2024 Wisconsin Rural Economic Summit

Join us for the Fourth Annual Virtual Wisconsin Rural Economic Summit as we explore the latest economic research and data related to rural Wisconsin communities.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)

Using the latest research and data specific to Wisconsin’s rural communities and regions, we will focus on the Wisconsin rural economy. The summit includes an overview of the latest economic and demographic trends across rural communities, an examination rural health care, housing, and broadband. Conversations will include what rural communities can do to foster economic growth and development. This event is virtual and free to the public.



Agenda


9:00 am

Introduction & Welcome

Karl Martin, Dean & Director of UW-Madison, Division of Extension, and Associate Professor

9:10 am

State of the Wisconsin Rural Economy

Steve Deller, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Community Economic Development Specialist, UW-Madison, Division of Extension

This presentation will look at economic trends in employment and income across metro and nonmetro regions of Wisconsin relative to the U.S. and Great Lakes states.

9:30 am

State of the Rural Wisconsin Labor Market

Matt Kures, Community Economic Development Specialist, UW-Madison, Division of Extension

This presentation will focus on rural labor force participation rates, changing demographics, and trends in commuting and remote work across rural counties.

10:00 am

Rural Health Care

Alison Davis, H.B. Price Professor of Agricultural Economics and Executive Director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), University of Kentucky

This session will cover what is happening in rural health care and why should we care from an economic development perspective.

10:20 am

Rural Housing

Kristin Runge, Community Economic Development Specialist, UW-Madison, Division of Extension

This presentation will cover rural housing across the state of Wisconsin, focusing on trends and information housing affordability and availability.

10:50 am

Rural Broadband

Brian Whitacre, Professor and Jean & Patsy Neustadt Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

This presentation will focus on broadband adoption and what communities can do to take advantage of broadband in economic development.

11:10 am

Rural Digital Footprints

Jacob Thebault-Spieker, Assistant Professor, Information School, UW-Madison

This talk will discuss what digital footprints are, why they matter, research that shows why missing rural digital footprints is a problem, and what this means for digital tools for rural communities.

11:40 am

Rural Livability

Steve Deller, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Community Economic Development Specialist, UW-Madison, Division of Extension

This presentation focuses on enhancing our comprehension of the dynamics influencing rural areas. It delves into both the challenges and successes of rural communities, seeking to distinguish between the outcomes and drivers of rural livability and to identify strategies and blueprints to foster community and regional livability.

11:55 am

Conclusion

Benoy Jacob, Community Development Institute Director, UW-Madison, Division of Extension

This summit is co-sponsored by:


This summit is made possible, in part, by a grant from the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration in support of the Economic Development Administration University Center at the Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison and is being supported, in part, by federal award number SLFRP0135 awarded to the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System on behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension via the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.


Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Statements

We value inclusion and access for all participants. We are happy to provide accommodations to help you fully participate in this event.

An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements.Como empleador que brinda igualdad de oportunidades en el empleo y acción afirmativa (EEO/AA, por sus siglas en inglés), la University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, proporciona igualdad de oportunidades en el empleo y en sus programas, incluyendo los requisitos del Título VI, Título IX, la ley federal para personas con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos (ADA, por sus siglas en inglés) y los requisitos de la Section 504 del Rehabilitation Act.Tus Tswv Hauj Lwm Ntawm (EEO/AA), ntawm lub Tsev Kawm Ntawv Qib Siab (University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension) pab rau kev ncaj ncees txog kev hauj lwm thiab kev pab cuam, xws li nyob rau hauv Title VI, Title IX, thiab ntawm tsab cai Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) yuav tsum kom muaj thiab Feem 504 ntawm the Txoj Cai Kev Pab Rov Tsim Kho Uas Tau Teev Tseg.
Please make requests for reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational programs as early as possible preceding the scheduled program, service, or activity.Para asegurar un acceso igualitario a los programas educativos, haga el favor de solicitar adecuaciones razonables lo más pronto posible antes de la fecha del programa, servicio o actividad.Xav thov kom ua txoj kev thov laj thawj thiaj li tau cov kev pab cuam ntxov li ntxov tau ua ntej rau li lub caij nyoog ntawm cov kev pab cuam, kev pab los yog dej num no.
For communicative accommodations in languages other than English, please contact oaic@extension.wisc.edu.Para pedir adecuaciones para la comunicación en un idioma distinto al inglés, favor de comunicarse con: oaic@extension.wisc.edu.Rau kev sib tham pab cuam rau qhov lwm yam lus ntawm lus As Kiv (English), thov sau ntawv rau: oaic@extension.wisc.edu.
For communicative accommodations based on a disability, please contact Heather Lipinski Stelljes at: heather.stelljes@wisc.edu for the public.Para personas del público que quiera pedir adecuaciones para la comunicación debido a una discapacidad, favor de comunicarse con: heather.stelljes@wisc.eduRau kev sib tham pab cuam rau kev puas cev xws li tes taw, thov sau ntawv rau: heather.stelljes@wisc.edu
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