Nominations for rural development initiatives sought

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Staff | February 10, 2014

Wisconsin Rural Partners, a non-profit corporation dedicated to developing leadership, networks and voice for rural Wisconsin, is accepting nominations for its 2014 Top Rural Development Initiative awards.  The purpose of this recognition program is to uncover and share the great things happening in rural Wisconsin.  Any project, activity, or even a whole community in rural Wisconsin is eligible.

Rural Partners looks for nominations that cite positive community impacts, regional success stories, or demonstrated innovative ideas.  Initiatives can be in economic or community development, business, education, health, energy, environment, philanthropy, tourism, the arts or any other field, as long as they have had positive impacts. Initiatives do not have to be community-based:  WRP will recognize any state, federal, tribal, non-profit or for-profit business program, regional or statewide, as long as it demonstrates partnership and innovation in its success.

Nominations are being accepted through March 7. WRP has conducted the Top Rural Development Imitative awards program since 1998.

The 2014 awards will be presented at the annual Rural Summit to be held on May 2, 2014.

For more information on the Top Rural Development Imitative awards, including the nomination form, go to WRP's website at or contact Rick Rolfsmeyer at or (608) 967-2322.

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