July 23, 2020 – Webinar : 10 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

IEDC & WI-APA credits

This course will delve into policies, strategies, and methods that communities can employ to create a framework that allows for the development of a variety of workforce housing options. The identification of workforce housing needs and gaps and examples of the approaches being undertaken to address these needs at the local and county level will be explored. Topics will include streamlining the permitting and development approval process and updating local zoning ordinances. Utilizing tax incremental financing for housing will be featured including successful local community examples. A private sector lender perspective will conclude the program.

Members: $95            Non-Members: $145

Through this course, attendees will learn:

  • Methods and examples of examining local housing needs/gaps and the cost of housing
  • Best Practices in permitting and the development approval process
  • Innovations in zoning practices and land use requirements
  • Municipal tools to encourage the development of workforce housing

WEDA Academy: Webinar Overview

Our Instructors:

Chad Pelishek, Director of Planning & Development
City of Sheboygan

Chad Pelishek has been with the City of Sheboygan since 2007. Mr. Pelishek became the Director of Planning and Development in 2010 and has held this position since that time. Under Mr. Pelishek’s direction, the City has seen approximately 1,000 new housing units that include luxury, market rate, affordable and condominium, developed mostly in the City’s downtown district. Mr. Pelishek and the city team has been instrumental in downtown revitalization through placemaking including art installations and murals through a partnership with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Recently, the City has been working on development of an innovation and entrepreneurs center in the Indiana Avenue district. Mr. Pelishek is the chairperson of the Sheboygan Area Room Tax Commission and Visit Sheboygan, the city’s tourism arm.


Olivia Parry, Senior Planner   Dane County Planning and Development

Olivia Parry is a senior planner in the Dane County Planning and Development Department. For the last 15 years she has provided planning and technical assistance to organizations, communities, and residents in housing and economic development. She started the Dane County Housing Initiative (DCHI) program in 2014 with area stakeholders, holding the first regional housing summit in 2015. Prior to this, she worked in public policy in Washington, DC. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UW Madison. The Dane County Housing Initiative (DCHI), is a public-private partnership with local governments, developers, non-profit housing agencies, residents, elected officials, financial institutions, and interested stakeholders.


Michael Slavney, FAICP
Principal, Vandewalle & Associates Inc.

Growth Management expert Mike Slavney has been helping communities envision and attain higher aspirations since 1979. During his career he has participated in more than 200 municipal plans and ordinances, attended more than 5,000 public meetings and hearings, and has reviewed over 10,000 site plans. Mike strongly-believes that Democracy is thriving at the local level. He is a Principal with Vandewalle & Associates of Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he has directed the firm’s municipal services practice for 30 years. Mike has worked in 34 states – and currently serves as the on-call planner for 25 cities, villages, and towns – focusing on land use, housing, conservation, recreation, transportation, and community character issues.
Mike has been honored by APA-Wisconsin for Outstanding Career Contributions to Planning Practice, and eight of his projects have been recognized as “Projects of the Year” by State Chapters of the APA in Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Mike was inducted as a Fellow of the College of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) in 2004.


Allen Davis, AICP
Community Development Director, City of Oshkosh

In his role as Community Development Director for the City of Oshkosh, Allen’s responsibilities include Economic Development, Planning and Zoning, Building Inspection, Code Enforcement, Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, Property Assessment, & Redevelopment Authority. His Background and interests include economic development finance, TIF districts, grant writing and administration, long range planning, site plan review, environmental impact assessments, and neighborhood revitalization.
Allen holds economics and planning degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked throughout Wisconsin as a consulting planner/economic developer and has been employed by Dane County Regional Planning Commission, and the communities of Janesville, Grand Chute and Oshkosh.


Frank Roman, Economic Development Advisor
Ehlers, Inc.

Frank is an Economic Development Advisor in Ehlers’ Wisconsin office. He brings over 30 years of experience in banking and commercial real estate creating new growth initiatives via transformative real estate developments. Frank’s extensive experience gives him unique insights into the debt, equity, accounting, development, and risk management considerations involved in economic development and redevelopment. His clients rely on him to ‘demystify’ the development process, unite constituents, and bring community projects to life.
Frank’s areas of expertise include developer pro forma analysis and performance evaluation, development agreement negotiation, tax increment district creation and amendment and developer review and recruitment. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wabash College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago.


Joyce Frey, Economic Development Specialist, City of Fitchburg

Joyce Frey is a graduate of Madison Area Technical College with an Associate Degree in Real Estate. She started with the City of Fitchburg in 1997 in the Assessor’s Office and 2008 moved to the Economic Development Department as an Economic Development Specialist, a position she holds today. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. She has her Real Estate Broker’s License.


Matt Fisher, Vice President, Affordable Housing – Debt Originations, U.S. Bank

Matt Fisher is a Vice President at U.S. Bank, where he currently serves as a Relationship Manager for the Affordable Housing Lending group. Matt originates loans on affordable housing projects across a 12-state region, primarily serving the Upper Midwest.
Matt joined U.S. Bank in 2010, working in the Renewable Energy Tax Equity group prior to joining the Affordable Housing group in 2015. Matt has experience in low-income housing, federal and state historic and new markets tax credits, and renewable energy tax credits. He also has experience in several economic development finance programs such as TIF, CDBG, HOME and tax-exempt bonds.
Matt has a B.S. in Business Administration from Saint Louis University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. He currently serves on the loan committee for the Contractor Loan fund. Matt lives in Saint Louis with his wife Lauren and their young daughter and son.