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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.

Wisconsin’s rural communities are known for their resilience and self-reliance. Pulling together to support neighbors is what they do. And when faced with a challenge, they band together to chart the best course forward.

The Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity was created to undertake a coordinated statewide approach to building and maintaining rural prosperity. To achieve this goal, the Commission seeked local perspectives on the long-term, recent and future opportunities and challenges facing rural communities. It wanted input from stakeholders across the entire State of Wisconsin.

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Here's the Rural Voices for Prosperity Report:

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