2023 Wisconsin Rural Summit Agenda
Wednesday, April 26 & Thursday, April 27
The Lodge at Mauston
Wednesday, April 26 Schedule
Tour of Mauston Area
Bus Leaves The Lodge at Mauston
The Gravity Box Brewery/ Collins Coffee
Bus Returns to Lodge
Thursday, April 27 Schedule
All sessions are held in the Lodge Ballroom, including exhibitors
Registration & Continental Breakfast
The Lodge Conference Center Lobby
Sandy Decker, WI Rural Partners President
Mauston's Strength | Stories of Collaboration
The Lodge at Mauston | The Story
G.O.L.D. | Learn how a small grassroots group of citizens, Guardians of Lake Decorah, addressed significant issues with the lake, formed by a dam in downtown Mauston. Historic area flooding, nearby agricultural practices and invasive species resulted in deteriorating water quality, aesthetics, and navigability. The project is ongoing.
Juneau County started the first Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club in 2003 to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The Juneau County I&E Club model has sponsored over 40 similar clubs in Wisconsin and numerous clubs throughout the Midwest.
Ron Brunner, Owner of the Lodge, and
Randy Reeg, City Administrator, City of Mauston
Cary Winch, Club President, Juneau County Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club
Top Rural Development Initiatives (TRDI) Presentation
Community Collaboration | State Programs
Moderator: Seth Hudson, Executive Director Corporate Relations and Economic Engagement, Discovery Center
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building
A wide variety of county and city officials, economic developers and more can be great resources for entrepreneurs without recreating the wheel and/or providing the technical assistance themselves. Learn about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Wisconsin and how you can connect with the resources within it.
Shari Laffredi, SCORE
Melissa Meschke, EDP, Economic Development Outreach Manager UW-Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship
Break - Visit Exhibitors
Roundtables: Resources to Fuel Collaboration
Roundtable discussions with Summit Presenters, Leaders of State Programs, and Leading sponsor representatives. PLUS Lunch!
Leaders from Local, County, and State Programs will be a host at a table to answer your questions.
Break - Visit Exhibitors
Rural Cooperatives | Discussion of Options
The cooperative business model has provided essential services in rural Wisconsin for generations. Learn how the cooperative business model is being utilized today as a collaborative strategy to meet community needs.
Moderator: Marie Barry, Director of Community Economic Development, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Dr. Mark Baenan, Spring Green Animal Hospital
Victoria (Tory) Clark, Executive Director, North Country Foundation
Make Your City an Age Friendly Community
An age-friendly community allows people of all ages to participate in activities that keep the community healthy and encourage economic stability. It is a place where older persons can easily stay connected with others and remain independent. An age-friendly community also looks out for those who need support to age successfully. Darrin Wasniewski will discuss how to make your community more livable for people as they age.
Associate State Director- Community Outreach, Associate State Director- Community Outreach, AARP
Office of Rural Prosperity | WEDC
The latest on the work of Office of Rural Prosperity and collaborative approach to rural development, and an overview of the Policy Academy Technical Assistance program and how ORP/WEDC is partnering with Regional Planning groups to develop a statewide rural plan.
Mike Ward Vice President of Business and Community Development, WEDC - Office of Rural Prosperity
Looking forward to 2024 in Ashland!