Timothy Kabat was born on August 30th, 1966 at St. Francis Hospital in La Crosse to parents Bill and Loretta Kabat. He spent his first few years growing up on 31st Street on the south side before moving to Holmen, Wisconsin. Tim graduated from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse in 1988 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Tim was accepted and attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in 1992 with an emphasis in economic development.
Tim's first job upon graduation was with the city of South Bend, Indiana in the Neighborhood Services Department. At South Bend he staffed neighborhood groups and worked on the St. Joseph County housing affordability report. Later in 1994, Tim moved to West Palm Beach, Florida where he worked as an Associate Planner for the city of West Palm Beach. His work at the city included review and analysis of new development proposals in the fast growing region of southeast Florida. In 1995 Tim accepted a position as the Planning & Zoning Administrator for Sauk County, Wisconsin in Baraboo. Tim worked on a number of projects including drafting a new county-wide comprehensive plan, creation of a county purchase of development rights program as a part of the U.S. Highway 12 improvement project and starting a local reuse plan for the Badger Army Ammunition Plant. In 2000 Tim accepted a position with the city of Madison as a Senior Planner. During his time in Madison, Tim helped draft a future land use and transportation plan for a new west-side neighborhood and also worked with community and business leaders to create a redevelopment plan for a neighborhood on the city's Isthmus.
In 2003 Tim and his family moved back to La Crosse to accept the position of Planning & Development Administrator for the city of La Crosse. Tim's work focused on the city's economic development program, administering the city's small business loans and industrial parks. Tim helped draft the city's Economic Development Strategic Plan, the City Vision 2020 Downtown La Crosse Master Plan and the La Crosse Metropatterns Report. Tim helped form the La Crosse City Arts Board, researched and drafted a policy for the city's incentives program and led the efforts to create the La Crosse Strategic Plan for Sustainability.
In 2010 Tim accepted the Executive Director position with Downtown Mainstreet Inc. (DMI). During his time at DMI, Tim has promoted downtown events, assisted small businesses and new start-ups, implemented clean-up and beautification programs and helped grow memberships and participation in the organization by over 60%. Tim currently serves on the Board of Directors for the La Crosse County Historical Society and is a member of the Downtown La Crosse Rotary Club. Previously Tim served as a member of the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and on the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association's fundraising committee for the La Crosse Area Hmong Community and Cultural Center.
Tim has been married for 19 years to his wife Christy, who is an adjunct English professor at Viterbo University, and they have two children, Emma age 18 and Joe age 15, both who attend Logan High School.
Why you want to become mayor
La Crosse is a great city with a lot of opportunity. La Crosse also has challenges that need our attention and action. By working together, we can help our city grow and improve. I have the experience, knowledge and background that would make for an excellent mayor and I feel strongly that our community needs leadership with a clear vision for strengthening our economy and our neighborhoods.
What you believe to be the top two or three issues facing the city and my plan to address them
The top three issues facing the city are: strengthening and revitalizing our neighborhoods, growing our businesses and creating family supporting jobs and improving city operations to ensure that taxpayers continue to receive efficient and effective local government services.
Neighborhoods are the backbone of our community. Family supporting, good paying jobs are needed because with this standard of income, people can invest in their homes and our neighborhoods will improve. We need to address the quality of our housing stock in certain distressed areas of our community. Finally, must fight crime in our neighborhoods so our community feels safe and secure by ensuring our local departments are properly equipped and staffed.
In order to grow our businesses and create good paying, family supporting jobs, our city must establish a better working relationship with our business community. Improving communication and partnering with existing businesses would help to build this relationship. As mayor, I will help create these jobs that provide real opportunities for our citizens.
In order to provide an efficient and effective local government, our city must work together to create a level of mutual respect and transparency within City Hall. We must invest in our city and work to provide the first class services that our taxpayer's can afford.