For downtowns, the future is now

Talk to anyone of a certain age — say 50 and older — about the downtowns in Wisconsin’s villages and small cities and the conversation is liable to turn nostalgic.
Whatever happened to the world of communities of 5,000 with three or four hardware and shoe stores, a couple of jewelry stores, drug stores with soda fountains, multiple grocery stores and even a few national or home-grown department stores?

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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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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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UWEX and LOLA

Artistree Gallery Cooperative and Land O’Lakes Area Artisans, Inc. Land O’ Lakes, WI Wendy Powalisz, Kelly Haverkampf, Dayna Sarver             In 2007, the Land O’Lakes Chamber of Commerce Community Development Committee participated in the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s (UWEX) First Impressions community exchange program with the town of Phelps.  First Impressions is […]

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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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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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