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GLUE Conference 2009 Press Release

GLUE Conference 2009 Press Release

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GLUE Coalition of "Rust Belt" Activists, Artists, and Urbanists Descends on Milwaukee for Second Annual Conference


From March 12 through March 14, 2009, roughly 75 residents of at least a dozen cities from Buffalo to Minneapolis will convene in the Cream City to share stories, best practices, and highest aspirations about living in older industrial cities of the Upper Midwest as part of the Great Lakes Urban Exchange's second annual conference.


GLUE Coalition of "Rust Belt" Activists, Artists, and Urbanists Descends on Milwaukee for Second Annual Conference


From March 12 through March 14, 2009, roughly 75 residents of at least a dozen cities from Buffalo to Minneapolis will convene in the Cream City to share stories, best practices, and highest aspirations about living in older industrial cities of the Upper Midwest as part of the Great Lakes Urban Exchange's second annual conference.



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For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 25, 2009Contact: Sarah Szurpicki,sarah@gluespace.org, 202-271-3016
GLUE Coalition of "RustBelt" Activists, Artists, and Urbanists Descends onMilwaukee for Second Annual Conference
From March 12 through March 14, 2009, roughly 75 residents of at least a dozen citiesfrom Buffalo to Minneapolis will convene in the Cream City to share stories, bestpractices, and highest aspirations about living in older industrial cities of the Upper Midwest as part of the Great Lakes Urban Exchange's second annual conference.GLUE (www.gluespace.org) seeks to connect constructive, entrepreneurial, andsolutions-oriented youngleaders across the region, and the conference is an invaluableopportunity for some real-life connecting, learning, and planning.GLUE co-founders Sarah Szurpicki and Abby Wilson visited Milwaukee in April of '08 for a four-day whirlwind tour of the city's redeveloped brownfields, art spaces, waterfronts,and neighborhood treasures. And they fell in love. Thanks to the hard work of localdenizens Juli Kaufman(www.pragmaticconstruction.com/) and Megan Carr  (www.transitnow.org), alocal team is hard at work planning a series of experiences and site visits that will give conference attendees authentic and varied experiencesthroughout the city.Speakers and activities are still being added to the agenda, but some of the conferencehighlights will include:Thursday, 3/12:
A tour of MacArthur Genius Grant Awarded Will Allen's Growing Power, anationally renowned land trust that develops the Community Food Systems allour cities need (www.growingpower.org).
A locally-sourced dinner, catered by Kathy Papineau, and tour at Sprecher Brewery.
Remarks from Common Council President, Alderman Willie Hines, and CarolColetta, Host of Smart City, the Nationally syndicated radio program, and CEO of CEO's for Cities (www.ceosforcities.org).Friday,3/13:
A panel on the major policy challenges and innovations facing our mega-region,featuring Tom Wolfe, Executive Director of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, KateRube, Policy Director of Smart Growth America, and Dick Longworth, journalist,senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and author of Caught inthe Middle: America's Heartland in the Era of Globalism.
Education and brainstorming around transit infrastructure with the Transportationfor America Campaign (www.t4america.org).
Tours of some of Milwaukee's most exciting success stories.
A discussion with Dave Wetzel, President of the Land Labour Campaign, on localfunding strategies for public transit (www.labourland.org).Saturday, 3/14:

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