DECEMBER, 2015: Five Keys to Downtown Success: Leverage – Spatial Relationships – Collaboration – Community Health – Support Local. A Presentation by Gary Becker at the 2015 Wisconsin Small Town Downtown Forums.Read More
Matt Kures of the Center for Community & Economic Development weighs in on some potential impacts of the Oscar Mayer plant closing in Madison.Read More
Colleagues, Over the past few years, the Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) has supported county, tribal and regional educators’ professional development in a number of ways. We have annually offered to cover the registration costs of the Basic Economic Development Course offered in collaboration with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA), typically held in Madison the first part of September.Read More
If you enjoyed a traditional Wisconsin Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, it is likely that your meal included the following standard holiday fare: roast turkey, home made cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. Wisconsin is the number one producer in the U.S. of which of the following classic Thanksgiving essentials? Turkey Cranberries Snap beans […]Read More
Giving USA, an annual study on charitable giving conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, reports that Americans donated $359 billion to charities in 2014. That is the highest annual total since the research was first conducted in 1955. Which of the following gave the most to charities in 2014? Individuals Corporations […]Read More
November 26th is Thanksgiving, the traditional day we set aside to give thanks for all the bounty and blessings we enjoy. Thanksgiving has also become the day when seemingly unbelievable sale prices abound, lines appear outside of retail stores, and holiday shopping begins in earnest. For many, Thanksgiving is also the beginning of the season […]Read More
The Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) has been authoring research studies and reports for nearly 25 years. The earliest of those are archived in our offices. The vast majority of the files have economic impact studies, most related to recreation/tourism/visitors. The topics include: agriculture, government, manufacturing, recreation, services and retail, and transportation. Some are sorted by region of the state. The studies are mostly dated, but we maintain these hardcopy files in order to offer best practices models and to support research efforts that aim to offer comparisons over time and place. If you are doing a project and find that our files may be of interest, simply email the Center at email@example.com and request that we scan a particular document and email it to you.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