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Call to Action from Create Wisconsin!

Your advocacy is needed to achieve $500,000 in annual state investment in creative economic and civic development in rural communities throughout Wisconsin.

There are a very limited number of days remaining in the 2023-24 Legislative Session and we are closer than ever to final passage of legislation to establish a NEW Rural Creative Economy Grant program!

To keep moving this effort forward, we need community advocates to make the case with their elected representatives.  That’s where you come in. You’re invited to join Create Wisconsin at an Advocacy Call to Action Check-in, taking place over several afternoons in the next few days, to learn more about the rural creative economy development bills and the legislative process, and how you can be an effective advocate.

Each session will start at 1 pm and end by 1:30 pm. There’s no need to register, just join one of the Zoom calls when it’s convenient for you. The schedule of check-in sessions, with Zoom links, is:

Wednesday February 7 | 1 pm

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Thursday February 8 | 1 pm

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Friday February 9 | 1 pm

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Monday February 12 | 1 pm

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About the Rural Creative Economy Development Program: under 2023 Assembly Bill 449/Senate Bill 448, authored by Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) and Sen. Romaine Quinn (R-Cameron), applicants would be eligible for up to $50,000 in matching grant funds to promote and assist the development of rural and small town businesses, products, or services hat have an artistic, cultural, creative, or aesthetic value. The legislation is supported by these non-profit and governmental entities:

Create Wisconsin

Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions

Destinations Wisconsin

League of Wisconsin Municipalities

National Federation of Independent Business

Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association

Wisconsin Restaurant Association

Wisconsin Downtown Action Council

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Do you know who your legislators are? You can find out at WHO ARE MY LEGISLATORS? on the Wisconsin Legislature’s website.  If you are represented by any of the following GOP state senators, we especially need your continued leadership and involvement:

If you are not able to participate in one of these sessions and would like to be involved and get more information, no problem! Get in touch with questions and ideas anytime at [email protected] or (608) 335-7909.

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