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Conference to focus on ‘population dynamics’

Metro Wire Staff

UWSP is hosting an annual conference targeting leaders of small communities.

With a theme on “Population Dynamics,” UW-Stevens Point’s Center for the Small City will host the 22nd Conference on the Small City and Regional Community Oct. 16-17.

The conference will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, with Sarah Kemp of the Applied Population Laboratory at UW-Madison giving the keynote address, “Wisconsin’s Demographic Changes: The Impact on Schools and their Communities.”

The talk will be held in Room 101 of the Chemistry Biology Building, 2101 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point.

Several sessions will be offered Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. in the Dreyfus University Center. Topics include issues for small cities and communities, including non-profit organizations, health care, elections, ethnic diversity, local governance, sustainability, poverty, and others.

The conference is open to officials, professionals, researchers, citizens, and others interested in public participation and civic advancement in small cities and towns.

Registration is $35 for general admission. UW-Stevens Point faculty, staff, and students may attend free of charge.

For the full conference program and registration information, go to www.uwsp.edu/cols-ap/smallCity/Pages/conference.aspx.

Now in its 40th year, the Center for the Small City has offered relevant conferences, researched topics, provided consultation services, collected and disseminated information and administered the academic minor in Small Cities Analysis.

For more information, contact Ismaila Odogba, associate professor of geography and geology, at iodogba@uwsp.edu or go to www.uwsp.edu/cols-ap/smallCity.