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Community Resources | 2023 Small Community Forums

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State of Wisconsin - general www.wisconsin.gov
Assistance and inspiration
    • The UW-System Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship helps entrepreneurs, businesses and economic development professionals to achieve their goals by offering technical assistance and leveraging data.

    • WEDC Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity report:  The Commission’s “Rural Voices for Prosperity: A Report of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity” calls for coordinated measures across state government to meet the needs of Wisconsin’s rural communities. The report features 10 overarching recommendations that, taken together, would commit state government to a comprehensive approach to rural prosperity, create new partnerships with rural and tribal communities in the designing and delivering of state services, and invest more thoughtfully to address rural Wisconsin’s critical challenges and most promising opportunities.  Also, the rural prosperity website is a great resource: https://ruralwi.com/.

Statewide and national orgs and agencies (a growing list):

Additional state and federal resource organizations and agencies

Gilman, Campbellsport, Norwalk, and Pittsville)

Participant list (all forums)

Rural Livability Project | Campbellsport & Pittsville

Matt Kures
Community Economic Development Specialist and Researcher
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension Community Development Institute


Rural Livability Project Presentation | Gilman & Norwalk

Tessa Conroy
Associate Professor Agricultural & Applied Economics College of Agricultural & Life Sciences


Local Presenters 


  • Gilman Community Strategic Plan:  Wally Leipart, PhD, Superintendent
  • Gilman Theatre: Dee Bornheimer
  • Gilman Christmas Lights:
    Lynn Skabroud
  • Hidden Treasures :
    Lynn Rosemeyer and Mary Panka


Main Street Campbellsport

  • Kim Keceli – Essence
  • Becky May – The Nail Bar and Hive Salon
  • Jodi Hecker – Crave and ROWE Cocktail Lounge


  • Steve Huntzicker and  Kim Hawthorne, Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center
  • Jen Schmitz, River to Ridge Disaster Resilience Coordinator


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Madison, WI 53705

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