown.  Though we’ll try to get conference-goers out experiencing Milwaukee, this isn’t a shabby place in which to spend our time!

Details about booking your room will arrive in your inbox after you register.

GLUE’s second annual conference will be in Milwaukee from March 12-14.  Yee-haw!


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