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The Small Community Forums provide resources and a venue for everyone who cares about the future of Wisconsin’s small (and mighty) communities. The forums bring together residents, community leaders, elected officials, business leaders and civic-minded individuals to share best practices and discuss strategies to address the unique opportunities and challenges facing our communities. Hosted by local organizations and agencies and these statewide organizations:

  • Create Wisconsin
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities
  • UW-Madison, Division of Extension
  • USDA Rural Development Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Downtown Action Council
  •  Wisconsin Main Street Program
  • Wisconsin Rural Partners

2022 Dates/locations

  • Orfordville (Rock County) – Friday, October 28
    Location: Village Hall, 303 East Beloit Street
    Partner: Village of Orfordville
  • Rosholt (Portage County) – Tuesday, November 1
    Location: Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative, 10401 Lystul Rd.
    Partner:  Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative
  • Washburn (Bayfield County) – Thursday, November 3
    Location: The Club, 3 West Bayfield St.
    Partner: Washburn Chamber of Commerce
  • Reedsville (Manitowoc County) – Tuesday, November 15 
    Location: Reedsville Fire Station, 100 Industrial Park Drive
    Partner: Village of Reedsville

All Forums start at 8 am (registration and breakfast open at 7:30 am) and end with lunch at 12 noon.

2022 Planning Committee:

    • Anne Katz, Create Wisconsin/Wisconsin Downtown Action Council
    • Errin Welty, Wisconsin Main Street
    • Gail Sumi, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
    • Sandy Decker, Wisconsin Rural Partners
    • Todd Johnson, UW-Madison, Division of Extension/UW-River Falls
    • Jillian Thomas, USDA Rural Development


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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