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Strategic Initiatives For Janesville - Class of 2004-05 LDA Collaborative Presentations

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Five projects that focused on Janesville, Wisconsin's ethnic diversity, economic diversity, parks/river/downtown, and neighborhoods and collaborative partnerships.

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Strategic Initiatives For Janesville - Class of 2004-05 LDA Collaborative Presentations

  1. 1. Leadership DevelopmentLeadership Development AcademyAcademy Class of 2004-2005
  2. 2. The ExperienceThe Experience In the beginning… What we expected… We gained… We worked… We thank you… What we will take away…
  3. 3. Core Values and ConceptsCore Values and Concepts Diversity
  4. 4. Core Values and ConceptsCore Values and Concepts Education
  5. 5. Core Values and ConceptsCore Values and Concepts Family
  6. 6. Core Values and ConceptsCore Values and Concepts Progressive
  7. 7. Core Values and ConceptsCore Values and Concepts Community
  8. 8. Core Values and ConceptsCore Values and Concepts Opportunity
  9. 9. Core Values and ConceptsCore Values and Concepts Diversity Education Family Progressive Thinking Community Opportunity
  10. 10. Strategic InitiativesStrategic Initiatives for Janesvillefor Janesville Ethnic Diversity Economic Diversity Parks, River, Downtown Neighborhoods & Collaborative Partnerships
  11. 11. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity Team Members: – Bridget Aldridge, Alliant Energy – Jim McMullen, KANDU Industries, Inc. – Christine Moore, Janesville Design & Development Center – Todd Schomburg, General Motors – Cullen Slapak, City of Janesville Leisure Services
  12. 12. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Current Status:  Little cultural diversity in Janesville and little community awareness of own cultural history  Need for more education about and appreciation of diversity issues
  13. 13. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Future Status – Multi-Cultural Center – To promote cultural acceptance in the community through education, programming and presence.
  14. 14. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Future Status – Multi-Cultural Center Center to include:  Permanent exhibit on Janesville’s ethnic/religious history with changing displays on a variety of multi- cultural issues  Community large-group gathering space  Small group gathering spaces for various multi-cultural organizations, such as Diversity Action Teams  Shared office space for cultural organizations  Home for International Charter School
  15. 15. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Actions: – Organize steering committee to explore feasibility of project and organize fund-raising effort. – Kick-off fund-raising event featuring state cultural leaders including Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton.
  16. 16. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Current Status:  Job market not particularly appealing to minorities  Very difficult to make cultural awareness a salient issue for current employers/employees due to tradition and time constraints
  17. 17. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Future Status: Business community champions cultural awareness
  18. 18. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity Actions: – Forward Janesville includes diversity award in its business awards program. – Forward Janesville sponsors diversity training programs. – Diversity Action Team study circle program is incorporated into the LDA curriculum.
  19. 19. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Current Status:  Newcomers, non-English speakers, and others may be intimidated by government.
  20. 20. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Future Status: City champions cultural awareness
  21. 21. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Actions:  City launches three-year effort (2006-2008) to promote cultural awareness throughout all departments.  Grassroots design by staff: “How can my department better serve citizens of differing cultural backgrounds?”  Possible components:  Incentives to staff who learn Spanish as second language/participate in a DAT study circle/take other cultural awareness training.  Web site, newsletter, key city literature available in Spanish.
  22. 22. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity Current Status: High School Human Relations Clubs creating model for awareness training. Difficulty recruiting minorities to teach in Janesville. Superintendent viewed as community leader on diversity.
  23. 23. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Future Status – Public Schools Champion Cultural Awareness
  24. 24. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Actions –  Schools launch three-year effort (2006-2008) to promote cultural awareness throughout all departments.  Continue support for human relations clubs at Parker, Craig, and Franklin.  Development of human relations clubs at Marshall and Edison.  Support minority recruiting specialist and continue push to recruit more minority teachers.  Continue presence of multi-cultural issues in the K-12 curriculum.
  25. 25. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Current Status:  No particular welcome mat from faith-based communities for minorities.
