From the President's Desk




As I write this article in the middle of February, we are getting snow storm after snow storm on top of the so called “polar vortex” we just experienced.  It seems to me that we’re simply having the kind of winter which was considered normal in years past.  That said, spring is just around the corner so it’s time to start planning your attendance to the GLTPA Spring Celebration at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay, WI.   This year’s conference will be held on Friday, April 12th.   We have scheduled the Conference for Friday instead of our traditional Monday to make it easier on your work schedules as well as possibly taking advantage of a spring family getaway in Green Bay.  The conference registration will be from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and we should conclude around 3:30 pm.  We have several speakers lined up this year including our Keynote speaker Jason Kotecki.  We will also have many inside and outside vendors for you to visit during the day.  Vendor support through sponsorships, inside booth displays, outside static machine displays and show pricing specials is what makes the GLTPA Spring Celebration one of the finest events of the year.  The spring celebration fulfills Wisconsin and Michigan SFI/SFE annual continuing education requirements and counts for 3 hours of CFE credit.  We will also be awarding our 2019 Michigan and Wisconsin merit awards during the morning program.  If you would like to nominate someone from either state, please contact the GLTPA office to place your nomination by mid-March 2019.

The GLTPA board of directors will be holding their spring Board of Directors meeting on Thursday April 11th, at the Radisson. Anyone wishing to attend the BOD meeting is welcome.

If you are planning on spending a night or two in Green Bay after the Spring Celebration, many changes have occurred in the last 24 months around Lambeau Field and the Stadium district.  The “Titletown Entertainment District”, a 45-acre $130 Million dollar and counting investment, is now open next to Lambeau Field.  It features Hinterland Brewery Company, The Lodge Kohler Hotel Complex, Central mall with playground, 46 bistro, public football field with artificial turf, Ariens Hill and many other attractions.  Lambeau Field will be open with the Packer Hall of Fame, Pro Shop, Stadium tours, and in-stadium restaurants.  

The Downtown District is undergoing many revitalization projects.  Some of the attractions are Titletown Brewing Company, Meyer Theater and the City Deck Boardwalk along the Fox River.  The Broadway District, Olde Main Street District, Packers Heritage Trail tour and the new $50 million renovation of the 1920’s era Hotel Northland are other sites worth visiting.  The Green Bay Blizzard Arena League Football team also has a game on Saturday, April 13th at the Resch Center so there is plenty to do in the area if you choose to spend an extra day or two.  We look forward to seeing you at the GLTPA Spring Celebration.

Until Next Month,


Bruce “Sparky” Enstrom


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