The SET program is a collaborative initiative between UW Extension and USDA Rural Development. The program will help interested communities work together to develop and implement a regional economic development strategy or plan. One region in Wisconsin will be awarded the opportunity to receive training and technical assistance delivered by a core team of UW-Extension and USDA staff.
In making the announcement Gruszynski said, “Wisconsin is deserving of this investment by USDA. We have a history and tradition of institutional collaboration going back to the Progressive Era. The SET program will help rural communities move forward by promoting economic stability and job creation."
By becoming a SET region the communities will receive the following support:
of valuable training on the SET program and guidance on ways to
strengthen and enhance regional economic development activities.
data tailored to each region will be provided to help the regional team
examine the critical drive of its economy and emerging economic sectors
that may determine if that particular region might hold a comparative
edge in the domestic and/or the international marketplace.
that can help uncover the variety of assets and resources that exists
in that region that can contribute to the region’s economic activities.
assistance and educational support from UW Extension educators, USDA
Rural Development staff, and appropriate Regional Rural Development
Centers for the one-year period of the project.
- Webinars with the other selected regions in the U.S., thus enabling the sharing of information and gathering of ideas from other rural communities across the country.