MADISON –The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity will hold its final virtual listening session from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 for residents to share ideas and experiences about what it will take to advance rural prosperity for all in Wisconsin.

The commission is asking people who want to share their comments to register in advance by visiting the Office of Rural Prosperity website, which will be open for sign-ups until the session starts at 3 p.m. Interpretation in Hmong and Spanish is also available for the forum.

“Before they can develop a plan for rural Wisconsin’s future, commission members want to hear from people about what they believe their communities need most to succeed,” said Kelliann Blazek, director of the Office of Rural Prosperity at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. “We know many residents who might want to speak to the commission are busy with work and other responsibilities, so we have offered listening sessions at a variety of days and times to accommodate their schedules, and are also accepting written comments via the website.”

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In addition to the listening sessions, residents can join the discussion by submitting written comments by Sept. 30 on the Office of Rural Prosperity website. Rural stakeholder groups can also arrange meetings with commission members through WEDC.

The listening session will be streamed live online for those who register for the event, and will also be available on WisconsinEye, if their schedule permits.

The commission aims to collect public input and then present Gov. Evers with a report by Oct. 31 that will help shape the governor’s state budget proposal next year.

More information about the commission, its members and its activities is available at the Office of Rural Prosperity website: wedc.org/rural-prosperity.