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Downtown Storefront Improvements: Analyzing Return on Investment

Downtown Storefront Improvements: Analyzing Return on Investment

Do downtown storefront improvement projects provide an adequate return to the property owners, outside investors, or public funding entities? If so, what are the returns in both economic and other terms? This article summarizes findings from 24 case studies of storefront improvement projects in Wisconsin over the past 15 years.  While not a scientific sample, […]

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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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A mobile-device friendly version of First Impressions is now available using Qualtrics

A supplemental, mobile-device friendly online version of the First Impressions Community “survey” allows participants to enter observations, photos, and photo descriptions using either the paper tool or their smart phone or tablet. Visit coordinators can use the online survey tool to easily compile their report. To obtain a survey link for your community, contact the […]

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December 2014 Newsletter

December 2014 Newsletter

In the December 2014 issue of the Center for Community and Economic Development Newsletter you’ll find:  —  An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements  — First Impressions Revisited  —  Seven Relationship-Building Business Strategies  —  CEDPI  —  Food Safety seminars  —  Econ Quiz…and much more!

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Public Economic Development Expenditures Decline Substantially

Public Economic Development Expenditures Decline Substantially

Adjusting for inflation, County spending on economic development activities declined by more than $23 million, or 39.6% in just three years.    

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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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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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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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