$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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Community Development Deep Dive Webinar Series

Façade & Storefront Improvement: Case Study Analysis Thursday, January 15th, Noon-1 pm Overview: Part of our ongoing educational series on topics of interest to downtowns and commercial districts, this webinar features a presentation on the recently released results of a case study analysis on the impact of façade and storefront improvements on customer traffic and […]

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Small Town Downtown Forums

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 through case studies, roundtables and discussion groups.  These forums are about sharing ideas, […]

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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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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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Broadband and Downtown Economic Development

Broadband and Downtown Economic Development with Andy Lewis, Center for Community Technology Solutions | UW-Extension View this webinar now from November 21, 2013, noon (CST) Improving Internet connectivity can help downtown businesses grow and compete more effectively.  Quality Internet availability and Wi-Fi access have helped businesses and entire districts build market share and operate more […]

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A Look at the Data: Food Systems & Public Health

On July 22 UW- Extension State Specialists Amber Canto (Poverty & Food Security Specialist) and Laura Brown (Community Development Specialist) traveled to Charleston for the Annual Community Development Society conference to present “Connections and Opportunities in the Midwest Regional Food System: Using Secondary Data to Identify links between Public Health and Food Systems,” a project […]

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New On-Line Self-Paced Community Economic Development Course

Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics Steve Deller has launched an online “self-paced course” in community economic development.  The course involves an open access webpage that has a series of powerpoints (in pdf format) and complementary factsheets (also in pdf format) and a Desire 2 Learn  course entitled Community Economic Development.   The open access webpage […]

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Placemaking and Downtown Successes in Oconomowoc Webinar

  Bob Duffy Economic Development Director, City of Oconomowoc May 16, 2013, noon (CST)   Placemaking is a central component in downtown economic development as it creates a vibrant atmosphere that attracts redevelopment projects. Oconomowoc provides excellent examples of placemaking at work including the city’s new community center, waterfront development, gateways, and “third-spaces.” Oconomowoc has […]

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