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An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements

An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements

We invite you to delve into the latest report on state case studies taken from restaurants, retail stores, and personal and professional services. Business and property owners, as well as public sector officials, require sound research, information, and analysis when making decisions about improving the appearance of downtown buildings. This guide aids in assessing the […]

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Seven Relationship-Building Business Strategies

Seven Relationship-Building Business Strategies

The following article provides information for downtown businesses interested in strengthening their relationship with their customers. These strategies can be especially useful to local independent businesses facing intense competition for major chain and big box retailers on the edge of town. Read the entire article. (PDF, 2 pages)

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Downtown Financing Options

Economic incentives are often necessary to stimulate the type of development and reinvestment a downtown needs.  From traditional to unusual tools and sources, communities are experimenting with new economic development tools for their central commercial districts.  This article summarizes a presentation by economic development professional, Kristen Fish, and explores a variety of options for development […]

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Community Development Deep Dive Webinar Series

Community Development Deep Dive Webinar Series

Façade & Storefront Improvement: Case Study Analysis Thursday, January 15th, Noon-1 pm Overview: Part of our ongoing educational series on topics of interest to downtowns and commercial districts, this webinar features a presentation on the recently released results of a case study analysis on the impact of façade and storefront improvements on customer traffic and […]

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A mobile-device friendly version of First Impressions is now available using Qualtrics

A supplemental, mobile-device friendly online version of the First Impressions Community “survey” allows participants to enter observations, photos, and photo descriptions using either the paper tool or their smart phone or tablet. Visit coordinators can use the online survey tool to easily compile their report. To obtain a survey link for your community, contact the […]

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December 2014 Newsletter

December 2014 Newsletter

In the December 2014 issue of the Center for Community and Economic Development Newsletter you’ll find:  —  An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements  — First Impressions Revisited  —  Seven Relationship-Building Business Strategies  —  CEDPI  —  Food Safety seminars  —  Econ Quiz…and much more!

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Public Economic Development Expenditures Decline Substantially

Public Economic Development Expenditures Decline Substantially

Adjusting for inflation, County spending on economic development activities declined by more than $23 million, or 39.6% in just three years.    

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2015 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development

The 20th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development will be held February 11 – 13, 2015 at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison, WI.  CCED specialist Matt Kures will be presenting a session on “Brain Drain, Brain Gain or Somewhere In-between? ‘Thinking’ about College Graduate Attraction and Retention” This session will explore past […]

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