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Wisconsin Main Street Program

Main Street Awards ceremony inspires downtown leaders throughout the state

It's always great to receive recognition from your peers, but the downtown leaders who attended Friday night’s Wisconsin Main Street awards ceremony say the event was about much more than just walking away with a plaque. WEDC's Darrin Wasniewski speaks at the 2017 Wisconsin Main Street Awards. The ceremony, held at the Hotel

2017-12-21T02:38:14-06:00April 10, 2017|Uncategorized|

People, Place and Patterns—Revitalizing Urban Areas

When faced with any challenge involving the effective use of space, Chris Socha of The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. encourages community developers to clearly define what problem they are trying to solve. Speaking at the 2016 Main Street Now Conference in Milwaukee with co-presenters Maggie Jacobus of Creative Alliance Milwaukee and Philip Winn from Project

2019-02-14T11:06:13-06:00May 25, 2016|Places|

Vibrant Communities Put People First

It takes more than great coffee shops, local breweries and chic retail stores to create a vibrant community, according to Michigan State University Extension Director Dave Ivan. And he should know. He’s visited more than 300 small and mid-size communities in 22 states as part of a W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded research project aimed at uncovering

2019-01-16T16:06:09-06:00May 24, 2016|Places|


Taking place May 23-25 in Milwaukee, the 2016 Main Street Now Conference will draw upon successful revitalization projects in Wisconsin to address challenges facing 21st century downtowns and commercial districts. Nearly 1,500 people from downtown development organizations and local governments will attend the annual conference organized by the National Main Street Center and sponsored by

2019-01-16T16:07:21-06:00May 16, 2016|Places|