Community Development

Community development is the process of helping a community strengthen itself and develop towards its full potential.  UW-Extension Community Development Educators help Wisconsin residents, organizations and communities deal with their own unique challenges by providing a variety of education programs, research, and resources to address local issues.  Backed by University of Wisconsin research, Community Development Educators work with local government, civic organizations, businesses and community leaders to enhance local decision-making and help communities respond to new challenges and opportunities. These priorities change as local needs change.

Catherine Neiswender serves as the Community Development Educator for Winnebago County UW-Extension.  Catherine’s work focuses on a number of priority areas in Winnebago County:


Our mission is to strengthen people’s ability to identify and solve community problems through education, citizen participation, group process, and unbiased information – allowing residents to make informed decisions, resulting in better communities.


If you have any questions regarding Community Development in Winnebago County, please contact:

Catherine Neiswender
Winnebago County – UW Extension
Suite 600
625 E. County Road Y
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8131
Phone:  920-232-1972
or  920-727-8643
Fax: 920-232-1967
  • Facilitation, Process development and Public Involvement
  • Community Development
  • Local Government and Public Policy Education
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Development
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
Allyson Watson
Winnebago County UW-Extension
Suite 600
625 E County Rd Y
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8131
Fax: 920-232-1967
Chad Cook
Wolf & Upper Fox Basins
Winnebago Co. Extension
625 E. County Y, Suite 600
Oshkosh, WI 54901-9775
Phone:      920/232-1990
Fax: 920/232-1967
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