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Wisconsin Center District Board dissolved, Gimbel ejected

A provision in the new Milwaukee Bucks arena deal signed last week by Gov. Scott Walker has dissolved a Milwaukee convention center board, created a new entertainment district and installed a new chairman for the board of that district.

Milwaukee attorney Frank Gimbel, who has been the Wisconsin Center District chairman for 20 years, will no longer hold that post. The deal installs Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel as the chairman of the new entertainment district until the new arena is built.

“I’m out,” Gimbel said. “I’ve been legislated out of office.”

But the bill signed by Walker on Aug. 12 does not prevent Gimbel from being appointed to the new district board.

“I’m sure I’ll find an opportunity for something that will give me some challenges,” Gimbel said. “If I am called upon to step up again for expanding the convention center … I’d be glad to do that.”

The new entertainment district board, according to the deal, will have 17 members. The process for selecting those members is outlined in the bill. Members for the entertainment district include Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester; Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau; Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha; and Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse.


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Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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