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Superior Days planning kicks off by identifying issues

The 33rd Superior Days runs Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 in Madison.

In preparation, the co-chairs Mayor Jim Paine and County Board Chairman Mark Liebaert invite citizens from Northwest Wisconsin to attend the issues identification meeting.

This session runs 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at WITC-Superior Conference Center. Facilitated discussions will help identify potential legislative and agency issues.

Superior Days was started in 1985 as the first community or county based citizens grassroots lobbying event in Wisconsin. Since then thousands of citizens from Northwest Wisconsin have traveled annually to Madison to share the needs and concerns of Northwest Wisconsin with elected officials and agency leaders.

The 32nd Superior Days in 2017 found success with seeking new funding for a next generation 911 system in Wisconsin.

"The current state budget includes $6.7 million in E-911 funding that we lobbied for during Superior Days. This is a huge win for us and all E-911 centers statewide. Our efforts were received well and had a substantial impact on the inclusion of the funding in the state budget," according to Keith Kesler, Douglas County emergency management coordinator.

Citizens are welcome to bring any issue to the table for discussion. Historically, Superior Days issues must meet a three-part test — issues must have major impact or unique implications for Northwest Wisconsin; resolution of the issue requires resources that exceed local capacity; and issue must have community-wide consensus.

The Superior Days planning committee hosts the discussion, and includes a light meal, and there is no cost to participate. For information, contact James Anderson, Superior Days coordinator with UW-Extension, at (715) 395-1363.