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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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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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

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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Alternate Resources for Accessing Federal Datasets

The recent government shutdown restricted access to many federal data portals such as the Census Bureau’s American Factfinder. Fortunately, a number of other websites provide alternate access points for demographic and economic data. While a variety of fee-based services are available, three free resources to consider include: 1. GetFacts – Produced by the University of […]

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Business Feasibility: A First Cut Analysis

This workbook was designed to help value-added agricultural entrepreneurs conduct a preliminary analysis of their business idea.  It helps answer the questions whether the business make sense for them personally and whether there is a sufficient market to support the business.  Case studies are included to help guide users through the feasibility process.  Although developed […]

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About the First Impressions Program

All too often people and organizations say that they want to improve. But they go about it the wrong way. Too much self-evaluation and too little outside evaluation may mask real problems and opportunities. First Impressions offers an inexpensive way of determining what visitors think of your community. Volunteers from two somewhat similar communities agree to do unannounced exchange visits, becoming “secret shoppers” for the day to discover what they can about their sister city. Team members follow procedures and reporting guidelines in a fully developed manual, which is copied for each participant. The manual helps insure that the evaluations and final reports are thorough and somewhat uniform and minimize the training of volunteers. The final report provides an outsiders perspective of your community as it might be perceived by a prospective business, potential resident, or tourist.

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Community Economic Development Prepardness 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. The index is based on individual perceptions of activities and conditions in the community; over which you may or may not have some level of control. The compiled responses will provide a reflection of your community’s readiness to retain existing businesses and income, attract new businesses, residents, and income, and expand small businesses and income within your community.

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