Housing concerns a major issue in community

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil I attended a local housing roundtable for municipal leaders last week, and it dawned on me just how much the economy and the housing market are intertwined. Economic expansion begets housing development while housing development begets economic expansion. In a Kenosha County economy that […]

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UW-Extension program to focus on affordable housing

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil In two weeks, Kenosha is playing host to a nationally recognized affordable housing developer and founder of Buffalove Development, based in Buffalo, N.Y. Here is what you need to know about the issues to be discussed: What is affordable housing? In general, housing for […]

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Employment options important part of post-prison re-entry

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil Yesterday, in collaboration with Gateway Technical College, Ellsworth Computer Numerical Control operator training completion ceremony featured 11 students whom are now poised to put their specialized skills to work upon re-entry to civil society — after incarceration, that is. Post-prison re-entry is a period […]

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Learning about a group of lifelong learners

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten Earlier this summer, my boss told me about a local organization I would begin to work with in a liaison role. As she talked about the Kenosha County Association for Home & Community Education, I started to read information she handed over to […]

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To Avoid Shelf-Sitting: Lessons Learned In Implementing a Community Strategic Plan

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil You may recall just one year ago my writing about a Kenosha Creative Economy Strategic Planning process. The plan reflects nearly two years of work, coordinating phases, partners, funding and lots of community outreach efforts. Recently, an event was hosted to report the progress […]

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20under40: Working to develop ‘community’

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil I consider myself lucky for having found a passion not only in my career but in a career that connects me deeply to Kenosha County’s community. As a community development educator with Kenosha County University of Wisconsin-Extension, I am often asked, “But Amy, what […]

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A look at globalization and social impact networks

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil Since the mid-20th century, globalization has increased the pace of information technology and has changed the way people solve problems. Globalization disperses expertise, “flattens” access to low-cost/free information and “loosens/strengthens” degrees of boundedness of organizational structures. It has been an exciting period of new […]

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Gratitude can increase health and personal well-being

Article by Amy Greil, community natural resource and economic development educator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. As we have enjoyed another Thanksgiving holiday, I thought it fitting to explore what research tells us about gratitude. More than a time of year, Thanksgiving is shown to be a key component to personal well-being […]

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Interactivity Foundation facilitates public policy discussions

Article by Amy Greil, community natural resource and economic development educator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. What is an appropriate public policy response to assure public safety? This is just one of the many questions I have been hearing since the Las Vegas tragedy on Oct. 1. I know that the health […]

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What will Foxconn jobs look like?

Article by Amy Greil, community natural resource and economic development educator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News.   My colleague Matt Kures from University Wisconsin-Extension’s Center for Community and Economic Development has been investigating potential impacts and aspects of the Foxconn Technology Group’s proposed entry into southeastern Wisconsin. As the facility initially expects […]

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