  26. 26. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Future Status – Churches champion cultural awareness
  27. 27. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Actions: – Janesville’s faith-based communities launch three- year effort (2006-2008) to promote cultural awareness/outreach within their congregations. – Possible component: sister church relationships between minority and non-minority churches.
  28. 28. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Current Status:  Few white attendees at cultural celebrations.
  29. 29. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Future Status – – Ethnic festivals become community events for all colors/ethnicities
  30. 30. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Actions – – Cultural affairs board organized to plan inclusive ethnic festivals. – Partner with other community organizations such as Jr. Women, Rotary, Exchange Club, etc. – Collaborate with advocates for a festival park to create home for ethnic festivities. – Other partnerships could include JPAC, Library and DT Riverfront Park site so that event includes entertainment, education, food and fun.
  31. 31. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Current Status – – Motivated leaders in Diversity Action Teams but efforts are not well known.
  32. 32. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Future Status – – Diversity Action Teams viewed as important community cultural resource.
  33. 33. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Actions –  Marketing intern from Blackhawk Technical College assigned to Diversity Action Team.  Promote efforts and create linkages to community businesses / organizations.
  34. 34. Ethnic DiversityEthnic Diversity  Current Status –  Diversity improvement efforts are not being tracked by the community at large.  Future Status –  Diversity improvement efforts and goals are understood by the community at large.  Action –  Committee comprised of leaders from city, business, schools, faith organizations and minority groups organizes to assess diversity efforts and provide leadership.
  35. 35. Ethnic Diversity - Q & AEthnic Diversity - Q & A
  36. 36. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Team Members: – Tom Athmann, GM/UAW – Brian Donohue, Janesville Police Department – Jeanns Lee-Daskam, Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Wisconsin – Peter Messina, Angus-Young AEI – Gale Price, City of Janesville, Community Development – Teresa Smithrud, Mercy Health System
  37. 37. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Current Status Reliance on a few major employers Strong sector of low-tech, manufacturing industries Diversification of industrial base needed “Brain drain” Low incentive to obtain higher education
  38. 38. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Current Status Limited support for small business development Limited capitalization on tourism Perception of “red tape” for project approval Low cost of living/housing is not promoted Limited downtown redevelopment
  39. 39. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity  Future Status  Regional employment city  Attraction for diverse business opportunities  Diversity in skills for employment base  Community retains young professionals  Strong development of small businesses
  40. 40. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity  Future Status  Regional production hub for other industries  Tourist destination  “Win-win” development review  Continued strong residential growth  Downtown development is a catalyst
  41. 41. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Several areas of focus to achieve the future state – Look at varied approach to diversification – Capitalize on existing resources – Development of underutilized resources – Focus on some new key areas
  42. 42. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Promote the diversification of the local economy – Actions needed:  Create competitive incentives for businesses  Political influences regarding incentives  Target/recruit/seek diversification in business opportunities
  43. 43. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Grow our own employee development – Actions needed:  Continue development of post-secondary educational programs (UW-Rock Co. & BTC)
  44. 44. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Grow our own employee development – Actions needed:  Development of four-year degree programs at UW- Rock County  Evaluate the possibility of a satellite agricultural college
  45. 45. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Grow our own employee development – Actions needed:  Evaluate the possibility of creating incentives for professional retention (e.g. internships, scholarships, etc.)  Create a formal database  Incentives for retention/returning
  46. 46. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Business Incubator Development – Actions needed:  Evaluate the potential for business incubator
  47. 47. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Business Incubator Development – Actions needed:  Develop partnership for evaluation and development  Identification of funding  Identification of site/existing structure
  48. 48. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Promotion of manufacturing related to region – Actions needed:  Encourage supply chain partnerships  Promotion of community to supply nearby facilities
  49. 49. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Promotion of manufacturing related to region – Actions needed:  Encourage Lemans Corporation to have suppliers locate here  Ethanol based fuel development hub
  50. 50. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Capitalization on Tourist Activities – Actions needed:  Partnership between Kutter HD, hotels, Forward Janesville for marketing
  51. 51. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Capitalization on Tourist Activities – Actions needed:  Provide “safe” cycle parking  Provide transportation for nighttime activities
  52. 52. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Capitalization on Tourist Activities – Actions needed:  Tours of motorcycle related facilities
  53. 53. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Capitalization on Tourist Activities – Actions needed:  Promotion of specific motorcycle tours  Marketing through motorcycle magazines.
