2018 Wisconsin Small Community Forums Are Coming To A Location Near You!

Small communities have unique issues and needs that are often very different from those of larger communities. These regional forums are designed to bring together people involved and interested in promoting, enhancing and preserving Wisconsin’s small communities. If you live in, work in, or help shape communities with populations of 2,500 or fewer, attend a session near you to learn through case studies, roundtables and discussion groups. Come with examples of local and regional success stories as well as challenges, and be prepared to share with and learn from colleagues and friends. Everyone in the community and region is invited!

An optional, free Community Conversation on Inclusivity will be held 11 am – 12 noon at each location, led by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Counties Association.  The purpose of this public dialogue series is to engage business, non-profit, government, and other community leaders in both urban and rural settings to discuss how and what communities are doing to attract and retain talent, create welcoming and vibrant communities,  encourage a healthy environment for young people, and improve access and affordability of health care for local residents.  There is no charge for this conversation and attendance is optional.

Who should attend?  Community leaders, elected officials, volunteers, business leaders, educators, and both local and regional economic development, civic, and planning.

Dates & Locations 

August 9, Egg Harbor
Kress Pavilion
7845 Church Street
August 22, New Glarus
New Glarus Hotel Restaurant
100 6th Avenue
Eventbrite - New Glarus Small Community Forum

September 6, Pepin
Pepin Village Hall
508 2nd Street
Eventbrite - Pepin Small Coummunity Forum

September 19, Hurley
Iron County Memorial Building
201 Iron Street
Eventbrite - Hurley Small Community Forum

Registration is $20 per person (includes lunch). Register online through links below each location or by downloading a registration form. Mail completed form, along with a check payable to:

Wisconsin Downtown Action Council
PO Box 260258
Madison, WI 53726-0258

10:30- registration opens for Community Conversations and Forum
11:00- free Community Conversation on inclusivity (optional)
12:00—Lunch and Networking
12:30—Welcome and Introductions of Resources
12:45—Community Case Studies
2:00—4:15 Roundtable Sessions (2 rounds. Each discussion on the below topics will be focused on soluntions regarding: infrastructure, partnership, innovation, and inclusion.)
Creative Economy
Workforce Development
4:15—Wrap up and Closing Comments

From time to time Sponsors of Small Community Forums use
photographs of forum events in their promotional materials. Unless
this permission is revoked in writing to one of the sponsors, by
virtue of their attendance all conference visitors agree to the use
of their likeness in such materials.

Small Town Downtown Forums Are Hosted By: Wisconsin Downtown Action CouncilWisconsin Rural PartnersUW-Extension Center for Community and Economic DevelopmentWisconsin Economic Development Corporation, League of Wisconsin Municipalities and United States Department of Agriculture

Email with any questions, concerns.