Building Bridges to Family Economic Success

Follow up to May 4 and 5, 2009 Building Bridges Summit held at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On behalf of Governor Doyle, the Department of Children and Families continues to follow up on the "Call to Action" issued at the Building Bridges to Family Economic Success Summit designed to identify strategies that will move families toward greater economic security.

On June 4, 2009, the Wisconsin Core Team, the leadership team for the Building Bridges Summit, met to consider the initial recommendations from the summit. They agreed to a set of strategies. Planning groups are beginning the work of taking the core team recommendations and filling in key details for each of the strategies identified. There is still time to join a follow up planning group.

Group leaders include:

Adult Education Group

Birth to Twelve Education Group

Building Family Income and Supports

Family Support


Job Creation

  • David Riemer, Executive Director, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute,

The Building Bridges Conference was featured at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County conference in August, "Understanding and Overcoming Poverty" to have a report out from the overall summit as well as reports from specific groups at the event about their ongoing work.

  • Core team meeting in September to consider workgroup recommendations for sign off.
  • Announcement of recommendations at WISCAP "Poverty Matters" Conference scheduled for December 2 and 3, 2009 at the Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Set of recommendations/report issued in late fall.

The Department of Children and Families, protecting children, strengthening families, building communities.