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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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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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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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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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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Economic Gardening Certification Program

Center specialist Matt Kures recently completed his Economic Gardening Professional Certification in GIS through the Edward Lowe Foundation.  The certification process included over 100 hours of online, in-person and mentoring work and is a requirement to participate in a high-fidelity economic gardening program.  For more on Economic Gardening, see The Edward Lowe Foundation website.  

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Transform Milwaukee Initiative

Transform Milwaukee is a public-private initiative led by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).  Transform Milwaukee focuses on restoring economic vitality to Milwaukee through a variety of business, workforce and transportation development strategies.  CCED Community Development Specialist Matt Kures and UW-Extension Milwaukee County CRD Educator Angie Allen continue to be a part of […]

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Jan-Feb-Mar 2014 Newsletter

In the Jan-Feb-Mar 2014 issue of the Center for Community and Economic Development Newsletter you’ll find: Visit CCED at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, Feb. 12 & 13. From food safety to marketing, the Local Food Business Seminars are back.  Register now! 2014 Professional Meetings and Conferences Listings. Kewaunee County Nuclear Plant Closure – Community […]

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