It’s About Resilience, Not Growth. A power point presentation for the Small Town Forums, 2015, by Gary Becker.Read More
Various words are commonly used to describe successful downtown revitalization efforts. Three words that are often used, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, are:
• Vitality – the capacity to live and develop
• Vibrancy – having or showing great life, activity, and energy
• Resiliency – the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens
All three describe positive change.Read More
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?
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
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, […]Read More