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University of Wisconsin Extension Programs

The strong Wisconsin Idea tradition rests on the fact that our University of Wisconsin extends to the furthest reaches of the state and beyond. In essence, it provides a connection of people to their university and its resources. While every member of the faculty has responsibilities for outreach, several members of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning faculty hold joint appointments with the University of Wisconsin Extension as Statewide Specialists. URPL Extension Specialists primarily focus efforts in the Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development (CNRED) and the Agriculture and Natural Resources(ANR) programming areas. URPL statewide specialists include:


  • Ken Genskow - water resource planning, process/administration of educational programs
  • Aslı Göçmen - geographic information systems, ecological land planning, environmental stewardship
  • David Hart - planning support systems and GIS
  • Dave Marcouiller - natural resources, rural development, recreation planning
  • Brian Ohm - land use law, environmental regulation, growth management


The University of Wisconsin - Extension, through its four divisions (Cooperative ExtensionOutreach and E-LearningBusiness and Manufacturing, and Broadcast and Media Innovations) has a primary responsibility of making linkages between university research and the real world as experienced by the citizens of our great state. Based in the 72 county Extension offices and on UW campuses around the state, Cooperative Extension responds to the needs of families, youth, communities, farmers, and business people. High priority programs focus on improving competitiveness and environmental sustainability in agriculture and business; conserving natural resources; managing community growth and change; and building supportive communities for families and youth.


In addition, several other faculty members also conduct outreach as part of their regular University responsibilities. Most notably, Alfonso Morales in markets and food systems planning, Harvey Jacobs in land use planning, Jim LaGro in neighborhood design, and Kurt Paulsen in comprehensive planning have strong outreach components.


The department's outreach efforts have resulted in consultations to local, state-wide, national and international agencies; workshops; and a variety of publications.