Small Community Forum – Nekoosa

Wisconsin Rural Partners, in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, USDA, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Downtown Action Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, host multiple Small Community Forums annually throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Now in their ninth year, a Small Community Forum will be held at the Nekoosa Community Center on September 11th, 2019 from 7:30am-1pm.

This forum allows residents from many of Wisconsin’s small communities to come together, address common issues, network, share best practices, and identify strategies to address shared concerns. Representatives from local, state, and regional resource partners will be on hand to connect with attendees and provide guidance on specific concerns introduced during the session.

This gathering is about sharing ideas, learning and networking to identify strategies to enhance the health and future of rural Wisconsin.  People interested in small town and rural Wisconsin are invited to attend, including those involved in quality of life issues, business, government, education, the nonprofit sector, civic and community development. Civic leaders, elected officials, volunteers, business leaders, educators, and local and regional economic development. Case study presentations and resource discussions will focus on infrastructure, partnerships, innovation, inclusion in housing, creative economies, childcare, and workforce development, among other issues.

Registration is available online at or at the event, beginning at 7am. The cost to attend is $20 and includes coffee, lunch and materials.

  • 7:30-8am – Registration and refreshments (coffee and rolls)
  • 8-9:15am – Speed Networking with Resources
  • 9:15-10am – Local Case Studies
  • 10:15-10:45am – Wisconsin by the Numbers
  • 10:45am-12pm – Roundtable Discussions
  • 12-1pm – Lunch and Networking

Nekoosa Community Center is located at 416 Crestview Lane – Nekoosa, WI 54457

For more information, please visit or contact Anne Katz at 



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