The Wisconsin Extension Environmental and Community Development Association presented awards to two CALS/Extension teams during a virtual awards ceremony on Mar. 31.
The Quality of Communication Award went to Bret Shaw (Life Sciences Communication, Natural Resources Institute) and Kristin Runge (Community Development Institute). Shaw and Runge worked closely with Jennifer A. Smith and Yael Gen of UW–Madison SeaGrant to create research-based communication pieces intended to increase awareness of Wisconsin farm-raised fish, and drive traffic to the Eat Wisconsin Fish website. The communication work was part of a larger project researching consumer perceptions of farm-raised fish that was funded by SeaGrant, and completed with a team that included Chris Hartleb (UW-Stevens Point), Deidre Peroff (UW-Milwaukee), Laura Witzling (Iowa State University) and LSC graduate student Shiyu Yang.
The Quality of Teaching Award went to Tessa Conroy (Agricultural and Applied Economics, Community Development Institute), Steven Deller (Agricultural and Applied Economics, Community Development Institute), Matt Kures (Community Development Institute) and Kristin Runge (Community Development Institute) for their efforts to launch a series of regional economic development summits through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center. The team worked with local stakeholders to identify issues related to community economic development and research local-level data that could advance solutions for those issues. Data was then presented at regional summits, which brought together elected officials, public and private sector leaders, economic development organizations, regional planning commissions and interested citizens. Summits were held in each of the seven economic development regions across the state.