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Avoiding the top four nonprofit pitfalls

One of the most challenging aspects of managing an organization is maintaining focus on the organization’s core mission in a world of ever-increasing distractions. A seemingly infinite number of worthy causes, great ideas and event inspirations arise on a daily basis, presenting the temptation to pursue them. Read More

March 15, 2021|Places|Comments Off on Avoiding the top four nonprofit pitfalls

Business innovation – Main Street & Connect Community businesses adapting to the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic so many local businesses have had to adapt their business plan to adhere to safety guidelines and to best reach their customers. In fall of 2020, WEDC created the We’re All Innovating Contest to recognize and promote the creative ways local startups and small businesses have adapted to the recent challenges. Among the winners were multiple businesses in both Wisconsin Main Street and Connect Communities. These businesses were recognized for the We’re All Innovating Contest based on business innovations, adapting services and adapting technology. Read More

February 10, 2021|Places|Comments Off on Business innovation – Main Street & Connect Community businesses adapting to the pandemic

Reflections and resolutions for the new year

As we enter a new year, each of the stakeholder groups that are responsible for downtown revitalization have an opportunity to reflect on the gifts of 2020 and resolve to make changes that will make your organization and/or business more prosperous and effective in the coming year. Read More

January 6, 2021|Places|Comments Off on Reflections and resolutions for the new year

Reflecting cultural diversity in Main Street design

Following last month’s focus on diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the Main Street approach, this month’s blog post will explore how the design of façades, storefronts and business signage within Main Street districts can incorporate cultural diversity and expression. Read More

December 7, 2020|Places|Comments Off on Reflecting cultural diversity in Main Street design

Equity and inclusion on Main Street

Recent economic, social and political conditions have highlighted the many divisions and inequities in our communities. In many cases these disparities impact everyday life—for example, the availability of work and sacrifices expected of essential workers; access to broadband and the employment, school and commerce opportunities it provides; and adverse health outcomes for certain demographics as a result of the pandemic, among others. Read More

November 18, 2020|Downtown Revitalization, Places|Comments Off on Equity and inclusion on Main Street

Revitalization success stories

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

July 27, 2020|Places|Comments Off on Revitalization success stories

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
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