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Platinum & Visionary

Simply put, WCA is an association of county governments assembled for the purpose of serving and representing counties. The direction of this organization is one that is determined by the membership and the WCA Board of Directors consistent with the parameters set forth by the WCA Constitution. The organization’s strength remains with the dedicated county-elected official.

As we head toward the future, the challenges facing counties will continue to grow. State and federal funding reductions, paired with increasing demands for services, will force counties to find innovative solutions to better serve their citizenry. We are at our strongest when we are working together, shaping the future of our great state of Wisconsin.

Visit their website, or contact the Wisconsin Counties Association for more information. 

Gold & Leadership


Cedar Corporation is a Community Infrastructure, Architectural and Environmental Services firm with four (4) office locations across the State of Wisconsin. Founded in 1975, we have grown to more than 90 employees who are dedicated to the principles on which the firm was established: professionalism, high quality service, and excellent communication with our clients. We attribute our success in achieving our clients’ goals to our dedication to providing outstanding service and fostering lasting relationships in our communities.

Whether working with municipal governments, industries, public utilities, or other public and private entities, we can assemble a team of highly trained experts to accomplish the demands of any project. By integrating our wide range of professional skills into a project, Cedar Corporation can support our clients throughout the process with experts who provide the following services:

Visit their website, or contact Cedar Corporation for more information. 

The office of Rural Prosperity at WEDC

Wisconsin would not be the state it is without our rural communities. Farmland, wilderness, villages and small towns are an essential part of our identity, our quality of life and our economy.

At the same time, we understand that there is no one single ‘rural economy’—every region is unique, with its own traditions, natural resources and mix of industries. Recognizing this complexity, Governor Tony Evers, in his January 2020 State of the State Address, called on WEDC to establish the Office of Rural Prosperity and that same month he signed Executive Order #65 calling for the creation of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity.

Whether you’re an individual, a business or a community organization, the Office of Rural Prosperity is here to connect you with the right programs, tools, partners and resources to build on your strengths.

Visit their website, or contact the Office of Rural Prosperity for more information. 

Bronze & Contributing

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Administration has several key functions: to help the governor develop and implement the state budget and to support other state agencies and their programs by offering services such as centralized purchasing and financial management. The ultimate goal of all our programs is to offer Wisconsin residents the most efficient, highest-quality state government services possible.

Visit their website, or contact Wisconsin Department of Administration for more information.

Dairyland, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, was formed in December 1941. Headquartered in La Crosse, Wis., Dairyland provides the wholesale electrical requirements for 24 distribution cooperatives and 27 municipal utilities who, in turn, supply the energy needs of members and consumers in a four-state service area (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois).

Today, the cooperative’s generating resources include coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar and biogas.

Visit their website, or contact Dairyland Power Cooperative for more information.

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities was created on December 14th, 1898 to help Wisconsin cities and villages share ideas and learn from one another, to train and provide information to the people elected and appointed to govern those cities and villages, and to advocate on their behalf with the Wisconsin Legislature, Governor and state agencies.

Visit their website, or contact the League of Wisconsin Municipalities for more information.

Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) is the economic development agency for the eight-county Madison Region of south-central Wisconsin.

MadREP fills an essential role in the Wisconsin economic development landscape. We serve as a partner and collaborator to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, state agencies, economic development initiatives within counties, municipalities, chambers of commerce, and the private sector.

Visit their website, or contact Madison Region Economic Partnership for more information.

WHEDA works closely with lenders, developers, local government, nonprofits, community groups and others to implement its low-cost financing programs.

We use our vital resources to make affordable housing possible and act beyond expectation to ensure housing for generations because everything we do is about helping people prosper.

Visit their website, or contact WHEDA for more information. 


The Office of Corporate Relations & Economic Engagement is the University of Wisconsin-Stout's primary outreach and engagement organization. We are a vibrant group of skilled problem solvers, gifted learners, and action-oriented colleagues working together to overcome hurdles you face in process improvement, product development, business growth, continuing education, culture development, applied research, and much more.

Visit their website, or contact the Office of Corporate Relations & Economic Engagement

Advocacy and Exhibitors 

New North, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, regional marketing and economic development Corporation fostering collaboration among private and public sector leaders throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin, known as the New North region. New North is a regional partner to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the State of Wisconsin, as well as local economic development partners and represents more than 150 private Investors.

