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.
Timeline: June 30, 2015
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.
Description: The City of Monroe Comprehensive Plan is an engaging guide for the community to flourish in the next 20 years. Extensive public input for the plan included Visioning Boards, a Visioning Kickoff Meeting, 14 Topic Meetings, and two Implementation Meetings. Together over 100 unique participants provided their experience and expertise during these public meetings.
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.
Description: As of February 24th, 2015, SWWRPC completed an interactive online Cemetery map that allows individuals to find family members in the City of Dodgeville East Side Cemetery.
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.
Description: A partnership with regional business specialists to develop affordable market research tools that support and harvest local businesses.
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.
Description: A three-year planning project dedicated to identifying how we can best position our region for the future.
Description: The Lafayette County Farmland Preservation Plan identifies key issues threatening productive farming and farmland in Lafayette County, and assets for preserving the county's rural and agrarian culture. It is a 10 year (2016 – 2026) action and implementation plan that emphasizes cooperation with partners in Lafayette County. The Lafayette County Farmland Preservation Plan also identifies prime farmland in the county, and those farms and farmers eligible for Farmland Preservation Tax Credits. Input on the plan came from a citizen advisory committee, comprised of individuals who represent a wide array of interests.
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.
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.
Description: Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans are an expression of the community’s goals for and objectives for current and future needs for recreational facilities.
Description: The Platteville Business Incubator offers office, manufacturing, distribution and warehouse space. SWWRPC staff manage the Platteville Business Incubator.
Description: SWWRPC is assisting the City and Town of Platteville to update their joint comprehensive plan, first adopted in 2001.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timeline: 2013 - 2016
Description: From 2013 to 2016, SWWRPC facilitated a Strategic Planning and Land Stewardship Implementation project with the Dominican Sisters at Sinsinawa Mound, located in southern Grant County. These plans resulted in a holistic, long-term vision for how the Sisters can steward their vast natural resources in a manner consistent with their social and ecological values. Under the guidance of the Dominican sisters, and with the assistance of a variety of partners and leaders in the fields of agricultural, conservation, natural resource management, planning, and anti-poverty issues, SWWRPC has built off of the Strategic Plan for Sinsinawa Mound Land Resources (2013-2014) and completed the Land Stewardship Plan for Sinsinawa Mound (2015-2016). Both documents can be found below.