The Rural Brain Gain & Promise for Rural Communities

Keynote speaker: Ben Winchester

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UW–Platteville – Velzy Commons
@ 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Conference and Job Fair

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Benjamin Winchester
Rural Sociologist, University of Minnesota Extension, Department of Community Development

Ben has been working both in and for small towns across the Midwest for over 25 years. He lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota with his wife and two children. Ben is trained as a Rural Sociologist and works for the University of Minnesota Extension. His conducts applied research on economic, social, and demographic topics surrounding a theme of “rewriting the rural narrative”.  He recently received the international Rural Renewal Research Prize in 2021 for this work.

Winchester received his B.A. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Minnesota, Morris (1995) and M.S. in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri, Columbia (2001). He was a founding employee at the Center for Small Towns, an outreach program at the University of Minnesota, Morris and specializes in community development, demographic analysis, data visualization, and moving communities away from anecdata.