Small Town Forum

Small Town Downtown Forums 

2016 Wisconsin Regional Small Town Downtown Forums Are Coming To A Location Near You!

Small towns have unique issues and needs that are often very different from those of larger communities. These forums are intended to bring together those serving and working in and with communities of populations fewer than 1500 to learn from each other through case studies, roundtables and discussion groups. Everyone who cares about the future of rural Wisconsin is invited to attend. These forums are about sharing ideas, learning and networking. Bring your “Brag Book” and examples of successful projects from your community.

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 31, Phelps
    Phelps K-12 School
    4451 Old School Rd.
  2. September 7, La Farge
    La Farge Community Center
    202 N. State St.
    Optional bus tour from 10 – 11:30 a.m., $5/person. A narrated tour of local community development success stories, including Organic Valley.
  3. September 14, Eagle
    Municipal Building
    820 E. Main St.
  4. September 20, Shell Lake
    Shell Lake Arts Center
    801 1st St.

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: Beth Weirick
600 E. Wells St
Milwaukee, WI 53202


11:30 Registration
12:00 Lunch and Networking
12:30 Welcome and Introductions
12:45 Keynote Speaker
1:15   Community Case Study
1:45   Entrepreneurial Case Study
2:15   Break
2:30   Roundtable Discussions
-Entrepreneurialism/Innovative Businesses
-Creative Economy
-Leadership Development
-Local Policies & Regulatory Strategies
-Glass Half Full OR What Does Change Look Like Here
4:15   Wrap up and Closing Comments



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

Email with any questions, concerns.