Tywana G

UW-Extension resources and staff are essential for small community success. Over my eight years leading the chamber in Sauk Prairie, I have utilized the services of Jenny Erickson, Bill Ryan and Kristin Runge on multiple projects. Their expertise and facilitation skills have provided our community the resources needed without paying large contracted rates that would preclude us from using outside help. Most recently, I contracted with UW-Extension to lead our community's market analysis for 2017. This was a ten month process using roughly fifteen community stakeholders, managed monthly by UW-Extension staff. The final sixty page document allows the chamber and local municipalities the opportunity to work towards improving our community, guided by a work plan with measurable goals over the next five years. The strength of UW-Extension staff was apparent every step of the way, bringing forward resources available throughout the UW System. Other projects that we have utilized have been First Impression Exchange Program (twice), leadership facilitation, and survey writing expertise. I cannot recommend or encourage other communities to take advantage of this exceptional resource that our state and local counties provide.