Our Partners

Alliant Energy: Providing utility customers in the Midwest with electric and natural gas services is Alliant Energy’s top priority, and Alliant Energy is a proud sponsor of community organizations, events and activities throughout the company’s service territory. For more information, visit www.alliantenergy.com.


Badgerland Financial: As a member-owned cooperative serving rural America, we: Provide high quality, competitively priced capital and financial services. Build relationships and solutions to help customers achieve their goals. Manage a financially successful business for the long term benefit of all stakeholders. Advocate for the prosperity of agriculture and our rural communities. For more information, visit www.badgerlandfinancial.com.


BEST: BEST (Building Economic Strength Together) is a regional development organization for southwest Wisconsin. BEST was formerly the Southwest Wisconsin Regional Economic Development Coalition.
What does BEST do? We serve as connectors, communicators, educators, and provide support for regional organizations and initiatives. We match and coordinate needs, resources, and activities to limit duplication of services. We link resources to help parties achieve joint goals, discover shared interests, and build trust by working together. We provide networking opportunities for the different communities of collaboration and the region as a whole. We are working together to make our region stronger through collaboration and not competition. For more information, visit www.bestwisconsin.org.


Madison Gas & Electric: Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) generates and distributes electricity to 138,000 customers in Dane County and purchases and distributes natural gas to 142,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE’s roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years. For more information, visit www.mge.com.


MHTC: To complement its state-of-the-art local and long-distance telephone offerings, MHTC became an Internet service provider (ISP) in 1995 and also offers high-speed DSL and Digital Cable TV connections to an ever-increasing number of communities in its service area. For more information, visit www.mhtc.net.


Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative: Established in 1951, Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative is a locally owned provider of a full spectrum of telecommunications services to consumers and businesses. Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative serves Blue River, Boaz, Sabin, Soldiers Grove, and Gays Mills. Through the Cooperative and its subsidiaries, Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative offers local telephone, long distance, and Internet and Digital TV services. For more information, visit www.rgtelecom.com.


Southwest Technical College: Located among the beautiful hills and valleys of southwestern Wisconsin, Southwest Tech is a comprehensive technical college standing ready to offer you excellent educational opportunities, a broad array of support services, and a student-friendly atmosphere. For more information, visit www.swtc.edu.


SW WI Workforce Development Board: The Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB) is one of Wisconsin’s eleven regional boards established by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). SWWDB is responsible for the planning and oversight of the workforce system in southwest Wisconsin – Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, and Rock counties. For more information, visit www.swwdb.org.


TDS: At TDS, we provide innovative Voice, Internet, and Entertainment services to rural and suburban communities nationwide, as well as leading-edge business technology. But it’s our commitment to each community we serve that truly sets us apart. For more information, visit www.tdstelecom.com.


Wisconsin Rural Partners: Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, chartered to pursue an educational mission dedicated to building collaborative partnerships across the public and private sectors for the benefit of rural Wisconsin. Wisconsin Rural Partners’ mission is ‘to build networks, leadership and voice for rural Wisconsin." For more information, visit www.wirural.org.


Special Thanks to Connecting Wisconsin’s Friends: