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An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements

An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements

We invite you to delve into the latest report on state case studies taken from restaurants, retail stores, and personal and professional services. Business and property owners, as well as public sector officials, require sound research, information, and analysis when making decisions about improving the appearance of downtown buildings. This guide aids in assessing the […]

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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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2015 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development

The 20th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development will be held February 11 – 13, 2015 at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison, WI.  CCED specialist Matt Kures will be presenting a session on “Brain Drain, Brain Gain or Somewhere In-between? ‘Thinking’ about College Graduate Attraction and Retention” This session will explore past […]

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St. Croix River Crossing Impact Analysis

The new St. Croix River Crossing between Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. and St. Joseph, Wisconsin is scheduled to open in 2016.  Over the past six months, the CCED has been partnering with St. Croix County to explore potential economic and community impacts of the new crossing.  Look for the final results of this analysis in […]

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Community Economic Development Preparedness Index (CEDPI)

The purpose of this preparedness index is to help communities analyze strengths and weaknesses before developing a plan to improve economic development opportunities in the community.  A PDF version of the Index may be downloaded at: Community Economic Development Preparedness Index PDF.  The index can now also be used as an on-line tool using the Qualtrics […]

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First Impressions Revisited

First Impressions Revisited

The First Impressions program was developed to help communities learn about existing strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of the first-time visitor and provides a structured opportunity to learn about strengths and weaknesses of similar communities. The results from a First Impressions visit can serve as the basis for community action and as a way […]

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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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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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