Community Economic Development

NEXT WEBINAR   |   Wednesday, October 12, 2022   

REGISTER HERE
Facilitator:

Marie Barry, RWHC Director of Community Economic Development

Speakers:
  • Jocelyn Hernandez-Swanson, Leadership & Civic Engagement Educator, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Scott Chazdon, Evaluation and Research Specialist, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Alisa Pykett, Action Researcher and Evaluator, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
  • Olivia Little, PhD, Translational Researcher, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Program Description:

Growth is often heralded as integral to economic development. Many community services are dependent upon community growth to ensure their funding streams remain viable. However, many rural communities are currently facing aging and shrinking demographic trends that carry with them economic challenges.

The 2020 Census data has reinforced prior research demonstrating that one of the most successful ways to combat declining rural population is through growing immigrant communities in rural areas. Ensuring that communities are welcoming and inclusive is an important development strategy to help your rural community attract and retain people and reverse challenging demographic trends. Additionally, a growing body of research is proving that belonging and inclusivity have tangible effects on our health.

Join RWHC for a webinar exploring the effects of belonging and inclusivity on health outcomes and economic outcomes. We will learn more about the linkages among these topics and how other rural communities have successfully made their communities more welcoming with strategies you can take back to your own community today!





      The Community Economic Development Program offerings include:

      • Professional development trainings for RWHC Members focused on CED topics

      • Community Economic Analyses of interested Members’ communities through a partnership with UW Extension for facilitation
      • Compiling and disseminating relevant local economic data for RWHC Members
      • Developing a toolkit of effective CED strategies for Member use
      • Serving as a liaison to Wisconsin’s existing network of economic development professionals and resources
      • Acting as an accessible resource for Members on community economic development issues as they organically arise
      Contact

      Marie Barry, Director of Community Economic Development

      mbarry@rwhc.com