Rural Economic Development

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

April 12 , 1996

Rural Economic Planning Confab May 31

The techniques of planning for and fiscal impact of economic development in rural communities will be the topic of a one-day seminar sponsored by UW-River Falls.

"Rural Communities and Economic Development" is scheduled for Friday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rodli Commons.

This is the fourth workshop of the Rural Communities and Economic Development series designed to give northwest Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota small town officials and community leaders a total understanding of the economic development process, how it relates to their own communities and what decisions must be made to promote it within small rural towns.

It will provide an in-depth look at common economic development issues such as comprehensive land use planning and fiscal and social impacts of growth, Participants do not need to participate in the previous sessions in order to participate in this workshop.

Highlights include a keynote address by Rita M. Kozak, a land use planner from Williams-Gill and Associates, Inc., on the comprehensive land use planning process and how it differs from zoning. Kozak, who holds a doctorate in land use planning, is a member of the Pierce County Board. UW-Madison Professor Gary P. Green will also lead a review on some key factors that communities should consider when evaluating the impacts of growth.

Richard J. Stadelman, Wisconsin Towns Association executive director, will present a recap on what the Strategic Task Force and Land Use Interagency Council has done in the last year and what this means for local government roles and how local governments can become active participants in the development of state policies on land use.

Other highlights include a Public Sector Tools and Roles in Financing Business Development session summarizing customary municipal, town and county programs to promote economic development. The session, presented by Pierce County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bill Warner, will also include an overview of state and federal resources and contacts, and how local governments can become active participants in the development of state policies on land use.

Warner will also lead another session discussing networking methods and contacts for coordinating economic development .

Cost for the workshop is $45 and includes all learning materials, refreshments and lunch. Cost for the second person registering from the same agency or community is $20. The registration deadline is May 22.

The session is co-sponsored by UW-RF Continuing Education Extension and UW Cooperative Extension.

For additional information, contact Professor Larry Swain, Rural Development Institute, at 715/425-3256 or Sharon Remund, Continuing Education Extension, at 715/425-3256 or 1-800-228-5607.

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