Community Development

Community development is the process of helping a community strengthen itself and develop towards its full potential. The Community Development Educator provides a variety of education programs and resources to community organizations, local government officials, and businesses to address local issues:

  • Leadership and organizational development
  • Strategic planning
  • Community economic development
  • Local government education
  • Natural resources education

Backed by University of Wisconsin research, CNRED educators work with local governments, civic organizations, businesses and community leaders to help people identify critical local concerns, set goals and work on solutions.

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Community Development News & Events

  • Register Now for PACE!
    Learn more about how Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) can help finance energy efficiency, clean energy, and water conservation improvements for Portage County homes and businesses! Click the link to learn more and stay in the loop about a future PACE Leaders Workshop!
  • Portage County Plat Books Available at UWEX
    The 2014 Portage County Plat Book is the most current edition available.  Plat books are a convenient reference for local governments, private realty, surveying companies, and the general public.  They also help support our Portage County 4-H programs.
  • Education for Woodland Owners
    The University of Wisconsin Forestry Extension programs offer a wide variety of educational programming and materials for woodland owners. The Wisconsin Woodland Owner Education website provides access to many of these initiatives. Topics Woodland Assistance — Designed to help new private woodland owners achieve their management goals. Information is provide […]



Nathan Sandwick
Community Development Educator
Portage County UW-Extension
1462 Strongs Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481-2947
Phone: 715.346.1316

UW-Extension’s Regional Natural Resources Program
The University of Wisconsin-Extension, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other agencies and organizations, supports a Regional Natural Resources Program.  This program includes a network of educators located throughout Wisconsin, with expertise in water resources, forestry, citizen engagement, process facilitation, and design and delivery of natural resource outreach materials.

To access this network in Portage County, contact:
Kris Tiles
Located at the Marathon County Extension office
Phone:  (715) 261.1254

For more information about the program, visit:
For more information on forestry programs in Wisconsin, visit: