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Twenty workshops will be offered on Saturday, September 13.

Conference at a Glance

8-9am | Registration, Networking, organization displays, Walk/Bike

9-9:20am | Mayor’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30-10:30am | Workshops

10:45-11:45am | Workshops

12-1:15pm | Keynote and Lunch Huddles

1:15-2pm | Idea Gathering Forum

2:15-3:15pm | Workshops

3:30-4:30pm | Workshops

4:30-5:30pm | Wrap-Up and Networking Reception

8-9am: Doors Open for REGISTRATION

Registration, Coffee Chat and Organization Displays - Register, get coffee and a snack, chat with fellow neighborhood leaders, and peruse displays of local organizations to learn how they can help you achieve your neighborhood goals.

OR come at 8:00 am sharp in for an early Walk or Bike Ride with City Enthusiasts. Meet in front of the Monona Terrace (Martin Luther King Entrance). Sign-up will be up and running closer to the event!

9-9:20am: WELCOME

Mayor's Opening Remarks

9:30-4:30pm: WORKSHOPS

Engaging workshops with outstanding local leaders will provide valuable information, describe successful neighborhood projects, and share lessons learned.

Five Workshop Tracks

Capacity Building

Getting Organized and Involved
How effective is your association in fostering a sense of belonging and connectedness among neighbors? When we know our neighbors, the general sense of well-being is higher, we feel happier, more secure, friendlier, and willing to be more involved in our neighborhood and association. A neighborhood association plays a critical role in bringing neighbors together. This workshop will outline key steps in: 1) selling the value of being involved in your association; 2) recruiting neighbors to be more active in the association; and 3) techniques and strategies to help create neighbor to neighbor connections.

Working with Elected Officials, City Staff, and NRTs on Neighborhood Issues
Accomplish some of your neighborhoods goals requires that you work effectively with elected officials, city staff, and Neighborhood Resource Teams. This workshop will help you do just that through a discussion of their role, how to tap into recourse, and strategies for getting your issues addressed. As a neighborhood leader, this workshop will provide you tips on how partner to get the job done. Alderperson Chris Schmidt and Denise Demarb, Council Leadership; Tariq Salahuddin, Neighborhood Resource Team Coordinator.

Participatory Budgeting
Maria Hadden, Participatory Budgeting Project, will discuss how cities around the world are using participatory budgeting to fund neighborhood priorities.  Through a citizen engagement process community members decide how to allocate a portion of a public budget. Citizens make direct decisions about how government money is spent in their community by identifying and prioritizing public spending projects. You will learn how Madison residents could launch a Participatory Budgeting process and turn neighborhood goals into reality.  Maria Hadden, Participatory Budgeting Project; Alderpersons Maurice Cheeks and Marsha Rummel.

Fundraising with a Purpose (3:30-4:30)
Raising funds for your neighborhood can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t have a goal in mind. Come learn how to take simple ideas and raise money for your organization. You’ll also learn how to organize for grant writing and sponsorship requests. We will touch upon the use of crowdfunding sites or other venues to promote your project. Boris Frank, Boris Frank Associates.

Fostering Racial Equity in Neighborhoods

Health and Equity in all Policies (Part 1)
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health in all Policies (HiaP) are tools to assure that health and equity considerations, including social and economic factors, are considered in policy and decision-making. An overview of HIA and HiaP strategies will be covered with examples of how they can be effectively used to engage community input, support community benefits and prevent unintended consequences. David Liners, Executive Director, WISDOM; Paula Tran Inzeo, Assistant Director, UW Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (formerly UW Center for Nonprofits); Laura Johnson, MPH Candidate, UW Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health.

Health and Equity in all Policies (Part 2)
Building on concepts from the previous workshop, this session will feature case studies where practitioners and community members can work together to ensure health and equity considerations are included in policy and planning decisions. David Liners, Executive Director, WISDOM; Paula Tran Inzeo, Assistant Director, UW Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (formerly UW Center for Nonprofits); Laura Johnson, MPH Candidate, UW Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health.

Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative
The City of  Madison has begun its work on the Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Initiative, to establish racial equity and social justice as core principles in all decisions, policies and functions of the City of Madison. This workshop will cover important equity principles. What is equity? How can it be used to make positive change in neighborhoods around the city? How can neighborhood leaders and community members influence the city process through the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative? Come to learn more about the RESJ Initiative and provide your input on we can work together for a fair and just City.

Equity Toolkit
A key part of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative includes utilizing tools, often called “equity impact assessments.” These tools are used to maximize community and neighborhood involvement, and minimize unanticipated adverse consequences of proposed or existing policies, practices, programs, plans and budgetary decisions.  This session will cover how to use equity impact assessments and provide real-time experience applying the tool to current issues in Madison’s neighborhoods.

Building Civic Infrastructure

Building Civic Infrastructure
“Top-down approaches are less stable than building community from the beginning” is the philosophy of our keynote speaker.  Mr. Edwards, Director, Justice and Sustainability Associates, Washington, DC. will talk about the informal leadership, small group organizing and coalition building, and how to create meaningful and lasting change. He is a strong believer that social media/technology can play an important role in going beyond mobilization. Don Edwards, Director, Justice and Sustainability Associates.

