Promoting and Preserving Agriculture & Rural Character of Ozaukee County is Topic of April 13 Friday Forum at MATC Mequon Campus

April 5, 2012

“Promoting Long-Term Agriculture & Preserving the Rural Character of Ozaukee County” is the topic of a Friday Forum luncheon meeting/panel discussion set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Lecture Hall at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Mequon Campus, 5555 W. Highland Road.

Ozaukee County officials have developed a Farmland Preservation Plan to ensure sustainability of the agriculture industry and preserve the rural character of the county. Andrew Struck, director, Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department; and Nicole Sidoff, community development director, University of Wisconsin Extension-Ozaukee; will give a brief overview of the plan recommendations and public involvement activities incorporated in the planning process. A panel discussion of the plan will follow.

Panelists include:
-- Shawn Graff, executive director, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
-- Mary Korte, member, Farmland Preservation Plan Citizen Advisory Committee
-- Jennifer Rothstein, vice chairperson, Ozaukee County Land Preservation Board
-- Marjie Tomter, Ozaukee County Land Preservation Board

For more information or reservations, please contact Sandra Webster by Thursday, April 12, at (262) 238-2205 or A $10 lunch fee is payable at the door.

Friday forums are co-sponsored by the Mequon Campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College,
the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors and the University of Wisconsin Extension/Ozaukee. The series advances regional progress by bringing key people together to solve problems, share information and build relationships.

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Approximately 50,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community. The college offers 200 academic programs; nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees; and a Pre-College Education division that assists people to
complete high school, prepare for college or enter the workforce. Overwhelmingly, MATC
graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services


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