Community Economic Development

Downtown Baraboo, WI

The goal of the UW-Madison Extension Community Economic Development Program is to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for Wisconsin residents. Our purpose is rooted in working with community leaders by applying research and providing educational programming.

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Explore Our Programs And Resources

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Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center

We provide the economic development community with access to specialized research and technologies, outreach capabilities and faculty expertise.

Downtown Cambridge, WI

Downtown and Business District Economic Development

Extension offers research assistance, teaching, self-help tools and publications focusing on downtown and business district economic development.


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Community Vitality and Placemaking

We support community leaders that want to develop a shared vision for a healthy and productive community and build capacity to respond to change.

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Energy On Wisconsin

Extension collaborates with the Office of Energy Innovation to engage communities, tribes, businesses and organizations to advance Wisconsin’s transformation to a clean energy economy for the health, prosperity and resilience of all its people and future generations. They also provide a Solar Energy Financing Guide.


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Publications, Reports and Resources

Explore our resources to inform and support your community economic development programs.

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Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about Community Economic Development programming, contact us:

Community Economic Development Program Manager: Brandon Hofstedt 

EDA University Center: Kristin Runge

Downtown and Business District: Bill Ryan

Broadband: Gayil Huyck

Community Vitality and Placemaking: Todd Johnson

Energy On Wisconsin: Sherrie Gruder



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