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Community2019-02-05T14:41:57+00:00

PEOPLE BUILDING PLACES

Thriving communities fuel creativity and ambition. In Wisconsin, we invest in our communities to help both people and businesses grow, develop and contribute to our state’s economic vitality. From our industrial city centers to the tree-lined streets of our town squares, WEDC’s comprehensive community development programs and funding initiatives empower local officials to develop sustainable economic development strategies that increase prosperity while redevelopment programs provide financial assistance for activities that revitalize commercial districts. By providing community and business leaders access to this knowledge and support, we’ve helped them create stronger community cornerstones and build vibrant economic epicenters throughout Wisconsin.

WEDC PROGRAMS

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WEDC SUCCESS STORIES

WEDC contributed $15,000 toward a $60,000 planning process to address access, visibility, parking and other challenges associated with the dated Nicolet Square property. As a result of the plan, the city was able to address pedestrian access, consolidate dumpsters and improve traffic flow to the property. Encouraged by these improvements, Waseda Farms opened in a long-vacant structure on the site, investing nearly $10 million in site and building improvements and hiring more than 20 full-time employees.

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WEDC contributed $762,500 in two grants (Site Assessment and Brownfields) toward a $100 million project to create an innovation campus on an 89-acre site in Wauwatosa. An additional $12 million in TIF funding was provided by the city. The grant facilitated cleanup of the site of a former hospital and children’s home on which foundry sand was discovered. EPA funds were also used in the project. Today, the site includes an innovation accelerator, office space and a hotel.

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WEDC contributed $250,000 toward the $1.2 million cost of reopening the county’s only grocery store, seven years after the previous store closed due to the death of the owner. The store employs 10 full-time and 10 part-time workers, making it one of the top 10 employers in the county. Additional financing was needed to address costs associated with repairs after prolonged vacancy, as well as to address previous liens on the property.

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After a historic paper mill in downtown Neenah closed in 2006, the 16-acre site was in danger of becoming an eyesore that lowered property values and hindered economic development.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS AWARDED
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IN TOTAL AWARDS
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IN LEVERAGED INVESTMENT GENERATED
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LEVERAGED FOR EVERY $1 WEDC INVESTED
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KEY STRATEGIC PARTNERS FUNDED
Source: WEDC FY17 Annual Report on Economic Development

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Information, tools, programs and partners fuel growth and new market opportunities.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Our passion is supporting yours—through funding solutions, workspaces, mentoring and more.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Revitalizing commercial districts and preserving our state’s history enriches public spaces and helps encourage business activity.

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INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT

Public-private partnerships investing in “Centers of Excellence” that drive research, startups and business attraction to advance Wisconsin’s competitive advantage.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Experts here and abroad that help Wisconsin companies navigate exporting logistics to successfully expand their global reach.

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WEDC NEWS

“This is one of the best new programs (Certified Sites) that the state has started through WEDC. This is a big step for the step to help the Village of Howard move forward with its economic development strategy.”

PAUL EVERETT • VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR, VILLAGE OF HOWARD

“Because of the funding from WEDC through the CDI Grant, this grocery store and hardware store will help attract and retain homeowners and businesses, bring jobs, and spur further economic development projects that will revitalize this area.”

KELLY KLEIN • COORDINATOR, IRON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT ZONE

“On behalf of the City of La Crosse, we are very excited and honored by the recognition from WEDC for our local Main Street program,” said Mayor Tim Kabat. “Downtown Mainstreet Inc., its members and our community partners have helped to create a downtown that we are all proud of and we look forward to collaborating with WEDC and the state of Wisconsin to raise historic downtown La Crosse to new heights.”

TIM KABAT • MAYOR, CITY OF LACROSSE