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Places Blog2018-04-25T14:13:40-05:00

New construction in historic commercial districts

Communities large and small across Wisconsin are seeing a building boom of late, largely due to a need for more housing. Interjecting new buildings within a cohesive district of already-built structures is a sensitive design issue. Read More

July 9, 2019|Downtown Revitalization, Local Ordinances, Places, Preservation|Comments Off on New construction in historic commercial districts

Anatomy of a Wisconsin Main Street Makeover

Wondering what it takes for a successful Wisconsin Main Street Makeover? From the initial application to the final unveiling, this post covers all the moving parts of the Wisconsin Main Street Program's annual event. Read More

June 21, 2019|Community Engagement, Downtown Revitalization, Marketing & Promotion, Places, Preservation, Small Business|Comments Off on Anatomy of a Wisconsin Main Street Makeover

Business success in the 21st century

The recent survey found that new business starts in Wisconsin downtowns reached a high-water mark in 2018. With new businesses of all types were cropping up in Wisconsin's downtown, here's how a few found success. Read More

May 28, 2019|Community Engagement, Downtown Revitalization, Marketing & Promotion, Places, Small Business|Comments Off on Business success in the 21st century

Local Wisconsin Main Street organizations recognized at 28th annual awards ceremony

WEDC recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2018 at the 28th Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony held today at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls. Read More

April 26, 2019|News, Places|Comments Off on Local Wisconsin Main Street organizations recognized at 28th annual awards ceremony

Wausau River District becomes Wisconsin’s sixth Great American Main Street

Wausau River District is one of three winners of the 2019 Great American Main Street Award, which recognizes communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Read More

Infrastructure and amenities for all ages

Downtowns offer unique architecture and affordable spaces that are well suited to all types of uses, but properties that have not been well-maintained or recently renovated require both inspiration and capital to translate existing spaces into move-in-ready apartments and retail storefronts. Read More

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