A Trade Area Analysis of Wisconsin Retail and Service Markets: Updated for 2017

“The power of Trade Area Analysis (TAA) is the simplicity of the tools and the ease of interpretation.”  In this Updated for 2017 report, Professor and Extension Specialist Steven C. Deller provides insight into communities most basic economic development question “are local retail businesses reaching their fullest potential or are there weaknesses that need to be addressed?”

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State of Rural Wisconsin — 2018

How is life in rural Wisconsin compared to urban areas? What changes have occurred in recent years and what will the future be like?  What rural issues deserve our attention and action? The 2018 version of the State of Rural Wisconsin is now available for download at the Wisconsin Rural Partners website.  

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Downtown and Community Market Analysis – Opportunity for Two Communities

Downtown and Community Market Analysis – Opportunity for Two Communities  Do you know a community needing research to guide economic development in their downtown? Do they have a core group of business and community leaders who would be interested in working with us in conducting a community-led analysis? We would like to provide intensive services […]

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Pension Report 17 an NCRCRD Policy Brief

Potential Rural Impacts of Pension Reductions study is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture via the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

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New resource serves as road map for Wisconsin’s food entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs thinking about starting or scaling up a food processing business can find a way to make their dreams a reality with the help of the newly released Wisconsin Food Processing Guide: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs and Managers, available from the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Authors Jenifer A. Buckley and Elena M. Byrne worked with UW-Extension, the Dept. […]

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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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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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