9:00                       Conference Welcome
Ismaila Odogba, UWSP Center for the Small City, and Joshua Hagen, Dean of the College of Letters & Science (COLS), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
9:05-10:20 am        Demographic Perspectives on Small Cities
Moderator: Margaret Bau, Cooperative Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Robert Enright and David Chunyu, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
"What the 2020 Census Reveals about Population Change in Rural Wisconsin Counties"

Ryan Michalesko, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
"Geospatial Analysis of 2020 Census Race Data in Wisconsin"

Todd W. Johnson and Neil Klemme, University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UW-Extension)
"Empowering Youth to Transform Communities"
10:25-11:40 am      Housing and Transportation
Moderator: Bo DeDeker, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Nathan Sandwick and Sherry Daniels, UW-Extension (Portage County, WI)
"Origins of Housing Stress: Decision Time for Inclusive Growth"

Ankita Gupta, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India
"Political Economy of Infrastructure: Roads and Highways in Himachal Pradesh"

Max Seeley, Illinois State University. "Transit-Oriented Development"
1:00-2:15 pm         Featured Speaker: Craig Thompson, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
"Infrastructure Needs in Wisconsin: Present Demands and Future Prospects"

Speaker Introduction: Craig Wendorf, Assistant Dean, School of Behavioral & Social Sciences, COLS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

2:20-3:35 pm         Local Governments & Infrastructure: A Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Ed Miller, UWSP Center for the Small City
Zach Vruwink, City Administrator, Rhinelander, WI; Martin Shanks, City Administrator, Oregon, WI; and Ryan Kernosky, Director of Community Development, Stevens Point, WI

3:40-4:55 pm         Social and Economic Development
Moderator: Robert Wolensky, UWSP Center for the Small City

Julie Lassa, Wisconsin State Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture, "USDA's Investment in Rural Infrastructure in Wisconsin;" and Eric Berg, USDA-Fond du Lac, "The Community Facilities Program"

John Kovari, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
"Best Practices in Using Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) for Building Infrastructure"
Harry J Magee, Child Psychiatrist, "How to Improve the Social and Political-Economic Determinants of Mental Health in Small Cities and Rural Areas"

Todd W. Johnson and Myles Alexander, University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UW-Extension)
"Creating a Shared Vision During a Pandemic: A Story of Collaboration"

IMPORTANT NOTE: The 23rd Conference will be conducted via Zoom.  Use this link to join the Conference:;  Meeting ID: 967 2961 369

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Break Out Sessions

Wisconsin's Demographic Changes Impact on Communities

Neighborhoods Through the Decades

Right-Sizing Infrastructure and Development

Integrating Immigration Census Data

Homecare Cooperatives in Rural Areas

Maximizing the Potential of Older Adults in your Community 

Poverty in Portage County

Conference Program

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22nd Conference on the Small City & Regional Community

October 16-17 2019

Theme: Population Dynamics

Implication for Small Cities, Towns, and Rural Areas

A Call for Proposals!

Conference organizers are now accepting proposals from researchers, applied professionals, government officials and staff, business leaders, citizens, students, and others on topics such as:

    Health Care
    Family Life
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Education
  • Community Economics
  • Workforce Development
  • Local Government
  • Criminal Justice
  • Ethnic and Race Relations,
  • Politics and Elections
  • Housing, Land Use
  • Civic Engagement
  • and other topics related to population

Deadline for proposals: June 30, 2019

The UWSP Center for the Small City

40th Anniversary • 1979-2019

(The Center Co-directors are happy to discuss proposal ideas)

Proposals and Inquiries can be sent to one of the Center’s Co-directors:

Past Conferences
 21st Conference: Criminal Justice And the Small City
October 19-20
The 21st Small Cities Conference will be held at Winona State University, Winona, Minn. to discuss
key issues in criminal justice for small cities. The event is co-organized by the Winona State University Department of Sociology and The Center for the Small City at University if Wisconsin -Stevens Point

Keynote Speaker

John Shook, former Federal Prison Wardon and facutly at University of Dubuque

"Corrections and the Small City: Practices, Challenges, and Potential"

Featured Speaker

Susan Riseling,  President International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and retired Chief of Police at University of Wisconsin-=Madison

"In/complete Tust: Building Community Trust in Law Enforcement"

Wed. Oct., 19

5 pm - 6 pm Registration

6pm to 7:00 pm Dinner Roundtables

7:00 pm--8:30 pm Keynote Address  John Shook

Thursday, Oct. 20

8:30 am -9:20 am Registration and Coffee

9:30 am-9:45 am Welcome

10:00 am-11:20 am Breakout Sessions

12:30 pm-1:50 Featured Speaker Susan Riselig

2:00 pm - 3:20 pm  Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm -4:50 pm Breakout Sessions

Working as Force Multipliers Using SEALs Approach
Working with the Transgender Community
Alcohol, Drug Use, and Recovery
The Trempealeau County, WI. Recoverty Court: A Case Study
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Tansgender, Minority, and Women's Rights and Experiences
Women and the Criminal Justice System
Local Elected Prosecutors: Practice and Promise in Crininal Justice
Service the Public: Issues and Approaches
  Nicole Civettini  (    Bob Wolensky (  Ed Miller (   
  Tuesday & Wednesday October 19-20, 2016
The 20th Conference on the Small City and Regional Community
Theme:  “Re-imagining Public Engagement: Civic
              Participation in Local Governance”
October 6, 2015- October 7, 2015
Location:  University of Wisconsin-Marathon County
UW Center for Civic Engagement
625 Stewart Avenue

Wausau, WI 54401
Sponsors:  Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service. 
Center for the Small City, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Ministry Health Care
North Central Regional Planning Commission
Scherrer Construction
19th Conference on the Small City and
Regional Community
“Providing Health Care to Small Cities and Rural Areas”
April 17-18, 2013
Dreyfus University Center, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point