Community Development

What is Community Development

The Community Development office in Bayfield County provides educational programming to assist leaders, communities, and organizations realize their fullest potential. We work with communities to build the vitality that enhances their quality of life and enriches the lives of their residents. We educate in leadership development, organizational development, food systems, community economic development, local government education and much more. In short, the Community Development Institute plants and cultivates the seeds for thriving communities and organizations.

Current areas of focus include:

Non-Profit Support

Supporting, learning, and growing together is one way nonprofit changemakers can boost their ability to make an impact.

Food Systems

Raw vegetables in a basket

Learn tips for running and growing a successful food business from specialists and entrepreneurs! This no-cost series of online trainings is for food entrepreneurs and farm-based food businesses.

Housing Outreach

Housing units

Thanks to a unique partnership between Bayfield County and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, the County is home to the first and only Housing Educator within the UW System.

Strategic Planning Sessions

Kellie at a strategic planning meeting

Economic Development

Local Chamber members


Local Government

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Please reach out with questions or ideas for collaboration!

University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Bayfield County || Courthouse-117 E 5th Street, PO Box 218 || Washburn, WI  54891

711 for Wisconsin Relay (TDD)

Kellie Pederson, Educator || 715- 373-3290 ||Email 

Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities or limitations should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed. Please do so as early as possible prior to the program or activity so that proper arrangements can be made. In certain situations, information related to requests may be shared with staff or units necessary to help coordinate an appropriate accommodation.

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