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2022 Wisconsin Rural Economic Summit


Using the latest research and data, the Wisconsin Rural Economic Summit focuses on Wisconsin’s rural economy. The summit includes an overview of the latest economic and demographic trends, an examination of labor force trends, a focus on tech entrepreneurship in rural communities, and discussions on rural healthcare and rural child care. The event ends with a discussion of the 4th wave of economic development and its importance to rural Wisconsin.

Webinar Recording


General Economic Trends in Rural Wisconsin

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

General Population Trends in Rural Wisconsin

Labor Force Trends, Workforce Shortages in Rural Wisconsin

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

Tech Entrepreneurship in Rural America

  • Molly Pyle, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development Lead, Center on Rural Innovation

Health Care in Rural Wisconsin

  • Marie Barry, Director of Community Economic Development, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Child Care in Rural Wisconsin

  • Ruth Schmidt, Executive Director, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association

4th Wave of Economic Development and the Importance of Economic Development Planning to Rural Wisconsin

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

This summit is co-sponsored by:

This webinar was 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.

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.

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