2020 RURAL SUMMIT AGENDA

* schedule subject to change

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 -- LOCAL BUS TOUR

11:30am -- Leave Hotel Marshfield - traveling to the Stratford Business & Industrial Park

12:00pm  - 1:15pm -- Arrive at the Stratford Business & Industrial Park

  • Subway Lunch at A&B/JBT - with tour and speakers

  • Speakers

    • Shawn Kitchner - A&B/JBT ​

    • Keith Grell - Village of Stratford

1:30pm -- Group Tours -- Split up in half to visit 2 manufacturers

  • AMS Bowfishing

  • Omega Thermo Products

2:00pm -- Group Tours -- switch to 2nd tour location

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3:00pm -- Load bus to travel to Jurustic Park - rural Marshfield

3:45pm - 4:30pm -- Tour of Jurustic Park

  • Sculpture garden inhabited by creatures from old rusted metal.  Big tourist attraction and example of local creativity!

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4:45pm -- Load bus to travel to Hotel Marshfield

5:00pm - 6:00pm -- RECEPTION - Libby McNeals - Hotel Marshfield

  • Marketplace, light hors d'oeuvres, open bar & plenty of networking!  Make sure to visit the exhibitors' booths.

 

6:00pm -- DINNER SHOWCASE

  • We will be showcasing a variety of locally owned restaurants with 2 miles of the hotel.  Carpools will be set up at the Hotel so you can continue to network.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 -- RURAL SUMMIT
Vibrant Rural Communities -- From Talk to Action!

8:00am - 8:30am -- REGISTRATION

  • Get registered early and visit with the Exhibitors in Marketplace

8:45am - 10:00am -- DEB BROWN - Plenary #1

  • Small towns can best be saved by their own people using their own resources.  Small towns thrive when they set themselves apart. We’ve joined forces to show you practical steps to help you shape a brighter future for your small town.​​

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Deb says SaveYour.Town are the Change Agents.  They are not the experts on small towns, they are the experts FOR small towns, including yours. You’ll hear lots of stories of small towns doing things the new way. It’s going to feel weird and strange, and yet somehow right.

 

You’ll slip back into the old way once and awhile (Deb says she did). You’ll find out people you thought were in the future track are really a part of the committee of negativity. You’ll find people in your crowd who you never expected to be there.

10:00am -- 10:30am -- BREAK & MARKETPLACE

  • Visit the Exhibitors in Marketplace to learn all the products & services they can offer you in growing your rural areas.  Great time to network with fellow Summit Attendees too!

10:30am -- 11:30am -- BREAKOUT SESSIONS - ROUND #1

  • 3 Breakout Sessions will take place addressing issues facing rural communities and areas.  Not just talking about the issues but successful actions will be presented too.

  • Farm Safety & Mental Health 
  • Housing – How Our Community is Meeting the Challenge
  • Renewable Energy - The Positive Effects on Rural Communities

11:30am -- 1:00pm -- LUNCH & PRESENTATIONS

  • Lunch will be served

  • WRP Top Rural Initiatives Award Ceremony

    • ​The Top Rural Development Initiatives recognizes those communities and organizations that have made a positive impact on their rural area through collaboration and sheer grit. Overcoming challenges to make good things happen in rural areas is difficult. We want to share success stories with other rural areas and the world so we can learn from one another and prove that, although many rural areas are struggling, there are places that are having success, which creates hope for all of us.

  • How We Moved from Talk to Action Presentations

    • We will hear how 2 communities in Wisconsin ​took on a project or issue head on and what they did to turn talk into action!

1:00pm -- 1:30pm -- BREAK & MARKETPLACE

  • Visit the Exhibitors in Marketplace to learn all the products & services they can offer you in growing your rural areas.  Great time to network with fellow Summit Attendees too!

1:30pm -- 2:30pm -- BREAKOUT SESSIONS - ROUND #2

  • 3 Breakout Sessions will take place addressing issues facing rural communities and areas.  Not just talking about the issues but successful actions will be presented too.

  • Funding Community Projects: Putting the Puzzle Together

  • Leveraging Natural Resources for Economic Development, Tourism & Quality of Life

  • Enhancing Life for Older Adults in Rural Areas

2:45pm - 3:30pm -- DEB BROWN - Plenary #2

  • Small towns can best be saved by their own people using their own resources.  Small towns thrive when they set themselves apart. We’ve joined forces to show you practical steps to help you shape a brighter future for your small town.​​

3:30pm -- SUMMIT CLOSES

Thank you  Summit Sponsors

April 22-23
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED...

There are several roles you can take in the Rural Summit:

  • Participant – register to participate in the roundtable sessions. Information will be posted when information on the next Rural Summit becomes available.

  • Facilitator – People with facilitation skills are needed to keep the dialogue flowing and productive at the round-tables.

  • Sponsor – financial and in-kind contributions help to keep the registration fees low so more people can participate.

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Steve Peterson - WRP Manager | 608-769-9910 | steve@wiruralpartners.org

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