Workforce and Rural Prosperity Resources

​​​​​A thriving outdoor economy relies on many factors including a strong workforce. Wisconsin's work ethic is top of mind for strong workforce attributes. Workforce solutions and rural development efforts can be complex but we're here to help deliver resources to inform and support your business or organization in addressing workforce challenges. You'll find Key Tools and Resources below: 

Key Tools and Resources:

Wisconsin Office of Outdoor Recreation Recruitment Materials

  • KEY TOOLRecruitment PowerPoint: Promoting the attractiveness of outdoor recreation communities as well as sharing information about Wisconsin's four-season lifestyle and the recreational amenities in each community can be influential in a job seeker's decision making. This is a presentation template to help in your next recruitment effort.​

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) 

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond. The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works withemployers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.                                          

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) 

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is committed to creating and maintaining a business climate that allows you to maximize your potential. Working with more than 600 statewide partners, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions and industry groups, WEDC is enhancing our communities, supporting business development, advancing industry innovation, tapping global markets and developing a talented workforce to help Wisconsin realize its full economic potential.

  • KEY TOOL: Start In Wisconsin-is the premier network for local businesses. For owners and startups, Start In Wisconsin will power connections to start, scale and accelerate area entrepreneurs. The directory includes a list of businesses and networking resources and a calendar of entrepreneur-focused events and programing.

Wisconsin Office of Rural Prosperity 

As part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Office of Rural Prosperity seeks to foster vibrant, prosperous and resilient rural communities across Wisconsin. The office aims to be a one-stop shop to help rural stakeholders navigate programs and resources serving rural communities and businesses.

  • KEY TOOL: The Resource Directory-is a searchable database of resources and grants for rural communities on topics including, workforce, parks and outdoor recreation, and economic development.

Outdoor Recreational Roundtable (OOR) 

America's leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations and organizations is working to promote the growth of the outdoor recreation economy and outdoor recreation activities. OOR educates decision makers, and the public, on balanced policies that conserve public lands and waterways and enhance infrastructure to improve the experience and quality of life of outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development 

USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Rural Development promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community managed lending pools. They also provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.