McKinley and Local Experts Discuss Innovative Ideas for our Local Economy

The ABC/LWV, partnering with Northland College's Center for Rural Communities and WITC, welcomed Sarah McKinley from the Democracy Collaborative in Washington D.C. for her presentation on June 22. McKinley spoke about "Innovative Ideas for Our Local Economy" and shared real world examples of successful and innovative community development from around the country. 

McKinley works as the manager of community development programs for the DC based organization.  She is the co-author with Marjorie Kelly of a report titled Community Wealth Building about how grassroots activism is forging a new economic agenda in local communities around the country - new business ownership models, utilizing anchor institution purchasing to deepen buying local, stimulating local investment funds, renewable energy initiatives. 

McKinley's talk was followed by a response panel made up of experts from our local business and economic development community.

This talk is the second in a two-part series on community economic development. The event was funded by a grant from the Wirtanen Family Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Couldn't make it? View the video of the presentation and the Q&A session below. Visit our Current Local Study page to learn more about the work we're doing. 

SARAH MCKINLEY PRESENTATION:

 

Q&A SESSION:

Dresser Presents "What’s Going on for Working Wisconsin and What Can We Do?"

In partnership with Northland College's Center for Rural Communities and WITC, the ABC/LWV hosted a talk on April 29 by Laura Dresser titled “What’s Going on for Working Wisconsin and What Can We Do?". 

Dresser, Associate Director of the UW-Madison Center on Wisconsin Strategy, presented an overview of key trends for working people in the state. Drawing on her two decades of research on the Wisconsin economy and solutions to inequality and wage stagnation, Dresser offered data on wages, income, and poverty and provided some thoughts on how those are reshaping lives in our communities. Dresser also described some concrete steps that can be taken at the state and local level to help rebuild opportunity. 

The presentation was followed by a panel of local people with expertise in business and workforce issues.

Couldn't make it? View the video of the presentation and the panel discussion below. Visit our Current Local Study page to learn more about the work we're doing. 

Laura Dresser Presentation:

 

Panel Discussion: 

Breakfast Discussion: Finding Solutions, Getting Past Partisanship

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 FROM 9-10:30 A.M.
SIGURD OLSON ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE

Please join us for a discussion hosted by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service with retired Congressmen Dave Obey and Tom Petri. The Congressmen will discuss the importance of civic engagement, public service, and bipartisanship—from an insider's perspective.

Questions from the audience are encouraged. A light breakfast will be served.

 

The event is part of a series orchestrated through the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, based in Wausau at UW-Marathon County. WIPPS is a nonprofit educational organization.