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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UW-Extension: Neighborhoods crucial to creative economy

Article by Amy Greil, Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator Here I go again talking about arts, culture and creativity. I cannot help myself because I am so proud that Kenosha’s first ever Creative Economy Strategic Plan has now been released to the public and outlines — finally — a common road map to […]

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Kenosha Kitchens: User Survey

Would you use a community commercial kitchen to grow your food-related business?  Are you working as a local food processor, caterer, food truck operator, baker or some related role?  We would like to hear from you! A group of local leaders are working towards the creation of a Kenosha Kitchen serving the needs of local […]

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Holiday cheer is no reason to forget to reduce, reuse and recycle.

After you open gifts and drink your share of eggnog, think about what to do with all those discarded boxes, recently-replaced electronics and left-over food scraps. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) the holiday season of Thanksgiving to New Year Day creates nearly 25% more household waste than other times of the […]

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An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements

Business and property owners, as well as public sector officials, require sound research, information, and analysis when making decisions about improving the appearance of downtown buildings.  This guide will aid in assessing the feasibility of future projects based on the experience of others.           Amy Greil CNRED Educator Kenosha County UW-Extension […]

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