May 18, 2015 - 11:45am to 1:30pm

Viewpoint Luncheon: How Does Milwaukee's Downtown Measure Up to its Peers?

Elected and private sector leaders are poised to make a once-in-a-generation investment in new arena and streetcar projects in Milwaukee's downtown, setting the stage for economic revitalization but also creating long-term obligations for taxpayers. How does our downtown currently compare to peer cities when it comes to hospitality, entertainment, and nightlife? How have other cities attempted to strengthen their downtowns, and what can we learn from their efforts? Why is downtown revitalization important and what should be the role of government in supporting it? We will hear first from national economic development consultant Rob Hunden, who will present a report commissioned by the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Milwaukee Downtown, BID that compares Downtown Milwaukee's entertainment and hospitality offerings with those of 10 peer cities. Then, a panel of local stakeholders will provide their take: Peter Feigin, Milwaukee Bucks Eve Hall, African American Chamber of Commerce Rocky Marcoux, Milwaukee Department of City Development Greg Marcus, Marcus Corporation Gary Witt, Pabst Theater Group Moderated by: Mark Sabljak, Milwaukee Business Journal   Event Partners                Event Sponsors           
June 23, 2015 - 7:30am to 9:00am

2015 Salute to Local Government

Join the Public Policy Forum for our 23rd annual Salute to Local Government, where we will recognize local governments and school districts for innovation, partnership and cooperation, as well as individuals in government and school districts for excellence and lifetime achievement. This event reflects the Forum’s strong belief that good government is worth celebrating, and that there are many examples of ingenuity and outstanding performance in local governments and school districts that need to be recognized, particularly in an era of tight budgets and high expectations. Awards are given in the following categories: Innovation in financial management Effective use of technology or data Intergovernmental cooperation Private-public cooperation Leader of the Future Award Norman N. Gill Award for Individual Excellence James R. Ryan Lifetime Achievement Award Click here for the nomination form.   Registration details coming soon.