Forum Friday: Is Southeast Wisconsin Ready to Confront its Affordable Housing Challenges?

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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Forum Friday: Is Southeast Wisconsin Ready to Confront its Affordable Housing Challenges?

September 25 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Forum research has found that long before COVID-19 began to wreak havoc on the health and livelihoods of southeast Wisconsin residents, many households struggled to cover their housing costs. The problem is particularly acute in Milwaukee and Racine, where average household incomes lag the rest of the region.

Join us on September 25 for the next installment of our virtual event series, Forum Friday, where we’ll explore the depth of the problem and potential solutions. Senior Researcher Joe Peterangelo will discuss our recent report on the city of Milwaukee’s affordable housing efforts. Then, we’ll invite Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Ideas Lab reporter James Causey to discuss his recent reporting on metro Milwaukee’s troubled history with this issue; and Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave to explain his county’s efforts to address this challenge, including its efforts to expand housing options to accommodate new economic growth. 

James Causey
Jonathan Delagrave

We want to hear from you, too! We’ll conclude with a Q&A session for registered participants. Registration is free, but required for this event. We look forward to your participation!

What is Forum Friday? In this webinar format, we discuss a timely research topic and invite notable guests and Forum members to join the conversation. While this new virtual event series doesn’t replace our in-person events, we hope this can be a new way to keep you informed and connected on our state’s most pressing public policy issues.



2020 Salute to Local Government

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Join the Wisconsin Policy Forum for our annual Salute to Local Government awards! We’ll recognize Wisconsin local governments and school districts for innovation, partnership and cooperation, as well as individuals in government and school districts for excellence and lifetime achievement. In addition, this year’s awards slate includes two new categories that highlight the unprecedented pandemic-related challenges facing local governments and school districts across the state.

The Salute will be held in a virtual format on November 18. While the pandemic required that we reimagine this event, it’s more important than ever to recognize local governments, school districts, and individual public sector employees who are excelling in these challenging times. Winners will be announced in the coming weeks, and stay tuned for an announcement about our keynote speaker.

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