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

Supporting small-scale renovations

May is Historic Preservation Month, so it is fitting that this issue of INtersections highlight some of the individuals around the state who have undertaken impactful local renovations of historic downtown properties. Investment in ongoing maintenance and periodic renovation or restoration of older or historic buildings is a key elements of downtown revitalization. Read More

May 24, 2021|Places|Comments Off on Supporting small-scale renovations

Farmers markets emerge from the pandemic

Farmers markets are important to communities in many ways. They are a critical component in rebuilding local food economies. They provide a cost-effective, retail sales opportunity for local food producers, and often for artisan businesses as well. And they are a beloved social gathering place for many Wisconsinites. Read More

April 29, 2021|Places|Comments Off on Farmers markets emerge from the pandemic

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
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