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Date Change: Oct. 30th, Critical Topics for Revitalizing Wisconsin Downtowns

Date Change: Oct. 30th, Critical Topics for Revitalizing Wisconsin Downtowns

  Critical Topics for Revitalizing Wisconsin Downtowns A Summit and Interactive Discussion with Downtown Partner Organizations  October 30, 2014, 12:00 -1:30 pm (CST)  Take advantage of this opportunity to influence future policy and educational outreach coordinated by Wisconsin’s Partners in downtown revitalization.  This will take the form of an interactive summit with a focus on […]

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Registration Now Open for 2014 Main Street Conference

Registration Now Open for 2014 Main Street Conference

October 21 – 23, 2014 La Crosse, WI The States of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin invite you to mark your calendars for three days of education with your Main Street peers. Note that the conference is open to Main Street, Connect Communities Representatives and WEDC partners, and not the general public.

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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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Wisconsin Rural Broadband

Wisconsin Rural Broadband

Wisconsin Eye Television recently hosted a 40 minute show on the topic of rural broadband (9-3-14) as part of their “Newsmakers” series. The program featured Senator Dale Schultz (17th district), Stan Gruszinski (State Director – USDA Office of Rural Development), and Andy Lewis (UWEX, Center for Community & Economic Development. An archived version of the […]

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Increases in bandwidth demand and high costs for broadband still problematic in Wisconsin

Prior to the UWEX broadband ARRA application, there was very little data on broadband, and the data we had showed that Wisconsin lagged behind all of the surrounding states and the nation. While we had tremendous growth (381%) in the number of “high speed lines” (defined as slightly better than dial-up – 200 kbps download) […]

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Small Town Downtown Forums

Small Town Downtown Forums

The Forums are produced in partnership by the following organizations:  University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wisconsin Downtown Action Council (WDAC), Wisconsin Rural Partners (WRP), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Small Town Downtown Forums have been held since 2011.  Past host communities include:  Black Creek, Coloma, Darien, Luck, Grantsburg, Greenwood, Juneau, […]

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Engaging Young People in Sustaining Communities, Families and Farms

Engaging Young People in Sustaining Communities, Families and Farms

Save the Date:  The UW-Extension Engaging Young People in Sustaining Communities, Families and Farms and Community Food Systems interdisciplinary teams will hold their third annual in-service on September 16-17th.

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New Choices Article on Rural Poverty, Food Access, and Public Health Outcomes

New Choices Article on Rural Poverty, Food Access, and Public Health Outcomes

The complex relationships between poverty and health outcomes are well-documented, and promoting access to healthier foods in rural areas may help mitigate the poverty-health relationship. Many complexities in the causes of health outcomes are yet to be understood, however, including the effects of food access in rural areas on poverty and health. Rural Poverty, Food […]

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Submit your session and speaker ideas!

Submit your session and speaker ideas!

The Governor’s Conference on Economic Development is scheduled for February 11-13, 2015 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison, WI. If you have ideas on a compelling theme, session, or speaker, contact planning committee member, Andy Lewis at andy.lewis@ces.uwex.edu. This annual three-day conference includes educational sessions covering the most important economic development topics […]

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WEDA Fall Regional Conference 2014

WEDA Fall Regional Conference 2014

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is hosting the 2014 Fall Regional Conference in Oshkosh on October 1-3, 2014. Registration materials, exhibit information, and agenda are available now. Sessions at this year’s conference will focus on: Marketing Wisconsin: Site Selection Best Practices: Oshkosh Disaster Preparedness BRE – Best Practices International – Marketing Wisconsin And Much […]

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Studies examine manufacturing in WI communities

Studies examine manufacturing in WI communities

The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank recently released two studies that examine manufacturing in several Wisconsin communities.  First, Rick Mattoon and Norman Wang authored an article detailing industry clusters and economic development in the Chicago Fed region’s largest communities (including Milwaukee).  Second, the Community Development and Policy Studies division at the Chicago Fed published community profiles […]

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Economic Gardening Certification Program

Economic Gardening Certification Program

Center specialist Matt Kures recently completed his Economic Gardening Professional Certification in GIS through the Edward Lowe Foundation.  The certification process included over 100 hours of online, in-person and mentoring work and is a requirement to participate in a high-fidelity economic gardening program.  For more on Economic Gardening, see The Edward Lowe Foundation website.  

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Broadband Expansion Grant Program

Broadband Expansion Grant Program

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has opened up their second round of grant application for the broadband expansion grant program. Announcement and application materials – read more. Map showing funded projects in round 1. Click here to find the PSC Memo summarizing the application review process in round 1 (including links to the actual proposals […]

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