Thursday, August 12, 2010

UW Sea Grant Advisory Council Member Interviewed on "Rural Brain Drain"

Larry J. MacDonald, mayor of Bayfield, WI, a member of the UW Sea Grant Advisory Council, was recently interviewed for the Voices of Rural Wisconsin Project by This nonprofit web site supports the state's culture, arts, humanities and history and was created by the Cultural Coalition of Wisconsin. This interview on rural leadership focuses on the phenomenon of "rural brain drain," which is the loss of the community's academically inclined youth who choose to leave the area to pursue higher education and seldom return. The interview is streamed in five parts here on's website. MacDonald gives a descriptive background of the issue and hopeful suggestions on how to improve things. This is a common issue affecting many small towns in Wisconsin, and nationally.

Photo courtesy of City of Bayfield website.