Bringing Opportunity to Rural Wisconsin

A place for rural Wisconsin to find opportunities, celebrate our success and build a strong future. Welcome.

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Tribal Communities

The Office of Rural Prosperity recognizes the voices of our Tribal and Indigenous communities. We are holding space on this website as we collaborate with those groups to incorporate their feedback and add targeted resources.

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    Residents of the verdant Kickapoo Valley—part of the Driftless Region, untouched by glaciers—wanted their children to understand and appreciate the natural beauty and resources of the woods and streams around them. They wanted regular outings for youngsters in the environment surrounding them in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, an 8,600-acre conservation area that offers a wealth of nature to explore. The primarily rural region in southwest Wisconsin also faces socioeconomic challenges and few options for child care.

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Rural Prosperity

Wisconsin would not be the state it is without our rural communities. Farmland, wilderness, villages and small towns are an essential part of our identity, our quality of life and our economy.

At the same time, we understand that there is no one single ‘rural economy’—every region is unique, with its own traditions, natural resources and mix of industries. Recognizing this complexity, Governor Tony Evers, in his January 2020 State of the State Address, called on WEDC to establish the Office of Rural Prosperity and that same month he signed Executive Order #65 calling for the creation of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity.

Whether you’re an individual, a business or a community organization, the Office of Rural Prosperity is here to connect you with the right programs, tools, partners and resources to build on your strengths.

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