Gabrielle Ratté Smith, Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships at the Orton Family Foundation, shares stories of three communities that have been transformed and are flourishing by intentionally focusing on community involvement.
Robert McChesney, Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, examines the emergence of the internet and explores the implications of the digital revolution on democratic politics and capitalism.
Chris Stark, a Community Resource Development Educator in Vilas County through the UW-Extension, explores the history of Phelps, Wisconsin and the process used by the village to encourage economic development.
Barry McLeane, Project Specialist, Vilas County Economic Development Corporation, provides an overview of the work being done to provide economic opportunities in Vilas County. McLeane highlights properties the corporation has made available as business incubators.
Matt Calvert, Specialist, Youth Development, UW-Extension, explores the advantages of encouraging young people to get involved in their towns and villages. Calvert presents a study of the school-aged youth in Florence, WI and how their involvement made a difference in their town.
Brian Doudna, Executive Director, Wisconsin Economic Development Association, explains the basics of tax incremental financing for newly elected politicians.
Greg Kleinheinz, Professor, Environmental Engineering Technology, UW-Oshkosh, introduces three types of biogas facilities in Wisconsin: dry anaerobic digesters, high-solid systems and continually mixed wet systems. Kleinheinz examines the environmental and economic aspects of each system.
Chris Hartleb, Professor, Department of Biology, UW-Stevens Point, explores commercial fish farming as sustainable food sources for the future.
Peggy Olive, Financial Capability Specialist, UW-Extension/ UW-Madison, introduces strategies for realizing financial security. Olive focuses on planning for day to day expenses, unexpected expenses, setting goals and budgeting to allow for some “wants” in addition to covering your “needs.”
Martha Laugen, City Manager, Madison BCycle, explains the history of bicycle sharing, discusses the bike share system in Madison and neighboring cities, and explores the future as bike sharing continues to expand within the urban transportation structure.