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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 is seeking local perspectives on the long-term, recent and future opportunities and challenges facing rural communities. It wants input from stakeholders across the entire State of Wisconsin.
The Commission has begun its work holding the first Conversations with the Commissioners listening session on Monday, August 31, 2020. Two additional Conversations with the Commissioners are planned for Tuesday, September 8, 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday, September 16, 3-5 p.m.
Wisconsin Rural Partners urges anyone interested in the development of rural communities to register and participate in these upcoming listening sessions.
If you are unable to participate in a Conversations with the Commissioners session, we suggest that you provide written comment using the online portal - WEDC Rural Prosperity. Written comments will be accepted until September 30, 2020.
Groups and organizations may also provide ideas through Direct Sakeholder Engagement. Groups may request to meet with commissioners to provide information and perspective opportunities and challenges. Contact Kelliann Blazek if interested in a Direct Stakeholder Engagement session.
For more information about the work of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity visit the WEDC Rural Prosperity webpage.