UW-Green Bay presents one-day conference on creating entrepreneurial communities

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access will present Economic Development Day 2014: Creating Entrepreneurial Communities, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, July 28 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay.

This all-day enrichment and education event will center around three sessions designed to help attendees explore relevant topics and hear from experts on the issues. The sessions are as follows:

Session one: Placemaking — This workshop will focus on designing one’s community so it is attractive to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The session will focus on how the built environment, intertwined with quality-of-life attributes, can make a community stand out to entrepreneurs. Instructor: Naletta Burr, CEcD, Community Account Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Session two: Creating an Entrepreneurial Strategy — This session will provide the basic framework for communities to use when setting up a strategy to attract and retain entrepreneurs. Topics will include infrastructure development, economic gardening, public-private partnerships, zoning, and developing entrepreneurship program pipelines. Instructor: Quasan Shaw, EDFP, Economic Development Coordinator, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Session three: Best Practices Panel — This interactive panel will address best practices that the public and private sectors are using to create entrepreneurial communities. Panelists include Perry Sieber, Digital Fertilizer; Ryan Kauth, Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay; Paul Ehrfurth, Oconto County; Dave Wiese, Village of Howard; and Peter Nugent, The Docking Station.

Cost for Economic Development Day is $99 per person, with registration available online at www.uwgb.edu/govt. Additional information also is available via the www.uwgb.edu/govt website, or by calling (920) 465-2468.


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