GMC downtown task force eyes consensus, inclusion for long-range plan

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Published November 9, 2015
From the Milwaukee Business Journal

Greg Wesley, one of the leaders on Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Downtown Task Force, observed that Milwaukeeans sometimes lead by crisis.

Business leaders and public officials will mount advocacy campaigns behind the streetcar or the arena, and weather the debate that comes with controversial projects.

“What we really want to do as a task force is not have to get on the phone and rally people behind one particular project, but to know there are several things we want to accomplish down the road in a broad way,” said Wesley, equity partner in Milwaukee law firm Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP.

Wesley’s statement, which came during a Monday GMC event, defines one goal of an “action agenda” the Downtown Task Force is in the early stages of drafting. What that agenda will recommend has not been determined. But in short, it would be a long-range plan for the downtown with priorities and activities. It can look at public transit and other infrastructure, trends and opportunities in the real estate market, potential public-private partnerships and changes in government regulations.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee members gathered Monday to hear from Toni Griffin, founder of Urban Planning for the American City and a consultant helping to draft the report.

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