2020 RURAL SUMMIT DAY 2

* schedule subject to change

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

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

7:30am -- Hotel Marshfield

  • Visit the Marketplace and meet with the Exhibitors

  • Continental Breakfast

BREAKFAST SPONSORED BY: 

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WELCOME

8:30am -- Main Summit Room

  • Wisconsin Rural Partners Board President Jerry Werhle

  • City of Marshfield Mayor Bob McManus

  • Marshfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Matt McLean

PLENARY - DEB BROWN - SaveYour.Town

8:45am - 10:00am -- Main Summit Room

  • 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.

MARKETPLACE & BREAK

10:00am - 10:30am 

  • 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!

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

10:30am - 11:30am 

  • You have 3 Breakout Sessions to choose from.  Each will be addressing issues facing rural communities and areas.  Not just talking about the Issues, but taking action and presenting successful actions and results!

Farm Safety & Mental Health

- Breakout Room #1 

Stronger Together: Equipping Communities to Support Farmers through Challenging Times  From community-wide suicide prevention workshops and PSAs on TV and radio to farmer listening sessions, and community gatherings to learn about the role of managing chronic stress for a resilient farm, we are working to address the needs of farmers head on.

CHRIS FRAKES

Project Director - SWCAP's Farmer Suicide Prevention Project

Chris's concern about the plight of family farms began in her home state of Iowa during the farm crisis of the 1980s.  She went on to complete a PhD in 2004, focusing her work in ethics and environmentally sustainable farming and food production.

Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health

Agriculture remains one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S.  Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RF-DASH) is a model program that can be implemented in your community.  Learn the theory along with practical aspects of implementation from the designer of the program and a local/national trainer, as well as how RF-DASH can be implemented in your community.

CASPER "CAP" BENDIXSEN PhD

Director - National Farm Medicine Center  | Marshfield Clinic Research Center

Casper was raised on a farm and ranch in Idaho and competed in bareback bronc riding for nine years. He earned his bachelors from the University of Idaho and his doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from Rice University. There, he researched the ethical lives of contemporary US pastoralists.

GERALD MINOR

Fire Chief - Pittsville Fire Company

Specialist Code 3 - Member of a regional and State wide instructional team specializing in Vehicle,  Agricultural and high level rescue.  Gerald has been a firefighter for over 42 years and Fire Chief for 19 years.

Housing – How Our Community is Meeting the Challenge

​- Breakout Room #2

SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Renewable Energy - The Positive Effects on Rural Communities

- Breakout Room #3

SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

LUNCH & PRESENTATIONS

11:30am -- 1:00pm - Main Summit Room

LUNCH SPONSORED BY:

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  • WRP Top Rural Development 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!

COREY RITTERBUSCH

Executive Director of Advance Shullsburg

Advance Shullsburg - Hear how this community of 1,200 residents organized and developed a strategic, effective and sustainable approach to reaching their community goals.  

  • Announcement - Host Community of the 2021 Wisconsin Rural Partners Summit

    • Welcome from the area of Wisconsin who will be hosting our 2021 Rural Summit.  

MARKETPLACE & BREAK

1:00am - 1:30am 

  • 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!

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1:30pm - 2:30pm 

  • You have 3 Breakout Sessions to choose from.  Each will be addressing issues facing rural communities and areas.  Not just talking about the Issues, but taking action and presenting successful actions and results!

Funding Community Projects: Putting the Puzzle Together

- Breakout Room #1

SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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

- Breakout Room #2

BRIAN FINSTAD

Save The Firetower Project​

For people connected with the Town of Gordon (Douglas County) it was never a question of “Can we save the fire tower?” It was a commitment to “We will save the fire tower!” 

 

Hear the inspiring story of how a former DNR fire tower slated for demolition is preparing to be a daytime and overnight tourism destination. 

ALYCANN WHALEN TAYLOR

Vernon Trails 2019 WRP Top Rural Development Award Winner

Vernon Trails is a 100% volunteer run non-profit organization committed to developing and maintaining roadways, sustainable trails, and outdoor recreational opportunities for human powered users.

 

What started as a small group of outdoor enthusiasts, has evolved into an organized and productive movement for the Vernon County region.

MIKE FERRIS

Forest County Economic Development Partnership

Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway - Learn how four north-central counties worked collaboratively to develop a four season, 145 mile route traversing the heart of the majestic Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and home of the headwaters of the pristine Wolf River -- And what happened next to impact tourism and economic development!

Enhancing Life for Older Adults in Rural Areas

- Breakout Room #3

JANINE DOBSON

Manager - Senior Services - Price County Health & Human Services

Price County formed a Transportation Coordination Committee in 2015 to assess the needs of the community regarding public transportation.  It was determined that transportation was a very important need that was under-served in the County.  With the help from the local hospital that donated the first bus, the first ever public transit began in Park Falls in 2016. 

 

A second transit started in Phillips in 2018, which also connected the two communities.  A third route is planned to start March 2020 to Woodruff to address the increasing number of trip requests for dialysis patients.  Public transit serves all people.  All buses are equipped with a wheelchair lift.

MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

PLENARY - DEB BROWN - SaveYour.Town

2:45pm - 3:30pm - Main Summit Room

  • 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.​​

SUMMIT WRAP-UP

3:30pm -- SUMMIT CLOSES

Thank you  Summit Sponsors

April 21-22

BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW AT A VERY SPECIAL RATE OF JUST $82!

 

You can come to Marshfield and stay overnight on Tuesday, April 21st or Wednesday, April 22nd.  We have a limited block of rooms available so book your room today!

 

Call 715-387-2700 and mention "Rural Summit" when making your reservation to receive the special Summit room rate.

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