Community Development

Ellen Geisler is the Marinette County UW Extension Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator.  She is located on the third floor of the Marinette Courthouse, Rm. C325.  Telephone number:  715-732-7510.

CRD educators help Wisconsin communities deal with their own unique challenges – community development, economic development, comprehensive planning, business development and environmental/natural resource education.

Backed by an extensive network of proven professionals, field and campus based faculty, and University of Wisconsin research, CRD educators work with community leaders, local government officials, civic organizations, non-profits, and local businesses to help them identify their most critical concerns and to work towards finding solutions to their problems.  Work is guided by the priorities of the residents of Marinette County, including local business leaders and local government officials.

The CRD Educator’s job is to help serve and educate the people of Marinette County, and our regional partners and shareholders.   They collaborate and work with many regional partnerships and organizations.  They serve on a number of steering committees and collaborations that strengthen the working relationships with Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula border counties.  They frequently travel throughout Marinette County, Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to work with our regional economic development, local government, and educational partners.

Often this position is a change agent assisting others to build sustainable communities that thrive now and in the future.  They provide educational leadership that strengthens community stakeholders and citizens ability to identify and assess local issues, thereby determining a range of viable and practical solutions. We focus on “doing” and actions that are accomplished through collective community strengths, and being authentic to who they are, and where they live.

Strength based planning techniques allow for greater stakeholder input, drawing from local experience and knowledge to provide answers in how to deliberately design their preferred future.  This position provides unbiased data and information that allows communities and organizations to make data driven decision making.

Specialized and Custom Built Educational Programming in the following areas:

> Strength Based Planning
> Strategic “Doing”
> Strategic Planning “Light”
> Organizational Development
> Organizational “Doing”
> Capacity Building
> Economic Development
> Small Business Counseling
> Entrepreneur and Innovation
> Rural and Small Towns
> Grant Writing
> Appreciative Inquiry

1926 Hall Avenue
Marinette WI 54143-1717
Phone: 715-732-7514
Fax: 715-732-7513

 

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