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Design Reedsburg Final Report

On May 4, 2017, a group of 21 planning and design professionals found their way to Reedsburg, Wisconsin to dedicate their time and expertise in hopes of helping the community discover their shared vision for the future.  The Design Reedsburg Final Report documents the outcomes of the Design Wisconsin Team’s visit. The Design Wisconsin Team The […]

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Sauk County Institute of Leadership (SCIL) 2017 Annual Report

Sauk County Institute of Leadership (SCIL) is releasing their 2017 Annual Report.  SCIL is your source for leadership in a vibrant Sauk County.  The program provides an in depth understanding of issues in our communities and is a tool for engaged, active and involved community leaders. ​SCIL excels in providing leadership skills that can be applied […]

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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 […]

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Women and Political Ambition

Studies have documented the disproportionately low number of women holding state and federal elective offices.This is also true of local elective offices in Wisconsin. So, why don’t women run? Learn more about women running for office by reading the article “Women and Political Ambition: The Wisconsin Local Government Perspective” by Community Resource Development Educator, Jennifer […]

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Sauk County Farm Connect Guide

This special listing ties together Wisconsin’s largest industry – agriculture – with another of its top segments – tourism. You don’t have to be a Sauk County visitor to locate area farmers who directly market their products to discerning consumers – everyone is welcome to shop at these local agribusinesses and, in the process, put […]

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Sauk County Population and Demographic Trends

Sauk County UW-Extension recently had Dan Veroff, Extension Demographic Specialist, from the Applied Population Laboratory compile population and demographic trends within Sauk County.  The data includes information on overall population changes, age and aging, what date says about race and ethnic diversity, languages spoken at home, housing, employment and commuting, and crimes and arrests. Sauk […]

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Paddle the Baraboo Guide and Map Now Available

Take a look at our recently updated and published Paddle the Baraboo River Guide and Map. The map have been updated with new access information and better paddling time estimates.  The map is intended for people interested in paddling the Baraboo River and are primarily distributed through the Baraboo and Reedsburg Chambers of Commerce or the […]

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Arts Essential to American Life

How Great, Thou Art(s) Arts & Culture in Sauk County – why is it important? Only three of Wisconsin’s seventy-two counties support an Arts and Culture program. Two of those are the state’s most populous – Milwaukee and Dane counties. The other is a rural surprise – Sauk County, population ~65,000. Question: Is there merit […]

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Sauk County Farm Connect Guide Listing

Farm Marketers Can Get Free Listing The Sauk County UW-Extension Office is currently updating the Sauk County Farm Connect Guide: A directory designed to help Sauk County area farmers reach more customers who are interested in buying local goods like meat, vegetables, honey, syrup, flowers and other agricultural products directly from the farmers who grew […]

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Megatrends: Transportation

In this edition of Megatrends, we address issues of the impact of transportation on individuals, businesses, communities, the environment, and the state by taking a closer look at statewide land use and transportation trends. We provide a timeline of Wisconsin’s transportation history and discuss how people and goods move around, how different users rely on […]

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Tap Into UW-Extension

This past year Cooperative Extension educators made more than 1 million educational contacts.UW-Extension educators make a difference in the communities they serve!  This video features interviews with organizations and community members that use our services, drawn from our Tap Into It (https://uwcx.org/) campaign testimonials. A number of the interviews feature Sauk County UWEX programming. Thank […]

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Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America

Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America provides information about current trends confronting rural people and their communities in the United States. The briefs are available in an interactive format or can be downloaded as PDFs. (http://w3001.apl.wisc.edu/)

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Join the Innovation Champions Group

Do you have an idea for a business, an invention, or want to expand your business?  Get help from area mentors from Columbia, Marquette, and Sauk county who have successful businesses.  Join us at the initial meeting of the Innovation Champions Group. The first meeting will be held July 21, 2016 at 5pm at the […]

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nEXT Generation: Changes within UW-Extension

The nEXT Generation is a framework to address the UW-Extension (Cooperative Extension) $3.6 million share of state cuts to the University of Wisconsin System. The overall goal: Establish a model that is fiscally sustainable and makes Cooperative Extension more relevant, flexible, and digital—positioned to serve further generations of Wisconsin residents. Over the past century, UW-Extension, […]

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Sauk County Next Generation Survey Report

The Sauk County Economic Development Committee launched an initiative to learn more about the desires of adults, ages 25-35, and how to attract and retain them to live and work in the county. The initiative, called Next Generation Sauk County, is the county’s first placemaking area of focus. To learn more read the full report. Next Generation Sauk […]

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Coming Soon! Spring Green Internet Needs Survey

Access to high-speed broadband Internet is essential to the future success of our rural community. It creates economic growth, expands access to quality healthcare, enhances educational opportunities, and improves our quality of life. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), high-speed broadband Internet is defined as a connection with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps […]

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Sauk County Rail Economic Impact Findings

The University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX) in Sauk County has collaborated with the Pink Lady Rail Transit Commission (PLRTC) to conduct periodic surveys of rail users on the Merrimac to Reedsburg freight rail line (26 miles) since 1988. The purpose of this effort is to track rail usage and assess the economic impact of the rail […]

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