WisPolitics Partners with UW Colleges & UW-Extension to Host Roundtables on Navigating the New Economy

Business leaders and community members have an opportunity to learn from state and local experts about how they can better navigate the new economy during roundtables in Hudson, Richland Center and Sheboygan. The series of community conversations is brought to you by WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com in partnership with UW Colleges and UW-Extension.

“UW Colleges and UW-Extension were the perfect partner for us to choose for these community roundtables because of their statewide reach and resources, combined with their local experts,” said Jeff Mayers, president of WisPolitics.com. “Working with them will help us go beyond the urban areas we typically work in and reach into population centers in more rural areas so we can have a discussion about the options these communities have to better navigate the new economy.”

The interactive sessions will provide insights into the entrepreneurship history and business personality of each community by exploring the area’s industry mix and the key contributors to job creation, as well as share new techniques for developing local resources. UW Colleges and Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen will moderate the discussion, and panelists include:

  • John Koskinen, Chief Economist for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Mark Lange, Executive Director, UW-Extension’s Division for Business & Entrepreneurship
  • A local economic development expert from each community:
    • Eric Biltonen, Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator, UW-Extension (Hudson)
    • Will Cronin, Community Resource Development Educator, UW-Extension (Richland Center)
    • Claire Thompson, Community Resource Development Educator, UW-Extension (Sheboygan)

For more information on each panelist visit Meet the Panelists.

“Local economies are the key to Wisconsin’s overall economic vitality, so we look forward to working with WisPolitics, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and UW-Extension experts to hold this series of community conversations,” said Chancellor Cathy Sandeen. “Using new data we’ll be able to talk about the unique business personality of each community so that attendees gain a better understanding of what’s happening below the surface and what needs to be done to drive future economic growth.”

The events are free and open to the public. Join the conversation at one of these locations:
Hudson: Tuesday, October 17, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
St. Croix County Government Center in the County Board Room at 1101 Carmichael Road in Hudson
Reserve your seat for the Hudson event  

Richland Center: Tuesday, October 24, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
University of Wisconsin-Richland at 1200 Highway 14 West in Richland Center
Reserve your seat for the Richland Center event 

Sheboygan: Thursday, October 26, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan at One University Drive in Sheboygan
Reserve your seat for the Sheboygan event


The series is sponsored by the Wisconsin Academy of Global Education and Training (WAGET), with support from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Counties Association