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Mayor Soglin

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Mayor Paul Soglin invites you to attend the 2017 Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center on Saturday, October 7th from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Everyone is welcome to this free event.  

"I look forward to kicking things off at 9:00 a.m. with a brief presentation followed by questions and answers of myself and Natalie Erdman, Director of Planning & Community & Economic Development. I started the roundtable and conference events back in 1996 as a way to help neighborhood leaders and others learn how to access their elected officials, build leadership skills, and forge stronger relationships with other like-minded supporters of neighborhoods. Today, we have over 120 neighborhood groups that represent residents and other stakeholders in their quest to make their part of the city an even better place to live, play and do business," said Mayor Soglin.

Following the opening session with the Mayor and Natalie Erdman, participants will select from 8 different workshops. The event will conclude at 12:00 p.m., but everyone is welcome to keep the discussion going over lunch. There will be food carts at the top of State Street and many restaurants to choose from. If you know of someone who wants to be more active in their neighborhood, meet community leaders, city officials and staff, and community organizations, or simply would like to get to know how the City of Madison or other organizations could better serve your community, please come and bring others to this event! There will be various workshops, networking opportunities and more.

  • Mayor's Welcome + Question and Answer
  • City's Update – Violence, Trauma, Resilience, and Actions
  • Using Racial Equity Tools and Data in Neighborhood Decision-Making
  • Housing Trends, Challenges, and Solutions
  • Spot Light – Be Inspired by Neighborhood Creativity
  • Art + Social Practice – A Catalyst for Uniting and Changing
  • Working Effectively with Alders, Staff, and Neighborhood Resource Teams
  • Community Conversations – Parks, Streets, Transit, Safety and more!

Why come? We need to work together to make our neighborhoods great places to live for all. Come share your skills, challenges, and ideas with others that are making their neighborhoods better too. There will be free childcare and language assistance onsite (ASL, Hmong, Mandarin and Spanish). Other languages upon request.

You can register online call us at (608)267-8727 or email us at neighborhoods@cityofmadison.com.

Workshop Descriptions

You have several workshops to choose from today.  We are doing something differently this year – we have three workshops that will run the entire morning.  These 105-minute workshops will provide a more in depth coverage of the topic. They are highlighted in red below.  The remaining six workshops run for 45-minutes.  These shorter workshops will allow you to attend two workshop sessions rather than one.  One workshop, Moving Around – Making Madison a More Walkable, Bikeable and Transit-Oriented Community, is repeated.

Starting at 10:00 am
City's Update – Violence, Trauma, Resilience, and Actions

Location: Lecture Hall
Time: 10:15am – 12:00pm
Length: 105 minutes

This 105-minute workshop will have agency representatives from the Mayor's Office, Community Development Division, Focused Interruption Coalition, and Police Department discussing the different strategies used to make Madison a safer place.  The Community Development Division will also lead a discussion on how funding from the Community Building and Engagement, and Emerging Opportunities Program could be used to address neighborhood cohesion and safety.

Presenters: Gloria Reyes, Mayor's Office; Nancy Saiz, Community Development Division; Deon Carruthers, Community Development Division; Capt. James Wheeler, Community Outreach; Jerome Dillard and Zandra Hagberg, Focused Interuption Coalition; Nehemiah: Center for Leadership Development

Spot Light – Be Inspired by Neighborhood Creativity
Location: O
Time: 10:15am – 11:00am
Length: 45 minutes

Short 10-minutes snippets of what is being done in neighborhoods across our community by the people who live there!  The last fifteen minutes will be open mic format – tell the group what you want to do.
 

Housing Trends, Challenges, and Solutions
Location: P
Time: 10:15am – 12:00pm
Length: 105 minutes

A panel of housing experts will describe population changes, supply and demand, and implications to the Madison housing market highlighting the resulting challenges in affordability and housing options. Learn where our housing market is heading and how the City is addressing its most pressing challenges. Q & A. 

