Osterberg named UW-Division of Extension Educator for Marathon and Lincoln Counties
Lincoln and Marathon County Extension welcomes Melinda Osterberg as the new Community Development Educator.
The Lincoln and Marathon County Educator position is a new collaboration between the two counties and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension. Osterberg’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Washington. Prior to joining Extension, Osterberg worked for Shawano and Waupaca Counties and as a private land use planning consultant. Her work has been focused on rural economic development, farmland preservation, and recreational planning.
“I have great confidence that Melinda will fit into her role as community development educator extremely well,” stated Art Lersch Area 3 Extension Director. “Her professional demeanor, past work with local governments, and experience with a variety of planning projects provides her with a strong foundation from which to very competently serve Lincoln and Marathon organizations and citizens.”
During the next several months, Osterberg will be getting acquainted with the goals and missions of various local organizations, developing relationships with community leaders, and focusing on issues identified in adopted planning documents. Within Marathon County, one of the main goals for the position is to assist the County in planning for high speed internet expansion.
“Expanding access to broadband is one of the most pressing needs confronting Marathon County. It is vital to economic development, public safety, education, and quality of life,” stated Lance Leonhard, Marathon County Deputy Administrator. “Melinda coming on board with the dedicated task of leading our effort is testament to the County’s commitment to this important work and securing meaningful progress for the residents, visitors, and businesses of Marathon County.”
To schedule a visit with Melinda, please contact her at Melinda.Osterberg@wisc.edu, in Lincoln County at 715-539-1080 or in Marathon County at 715-261-1240.