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Last Updated: 9/21/2015

Investing in Healthy Rural Communities: Harvesting the Power of People, Place and Partnerships

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In collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute; Wisconsin Partnership Program; FortHealth Care; Forward Community Investments; Madison Region Economic Partnership; Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative; and Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold Investing in Healthy Rural Communities: Harvesting the Power of People, Place and Partnerships on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. This daylong conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, ULLSVIK Velzy Commons.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss what makes a rural community “healthy.” Topics will include successful strategies that rural communities are using to work across sectors and advance sustainable community development. Further discussion will focus on how banks, CDFIs, philanthropy and other financers are being engaged in efforts that build health, well-being and resilience in rural communities. View agenda here.

This event will share leading practices in healthy rural community development and investment, with a special focus on innovative approaches to financing collaborative, cross-sector efforts to advance health and well-being in rural communities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Employers
  • Bankers, especially those involved with the Community Reinvestment Act
  • Community development financing leaders
  • Nonprofit service agencies
  • Public health leaders
  • City planners
  • Local and state government officials
  • Education system leaders
  • Hospital and health system leaders, especially those involved in community health improvement work

Conference Attendees Can Expect to

  • Explore promising rural community development opportunities and sustainable, innovative financing strategies.
  • Participate in a dialogue regarding strategies to build on local resources and support collaborative, cross-sector community development.
  • Learn about successful examples of ongoing, local and regional cross sector efforts regarding local food production and distribution, rural entrepreneurship and business development and other efforts to promote healthy rural community development.

Videos from this event are available.


Event Information
Event Contact
Rhonda Branham

Registration Deadline
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
1313 Markee Pioneer Student Center
Platteville, WI 53818

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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