The New North brand unites the region both internally and externally around talent development, regional brand development, and business development, signifying the collective economic power of our region.

Visit their website, or contact the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative for more information. 

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) has been providing affordable and effective services to healthcare organizations since 1979. RWHC is owned and operated by forty-five, rural acute, general medical-surgical hospitals. The Cooperative's emphasis on developing a collaborative network among both freestanding and system affiliated rural hospitals distinguishes it from alternative approaches. RWHC offers a variety of programs and services to its members as well as to other clients across the nation.

Visit their website, or contact the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative for more information. 


Locally owned, not-for-profit, public power utilities bring significant value to their communities.

WPPI Energy stands behind its member utilities to help them preserve and enhance this value for the long term, with:​

  • A reliable, affordable, responsible power supply
  • Cost-effective shared programs and services
  • An effective voice for energy policy advocacy

WPPI Energy member utilities are stronger together; this is the joint action advantage of 51 local utilities partnering for the benefit of the customers and communities they serve.

Visit their website, or contact WPPI Energy for more information. 

Your destination for year-round recreation. 4 Seasons of Fun in Ashland, WI… Where you’ll find yourself NEXT to the water!

The community’s pride in its rich history is evident in its 21 vibrant murals highlighting a particular aspect of Ashland’s colorful past, depicting subjects ranging from the city’s lumberjacks and military veterans to its railroads, storefronts and former massive ore dock. Since 2005, Ashland has been known as the “Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin,” making the city a year-round public art destination.

Visit their website, or contact Visit Ashland for more information.

Decades (and thousands of rewarding partnerships) after its founding, Ayres has grown into a nationwide team of industry experts representing some of the most inventive problem-solvers in the country.

That team has planned, designed, and facilitated thousands of projects that keep our nation’s infrastructure reliable and responsive.

From strong, thoughtful design comes lasting structure, and with our unshakable foundation of ingenuity, integrity, and intelligence, we’re built to continue founder Owen Ayres’ legacy for decades to come.

Visit their website, or contact Ayres Associates for more information. 


We work with cities, counties, organizations and small businesses to help them be proactive and strategic about their development aspirations.

CEDA’s business model is based on a team approach, as each CEDA consultant is backed by a team with well over 100 years of combined experience in the economic and community development field.

When a community or organization signs a contract with CEDA they receive the very best service not only from their assigned consultant but the entire CEDA agency. Most contracts are established with a 30-day out clause — if CEDA does not meet or exceed expectations or produce results, then we are no longer retained.

Visit their website, or contact CEDA USA for more information.

Land & Liberty Coalition

The Land & Liberty Coalition was formed in 2018 with the goal of giving local citizens a voice in their energy future.

The L&LC seeks to provide a forum for those within the community who already support utility-scale renewable energy projects coming into their community AND works to spread awareness, offer resources to those looking to learn more about proposed projects. This model was successful in Michigan and Indiana - our two founding chapters. Since then, we’ve launched new chapters - to support local voices - in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky.

Visit their website, or contact Land & Liberty Coalition for more information. 

In keeping with our mission, the DNR is dedicated to working with Wisconsinites while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

Visit their website, or contact your WI DNR for more information.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a federal/state program designed to obtain, maintain, and advance employment for people with disabilities by working with DVR consumers, employers, and other partners.

What We Do:

  • Provide employment services and counseling to people with disabilities.
  • Provide or arrange for services to enable an individual to go to work.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to employers regarding disability employment issues.

Visit their website, or contact DWD Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for more information. 

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; housing; renewable energy systems and energy efficiency projects; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; business development; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas.

The Wisconsin Farmers Union membership is made up of people from all walks of agriculture and life. From conventional to organic, rural to urban, our members find community in an organization that empowers them to have a voice in the issues that affect them.

Wisconsin Farmers Union isn't just for farmers. We also welcome rural residents and consumers who want to participate in our programs and advocate for family farming.

Visit their website, or contact Wisconsin Farmers Union for more information.

About us

​Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc. (WRP) serves as a network hub for organizations, government agencies and people working to make rural Wisconsin a better place. ​​We strive through our work to build leadership for the communities of rural Wisconsin.  ​​

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