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Small Town Downtown Forums – 2014

Small Town Downtown Forums – 2014

“Small Town Downtown Forums” are scheduled for four sites in August and September (Grant, Waushara, Burnett, and Ashland counties). These very popular forums are designed to create a dialog among small town leaders (population less than 1,500) by providing an opportunity to learn from each other through case studies and roundtable discussions. This year’s topics […]

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2014 Community Development Society (CDS) Annual Conference

2014 Community Development Society (CDS) Annual Conference

The Community Development Society will be holding it’s annual conference from Sunday, July 20 through Wednesday, July 23 in Dubuque, Iowa.  This year’s conference theme is Renaissance: From Vision to Action.  For details on pre-conference workshops, the keynote events, mobile learning workshops, and more, see: http://www.comm-dev.org/.

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Wisconsin Basic Economic Development Course to be held September 8-11, 2014

Wisconsin Basic Economic Development Course to be held September 8-11, 2014

The Wisconsin Economic Development Course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, methods and practice will be taught by professionals who have earned the CEcD designation and UW-Extension colleagues including Matt Kures, Will Andresen, Jenny Erickson, and Laura Brown. The course is targeted for economic developers, public officials, and others involved in […]

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Transform Milwaukee Initiative

Transform Milwaukee Initiative

Transform Milwaukee is a public-private initiative led by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).  Transform Milwaukee focuses on restoring economic vitality to Milwaukee through a variety of business, workforce and transportation development strategies.  CCED Community Development Specialist Matt Kures and UW-Extension Milwaukee County CRD Educator Angie Allen continue to be a part of […]

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2012 Agricultural Census county-level data now available

The USDA released county-level data from the 2012 Agricultural Census in early May.  The data includes information on land use, ownership and operator characteristics, production practices, costs of production, income and other characteristics of the agricultural economy.   Summary reports and custom spreadsheets are available at: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/  

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2014 Rural Summit a Success

The 2014 Rural Summit was held on Friday, May 2 in Stevens Point.  Hosted by the Wisconsin Rural Partners (and many of their partners!), the Summit offered a chance to come together to share ideas about strengthening the rural economy. The event kicked off with an overview of the Rural Wisconsin Today publication (see below) […]

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Rural Wisconsin Today Publication

Rural Wisconsin Today Publication

The second annual Rural Wisconsin Today publication was unveiled at the recent Rural Summit (see above).  This publication, a joint effort of the Wisconsin Rural Partners and UW-Extension’s Center for Community and Economic Development, offers a status and trends of rural Wisconsin.  It addresses: population, employment, income, farming, education, and housing.  The publication and supporting […]

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Exploring Entrepreneurship (e2) Webinars Announced by The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

“Exploring Entrepreneurship” will be the focus of a 3-part webinar series offered by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship out of RUPRI.  These are the folks that have brought us the Energizing Entrepreneurs curriculum.  The webinar is is well-suited for those looking for a comprehensive overview of entrepreneur-focused development options.  Click here for more details.  In the fall […]

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Downtown Facade Improvements:  A Study of Return-On-Investment

Downtown Facade Improvements: A Study of Return-On-Investment

Example projects for consideration as case studies are welcomed!

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The Role of Local Industries in Downtown Economic Revitalization

The Role of Local Industries in Downtown Economic Revitalization

This study team is seeking examples of local companies that have invested in and are contributing to downtown economic vitality in their community.

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Save the Date

Save the Date

2014 Wisconsin Small Town Downtown Forums Are Coming To A Location Near You! Small towns have unique issues and needs that are often very different from those of larger communities. These forums are intended to bring together those serving and working in and with communities of populations fewer than 1500 to learn from each other […]

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