Presenters: Matt Wachter, Manager, Office of Real Estate Services; Anne Morrison, Development Associate, Urban Land Interests; Sharon McCabe, Faculty, UW-Center for Real Estate, Real Estate & Urban Land Economics; Martha Cranley, Senior Director of Strategic Collaborations, United Way (unconfired)

Using Racial Equity Tools and Open Data in Neighborhood Decision-Making
Location: Q
Time: 10:15am – 12:00pm
Length:  105 minutes

The use of racial equity tools and open data are emerging as best practices to integrate equity and inclusion into neighborhood-level decision making. Cities and organizations throughout the country are using equity tools on issues like development projects, parks and recreation, neighborhood safety and community-school partnerships. Participants will learn how the City's racial equity tools and will get hands-on experience in utilizing them on a neighborhood issue.  This 105-minute session will also discuss the City's efforts to pilot a new strategy around open data called Tactical Data Engagement and how residents can generate solutions to make policies and resources equitable.

Presenters: Tori Pettaway, Equity Coordinator, City of Madison Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative, Kara Kratowicz, Data Projects Coordinator, City of Madison; Charlyn Cruz Nunez, Investigator-Conciliator, Department of Civil Rights

Building Communities Through Parks! 
Location: Room R
Time: 10:15am – 11:00am
Length: 45 minutes

Successful collaborative park projects, volunteer opportunities, and new initiatives such as connecting children to nature will fill the lively conversation at this table!

  • Table 1 – Programming
  • Table 2 – Park Facilities

Presenters:  Sarah Lerner, Landscape Architect, Madison Parks and Claire Oleksiak, Community Services Manager, Madison Parks

Moving Around – Making Madison a More Walkable, Bikeable and Transit-Oriented Community Location: Room N
Time: 10:15am – 11:00am
Length: 45 minutes

Transportation issues, challenges, and opportunities. Small table discussions on ways to improve getting around your block, neighborhood, City and region.

  • Table 1 – Complete Streets, Yang Tao, Assistant City Traffic Engineer, Traffic Engineering
  • Table 2 – Planning for the Future of Transportation, David Trowbridge, AICP, Principal Transportation Planner, Planning Division
  • Table 3 -  Metro Transit: Capacity Affects All Neighborhoods, Chuck Kamp, General Manager, Metro Transit

Starting at 11:00 am  

Moving Around – Making Madison a More Walkable, Bikeable and Transit-Oriented Community (Repeat)
Location: Room N
Time: 10:15am – 11:00am and 11:15am – 12:00pm
Length: 45 minutes

Transportation issues, challenges, and opportunities. Small table discussions for ways to improving moving around your block, neighborhood, City and region.

  • Table 1 – Complete Streets, Yang Tao, Assistant City Traffic Engineer, Traffic Engineering
  • Table 2 – Planning for the Future of Transportation, David Trowbridge, AICP, Principal Transportation Planner, Planning Division
  • Table 3 -  Metro Transit: Capacity Affects All Neighborhoods, Chuck Kamp, General Manager, Metro Transit

Presenters: Chuck Kamp, Metro Transit; David Trowbridge, Transportation Planning Section; Yang Tao, Traffic Engineering

Art + Social Practice:  A Catalyst for Uniting and Changing
Location:  Room O
Time: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Length: 45-minutes

This panel of artists will share examples of their work in neighborhoods and describe how those projects aimed to strengthen and revitalize communities and places. The artists will speak from experience about the importance creative venues and cultural activities play in establishing stronger neighborhood identities, improving community stability, and reshaping resident perceptions of a particular neighborhood.

Presenters: Karin Wolf, Arts Coordinator, City of Madison, Trent Miller, Bubbler Coordinator, Madison Public Library, Jenie Gao, Artist on the Madison Art Commission (MAC), Artist, and Dr. Faisal Abdu'Allah, Faculty Director of The Studio: Creative Arts & Design Learning Community in Sellery Residence Hall, UW-Madison and artist

Working Effectively with Alders, City Staff and Neighborhood Resource Teams
Location: Room R
Time: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Length: 45-minutes

Learn about the roles of alders, city staff and NRTs, how to tap into resources, and strategies for getting your issues addressed.

