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Successful events during the pandemic

Creating a sense of normalcy and bringing the community together has always been an important goal for the Main Street districts around Wisconsin, but the lingering threat of COVID-19, has posed continuing difficulties for hosting events. Nevertheless, communities are doing their best to host events with social distancing and safety modifications in place, and

2020-09-24T09:26:11-05:00September 28, 2020|Community Engagement, Places, Public Spaces|

Creative fundraising approaches for community organizations

While the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses has been well documented, community organizations have also been negatively impacted. Challenges to the usual in-person models of engaging stakeholders, hosting gatherings and holding events has made it difficult for organizations to not only carry out their mission, but also to raise funds. In a

2020-09-23T10:25:31-05:00August 21, 2020|Places|

Revitalization success stories

As our state, nation and world cope with a pandemic on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes, it has taken a toll on our health, our thinking, our economy and our communities. COVID-19 has also changed—perhaps forever—the the way we do business; interact with each other; and design the places we live, work and entertain. Some businesses, due to their nature, were able to easily adapt by providing window or curbside service, taking sales online or working from home. Others, such as salons, taverns, gyms, concert halls and sports venues, have had to shut down completely until further notice. Read More
2020-07-24T13:51:40-05:00July 27, 2020|Places|

Event planning during a pandemic

With most communities canceling events and unsure when they will be able to resume programming in light of the pandemic, WEDC’s downtown development team is offering some ideas for how communities can adapt. These include a focus on smaller events and virtual events, as well as events that can be planned in a short amount of time—so communities can adopt creative strategies instead of simply going the whole summer without any events. Read More
2020-06-30T11:43:37-05:00June 29, 2020|Blog Post, Focus Forward Updates, INterconnect Newsletter, Places|

Designing for a pandemic

As our state, nation and world cope with a pandemic on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes, it has taken a toll on our health, our thinking, our economy and our communities. COVID-19 has also changed—perhaps forever—the the way we do business; interact with each other; and design the places we live, work and entertain. Some businesses, due to their nature, were able to easily adapt by providing window or curbside service, taking sales online or working from home. Others, such as salons, taverns, gyms, concert halls and sports venues, have had to shut down completely until further notice. Read More
2020-05-15T11:25:11-05:00May 14, 2020|Focus Forward Updates, Places|

Wayfinding 2020: Community Signage for Today’s Main Street

By Joe Lawniczak, Wisconsin Main Street It seems there are few areas of life that aren’t being revolutionized by technology, and travel is no different. People rarely read maps anymore, relying instead on GPS to tell them where to go, when to turn and how far to their destination. By and large, communities have

2020-03-05T10:17:08-06:00February 21, 2020|Places, Uncategorized|

Places Blog: Design for all seasons

For a community’s downtown to be winter-friendly, basic infrastructure must be in place: sidewalks cleared of snow and ice, easy (and snow- and ice-free) access from parking spaces to sidewalks, etc. Beyond these basics, some simple ordinance changes or minor public investments can have an impact on the ability and willingness

2020-01-03T13:10:37-06:00January 3, 2020|Places|

Places Blog: Get creative with indoor activities in the winter

Planning for winter outdoor activities can be challenging if these activities rely on the availability of ice or snow. In many communities, ice rinks and sledding hills require man-made assistance to be present all season long. For communities that can’t afford this level of investment, other types of activities with a

2020-01-03T13:24:52-06:00January 3, 2020|Places|
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