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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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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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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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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Downtown Internet Connectivity

Embracing the internet can help downtown businesses grow and compete. This article summarizes the responses to a survey concerning access to and use of broadband in downtown districts. The sample consists of the 35 responses received from downtown development and Main Street professionals in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. This was not a rigorously scientific survey, […]

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A Profile of Wisconsin’s Small Town Downtowns

Downtown districts in Wisconsin’s small cities and villages have significantly different demographic and economic characteristics from those in larger cities. These differences can help us understand their particular issues and opportunities for downtown revitalization. This article profiles small town downtowns from the perspective of who lives downtown, who works there, and what businesses operate in […]

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Revitalizing Wisconsin’s Downtowns Webinar and Networking Series Archive Page

This web-based presentation series provides educational programming to support downtown and business district economic development. Six sessions are planned annually with high quality presentations by state and national experts. Participants who attend the webinars at a regional group site stay after the presentation for discussion and networking. Alternatively, individuals may login from their own location. […]

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