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Badger Talks Live: Bucky Goes to Main Street Wisconsin!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 12:00pm - 01:00pm
Location:  online

FeaturingUrban Planning and Public Affairs double-degree program student Andrew Busker

How UW- Madison Helps Wisconsin Communities
Reimagine the Future

Most cities and towns in Wisconsin struggle with declining populations and struggle to answer the question of how to attract economic development to their communities. The UniverCity Year program leverages faculty, staff, and student expertise to work with communities across Wisconsin to help answer this question. The program connects education, service and research activities across the UW system with cities to help understand and address specific opportunities or challenges facing individual communities in our state.

This virtual talk will highlight downtown-related success stories from the UniverCity Year program. Speakers include Managing Director Gavin Luter, who will provide an overview of the program. In addition, numerous representatives from participating cities, counties and main street districts will provide examples of UniverCity year projects and outcomes that have helped shape their communities for the better, including:

  • Andrew Busker, Masters Student in Public affairs and Planning: Durand Downtown Development project
  • Victoria Solomon & Bill Ryan, Division of Extension: Brodhead Downtown Market Analysis
  • Jordan Norby, Monroe Main Street: Marketing the Monroe Farmers Market
  • Cara Carper, Green County Development Corporation: Site Selector project
  • Kevin Trushinski, Pepin County: Tourism Marketing

This virtual talk will take place on Screenz here, and the UW Connects Facebook page here. Can't catch the live talks? Check out past talks here

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