Let’s create the
good life, together.

There are thriving, vibrant communities all over Wisconsin because of people just like you. They’re working to revitalize Main Streets and commercial districts, opening businesses, and creating welcoming shared spaces—and WEDC is helping them make it happen. Whether you’re a rural or an urban community, a business or a local organization, if you have a vision for the future, we’d love to help bring it to life.

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Community Resources

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Main Street Program

Improve the economic profitability and aesthetics of your downtown Main Street or urban commercial district. Learn More
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Connect Communities Program

Network with and learn from other communities revitalizing their Main Streets and commercial districts. Learn More
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Office of Rural Prosperity

Explore WEDC’s programs and resources specifically tailored to rural communities and businesses. Learn More

Source: WEDC FY23 Annual Report on Economic Development

Source: WEDC FY23 Annual Report on Economic Development

Source: WEDC FY23 Annual Report on Economic Development

Building Communities

WEDC resources helped Mayville develop its downtown.

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Programs at a Glance

Community Development Investment Grant Program

Find support for your urban, small city, or rural community’s (re)development efforts and everything from renovation and preservation to infrastructure improvement.

Brownfields Grant Program

Convert contaminated sites into productive properties that are attractive and ready for redevelopment with support for assessment and remediation efforts.

Fabrication Laboratories Grant Program

Outfit your public schools with equipment like laser cutters, 3D printers, and more to support STEAM education and prepare Wisconsin’s workforce of tomorrow.