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With the help of a $20,000 grant, Sauk County government and the Ho-Chunk Nation will work together to plan for the region’s future.

In a news release Tuesday, the Local Government Institute of Wisconsin announced it had awarded the grant as part of its Future Regions initiative. The program encourages governments to work together — rather than independently — to address regional issues.

The partnership between the county and tribe will include three strategizing workshops, plus six months of coaching intended to help implement plans and solidify relationships. The two entities will work to “design a vision and plan to preserve and enhance the region’s natural resources and quality places,” according to the release.

“This is truly unprecedented and a welcome change for the betterment of our combined communities,” said Kristin White Eagle, a Ho-Chunk Nation legislator and Sauk County Board member. “We are excited to be a primary member and work to collaboratively envision a shared future.”

The county’s five chambers of commerce are contributing to the shared cost of the program, the release said. The workshops and coaching will be facilitated by Rebecca Ryan, a Madison-based futurist and economist.

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