Presenters: Alder Zellers, District 2; Alder Bidar-Sielaff, District 5; Alder Baldeh, District 17, Tariq Saqqaf, Neighborhood Resource Team Coordinator; Karl van Lith, Organization & Development

Past Neighborhood Conferences and Roundtables

The 20th anniversary Mayor's Neighborhood Conference, held on October 8, 2016, was a huge success. Stay up to date on neighborhood news and find out about the fall 2017 Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable by joining our email list.

Highlights from the 2016 Mayor's Neighborhood Conference

The 2016 conference was one of the best yet. Participants were more representative of the City's diverse population. Over 30 members of Madison's Hispanic community were present, as were residents of African American, Hmong, and other backgrounds. There were also individuals who made the trip from neighboring communities and from as far as Green Bay. The 287 people in attendance shared a wealth of ideas and experience to create new possibilities for Madison's neighborhoods.

The daylong event featured:

  • Representation of 54 neighborhood associations and 38 nonprofit or community organizations
  • 12 workshops and 22 neighborhood conversations
  • Sessions on how Madison's housing and transportation needs are changing
  • Inspiring and data filled keynote presentation by New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver
  • Presentation of the inaugural Mayor's Design Awards and Neighborhood Association Recognition Certificates

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We thank our gracious sponsor:

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Past events have featured:

2015
Strong Leaders, Healthy Neighborhoods
When: October 24, 2015
Where: Warner Park Community Recreation Center
Workshops: 2
Table Conversations: 15
Attendance: 190
Sponsors: MG&E and Warner Park Community & Recreation Center
Mayor:  Paul Soglin

2014
Strong Leaders, Healthy Places
When: September 13, 2014
Where: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Workshops: 20 workshops
Attendance: 300
Sponsors: MG&E
Mayor:  Paul Soglin

2012
Great Neighborhoods, Great Places
When: October 13, 2012
Where: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Workshops: 20 workshops
Attendance: 260
Sponsors: MG&E
Mayor:  Paul Soglin

2010
Engaging in Development Review
When: November 6, 2010
Where: Urban League of Greater Madison
Workshops: 3 workshops
Attendance: 120
Sponsors: MG&E and Urban League of Greater Madison
Mayor: Dave Cieslewicz

2009
Go Green, Save Green Neighborhood Roundtable
When: November 7, 2009
Where: Goodman Community Center
Workshops: 7 workshops plus 9 project demonstrations and exhibits
Attendance: 155
Sponsors: MG&E and Goodman Community Center
Mayor: Dave Cieslewicz

2008
Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City Neighborhood Roundtable (1/2 half day)
When: March 8, 2008
Where: CUNA Mutual Training Center
Workshops: 6 plus 3 demonstration projects
Attendance: 76
Sponsors: MG&E and CUNA Mutual
Mayor: Dave Cieslewicz

Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City Neighborhood Roundtable (1/2 half day)
When: November 8, 2008
Where: Warner Park Community & Recreation Center
Workshops: 4 workshops plus 3 project demonstrations
Attendance: 90
Sponsors: MG&E
Mayor: Dave Cieslewicz

2007
Safe Community, Strong Neighborhoods Roundtable (1/2 day)
When: November 3, 2007
Where: CUNA Mutual Training Center
Workshops: 6
Attendance: 150
Sponsors: City of Madison, Madison Gas & Electric, and CUNA Mutual Group
Mayor: Dave Cieslewicz

2006
Building Strong Neighborhoods. Learning from the Past. Looking to the Future Conference
When: November 11, 2006
Where: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Workshops: 32
Attendance: 280
Sponsors: City of Madison, Madison Gas & Electric, Gorman & Company, Inc., and McGrath Associates, Inc.
Mayor: Dave Cieslewicz

