Small Community Forums

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!

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

2020 Summit Dates and Registration Information

Small Community Forums are currently planned for Hayward (Sawyer County), Weyauwega (Waupaca County), Fountain City (Buffalo County) and Spring Green (Sauk County) in fall 2020. 

Specific dates and details depend on the COVID-19 public health situation and related shutdowns/re-openings.  Those details will be promoted statewide by WDAC and partners as we have them. 

Contact Anne Katz at Arts Wisconsin ( with questions.

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