Hurley Hosts Small Community Forum on September 19

More than half of Wisconsin’s municipalities are communities of fewer than 2,500 residents. Despite their large number, these small communities represent a wide variety of geographic and economic areas within the state. Because of their small size, these communities have unique issues and needs that are often very different from those of larger places.

A Small Community Forum will be held in the Iron County Memorial Building on Wednesday, September 19th to allow area residents to address common issues, come together, network, share best practices and identify strategies to address shared concerns.  Representatives from many state and regional resource partners will be on hand to connect with attendees and provide guidance on specific concerns introduced during the Forum.  The Hurely Forum is part of a series of four forums to take place in small communities around Wisconsin in August and September.

The Hurley Forum starts with lunch at noon, with the program following from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. An optional, free pre-Forum discussion on equity and inclusivity, led by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, will take place 11 am – 12 noon.  Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. The registration fee is $20 and includes lunch and materials. Register at www.wisconsindowntown.org/forums.

Paper Registration

Everyone who cares about the future of their community is invited to attend.  The Hurley Forum is open to everyone interested in small towns, including those involved in quality of life issues, business, government, education, civic and community development   Civic leaders, elected officials, volunteers, business leaders, educators, nonprofit organization representatives, and local and regional economic development, civic, and planning are encouraged to participate.  Discussions will focus on infrastructure, partnership, innovation, and inclusion in housing, creative economy, childcare, and workforce development, among other issues.

The 2018 Small Community Forums are made possible through a coalition of statewide agencies and organizations involved in rural community development: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Downtown Action CouncilWisconsin Rural PartnersUW-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development.

For more information and to register, go to www.wisconsindowntown.org/forums.  Contact Anne Katz at akatz@artswisconsin.org with questions.