Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, shares her journey as an advocate for the arts. Katz focuses on the mission, vision and purpose of Arts Wisconsin, an organization that focuses on making the arts the center of life and learning throughout the state.
Alex Blumberg, Entrepreneur and Former Producer at National Public Radio, shares his experiences moving from a job as a non-profit journalist to becoming the CEO of Gimlet Media, a for-profit company, and what he learned along the way about storytelling. Blumberg is a former co-producer of NPR’s “This American Life” and “Planet Money.”
University of Wisconsin Extension experts in horticulture and nutrition education join to discuss how to address the nutritional needs of the community through farmers markets. The panel provides information about the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program which enables vendors to accept FoodShare and Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) payments.
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.