(Hustisford) A team of professionals are coming to Hustisford this week to help define the community’s future goals. A group of local business owners and community leaders reached out to Design Wisconsin in the Fall of 2020.
The program, offered through the UW-Extension, works with selected Wisconsin communities that are interested in developing a shared vision for their future. Design Wisconsin works collaboratively with an array of volunteering professionals with backgrounds in architecture, urban design, landscape, economics, education, and community marketing. Roughly 20 professionals are slated to visit Hustisford for a three-day workshop Thursday through Saturday, also called a “charette.”
This effort formed the PATH of Hustisford who, along with their local Dodge County Extension representatives, have been preparing for the upcoming workshop. Patti Carroll with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Dodge County explains the purpose of the charette.
She says PATH of Hustisford has planned a weekend full of activities for the professionals so they can better understand their community and what citizens want as short, medium, and long term goals. Carroll says at the end of the weekend, they will present their findings.
Path’s Co-Founder Tanya Lemke says the Design Wisconsin team will do a one-month follow up and then re-visit the community a year later. She notes that there is follow-through and guidance from the professionals.
Those in the Hustisford area are invited to a free cookout at the community hall on Friday, May 13th, at 6pm followed by a workshop at 7pm. Activities for children will be available on-site. The Design Wisconsin team’s presentation will be held on Saturday, May 14th, at 7pm. A social gathering will be held afterwards.