Small-Town Downtown Forum, Thursday, September 5th in Darien, WI

Please see a press release for a Thursday, September 5th development conference:

On September 5th, UW-Extension and the Village of Darien are hosting the first of three state-wide Small Town Downtown Forums that focus on the unique community and economic development issues and needs in small, often rural communities.

The program will be held at the Darien Senior Center, 47 Park Street, Darien WI, from 12:30 to 4:30 PM.

See for complete information.

The keynote presentation will be provided by Stan Gruszynski, USDA Rural Development State Director on new USDA programs that focus on economic vitality in small communities. Village of Darien Administrator Diana Dykstra and UW-Extension Educator Joshua Clements will present a local case study on the Village of Sharon and its community placemaking efforts and successes stemming from cycling, including hosting a large cycling race in the village.

Facilitated roundtable sessions will focus on variety of economic and community development topics, including Downtown Real Estate, Engaging Youth Downtown, Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Community’s Entry and Downtown, and more.

This program is open to the public with small businesses, entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce, municipal leaders and interested citizens encouraged to attend. The registration fee is $10 advance or at the door (see program brochure).

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Additional information is available from

Walworth County UW – Extension

100 W. Walworth St.
PO Box 1001
Elkhorn, WI 53121-1001
Phone: 262-741-4951
Fax: 262-741-4955
Office Hours:
8:00am – 5:00pm
Monday – Friday

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