By Tim Kowols
A UW-Extension project helping improve Baileys Harbor has received recognition from the Wisconsin Rural Partners. Along with the Village of Sister Bay, the UW-Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team earned the honor for identifying, highlighting, and sharing innovative ways they have had an impact on rural communities in the state. In Baileys Harbor, the program designed 20 posters depicting ideas on how to address the issues facing the town using existing assets and resources. These conversations spurred Baileys Harbor to create a town recycling station and new park space along the water and led to one building being converted into a community center. Wisconsin Rural Partners Executive Director Rick Rolfsmeyer says while the UW-Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team provided similar services for other communities, the Baileys Harbor project was truly unique.
The village of Sister Bay and the UW-Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team will receive their awards at a banquet held in Green Lake, Wis. next week.