Community Development


UWEX Cooperative Extension Community Development Educators offer education, research and process solutions to government, business and non-profit clients. education, research and process solutions to government, business and non-profit clients in 68 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

Learn about Legislative Days from Claire Thompson, UW-Extension Community Development Educator.

Ahnapee Trail Head in Algoma Concept Plan January 2017

A group of community stakeholders met on three occasions in 2016 to discuss recommendations to improve the Ahnapee Trail Head in Algoma. As part of our process, we conducted a physical assessment of the trail head, we reviewed maps, and the stakeholders all provided input on the options.

Read the fullconcept plan here: Ahnapee Trail In Algoma Concept Plan PDF



Strategic Planning for Non-profits

The UW-Extension in Kewaunee County wants to provide its services to local non-profits. Strategic planning is key to the success of non-profits, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. Claire Thompson of UW-Extension in Kewaunee County, describes how you should proceed, to place the planning in the forefront of everyone’s mind.


2016 Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies
Monthly Teleconferences from October 4, 2016 through July 18, 2017

Hear experts discuss issues of current concern to local government officials in Wisconsin–from elections to broadband to road funding. There will be time for questions.

  • Voter Registration and I.D., Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    • As we look to the fall elections, there may be uncertainty about what laws, policies and procedures are in place that will affect voter registration and photo I.D. requirements. This is your opportunity to receive guidance directly from staff at the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) and get answers to your questions. WEC staff will also be provided an overview of municipal clerk tasks as they relate to the November election and beyond.
  • Broadband in Rural Wisconsin: Taking Steps Forward, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • This session will provide an overview of broadband access, as well as efforts underway to increase not only access but adoption and utilization in rural Wisconsin. Also included will be a proposed framework to take action, examples of what communities are doing and efforts that have been funded by the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) State Broadband Office.
  • Assessing And Addressing Local Service Needs, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • The provision of mandated, emergency, critical infrastructure, social, and other services is a central role of local government. Learn how demographic trends will shape demand for non-essential community services, as well as techniques local officials can use to better understand and plan for changing service needs.
  • Fire and EMS Planning Amid Changing Demographics, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Local fire protection and emergency medical services are critical community services that Wisconsin residents count on. However, changing conditions relating to customers and service providers will have a significant impact on how these services are provided and funded. Learn what changing demographics service delivery challenges are revealing about how communities will need to plan for, fund, and deliver these critical services.
  • Cybersecurity, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • We read almost daily reports about sensitive computer information being lost or leaked. Data breaches come in many forms – stolen laptops, misrouted emails, careless website updates, employee error, viruses and hackers, to name a few. Participants in this session will learn from the experts about the common threats and steps you can take to protect yourself and your government’s computer systems.
  • Managing Public Records, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Access to Public Records is an accepted part of Wisconsin local government. This session will consider the legal and practical concerns of maintenance and storage of public records. Learn what the law requires for preserving public records and what records may be destroyed. Also discover how these legal requirements affect electronically created and stored public records, including when an electronic record can be deemed the original record.
  • Manure Management: Issues for Local Officials, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • This session will provide an overview of key issues for local officials related to production, transport, and field application of manure. Topics addressed will include farm manure management systems, transport and roadway issues, and public health concerns.
  • Road and Transportation Funding, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • We are a state, like many, with an economy that relies heavily on the condition of our roads and transportation system. Representatives from the state’s major local government associations will lead a discussion during this program about some of the strategies that could be employed to best address the lack of funding for the state’s roadway system. While not a new issue, the absence of strategies and solutions will be felt for years to come.
  • Filling Our Shoes: Where will the next generation of local officials come from? Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • We know that large numbers of Wisconsin’s local officials are approaching an age where they’ll be vacating their elected and appointed positions, in increasing numbers and with increasing frequency. The important task of finding and developing people to replace them is one every official – and every community resident – should be concerned about. Learn how Wisconsin’s local government and related organizations are thinking about and preparing to meet this challenge.
  • How to Use State Contracts for Local Government Purchasing, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Hundreds of State of Wisconsin contracts for the purchase of goods and services are available to county and municipal governments. Learn about how these competitively-bid contracts for items ranging from vehicles to consulting services to IT equipment may be used to control local expenses and provide quality services for residents.

These teleconferences are audio-only. You attend by telephone. Connection information and reference materials are sent one week before the presentation.

Register online or call 608-262-0810.


$20 – Attend one program by telephone during teleconference. The connection information will be sent by email and includes a link to the reference materials (PDF).
$35 – Attend one program by telephone during teleconference plus hard copy of reference materials. Please register early to allow one week for U.S. Postal Service delivery.
$150 – Attend all 10 programs in the series by telephone during teleconference. the connection information will be sent by email and includes a link to the reference materials (PDF).

For more information about each teleconference, download the 2016 Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies teleconference series brochure.




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Links to Community Resource Development Topics

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Organizational Development

Food Entrepreneurship

Natural Resources

Economic Development

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If you have any questions regarding Community Resource Development in Kewaunee County, please contact:

Claire Thompson
Kewaunee County UW-Extension
810 Lincoln Street
Kewaunee, WI 54216
Phone: 920-388-7136
Fax: 920-388-7159
Office Hours: M-F, 8 am to 4:30 pm

Erin Dahle – Program Assistant
Phone: 920-388-7141