Small Town Forum

Small Community Forums 

2017 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!

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

Dates & Locations

  1. August 24, Wabeno
    Wabeno Elementary School
    4346 Mill Lake
  2. August 29, Gays Mills
    Gays Mills Village Hall
    16381 State Highway 131
  3. September 13, Cambridge
    Keystone Grill
    206 West Main Street
  4. September 20, Cumberland
    Nezzy’s Sports Bar and Grill
    1345 2nd Avenue

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, to:

Milwaukee Downtown
Attention: Lesia Ryerson
600 E. Wells St
Milwaukee, WI 53202


11:30 Registration
12:00 Lunch and Networking
12:30 Welcome and Introductions
1:00   Community Case Study
2:00   Community Activity- Digital Footprint
2:15   Break and Visit Resources
2:30   Roundtable Sessions (2 sessions, repeated)
Business/Entrepreneurs- Attracting and Retaining
Connecting Community and Schools
Resident Engagement
Marketing Your Community

4:15   Wrap up and Closing Comments

From time to time Sponsors of Small Community Forums uses
photographs of forum events in its 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.