Last updated: Saturday, 14-Mar-2009 19:10:25 Central Daylight Time
Designing The Future Of Your Town
The University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension is hosting a nationally renowned workshop, "Your Town: Designing its Future," March 20-22 at Camp St. Croix in Troy Township near Hudson, Wis.
The workshop is the first of its kind to be offered in Wisconsin and Minnesota and is sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The NTHP and NEA have held such workshops since 1992, and each year sponsors five across the country.
Your Town: Designing Its Future is a leadership initiative that responds to the design needs of small towns and rural areas. Many rural American communities are facing a range of critical problems.
In some cases, the main concerns are heavy out-migration and loss of employment opportunities; in others, rapid growth from suburban sprawl and the location of new facilities are on the agenda. These problems affect the vitality of the community, its design, and its sense of place.
The workshop addresses these issues of community integrity and character through the process of design in a two-day participatory workshop. Keynote speaker is Daniel Marckel, University of Minnesota Design Center for American Urban Landscape.
Forty participants will represent communities from Pierce, St. Croix, Polk, Burnett, Racine, Iowa, Eau Claire, Dane, and Manitowoc counties in Wisconsin. The workshop includes presentations, tours, networking, idea exchanges and hands-on activities for local officials, town planners and community leaders.
The Your Town program received the 1996 National Honor Award for Design Communication by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). This is the highest award given by ASLA, in recognition of exceptional contributions to the profession and society. Your Town also received the American Planning Association Public Education Award in 1997. For more information on the NTHP and NEA program, visit www.ruralheritage.org/yourtown.html.
For more information or to preregister, contact Alicia Acken, Land Use Specialist, UW-Cooperative Extension, UW River Falls campus, 410 S. Third St. River Falls, WI 54022, 715/425-3083.
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