2005
2005 Neighborhood Roundtable
When: November 5, 2005
Where: Warner Park Community & Recreation Center
Focus: Prevention, Intervention and Suppression Strategies for Gangs
Attendance: 140
Sponsors: City of Madison and Madison Gas & Electric
Mayor: Dave Cieslewicz

2004
Neighborhood Roundtable: Participating in the Development Process
When: November 20, 2004
Where: Warner Park Community & Recreation Center
Sponsors: City of Madison and Madison Gas & Electric
Mayor: Dave Cieslewicz

2003
Neighborhood Voices Conference
When: October 4, 2003 (1/2 day)
Where: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Attendance: 169
Sponsors: City of Madison and Madison Gas & Electric
Mayor: Dave Cieslewicz

2002
Neighborhood Roundtable (1/2 day)
When: November 2, 2002
Where: Warner Park Community & Recreation Center
Breakout Sessions: 12
Attendance: 104
Sponsors: City of Madison and Madison Gas & Electric
Mayor: Susan J.M. Bauman

2001
Tools and Tours Conference
When: September 15, 2001
Where: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Workshops: 30
Neighborhood Pride Tours: 6.
Attendance: 230
Sponsors: Madison Gas & Electric, Midland Builders, McDonalds, Vandewalle & Associates, Z-D Studios.
Mayor: Susan J.M. Bauman
 
2000
Neighborhood Summit: How to Recruitment and Retain Neighborhood Activists
When: November 11, 2000 (1/2 day)
Where: Warner Park Community & Recreation Center
Breakout Sessions: 2
Attendance: 120 individuals representing 5- neighborhood based organizations
Sponsors: City of Madison
Mayor: Susan J.M. Bauman

1999
24th Annual Neighborhoods, USA Conference: Building Neighborhoods Block by Block
When: October 25-29, 1999
Where: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Workshops: 80 (Over two days)
Neighborhood Pride Tours: 16
Attendance: 1, 240
Sponsors: Madison Gas & Electric, Oscar Mayer Foods, Marshall Erdman & Associates, Midland Builders, Z-D Studios, American TV, AT&T, Bank One, Basketree Gifts, Inc., CUNA & Affiliates-National Credit Union Foundation, CUNA Mutual Group, Dane County, Firstar Bank of Madison, Goodman Foundation, Herbert H. Kohl Charities, Inc., Home Savings, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison Police Department, Meridian Group, Inc., Mortenson Investment Group, Search Institute, Sheraton Madison Hotel, State of Wisconsin-Division of Public Health, United Way of Dane County, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998 U.S. Conference of Mayors-Organizing Committee, Wildwood Productions.
Mayor: Susan J.M. Bauman

1998
Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City Conference
When: October 3, 1998
Where: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Workshops: 40
Attendance: 392
Sponsors: Madison Gas & Electric, Oscar Mayer Foods, Marshall Erdman & Associates, Midland Builders, Z-D Studios, American TV, AT&T, Bank One, Basketree Gifts, Inc., Dane County, Firstar Bank of Madison, Home Savings, Meridian Group, Inc., Mortenson Investment Group, Sheraton Madison Hotel, United Way of Dane County.
Mayor: Susan J.M. Bauman

1996
Building Partnerships, Building Community Conference
When: October 26, 1996
Where: Concourse Hotel/MATC-Downtown
Workshops: 41 Workshops
Attendance: 316
Sponsors: City of Madison and Isthmus 2020 Committee
Mayor: Paul Soglin

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Last Updated: 10/04/2017

Questions?

Registration

Ruth Ethington
rethington@cityofmadison.com
608-267-8727

Workshops and Other Assistance as Indicated

Linda Horvath, van transportation
lhorvath@cityofmadison.com
608-267-1131

Jule Stroick, workshops
jstroick@cityofmadison.com
608-267-8744

Angela Puerta, childcare and language assistance
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608-267-8649

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