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2016 Mayor's Neighborhood Conference

September 19, 2016 7:32 AM

Please circulate widely.  This conference will appeal to neighborhood leaders and residents, business representatives, nonprofits and community-based organizations, government officials, policymakers and staff, and others who care about our community. 



Don't Miss Out! Register Today

2016 Mayor's Neighborhood Conference: People-Places-Possibilities, Saturday, October 8, 2016,

Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, One John Nolen Drive

Mayor's Blog


Register directly online (Spanish) or by mail.  Your $15 registration fee includes - Early Bird Bike and Ride Tours, Inspiring Keynote Speaker, 12 Workshops & 20 Peer-to-Peer Conversations, and informal reception.  The 2016 Mayor's Neighborhood Conference is a wonderful opportunity for neighbors to learn, share and network.  Register by noon, Tuesday, September 27, for a guaranteed lunch.


Keynote Speaker: Mitchell Silver

NYC Parks Commissioner


Early Bird Bike and Ride tours. Sign-up today!  Limited Space. Tours start at 7:45am and will return at 8:45am.

RIDE THE ART TOUR! (Biking Tour) Led by Karin Wolf, City Arts Administrator
STATE STREET RETAIL TOUR! (Walking Tour) Led by Bill Fruhling, Planning Division
DOWNTOWN HISTORIC PRESERVATION TOUR! (Walking Tour) Led by Amy Scanlon, Historic Planner
NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVEMENT IN DEVELOPMENT REVIEW TOUR! (Van) Led by Heather Stouder, Planning Division Director and Jessica Vaughn, Planner, and Alderpersons Rummel and Zellers


You will return in time for the kick off of the conference. Speedy registration check-in and reserved tables will allow ample time to get seated before the event starts.


Conference at a Glance

Check-in counter opens at 8:00 a.m. You will receive a conference packet upon arrival:  updated details on the conference and other valuable information will be tucked inside.  Come early to sip a cup of coffee, tea, or juice and have pastry while you chat with other community leaders.  The program will start promptly at 9:00 am.


8-9am | Registration, Networking, Walk/Bike, Organizational Displays

9-9:30am | Mayor's Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45 -12| Workshops and Neighborhood Conversations

12-1:30pm | Keynote, Lunch, Mayor's Design Awards, Placemaking Grants, and Neighborhood Association Recognition

1:30-2:45pm | Workshops – Demographics, Economic, and Mass Transit

3:00-4:00pm | Workshops – Housing, Business, Pedestrian/Bicycle System

4:00-5:00pm | Networking Reception (Cash Bar)


The morning sessions will offer peer-to-peer conversation on what has worked and lessons learned on a variety of neighborhood projects. There will be workshops on how to work effectively with district alders and city staff, neighborhood planning, how to engage residents of diverse income and communities, and a tool to evaluate social justice and equity on the neighborhood level.  In the afternoon, Madison's population change, economy, housing and transportation workshops will describe current conditions, what is expected to change in the future, followed by discussion of the challenges and opportunities and how to best shape the future of our City. 


$2000 Placemaking Grants

BIG SURPRISE! In an effort to activate and foster greater interaction within our neighborhoods, we will award three eligible neighborhood areas a $2000 grant. A city staff team will work with neighborhood residents to identify, design, and plan a project in a city park.  You (and hopefully many of your neighbors) will sign-up your neighborhood upon arrival.


40+ Exhibits.  Loads of useful information important to your neighborhoods will be on hand.  Brag about your neighborhood!  We have exhibit tables reserved to display neighborhood related activities, projects, and publications.  Bring copies to share with others. 


Thanks to MGE and the City of Madison for sponsoring the Mayor's Neighborhood Conference. Questions:  Jule Stroick,, Linda Horvath,, or Angela Puerta, .  Planning Division - 608-266-4635.


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