UniverCity Year program supports local Wisconsin economies

This April, UniverCity Alliance is highlighting how University of Wisconsin–Madison students, faculty, staff, and instructors drive Wisconsin’s economy. Because you Can’t Stop A Badger. Follow along using #CantStopABadger on social media.

Trees overlooking a waterway in Polk County.
Claire Johnson, communications and public information specialist, said Polk County is at a “really critical crossroads for emerging opportunities. We know that it was an ideal time to engage with the UniverCity program to draft for us community visioning and goals in order to make sure that our future is a sustainable success here,” Johnson said.
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Students in Geography 309: People, Land and Food, taught by Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) professor of Geography Holly Gibbs, explored food sustainability and took on their own projects related to sustainability. This course partnered with UCA to connect with communities, including Outagamie County where the city of Appleton and the airport is located. Read the full story here.



UW–Madison students created a winter marketing campaign for Adams County during its partnership with UniverCity Year from 2019-22 to focus on increasing winter tourism during the pandemic. Read the full story here.




Wisconsin Rapids used UniverCity Year projects as a launching point to create a digital public art inventory, a framework for the city to support public art, and the South Wood County Cultural Coalition. Read the full story here.




In an effort to address child care challenges, Outagamie and La Crosse counties partnered with  the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s UniverCity Alliance and the La Follette School of Public Affairs to research innovative solutions. Read the full story here.