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Has your small town found a creative use for a vacant building?

WEDC and UWEX are seeking your examples. WEDC  and UW-Extension, are working together to identify creative uses for vacant downtown buildings in small towns. The purpose of this project is to provide Wisconsin’s small communities with research and case studies highlighting different ways to meaningfully occupy vacant properties. They are looking for examples that showcase […]

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Downtown Economics Newsletter

MARCH, 2016. Storemageddon:The end of retail as we know it. An ever-larger number of communities are investing their economic development resources into attraction programs targeting retail and related businesses. Much of the effort is targeted at chains and at trying to recreate a retail environment like that we have known for the last 20 or […]

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Teaching Tourism Development at WIGCOT

Colleagues from the Center for Community and Economic Development presented their educational programs related to tourism development at the 2016 Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Presenting were Kristin Runge, Matt Kures and Bill Ryan.  Services to communities include regional economic analysis, community branding, downtown economic analysis, customer prospecting, and hotel/restaurant market potential studies.

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Stakeholder Centered Community Marketing

The goal of community marketing is to make villages, towns or cities competitive and enable their stakeholders to thrive. This Power Point presented by Kristin Runge, a researcher for UWEX-Center for Community and Economic Development, discusses a cooperative framework model for community marketing in which stakeholders take a central role in crafting a unique market […]

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Downtown Economics Newsletter

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.  

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Charitable Giving Season Part 2

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 […]

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Staff Paper Index: Tourism & Natural Resources Publications

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 […]

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$upport for Professional Development

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.

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