Community Development

University of Wisconsin-Extension educational programs in Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development (CNRED) help Wisconsin communities deal with their own unique challenges. These include:

  • Comprehensive Planning Initiatives
  • Natural resource and water quality issues
  • Invasive species issues
  • Local government operations and finance
  • Economic development including labor force issues
  • Community decision-making and leadership development

Backed by University of Wisconsin research, CNRED educators work with local governments, civic organizations, businesses and community leaders to help people identify critical local concerns, set goals and work on solutions.

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Our mission is to strengthen people’s ability to identify and solve community problems through education, citizen participation, group process, and unbiased information – allowing residents to make informed decisions, resulting in better communities.

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Jessica Beckendorf, CNRED Educator

Waupaca County – UW Extension
Courthouse, 811 Harding Street
Waupaca, WI 54981-2087
Phone: 715-258-6230
Fax: 715-258-6232
Office Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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