Neighbors Supporting Education Attainment and Readiness
How can our community and neighborhoods build the civic infrastructure necessary to support every child from cradle to career? A way in which a community comes together to hold itself collectively accountable for implementing their own unique cradle to career vision, and organizes itself to identify what gets results for children; improves and builds upon those efforts over time; and invests the community’s resources differently to increase impact. 

Civic Hacking: Using Data, Software, and People to make our Cities Better
Software developers, designers, and civic activists are working together in cities across the country as part of the "civic hacking" movement to make where we live better. Join us to learn how Civic Hacking has made riding the Madison Metro easier, or how an app developed for Boston can help keep Madison fire hydrants clear of snow in the winter, or how citizens can help monitor the quality of Madison’s lakes through a newly recent app. We'll also talk about how neighborhoods can make these apps even more useful. Share your ideas for apps and websites that are needed, and see examples of apps used in other cities that could be brought to Madison. Erik Paulson and Greg Tracy, Hacking Madison.

Building Stakeholder Partnerships
What happens when neighborhood leaders build partnerships with schools, public health nurses, city planners, community police officers, centers of worship, businesses, community groups and others? In the Arbor Hills and Leopold Neighborhoods, such a group came together several years ago and it has been growing ever since. Successes have included completion of a comprehensive neighborhood plan, and establishment of an Open Schoolhouse, community garden, essentials pantry, flag football league, and much more.  Learn the basics of building partnerships with stakeholders in your neighborhood to help you better achieve your goals.

Neighborhood for People

Rethinking Madison’s “Newer” Neighborhoods for Walking
How can neighborhoods designed for cars be changed to create walking opportunities for people of all ages?  How can walking connect with transit and biking?  This workshop will look at neighborhoods on the west and east sides. Panel members will include Matt Covert of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, 10th District Alder Maurice Cheeks, and 16th District Alder Denise DeMarb.

Successful Neighborhood Planning from the Ground Up
A conversation about successful neighborhood planning with neighborhood leaders who have done it.  Two successful stories will be discussed: First Settlement and Marquette Neighborhood. Panel members will include Bert Stitt from First Settlement neighborhood and David Mollenhoff from Marquette neighborhood.

Urban Re-investment:  How City Commissions Use Plans for Civic Development
How do plans adopted by the Common Council affect City decisions about development?  What do neighborhood associations have to do with the City process?  Panel members will include Dick Wagner, current chair of the Urban Design Commission and past chair of the Plan Commission.

Traffic Calming and Related Tools
How can neighborhoods work with the City to make streets safer and more enjoyable for people through traffic calming, accommodating bicycles and other transportation improvements?  Panel members will include Scott Langer, Assistant Traffic Engineer, and Christy Bachmann, Principal Engineer.

Growing Neighborhood Businesses and Food Systems

Resources for Your Business
Have you dreamed of opening a small business that would serve your neighbors and help create a stronger sense of community near your home? Eclectic and stable small businesses are the heart of our neighborhoods.  An evolving business plan + financing + hard work = a successful small business. Don’t worry there is support for you and your business! Madison is resource rich in business planning assistance, alternative financing and support for small businesses. Find out what resources are available for small businesses.

Explorando el Mundo Empresarial
Descubra si es para usted ser un empresario. Usted aprenderá a evaluar sus habilidades y podrá determinar si está preparado. Se proveerá información sobre financiación, plan de negocios y estudios de mercado.  English translation available upon request.

Neighborhood Support for Small Independent Businesses
We all want to support our small neighborhood business districts. The answer seems obvious: shop there! But is there more you can be doing to help nurture, support and grow businesses in your neighborhood? Hear from neighborhood business leaders, small business advocates, Dane Buy Local and organizers of successful marketing campaigns for small business districts to gather ideas to bring back to your neighborhood association

Thinking Beyond the Grocery Store. Growing Food Systems in Your Neighborhood.
Traditional grocery stores are one part of a larger food network that neighborhoods can benefit from. With the proposed Public Market, dozens of ethnic markets, farmers markets, CSA’s and mobile markets, Madison has a tremendous amount of food access. Learn how to assess what your neighborhood food assets are and how to leverage or add to them.

Noon-1:15pm: Keynote and Lunch Huddles

Don Edwards, Justice & Sustainability Associates, is the keynote speaker. His thought provoking message on civic infrastructure will leave us with much to think about how we engage, involve, and take actions in our neighborhoods.

Back by popular demand is a “mixer” at lunch. Choose a table with a topic of your interest or a local personality that you want to have a small group conversation with. At Registration, you will choose the table of your picking.

1:15-2:00pm: Idea Gathering Forum

A chance during the day to share thoughts and plan shared actions with your peers. Valuable input will be generated rapidly and will be used by all of us in our work over the next year.

4:30-5:30pm: Wrap-Up and Networking Reception

Informal Reception (at the Monona Terrace) - Gather with other neighborhood leaders for refreshments, relaxation and conversation about what you learned and how you will apply it in your neighborhood. Cash Bar.