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Survey Says: Citizens Love It Here

…Chequamegon Bay Area. “This strong attachment bodes well for the region, indicating personal investment and emotional connections, essential ingredients for community and economic growth,” said Brandon Hofstedt, faculty director of the CRC, noting only 2.9 percent of residents feel unattached. The report uses survey data collected from a representative sample…

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Rural America: A Living Laboratory

Center for Rural Communities Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide

…than county-level data collected by federal and state entities, we really are lacking specific community-level data to make informed community and economic development decisions,” said Brandon Hofstedt, associate professor of sustainable community development and faculty director for the CRC. “The CRC helps fill this void and operate as a knowledge…

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Rewriting the Small Town Narrative

Over the last forty years, the dominant narrative for rural communities has been one of decline and loss, said Brandon Hofstedt, associate professor of sustainable community development and faculty director of the new Center for Rural Communities. His surveys and research, however, tell a different story. “There is a vibrant…

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CRC Helps City Plan for Renewable Future

Center for Rural Communities Updates Ashland City Plan for Energy Independence

…to 16 years, and depending on the solar panels, could result in substantial savings for the City well beyond the initial payback period,” said Brandon Hofstedt, director of the Northland College Center for Rural Communities (CRC), which completed the report. The estimates vary based on conservation efforts and building efficiency…

Local Food Important to Northern Wisconsin Residents

…think people should choose food produced locally whenever possible,” said Brandon Hofstedt, faculty director of the Center for Rural Communities. The Northland College Center for Rural Communities (CRC) conducted a poll of residents in the ten northernmost Wisconsin counties between December 2016 and January 2017. Pollsters asked 444 participants questions…

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A Future in Solar

Loucks '18 to hold first paid sustainability internship for City of Ashland

…experience at Conserve also led me directly to Northland, so that is an exponential influence on my future. Q. Most influential faculty and why? A. Professor Brandon Hofstedt. As one of the two sustainable community development faculty, I had many academic interactions with him. He always pushed me in class…

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Brainstorming Beach Warnings

…Lehr oversees the monitoring through the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation. Even with signs posted, the public did not heed beach warnings. Two years ago, Lehr reached out to his colleagues Brandon Hofstedt, professor of sustainable community development, and Matt O’Laughlin, assistant professor of psychology, to help solve…

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Center for Rural Communities Releases First Opinion Poll: CAFO

…concerned that a CAFO will create divisions in the community,” said Brandon Hofstedt, faculty director of the CRC. This is the first of a regular series of public opinion polls, designed to capture the opinions of people living in the north woods region. “We were pleased with the number of…

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Northern Wisconsin wants drinking water oversight

…right, said Brandon Hofstedt, associate professor of sustainable community development and faculty director of the Center for Rural Communities. “Nearly all respondents — 97 percent — agreed with the statement ‘water is a human right, and every person should have access to clean and safe drinking water’ — making it…