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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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2016 National Main Streets Conference Call for Proposals

Next May the National Main Streets Conference will be in Milwaukee. This could be a great opportunity for UW-Extension to shine on the national stage and demonstrate our value in community and economic development.  Presentation proposals are due August 3rd.

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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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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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