  54. 54. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Streamlining of development review – Actions needed:  Continued evaluation of development review process  Work with development community to identify problems/develop solutions  Identify areas where outside agency review can be completed in-house
  55. 55. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Market community’s low cost housing/cost of living – Actions needed:  Market residential developments to Madison/Rockford  Promote fiscally responsible growth
  56. 56. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Market community’s low cost housing/cost of living – Actions needed:  Allow creativity within development market  Maintain development densities  Continue review of local regulations
  57. 57. Economic DiversityEconomic Diversity Redevelopment of downtown – Actions needed:  Downtown Plan Development  Incentive program - equalize costs  Downtown Development Alliance  Utilize riverfront as an amenity  Capitalize on JPAC/Arts as a catalyst
  58. 58. Economic Diversity - Q & AEconomic Diversity - Q & A
  59. 59. IntermissionIntermission
  60. 60. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Team Members: – Dennis Beggs, Alliant Energy – Shelton Evans, Boys & Girls Club – Amy Golackson, Forward Janesville – Tim Kitzman, City of Janesville – Kurt Rebarchek, Hufcor, Inc. – Katie Runkel, School District of Janesville – Laurie Welch, Aurora Health Care
  61. 61. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Current Status: – The Janesville City of Parks has 62 developed parks. This represents 30-35 acres per 1000 people whereby 11 acres/1000 people is the national average. – Minimal dollars for park maintenance & almost no money for growth (2005 budget has a 0.85% increase)
  62. 62. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown  Future Status: – Develop the parks, bike trails, ice arena, create a skate park, create a water park. Make them self-sustaining. – Create a city committee to oversee future concepts – Create a vision Photographs courtesy Village of Pleasant Prairie, 2005
  63. 63. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown  Actions: – Raise money by selling parks, campaign for investors/sponsors collaboration, research other communities for best in class, fundraisers, benefactor, land swap, hire volunteer coordinator – Research regulatory measures – Community meetings for public education in parks direction – Create business plan or cost/benefit analysis of “potential revenue”
  64. 64. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Future Status: – Hire a program coordinator/fundraiser coordinator to facilitate projects such as “Adopt a Park,” grant efforts, and other concepts
  65. 65. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown  Actions: – Ask the DOT and Friends of the Library how they organize their adoption programs – Partnership between Blackhawk Technical College, Rotary Gardens, the high schools – Partnership could extend to K& W Greenery, Oak Village, LaPrairie Plant Farm, etc. – Plaques put in place to promote the program, identify the parties responsible for the landscaping, and at the same time, benefit the community
  66. 66. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Future Status: – Unused parks are eliminated – Equal elimination by quadrants of city
  67. 67. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Actions: – Survey park usage – Neighborhood meetings – Develop a plan for the parks that will be eliminated
  68. 68. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown ParksParks – Current Status: There is not enough draw to all of the parks or a knowledge of park locations.
  69. 69. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Future Status: – Create an identity for each park
  70. 70. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Actions: – Focus on a main theme for each park. Promote that theme. – Create a “park directional pamphlet” that can be stocked at key point areas in Janesville (i.e. restaurants, hotels, I-90 waysides).
  71. 71. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Future Status: – Create a “Garden Park” where people can grow their own fruits and vegetables Actions: – Cost/benefit analysis – City survey for possible usage – Determination for site location
  72. 72. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Current Status: – Our river frontage is uninviting
  73. 73. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown  Future Status: – Clean river frontage by allowing more river bank improvements – Make the river frontage a destination – Continue Rock River Bank Restoration project which is a collaborative effort through the UW-Rock County, Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville City Parks, and DNR
  74. 74. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown  Actions: – Research environmental issues with DNR; talk with the Rock Aqua Jays; create an “Adopt a Riverfront” – Talk with the City of Beloit about their river bank improvement project – A task force is created to study the river and find key areas for improvement – Use the resource of community service workers – Start a campaign to raise money for the City of Janesville river improvements
  75. 75. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown Current Status: – The river is not being utilized to it’s full potential as a positive community “draw.”
