Clean Transportation: Clean Energy Funding Series

In this webinar, you will learn the types of clean transportation funding available to businesses, governments, schools, rural areas and tribes, organizations, and individuals and what you need to do in advance to be ready to apply. You will learn about business funding for EV charging, Drive Clean rural assessments, as well as strategies to apply for electric school buses and electric city buses in Wisconsin. Clean transportation funding can be in your future, we’ll introduce you to resources to assist you.

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Planning for Wisconsin Counties, Tribes, and REDOs

This is the third session on broadband planning and funding for counties, Tribes, and REDOs. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Broadband Office provided an update the BEAD Local Planning Grant Program, including funding allocations, grant instructions, budgeting and financial reporting details, eligible categories, allowable activities, and deliverables. The Technical Assistance Team from UW-Madison, Division of Extension and WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity provided planning updates and resources, including the GEO partners mapping tool available through BEAD Funding and an update of a statewide survey aiding in the development of Wisconsin’s BEAD and Digital Equity Plans.

Business & Workforce Development: Clean Energy Funding Series

In this webinar, our expert panel discusses clean energy funding available to businesses at both the Federal and state level, how to optimize your access to funding & financing, strategies to lower your tax liability, and programs to increase the clean energy workforce in Wisconsin.

Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) – Minnesota Examples of An Essential Economic Development Activity

This webinar describes work from the University of Minnesota-Extension to support business retention and expansion efforts in rural areas. With over 20 years of experience working with rural communities, MN-Extension has developed several resources that support economic development leaders to create a supportive ecosystem for rural business retention and expansion. Three guest presenters, Michael Darger, Marty Walsh, and Amy Schaefer, discuss the importance of business retention and expansion in rural communities.

Local Government, Tribes, Schools, & Nonprofits: Clean Energy Funding Series

The second webinar in the Clean Energy Funding Series explores how recent Federal funding will help support the clean energy and climate work of local government, Tribes, schools, and nonprofits. Webinar panelists provide information on current grants, payments, and financing opportunities and what you can do to prepare to apply for them.

The Next Steps in Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Planning for Counties, Tribes, and REDOs

This is the second in a series of webinars on broadband planning and funding for local counties and tribes. We discuss Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment technical assistance being offered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Regional Economic Development Organizations, University of Wisconsin Madison-Division of Extension and Wisconsin Public Service Commission-Wisconsin Broadband Office. Participants will receive the next steps for accessing planning funds from the WI Broadband Offices along with expected deliverables.

Ag Producers & Rural Businesses: Clean Energy Funding Series

This first webinar in the Clean Energy Funding Series focuses on agricultural producers and rural small businesses because Rural Energy for America (REAP) guaranteed grants and loans of $2 billion over the next decade is available to the ag sector now. Round 1 grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects are due March 31, 2023. On this webinar, you will learn about funding available at the federal and state levels through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Focus on Energy, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing and what you need to do to put together successful applications.

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Funding for Wisconsin Counties & Tribes

In today’s world, having access to high-speed internet is essential for full participation. This includes how we work, learn, live, access healthcare, and participate in democracy. To ensure prosperity in Wisconsin communities, local and regional partners need to plan for broadband access thoughtfully. In this webinar, we discuss the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program and provide an overview of state-wide broadband planning efforts and funding opportunities for local county and Tribal broadband planning.

State Labor Force Overview: Wisconsin

As part of the 2023 Regional Economic Conditions Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Dr. Tessa Conroy provides an overview of the Wisconsin labor force.

Supporting Business Succession & Transition: Lessons Learned from Minnesota

There are about 50,000 employer businesses owned by people over 55 years old in Minnesota. Or about 50% of the businesses in the state. In this webinar, guest presenter, Michael Darger, describes efforts at the University of Minnesota Extension to work across organizations to raise awareness among business owners and create support for business succession and transition (BST) planning in rural areas.

Pandemic Fad or Here to Stay? Impacts of Remote Work on Employees, Businesses and Communities

The movement of employees to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been well-documented. Indeed, the Census Bureau recently reported that the number of people working primarily from home tripled between 2019 and 2021. This shift certainly caused hardship among some employees but was widely embraced by many others. With the World Health Organization noting that the pandemic is nearing its end, employees, businesses and communities face questions regarding the future of remote work. This webinar explores trends in remorse work and offers insights into questions about the future of remote work.

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