Projects

At any given time, SWWRPC is busy working on a variety of projects to help strengthen Southwestern Wisconsin. Explore the links below to learn more about what we are working on right now.

Annual Meeting

Timeline: June 24, 2014

Description: Every year SWWRPC holds an annual dinner to bring together the thinkers and doers of Southwestern Wisconsin to celebrate a year's worth of work, network, and plan ahead to tackle next year's challenges.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2014-19 (CEDS)

Timeline: Annual

Description: The CEDS is a useful document that describes the region's economic situation, regional goals and objectives to improve the economy, and notable developments. This document enables our region to access funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Driftless Connect

Timeline: 2013

Description: Improving transit service efficiency and availability in Southwestern Wisconsin by using technology to build a regional unified and coordinated transit network composed of existing transit providers.

Economic Development Planning

Timeline: Ongoing

Description: As a designated Economic Development District of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), SWWRPC provides economic development planning and coordination assistance to our counties. At the heart of this work is the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This five-year plan is updated annually by a regional committee of economic development stakeholders and plays a critical role in keeping our counties eligible for and attracting EDA funding into the region.

Economic Gardening

Timeline: Ongoing

Description: A partnership with regional business specialists to develop affordable market research tools that support and harvest local businesses.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Timeline: Ongoing

Description: As a service to our communities and community partners, SWWRPC maintains and makes available a collection of data for cartography and Geographic Information Systems needs. Custom maps and spatial analyses are available through special order.

Grow Southwest Wisconsin

Timeline: 2011-2013

Description: A three-year planning project dedicated to identifying how we can best position our region for the future.

Neighborhood Association Plan

Timeline: 2014

Description: This plan provides a framework of strategies and opportunities throughout the Southwest region to implement neighborhood associations. This project was implemented through Southwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission’s Grow Southwest Wisconsin initiative.

NR-135

Timeline: Ongoing

Description: Wisconsin law NR-135 requires that active (un-reclaimed) areas of a mine site be stabilized and reclaimed to the specifications of the approved non-metallic mine reclamation plan.  The SWWRPC administers this program for both Grant and Green counties.

Platteville Business Incubator (PBII)

Timeline: Ongoing

Description: The Platteville Business Incubator offers office, manufacturing, distribution and warehouse space. SWWRPC staff manage the Platteville Business Incubator.

Platteville Comprehensive Plan

Timeline: 2011-2012

Description: SWWRPC is assisting the City and Town of Platteville to update their joint comprehensive plan, first adopted in 2001.

Project Produce

Timeline: 2012

Description: Project Produce is exploring the feasibility of scaled-up fruit and vegetable production in the Tri-State region.  This project will result in a Local Food Prospectus , containing a market feasibility study, a facility needs assessment, and a financial plan.

Rail Transit Commissions

Timeline: Ongoing

Description: Created under state law, rail transit commissions oversee preservation, operation, and improvement of freight rail lines. SWWRPC provides land management and administration support to various commissions falling completely or partially within the region.

Regional Housing Study

Timeline: 2014

Description: This document, Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Housing Study, specifically provides statistical and narrative data identifying a housing profile in Southwestern Wisconsin. The Study describes the current situation related to housing markets, home ownership, and affordability challenges. Nationally, changing demographics are shaping the housing market for years to come. Southwestern Wisconsin communities must realize the local demographic shift to prepare and accommodate for the changing housing markets. The emerging housing needs include: senior-assisted housing, rental housing, more low- to moderate-income housing, and multi-family homes. Each county and municipality will experience different housing needs, which will determine new policies and programs offered.

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)

Timeline: Ongoing

Description: Providing low-interest loans to local businesses. The Revolving Loan Fund targets job-creating business development and expansion projects that address a regional need or a specific unmet need in our communities. The RLF is intended to provide gap financing to make business loans bankable.

Safe Routes to School

Timeline: As needed

Description: Making places safe & healthy for our students.   SWWRPC helps make walking and biking safer throughout southwestern Wisconsin by helping communities create Safe Routes to School Plans. Once a community has this plan in place, they are more likely to receive grant money for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements.

Southwest Transit Team (SWTT)

Timeline: Ongoing

Description: SWTT is a collaboration of transportation providers across our five counties. Every other month SWTT meets to discuss its current transportation goals and activities.

Transportation Planning

Timeline: Ongoing

Description: SWWRPC serves as the regional transportation planning agency, recognized by the U.S. and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation. SWWRPC provides local transportation planning assistance and coordinates with state and federal departments on regional transportation initiatives.