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.

For further information:

Community Development News & Events

  • Farming in Difficult Times
    This meeting is for farmers, farm service agencies and professionals that work with farmers.  The goal is to provide sources of information and services for farmers dealing with difficult times in agriculture.
  • 2017 Portage County Plat Books Now Available!
    It's finally here! The 2017 Portage County Plat Book is now available. Get ready for hunting season and purchase yours today at Portage County UW-Extension! All proceeds from the plat books support the Portage County 4-H Program.



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: