Twenty-third Conference on the Small City and Regional Community
March 24, 2022
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Theme: Building Infrastructure in Small Cities, Towns, & Rural Areas:
Current Needs & Future Designs
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: https://wisconsin-edu.zoom.us/j/96729610369; Meeting ID: 967 2961 369
Break Out Sessions
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:
- Environmental Sustainability
- 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:
21st Conference: Criminal Justice And the Small City
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
John Shook, former Federal Prison Wardon and facutly at University of Dubuque
"Corrections and the Small City: Practices, Challenges, and Potential"
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
Tuesday & Wednesday October 19-20, 2016
The 20th Conference on the Small City and Regional Community
“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