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Opportunities and Challenges of Sustaining Community Food Systems

Opportunities and Challenges of Sustaining Community Food Systems

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT Opportunities and Challenges of Sustaining Community Food Systems Trudy Rice (Kansas State University) Michelle Walk (Michigan State University) February 10, 2015  —  12:00 PM –CT / 1:00 PM – ET http://connect.msu.edu/ncrcrd About the webinar:  Local food systems projects have many different “faces” across the North Central Region. However, the principles of sound community […]

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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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When a raise is not a raise

When a raise is not a raise

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Wisconsin workers were paid an average of $34,743 annually in 2004. By 2013, the average had risen to $42,777.

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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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Is a College Degree Worth the Cost?

Is a College Degree Worth the Cost?

High unemployment rates during the recent recession and the increasing cost of a four-year degree have raised questions about the value of a college degree.

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The Ghost of Christmas Just Past

The Ghost of Christmas Just Past

Did the Christmas spirit inspire you to spend a little more than you should have this holiday season? The best New Year’s resolution is to pay off your credit card balance as soon as you receive the bill. Although much less painful in the short run, the absolute worst New Year’s resolution is to simply […]

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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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Community Economic Development Preparedness Index (CEDPI)

The purpose of this preparedness index is to help communities analyze strengths and weaknesses before developing a plan to improve economic development opportunities in the community.  A PDF version of the Index may be downloaded at: Community Economic Development Preparedness Index PDF.  The index can now also be used as an on-line tool using the Qualtrics […]

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