Business/Economics

Business/Economics

Digital Disconnect: The Internet and Democracy

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.

The Story of Phelps

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.

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation

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.

Youth Development Is Community Development

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.

Introduction to Economic Development

Brian Doudna, Executive Director, Wisconsin Economic Development Association, explains the basics of tax incremental financing for newly elected politicians.

Biogas Production in Wisconsin

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.

Aquaponics: Sustainable Food Production

Chris Hartleb, Professor, Department of Biology, UW-Stevens Point, explores commercial fish farming as sustainable food sources for the future.

Secrets to Financial Happiness for a Lifetime

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.”

Red Bikes, Green Transportation

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.

Avian Influenza

Kelli Engen, Public Health Officer, Barron County, and Tim Jergenson, Agricultural Agent, Barron County, UW-Extension, discuss the impact of the avian influenza on the Wisconsin poultry industry and on human health. This April and May 2015 occurrence resulted in the loss of a million chickens and turkeys.

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