Sauk County Place Plan

Sauk County has so much to offer, not only to its residents and the people who grew up here but to the world. As the gateway to the Driftless region, Sauk County is unlike any other place, but it is difficult to gauge how many people recognize that. There is evidence that Sauk County needs be more progressive in its approach to attract and retain people: businesses have available jobs sitting empty; world-class organizations are experiencing declining numbers of patrons walking through their doors, and school districts have declining enrollments.

While a Place Plan is not a traditional means of long-range planning, this Plan identifies strategies that will promote cooperation, collaboration, and the preservation and utilization of the County’s assets as an opportunity to distinguish it as a unique place. It focuses on connecting people to each other and to their communities, as well as to the assets that this region has to offer. It focuses on promoting a high quality-of- life, creating authentic experiences, and ultimately creating emotional connections to Sauk County. It is these emotional ties that will prompt people to choose Sauk County when they are considering where they want to live, work, and visit.

Why a place plan?
Promotes cooperation, collaboration, and the preservation and utilization of the County’s assets as an opportunity to distinguish it as a unique place.  It focuses on connecting people to each other and to their communities and promoting a high quality-of-life by creating authentic experiences.

Process
Interview individual stakeholders across the County, meet with municipal board and work with individual communities, on-going meetings with special interest group, re-engage Millenial Task Force, work jointly with Economic Development Committee

In the plan, you will find a narrative, an action plan, and appendices.  These will highlight the issues and opportunities of communities.  Strategies are also provided to help out the action plan into motion.

A paper copy is available to read at the Sauk County UW-Extension office, 505 Broadway, Baraboo, WI 53913.

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