Apr 17

2016 Rural Summit : Lt. Governor to Speak

The 2016 Wisconsin Rural Summit will be held April 20-21, 2016, at Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel. The theme of next year’s summit is “Revitalization in Rural Areas”.


The summit will feature a stellar line-up of speakers and resources for community members, municipalities, businesses and organizations.  This year’s summit will also include the ceremony for the 2016 Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative Awards, honoring the cream of the crop of innovative and effective rural community enterprise.


On the 20th the summit is all about Forest County.  Conference attendees will take a tour of our county, various businesses and municipalities.  The Forest County Economic Development Partnership (FCEDP) will be the hosting sponsor of this event.  Businesses, organizations, and attractions in our county will be featured.  


Wisconsin Rural Partners is a statewide non-profit corporation that helps to develop leadership, networks and voice for rural Wisconsin residents and communities.  It was chartered to pursue an educational mission dedicated to building collaborative partnerships across the public and private sectors for the benefit of rural Wisconsin. Wisconsin Rural Partners’ mission is ‘to build networks, leadership and voice for rural Wisconsin.” Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc. is Wisconsin’s official, federally recognized State Rural Development Council in the National Rural Development Partnership. Over the past fourteen years, Wisconsin Rural Partners (also known here as WRP or the Partnership) has evolved into the premier network for rural community residents; leaders and service providers who want to improve the quality of life in rural Wisconsin. Since 1993, we have built public-private partnerships to creatively address the issues that rural communities deal with on a day-to-day basis. Our focus is to build rural community capacity; develop strong rural leaders; and provide a network for rural community support. Issues and strategies that the Partnership develops originate from public input at the Wisconsin Rural Summit. WRP members and others, who may be interested, work together through programs, partnerships and events to address the issues. The result is stronger rural communities.


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Rural Partners executive director Rick Rolfsmeyer at 608-967-2322 or ricky@wirural.org.  You can register online by visiting the web site www.wirural.org/rural-summit-2016/.

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