  76. 76. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown  Future Status: – The River Walk is expanded as a fitness/walking trail incorporating benches, flowers, lighting, public art, and other aesthetics.
  77. 77. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown  Actions: – Collaborate with Rotary Gardens to expand their vision around Janesville to key areas (flowers, plants, etc.) – Build partnerships between K & W Greenery, Prairie Plant Farm, Oak Village, etc. to maintain certain areas. Then allow the businesses/groups recognition within the landscaping – Ask local businesses like Home Depot, Menards, State Electric, etc. about donations for lighting fixtures – Talk with local electricians about the need for some volunteer effort to install lighting
  78. 78. Parks, River, and DowntownParks, River, and Downtown  The Downtown Design & Development Center, Downtown Development Alliance, and Downtown Janesville, Inc. have been making great progress.  Ideas and concepts: – Convention center, hotels, and entertainment – Close Main Street to motorized vehicles – Parking structures – Create a family environment – Farmer’s Market – The “hub”
  79. 79. Parks, River, and Downtown -Parks, River, and Downtown - Q & AQ & A
  80. 80. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Team Members: – Shelley Hansel, City of Janesville Leisure Services – James Joiner, JR Jetkey, LLC – Amy Loasching, GM/UAW – Chris Mulae, Cedar Crest, Inc. – Mike Rundle, Janesville Fire Department – Jon Wangerin, M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank
  81. 81. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Neighborhoods – Current Status  Neighborhood leadership teams are currently being formed  City Administration has defined some neighborhoods by demographics, political geographic, or historic boundaries. Fourth Ward/Monterey, Look West, Courthouse Hill  Neighborhood Watch groups (JPD)
  82. 82. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Neighborhoods – Future Status  Formation of multiple neighborhood associations  Not necessarily divided by boundaries, such as wards or specific population numbers  Annual meeting/banquet with awards  City provides single source for information and support
  83. 83. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Neighborhoods
  84. 84. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Neighborhoods
  85. 85. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Neighborhoods
  86. 86. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Neighborhoods – Future Status Continued  Website developed  Grant Program- Allow associations to apply for grants to enhance physical environment or develop programming  Neighborhood Center- Programs that involve youth and adults
  87. 87. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Neighborhood Associations  HOW??  Formed by citizens with support from city government  Designed geographically around a hard asset, such as a school or park  Each association defines its own boundaries
  88. 88. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Neighborhood Associations  WHY?? Improvements Welcome new neighbors Social events Reduce crime Increase safety Direct link for citizens to reach local government
  89. 89. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Neighborhood Associations  Actions  Gather information from other communities  Identify potential organizers/leaders or current neighborhood associations  Network with current neighborhood watch groups  Apply for Community Development Block Grants  Seek an intern to assist city staff  Work with Community Action to develop neighborhood leadership teams
  90. 90. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Collaborative Partnerships – Current Status  Numerous organizations exist in Janesville and Rock County that can offer assistance.
  91. 91. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Collaborative Partnerships – Future Status  Organize a directory of organizations, businesses, and individuals, listing skills and other assets  Directory could help the formation of partnerships  Information could be available as links on high profile websites: City of Janesville, Rock County, United Way, Forward Janesville
  92. 92. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative PartnershipsPartnerships Collaborative Partnerships  Actions Working group to create directory Formation of a committee made up of a cross-section of directory’s members
  93. 93. Neighborhoods/CollaborativeNeighborhoods/Collaborative Partnerships - Q & APartnerships - Q & A
  94. 94. SummarySummary Vision Alliance – neighborhoods, partnership, leadership, government L oyalty – to the community and businesses Unity – embrace diversity E ducation = S uccess
  95. 95. In conclusion…In conclusion… While we consider ourselves future leaders, we do not believe we can do it alone. It is our hope and desire that others in the community will embrace our values and vision for the future of Janesville.
  96. 96. MissionMission AccomplishedAccomplished ??
  97. 97. Or,Or, Mission has just begun…

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