Community Economic Development


Mark your calendar for Community Economic Development Offerings:

2022 Schedule

  • July 20th
  • October 12th
     Webinar  |   Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 

Marie Barry, RWHC Director of Community Economic Development

    • Melissa Van Dyne & Mary Gordon, Missouri Rural Health Association
    • Vicky Warner, RLS Senior Associate and State RTAP Manager
    • UW Population Health Institute
    Program Description:

     As the “silver tsunami” approaches rural communities, transportation needs for medical care as well as other activities of daily living will highlight the need for functional public transportation in rural communities. Additionally, as rural communities work to attract younger residents, they will have to reckon with a generational preference for public transportation. Join us to examine how hospitals and their communities can partner to build and support rural transportation systems for all.

    Participants will learn about how transportation affects health outcomes, how the Missouri Rural Health Association created and operates their HealthTran rural transportation program, and what resources are available to Wisconsin communities that are looking to improve their rural transportation programs and options.

    Target Audience:
    • Healthcare employees interested in growing their economic development knowledge. Roles may include but are not limited to CEO, business development, community engagement, community relations, public relations, population health, development, etc.
    • Economic development practitioners interested in learning how to partner with healthcare institutions to solve local issues.

    The Community Economic Development Program offerings include:

    • Professional development trainings for RWHC Members focused on CED topics

    • Community Economic Analyses of interested Members’ communities through a partnership with UW Extension for facilitation
    • Compiling and disseminating relevant local economic data for RWHC Members
    • Developing a toolkit of effective CED strategies for Member use
    • Serving as a liaison to Wisconsin’s existing network of economic development professionals and resources
    • Acting as an accessible resource for Members on community economic development issues as they organically arise

    Marie Barry, Director of Community Economic Development