This year, WISCAP will be hosting its 34th annual Poverty Matters! conference in partnership with SDC’s annual Poverty Summit. The 2018 Poverty Matters Summit will be held on September 27th-28th at Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. In partnering, we hope to draw broad participation to help address our conference theme; Sharing our Stories, Creating Our Solutions: Closing the Rural-Urban Divide. Over the course of the conference, we aim to explore the shared experience of poverty and the interconnected economic, social and political life of rural and urban Wisconsin. Participants will be challenged to examine the national, regional and local systems at play and consider how these shape policy and our collective response. By drawing attention to the structural underpinnings of poverty, we believe a well-informed and intellectually honest discussion can take place and ultimately help lead to moral choices and more effective anti-poverty policies and strategies.