Rural communities, Tribal nations, businesses and farms are Wisconsin’s strong backbone. Wisconsin’s rural landscape is integral to our state’s identity, economy and quality of life. Maintaining the vibrancy of Wisconsin’s rural economies requires an understanding of the diversity of its industries—from agricultural production and working forests to main street businesses. The variety of rural Wisconsin’s economic assets must be reflected in a coordinated statewide approach to building and maintaining rural prosperity throughout the state. WEDC is committed to helping rural stakeholders navigate the programs and resources available to build upon their strengths.