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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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Creating Unique Identities in Wisconsin Communities

In case you missed it, tune in to the podcast of last week’s Wisconsin Public Radio program “Central Time” to hear Andy Lewis talk about what it takes to build a unique community identity, revitalize a downtown and keep younger residents from moving away. ‪#‎BecauseofUWEX‬

http://www.wpr.org/creating-unique-identities-wisconsin-com

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Quality of Life Indicators

When most people think of the places they like, they think of a host of valued attributes. Yet, most analyses of a region or a county typically use a narrow set of indicators. When it comes to capturing the totality of what makes a place attractive and vibrant we should consider culture, attractions, environment and […]

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Community Economic Development Preparedness Index (CEDPI)

The purpose of this preparedness index is to help communities analyze strengths and weaknesses before developing a plan to improve economic development opportunities in the community.  A PDF version of the Index may be downloaded at: Community Economic Development Preparedness Index PDF.  The index can now also be used as an on-line tool using the Qualtrics […]

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First Impressions Revisited

The First Impressions program was developed to help communities learn about existing strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of the first-time visitor and provides a structured opportunity to learn about strengths and weaknesses of similar communities. The results from a First Impressions visit can serve as the basis for community action and as a way […]

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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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