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UW-Milwaukee: Future of transit focus of annual ‘State of Milwaukee’ Summit Nov. 11

MILWAUKEE – What are the challenges, benefits and costs of pursuing or not pursuing public transportation reform in Milwaukee? What does the state of transit here say about our region and our ability to compete with other cities?

These are some of the issues that will be discussed when the fifth annual Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit takes on “The Future of Transit” on Thursday, Nov. 11. Presented by the Urban Studies Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), the summit will be held at the Hefter Conference Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, from 3:30–6 p.m.

The summit panel includes:

* Rob Henken, president of the Public Policy Forum

* Kerry Thomas, executive director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Coalition for Transit NOW

* Jacky Grimshaw, vice president for Policy of the Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology

* Joel Rast, UWM associate professor of political science and urban studies and director of the Center for Economic Development.

While metro Milwaukee is struggling with how to develop regional transit solutions and adequately maintain the existing transit system, funding and expansion proposals have surfaced that make the issue an immediate one for policymakers.

The panel also will talk about transportation and access to employment, transit’s role in green city initiatives, public transportation and regionalism, and other topics.

The Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit is a forum that brings together experts from government, nonprofits and academia to discuss pressing issues that Milwaukee and the region face in the 21st century.

The summit is sponsored by the Urban Studies Programs, the Center on Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR), the Center for Economic Development (CED) and the UWM College of Letters and Science.


(CONTACT: Urban Studies Programs, mrhoehne@uwm.edu, 414-229-4751 or 229-4629.)

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