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WDAC Annual Fall Summit – Destination: Downtown

WDAC Annual Fall Summit – Destination: Downtown

REGISTER TODAY!  Mark your calendars for the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council’s Annual Fall Summit. This one-day session will be hosted in Wisconsin Rapids on October 22,2015.  

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Register Now for the Small Town Downtown Forums

Register Now for the Small Town Downtown Forums

2015 Wisconsin Regional Small Town Downtown Forums Are Coming to a Location Near You!

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A story behind the story about 14 Wisconsin Counties getting up to $75 million in federal grants

Everyone who works at UW-Extension has used or heard “the best kept secret” reference to describe the institution’s work and impacts. Sometimes that’s because the UW-Extension contribution is missed in media coverage. A recent example is the July 9, 2015, Wisconsin State Journal story: “Region gets access to federal funds; Millions targeted to food, biotech, […]

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What does Iran have in proven oil reserves?

What does Iran have in proven oil reserves?

Lifting sanctions on Iran means that oil production and exports of Iranian oil will likely increase significantly. The potential of Iranian oil hitting the export market is a major factor in the recent dramatic drop in oil prices. In July of 2014, oil was selling at more than $100 per barrel. Today, oil is priced at under $50 per barrel.

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For downtowns, the future is now

Talk to anyone of a certain age — say 50 and older — about the downtowns in Wisconsin’s villages and small cities and the conversation is liable to turn nostalgic.
Whatever happened to the world of communities of 5,000 with three or four hardware and shoe stores, a couple of jewelry stores, drug stores with soda fountains, multiple grocery stores and even a few national or home-grown department stores?

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What group is driving the raise in households living in rentals?

What group is driving the raise in households living in rentals?

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reports that although the U.S. home ownership rate has fallen to the lowest level since 1966, the share of U.S. households renting housing rose to a 20-year high. In 2014, more than 40 million, or 35.5 percent of all U.S. households, lived in rental housing.

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Creating Unique Identities in Wisconsin Communities

In case you missed it, tune in to the podcast of last week’s Wisconsin Public Radio program “Central Time” to hear Andy Lewis talk about what it takes to build a unique community identity, revitalize a downtown and keep younger residents from moving away. ‪#‎BecauseofUWEX‬

http://www.wpr.org/creating-unique-identities-wisconsin-com

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Register Today for the 2015 Basic Economic Development Course

Register Today for the 2015 Basic Economic Development Course

The Basic Economic Development Course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, methods and practice will be taught by professionals who have earned the CEcD designation and members of the University of Wisconsin Extension Center for Community and Economic Development.  More Information and Registration

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Downtown Economics Newsletter – June, 2015

Downtown Economics Newsletter – June, 2015

Businesses That Open or Expand After a Supercenter:  The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality recently studied the retail market of 13 Greater Minnesota cities where a Walmart Supercenter opened between 2000 and 2008. Their research explores which types of retail and consumer services businesses have coexisted with the retail giant, as identified […]

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UWEX and LOLA

UWEX and LOLA

Artistree Gallery Cooperative and Land O’Lakes Area Artisans, Inc. Land O’ Lakes, WI Wendy Powalisz, Kelly Haverkampf, Dayna Sarver             In 2007, the Land O’Lakes Chamber of Commerce Community Development Committee participated in the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s (UWEX) First Impressions community exchange program with the town of Phelps.  First Impressions is […]

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Quality of Life Indicators

Quality of Life Indicators

When most people think of the places they like, they think of a host of valued attributes. Yet, most analyses of a region or a county typically use a narrow set of indicators. When it comes to capturing the totality of what makes a place attractive and vibrant we should consider culture, attractions, environment and […]

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Downtown Storefront Improvements: Analyzing Return on Investment

Downtown Storefront Improvements: Analyzing Return on Investment

A team from University of Wisconsin-Extension and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation examined 24 case studies of storefront improvement projects in Wisconsin over the past 15 years.  These case studies ranged from rural Wisconsin to urban metropolitan areas.  The types of capital improvements were just as vast, ranging from less than $2000 to well over $300,000. […]

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