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Call for Abstracts – CDS 2015 Conference

Call for Abstracts – CDS 2015 Conference

Colleagues, Last year we had the pleasure to be one of the co-hosts of this annual conference.  And it was conveniently located in Dubuque!  There were a number of great Wisconsin presentations and those that attended learned lots from the keynote speakers and the concurrent session and poster presenters.  The mobile learning workshops were highly […]

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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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Who Lives in Wisconsin’s Downtowns? Demographic Characteristics of Residents

Housing has become an important element in comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts.  Downtown housing contributes to an active environment that extends activity beyond traditional business hours. Downtown residents who live within a half mile of the middle of a downtown provide a captured market for convenience retail and services. Demographic data provides a foundation to help […]

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Public Private Partnerships: Summary of Presentation

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are collaborations between government and private sector companies to fund and operate a project.  This article summarizes a presentation by economic development professionals Naletta Burr and Quasan Shaw* and provides an overview of PPPs,  successful case studies, funding mechanisms, and development agreements.  Read the full summary (2 page PDF).

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A Profile of Wisconsin’s Small Town Downtowns

Downtown districts in Wisconsin’s small cities and villages have significantly different demographic and economic characteristics from those in larger cities.  These differences can help us understand their particular issues and opportunities for downtown revitalization.  This article profiles small town downtowns from the perspective of who lives downtown, who works there, and what businesses operate in […]

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Downtown Internet Connectivity

Embracing the internet can help downtown businesses grow and compete. This article summarizes the responses to a survey concerning access to and use of broadband in downtown districts. The sample consists of the 35 responses received from downtown development and Main Street professionals in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. This was not a rigorously scientific survey, […]

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Wisconsin Rural Broadband

Wisconsin Rural Broadband

Wisconsin Eye Television recently hosted a 40 minute show on the topic of rural broadband (9-3-14) as part of their “Newsmakers” series. The program featured Senator Dale Schultz (17th district), Stan Gruszinski (State Director – USDA Office of Rural Development), and Andy Lewis (UWEX, Center for Community & Economic Development. An archived version of the […]

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Increases in bandwidth demand and high costs for broadband still problematic in Wisconsin

Prior to the UWEX broadband ARRA application, there was very little data on broadband, and the data we had showed that Wisconsin lagged behind all of the surrounding states and the nation. While we had tremendous growth (381%) in the number of “high speed lines” (defined as slightly better than dial-up – 200 kbps download) […]

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Small Town Downtown Forums

Small Town Downtown Forums

Small Towns have unique issues and needs that are often very different from those of larger communities.  These forums are intended to bring together those serving and working in and with communities of populations fewer than 1500 to learn from each other through case studies, roundtables and discussion groups.  These forums are about sharing ideas, […]

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Engaging Young People in Sustaining Communities, Families and Farms

Engaging Young People in Sustaining Communities, Families and Farms

Save the Date:  The UW-Extension Engaging Young People in Sustaining Communities, Families and Farms and Community Food Systems interdisciplinary teams will hold their third annual in-service on September 16-17th.

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New Choices Article on Rural Poverty, Food Access, and Public Health Outcomes

New Choices Article on Rural Poverty, Food Access, and Public Health Outcomes

The complex relationships between poverty and health outcomes are well-documented, and promoting access to healthier foods in rural areas may help mitigate the poverty-health relationship. Many complexities in the causes of health outcomes are yet to be understood, however, including the effects of food access in rural areas on poverty and health. Rural Poverty, Food […]

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Submit your session and speaker ideas!

Submit your session and speaker ideas!

The Governor’s Conference on Economic Development is scheduled for February 11-13, 2015 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison, WI. If you have ideas on a compelling theme, session, or speaker, contact planning committee member, Andy Lewis at andy.lewis@ces.uwex.edu. This annual three-day conference includes educational sessions covering the most important economic development topics […]

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