We're hosting the next installment of our new virtual event series, Forum Friday, on Friday, July 17! In this webinar format, we discuss a timely research topic and invite notable guests and Forum members to join the conversation. While this 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.
For this installment, Forum researchers will discuss a report we published recently on police spending trends statewide as well as analyses of police spending in Milwaukee we conducted as part of our annual city budget briefs. Then, we'll invite our guest speakers to join the discussion. City of Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy, who chairs the city's Finance and Personnel Committee, will share his thoughts on the overall city budget outlook for 2021 and the factors that could influence spending levels in next year's Milwaukee Police Department budget. We'll ask Reggie Moore, director of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention, to speak to his office's activities and where additional investments ideally would be made (if resources were available) to address societal factors that contribute to crime and reduce economic opportunity.
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!
The Forum’s annual Salute to Local Government has been postponed to the fall, which means we’ll now be accepting nominations through August 31. Our re-opened nominations process includes our traditional awards plus two new categories that highlight the unprecedented pandemic-related challenges facing local governments and school districts across the state. Award categories recognize outstanding performance by local governments and school districts in the areas of effective problem-solving, innovative use of data or technology, intergovernmental cooperation, and private-public cooperation. In addition, our Norman N. Gill award and Jean B. Tyler Leader of the Future award recognize individual excellence.
We will soon announce a new date in the fall for the 2020 Salute. While it’s likely the event will be virtual, we believe it’s more important than ever that we hold it to recognize local governments, school districts, and individual public sector employees who are excelling in these challenging times.