We're very excited about getting back together, even if it's virtual, to host our annual Rural Summit in a 5-week session format.  We have 5 great topics & a line-up of presenters that we know you're going to gain valuable insights on how to continue your rural area's recovery. 

Think Differently About Housing 

Wednesday, May 5th

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Panel 1 – Success Stories & Leveraging your Community for Housing

  • Seth Hudson - CEDAR Corporation

  • Mariah Goode – Door County

    • Discussing the establishment, mission, and workings of the Door County Housing Partnership.  The Housing Partnership – also called a “housing trust” – is a new nonprofit that will ensure the housing it acquires or builds will be affordable in perpetuity for workforce homebuyers in Door County.

  • Wally Orzechowski – SWCAP

    • ​SWCAP partnering with Cinnaire, a national, non-profit housing development organization has for the past five years worked on developing a 32 unit housing project (called the Meadows) for farm workers and their families in Darlington Wisconsin. The project has received financial support from USDA Rural Development, Low Income Housing Tax Credits from WHEDA, funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and HOME funds from the Wisconsin Department of Administration. We are hoping to break ground sometime early this year.

Panel 2 – Resources for Rural Housing

  • Shreedhar Ranabhat – WHEDA - Rural Housing Tax Credit Updates

    • ​The shortage of affordable housing in rural Wisconsin poses far-reaching challenges. Access to safe, affordable shelter is fundamental to the sustainability of our communities because housing provides a foundation for public health, economic well-being and environmental stewardship. Shreedhar will be discussing WHEDA’s resources available for rural housing projects, including the 2021-2022 QAP (Qualified Allocation Plan), focusing on rural scoring opportunities for Housing Tax Credit allocations. 

  • Steve Deller & Kristin Runge – UW Extension

  • Ed White - Sauk County Economic Development Corporation

    • ​Discussing lessons learned from Sauk County’s Housing study and implementation efforts. What I would do differently, and how to get better implementation in communities.

DEB BROWN

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Becoming an Idea Friendly Town

Wednesday, May 12th

12:00pm - 2:00pm

No more being stuck in an endless cycle of meetings, meetings, meetings that take a year to accomplish anything.

 

The Idea Friendly method is about gathering your friends and those who think like you to talk about your big idea for the community. You find the people who can help you and get started taking small steps.

 

Join Deb as she walks you through the method and you'll leave with several ideas to take home to your own town.

Broadband in Your Backyard -

Let's Make it Happen!

Wednesday, May 19th

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Broadband and how we did it in our own backyards!

  • Dale Knapp – Wisconsin Counties Association 

    • Intro to Broadband

  • TBA - Boulder Junction

  • Scott Larson - Wood County

  • Scott Feldt - Kewaunee County

Data & Maps

  • Jaron McCallum – Public Service Commission

  • Kurt Kiefer - WI Department of Public Instruction

Working with your Private Internet Provider

  • Jim Costello – LYNXX Networks

    • affiliated with the WIN Network

  • Steve Schneider - Bug Tussel Wireless

Funding & Grant Sources

  • Wendy Gehlhoff – Director - Florence County Economic Development

    • Local Match

  • Jaron McCallum - Public Service Commission

  • Maryann Lippert - Maryann Lippert Consultant, LLC

    • Writing a Funding Application

DEB BROWN

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Community Building in Your

Small Town 

Wednesday, May 26th

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Every small town has divisions between people and between competing organizations.

No one tells you how to overcome divisions between people and build a unified sense of community.

You’ll learn to:

  • Convert existing projects to bring people together

  • Improve group coordination

  • Rally everyone around local small businesses.

 

Hear examples from other communities of events and actions they've taken to build a more unified community.

Rural Successes -

TRDI Winners & Updates

Wednesday, June 2nd

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Kelly Matthews |  Paula Drew 

 

Access to dependable, quality child care is essential to supporting local economies. Parents need care in order to work and children need quality environments in which to learn and grow.

 

Learn how the Wisconsin Early Education Share Services Network is working to stabilize and grow the child care sector in local communities, especially during the pandemic. Launching in 2019, serving two rural counties, we've now expanded into nine more counties, seven of which are rural. 

Mariah Goode | Village of Sister Bay Marketplace Redevelopment

 

Access to dependable, quality child care is essential to supporting local economies. Parents need care in order to work and children need quality environments in which to learn and grow.

 

Learn how the Wisconsin Early Education Share Services Network is working to stabilize and grow the child care sector in local communities, especially during the pandemic. Launching in 2019, serving two rural counties, we've now expanded into nine more counties, seven of which are rural. 

Rep, Nancy Vander Meer - 70th District

Nancy continues to work with fellow legislators from rural areas across the State on the Rural Wisconsin Initiative.  This is an ongoing effort, and we will be incorporating suggestions from people across the State.  The Initiative continues to focus on improving education, workforce development, technology and health care in our rural areas.

Prior to the creation of the Initiative, Nancy had focused on a wide range of legislation aimed at helping our rural schools and communities.

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TBA - Rural Prosperity

Update on current efforts by this Blue Ribbon Commission

Registration

You have options for registering for the Virtual Rural Summit.  

  • Each webinar in the series is $15.00 per session.  You can pick and choose the # of the sessions you would like to be part of.

  • If you choose to take the entire 5-week webinar series you will save $15.00 as the total investment is $60.  It's like you are getting one of the sessions for free!

  • To register, click on the button and fill out the registration form.  You can pay for your sessions by credit card or check. 

 

  • NOTE:  We must have your payment before the sessions take place as you will be given a specific passcode to join the session.

  • If you have any questions, please contact us through our contact information.

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