UW-Extension Waukesha County515 W Moreland Blvd AC G22Waukesha, WI 53188Phone: 262-548-7770Fax: 262-548-7787Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PMContact Information:Jerry Braatz Steven Chmielewski Ann Wied
Community Economic Development educational efforts serve to promote active resident participation and build community capacity, engage residents in community economic diagnosis to understand impacts and alternative solutions, and assist in action plan development.
UW-Extension facilitates the Community Change Circle (CCC) educational program in partnership with community organizations over 6 weeks. This experience provides a unique opportunity for public dialogue and diagnosis of community problems related to local challenges by working together to make a difference in your community
A Community Change Circle is includes residents, elected officials, and representatives from congregations, social service agencies, local business, and schools. Led by trained and impartial facilitators, the Circles provide a unique opportunity for residents to work together to identify a neighborhood need or issue and develop and implement an action plan.
Why should join and what are the benefits of participating in a Community Change Circle?
The action plans are entirely based on what the Circle decides to put into place. It can range from a creating a community garden to a small business start-up program.
Participants invest approximately two hours per week for six consecutive weeks.
Often times we hear local elected officials say they would like to know about what their constituents feel about current municipal operations. Our approach with resident engagement starts with a core group of project stakeholders who help identify the learning objectives, develop their community building skills, provide input and feedback throughout the process, and share with other community members the purpose and value of the conducting research with the community.We encourage this group to be representative of the community’s diversity. By having many perspectives on the task, the group benefits by having different viewpoints from the community.Through this process, two products will be developed: a custom survey tool, and new understanding of the community.The survey results analysis then provides the residents and community leaders the data necessary to help them make an informed decision in regards to future community efforts and directions.See how the Village of Summit implemented a public opinion survey.
The City of Waukesha is Waukesha County’s largest municipality with a population over 70,709. UW-Extension has helped develop and deploy community education programs here since 1999. Community development efforts focused primarily on strategic educational initiatives with Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSA) in the Central City.
Strong cross-sector relationships continue to be built on a foundation of engaging residents, stakeholders and elected officials in a process that benefit the larger community. Partners are numerous, goals are shared and resources are leveraged for impact with transformational education. To meet individual community needs, programs are custom designed.
Waukesha County UW-Extension has provided community
education with Waukesha’s Tower Hill neighborhood (formally West Side) since
2006. This neighborhood is located adjacent to and within walking distance
of downtown Waukesha. Efforts engage residents in developing their
leadership skills to organize strategic efforts leading to goal-based
improvements. All improvements are possible through working with partnering
agencies (The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Healthy Neighborhood Initiative
& ProHealth Care, Inc) and local organizations to help develop a stronger
Tower Hill Neighborhood Committee:
The neighbors of the Tower Hill Neighborhood Association are
a group of residents working together for the common goal of improving and
beautifying their neighborhood. Residents have been working together on
beautification projects, a neighborhood gateway sign, speed calming initiative,
and are a collective voice to elected officials and much more! Neighborhood
meetings are held monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Salvation Army
located on Madison St. from 7-8 p.m. For
more info, contact Steve Chmielewski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-548-7781.
The Tower Hill Community Garden has provided a gardening
opportunity for residents in the Tower Hill Neighborhood (neighborhood
surrounding Waukesha Memorial Hospital) for over 10 years. The lot is owned by
Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Waukesha County UW-Extension provides weekly
horticulture and nutrition education for 12 weeks, from June through August.
Tower Hill residents work together to plant, maintain, and harvest the
vegetables. Harvested vegetables are shared by the participants each week. Many
thanks to ProHealth Care who sponsors the garden site, project materials to
upgrade the garden beds, and staff time to support the garden and other
community building strategies.
For information about participating in the upcoming season,
please contact Steve Chmielewski at email@example.com or 262-548-7781.
The Village of Summit, with a population of 4,695 (as of January 1, 2012), is working to maintain it’s rural, lake country character while continuing to grow. As the municipality evolved from a Town to a Village in 2010, there have been a number of challenges in determining directions that residents want the Village to take.
UW-Extension Community Development Educators met with the Village Administrator and Board Trustees to identify topics where more input was needed for decision-making. This resulted in assisting the Village in the process of developing of a Community Public Opinion Survey.
The board now has baseline data regarding service levels/facilities and to assist with future budget and land use decisions. The results will also be used in DNR proposals, as well as the updated Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.
For more info on conducting a Public Opinion Survey with your community, contact our office.
The Village of Sussex is a growing community in Waukesha County. UW-Extension has been involved in educational programs since 2002. Efforts have been focused primarily on community-building initiatives at Stonegate and Bristol Court Apartments, two low-to-moderate income apartment complexes. Success is attributed to an on-going educational effort and a strong partnership between Stonegate and Bristol Court Apartment management and residents, Waukesha County Sherriff’s Department, Village of Sussex Police Services, the Village of Sussex, and Waukesha County UW-Extension.
Since 2014 efforts have also included the Sussex area apartment managers. Each year a meeting was held for apartment managers to establish an on-going line of communication among apartment managers in Sussex, give apartment managers an opportunity to discuss common problems and issues with the Police and Fire Chief, and provide an opportunity to learn about updated community ordinances and fire codes. Managers shared that they value this opportunity to meet. This meeting is co-facilitated by UW-Extension Waukesha County and Waukesha County Sherriff’s Department Village of Sussex Police Services.
For more information, contact Ann Wied at 262/548-7788, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, in 2013 a group of people representing the Sussex community gathered
weekly in September and October to identify a community need and develop
and implement an action plan to address it. Participants included residents and
representatives from congregations, community agencies and services, the
Village of Sussex, and the school district. Waukesha County UW-Extension staff
facilitated the weekly gatherings. As a result of this effort, the Sussex
Farmers Market was initiated. See https://www.facebook.com/sussexfarmersmarket/. This five-week project was supported by UW-Extension, the
Waukesha County Community Development Block Grant through the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development, Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital
Outreach, and Sussex Area Outreach Services (SOS).
For more information on UW-Extension's work in the Village of Sussex, contact Ann Wied at (262) 548-7788 or email@example.com.
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