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New resource serves as road map for Wisconsin’s food entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs thinking about starting or scaling up a food processing business can find a way to make their dreams a reality with the help of the newly released Wisconsin Food Processing Guide: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs and Managers, available from the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Authors Jenifer A. Buckley and Elena M. Byrne worked with UW-Extension, the Dept. […]

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Staff Paper Index: Tourism & Natural Resources Publications

The Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) has been authoring research studies and reports for nearly 25 years.  The earliest of those are archived in our offices.  The vast majority of the files have economic impact studies, most related to recreation/tourism/visitors.  The topics include: agriculture, government, manufacturing, recreation, services and retail, and transportation.  Some […]

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$upport for Professional Development

Colleagues, Over the past few years, the Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) has supported county, tribal and regional educators’ professional development in a number of ways. We have annually offered to cover the registration costs of the Basic Economic Development Course offered in collaboration with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA), typically held in Madison the first part of September.

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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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Guide for Local Officials Visits

Sometimes all it takes is a little appreciation.  While we all have read the statistics that most jobs come from the growth of existing businesses, it isn’t always practical to develop a formal business retention and expansion program.  This Guide for Local Officials Visits offers an approach that is thoughtful and planned, while at the […]

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Tools for Deliberative Community Dialogue

The issues communities face, from poverty to climate change challenges are complex and multidimensional.  A group of colleagues and I have been exploring a variety of tools to engage discussions about complex issues.  Over the past three months members of the Sustainability, Engaging Young People and Food Systems teams have met to discuss existing frameworks […]

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Climate Change Resources

Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the Climate Change Response Framework Project in Northern Wisconsin – USDA. (Downloadable book or can order hard copies).  Understandable research on climate change impacts to northern forests. This assessment evaluates key forest ecosystem vulnerabilities to climate change across northern Wisconsin under a range of future climate scenarios. […]

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