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

BROWNFIELDS GRANT PROGRAM

Grants to local governments, businesses, nonprofits and individuals for developing commercial and industrial sites that have been adversely affected by environmental contamination.

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BROWNFIELDS SITE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Grant funds for approved projects to assist local governments with conducting initial environmental assessment and demolition activities on an eligible abandoned, idle or underutilized industrial or commercial site.

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CAPACITY BUILDING GRANTS

Grants to assist local and regional economic development groups to create an advanced economic development network within the state.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT GRANT PROGRAM

Financial support for shovel-ready projects, with emphasis on downtown community efforts that deliver measurable benefits in job opportunities, property values, and/or leveraged investment by local and private partners.

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CONNECT COMMUNITIES

Resources, technical assistance and networking to support communities’ efforts to revitalize downtown districts.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT

State income tax credit for 20 percent of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures for eligible buildings.

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IDLE SITES REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Program for Wisconsin communities to support redevelopment plans for large sites that have been idle, abandoned or underutilized for at least five years.

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MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Includes revolving loan funds offered through minority business associations and an annual conference that is the state’s premier event for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.

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WISCONSIN MAIN STREET PROGRAM

Program recognizes a commitment to preserving and revitalizing historic downtowns, and supporting these efforts with technical support, training and networking opportunities.

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WEDC SUCCESS STORIES

Garver Feed Mill, Madison

In 2016, WEDC awarded $500,000 toward the $4 million redevelopment of the historic Garver Feed Mill and adjacent 10.5-acre site into an artisanal food processing facility including a food incubator, office and retail tenants and hotel/residential space. Read More

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Larson Cannery, Green Bay

WEDC contributed $425,000 toward the $4.5 million redevelopment of the former Larsen Cannery along the Fox River. The site will be home to an upscale office, retail and residential development ultimately incorporating $25 million in private investment. Read More

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Steamboat Inn, Prescott

WEDC contributed $5,000 toward a $20,000 feasibility study for renovating and reopening the historic riverfront Steamboat Inn. Following the study, a development partner was identified and the historic properties were demolished to make way for a four-story, mixed-use, 83,000-square-foot project planned to include a restaurant and banquet facility as well as a parking garage, retail and office space, condominiums and a rooftop patio and pool. Read More

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Pat’s Foods, Florence

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. Read More

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In 2016, WEDC awarded $500,000 toward the $4 million redevelopment of the historic Garver Feed Mill and adjacent 10.5-acre site into an artisanal food processing facility including a food incubator, office and retail tenants and hotel/residential space. Read More

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WEDC contributed $425,000 toward the $4.5 million redevelopment of the former Larsen Cannery along the Fox River. The site will be home to an upscale office, retail and residential development ultimately incorporating $25 million in private investment. Read More

Read Story

WEDC contributed $5,000 toward a $20,000 feasibility study for renovating and reopening the historic riverfront Steamboat Inn. Following the study, a development partner was identified and the historic properties were demolished to make way for a four-story, mixed-use, 83,000-square-foot project planned to include a restaurant and banquet facility as well as a parking garage, retail and office space, condominiums and a rooftop patio and pool. Read More

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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. Read More

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS AWARDED
$
MILLION IN TOTAL AWARDS
$
MILLION IN LEVERAGED INVESTMENT GENERATED
$
LEVERAGED FOR EVERY $1 WEDC INVESTED
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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“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