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

Event planning during a pandemic

With most communities canceling events and unsure when they will be able to resume programming in light of the pandemic, WEDC’s downtown development team is offering some ideas for how communities can adapt. These include a focus on smaller events and virtual events, as well as events that can be planned in a short amount of time—so communities can adopt creative strategies instead of simply going the whole summer without any events. Read More

June 29, 2020|Blog Post, Focus Forward Updates, INterconnect Newsletter, Places|Comments Off on Event planning during a pandemic

Designing for a pandemic

As our state, nation and world cope with a pandemic on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes, it has taken a toll on our health, our thinking, our economy and our communities. COVID-19 has also changed—perhaps forever—the the way we do business; interact with each other; and design the places we live, work and entertain. Some businesses, due to their nature, were able to easily adapt by providing window or curbside service, taking sales online or working from home. Others, such as salons, taverns, gyms, concert halls and sports venues, have had to shut down completely until further notice. Read More

May 14, 2020|Focus Forward Updates, Places|Comments Off on Designing for a pandemic

Places blog: Encourage shopping small

While “shop local” campaigns can become controversial, seeming to discourage tourists and/or exclude franchises and other locally operated businesses, shopping small is a strategy that is hard to oppose. Consider the following unique strategies to encourage and recognize customers that make the effort to shop small. Read More

September 24, 2019|Marketing & Promotion, Places, Small Business|Comments Off on Places blog: Encourage shopping small
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