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Informational Hearing: Community Development Committee to hold hearing next week...

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Community Development Committee to Hold Informational Hearing

Rep. Allen plans to fill the North Hearing Room, pictured below, during an Informational hearing on Wednesday, October 23 regarding Wisconsin's workforce housing dilemma...


Rep. Allen, as chair of the Assembly Committee on Community Development, has invited several presenters to partake in an Informational Hearing on Wisconsin's workforce housing dilemma. 

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 23 from 10 am - Noon, and will feature expert testimonies on real estate, property taxes, and other factors that are affecting Wisconsin's current shortage of middle class housing. 

Featured Presenters 

Mark Eppli, Director of the Grasskamp Center for Real Estate, UW Madison. Dr. Eppli is widely published in commercial real estate and is on the board of several organizations including the Real Estate Research Institute. His presentation is titled: “The Impact of Real Estate on Wisconsin’s Economy”. 

Wyman Winston, former Director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). Under Mr. Winston’s leadership, WHEDA invested over $2.8 billion in Wisconsin for affordable housing, helped create employment opportunities and provide investment into Wisconsin’s communities.  His presentation is centered around: “Suggestions to Solve Wisconsin’s Housing Crisis, and Factors that Influence Housing Affordability”.

Katherine Loughead, from Washington DC. Katherine serves as a policy analyst of the Tax Foundation. Prior to joining the Tax Foundation, she worked in Congress focusing on policy formulation during the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Ms. Loughead will discuss various features of Wisconsin’s property tax system that are helping and hurting economic competitiveness in the Badger State. 

The committee will also be hearing commentary from Drew Pennington, who will be giving an Urban Planning perspective to this issue. 

Drew Pennington, AICP, is the Planning & Building Services Director for the City of Beloit, WI and serves as the Vice President – Chapter Affairs for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association.  Drew has worked and lived in Beloit for more than 11 years and has served as Planning Director since 2012.  Drew is holds a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from UW-Madison and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UW-Madison.

 Waukesha Civic Theatre

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Rep. Allen visits with Rhonda Schmidt, the Managing Artistic Director of the Waukesha Civic Theatre on a recent District Day.  Placemaking is an important theme of community development and the Theatre adds to a vibrant downtown culture!

 Wisconsin Blue Books


Hard copies of the most comprehensive source for information about the state arrived this week! 

We added this feature permanently in the "Other Helpful Links" near the top of the e-update. You can also get it online by clicking on the image above. 

Constituents of the 97th Assembly District who would like a hard copy can contact my office, fill out the name, address, and leave a message that says "send me a Blue Book," and we will get a copy to you shortly. 

Wall Maps

Laminated highway wall maps are now available!

The maps are approximately 36” x 24.”

If you would like a wall map, please contact my office by calling (608) 266-8580 or by emailing