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

Building stronger communities through brownfield redevelopment

Communities may experience many environmental, social and economic benefits from brownfield redevelopment by removing health hazards, removing blight through renovating abandoned buildings and removal of derelict structures, and preserving historical landmarks. Read More

May 3, 2022|Places|Comments Off on Building stronger communities through brownfield redevelopment

Eventful: Tips and trends help power downtown event planning

The COVID-19 pandemic foisted many dizzying changes on locally owned businesses, including temporary and permanent closures, changing entrepreneur demographics, labor market shifts and a switch to online sales. One benefit of coordinating a long-standing program such as Wisconsin Main Street (celebrating its 35th year in 2022) is the ability to explore trends over time. Read More

March 29, 2022|Places|Comments Off on Eventful: Tips and trends help power downtown event planning

Tapping into trends in downtown entrepreneurship

The COVID-19 pandemic foisted many dizzying changes on locally owned businesses, including temporary and permanent closures, changing entrepreneur demographics, labor market shifts and a switch to online sales. One benefit of coordinating a long-standing program such as Wisconsin Main Street (celebrating its 35th year in 2022) is the ability to explore trends over time. Read More

February 18, 2022|Places|Comments Off on Tapping into trends in downtown entrepreneurship

Fighting cabin fever by creating winter fun downtown

Wisconsin winters can seem long, dark and cold. The temptation is strong to hunker down and wait it out. But just because the days are short and frigid, there’s no reason your customers need to be prisoners in their own homes. You can ward off cabin fever by uncovering the fun side of winter right in your own downtown. Read More

January 27, 2022|Places|Comments Off on Fighting cabin fever by creating winter fun downtown

Three types of funding your organization may be missing out on

Community organizations are adept at being creative when it comes to doing more with less. By leveraging their extensive network of partners, Main Street and Connect Communities organizations can attract in-kind support to cover many expenses while programs and events generate revenue and attract sponsor dollars to help achieve the mission. Read More

November 18, 2021|Places|Comments Off on Three types of funding your organization may be missing out on

Best practices, resources help wipe out contaminants to keep buildings safe

The potential for contaminants in the buildings where we live and work has always been a concern, whether it’s mold in our walls or foundations, lead in our paint or drinking water or asbestos in our insulation or floor tiles. This concern has become even more prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many of us have been working from home and spending more time indoors. Read More

October 26, 2021|Places|Comments Off on Best practices, resources help wipe out contaminants to keep buildings safe

Entrepreneur perspectives

Wisconsin Main Street hosted its first Downtown Pitch Contest in June, inviting entrepreneurs from more than 100 Main Street and Connect Communities districts to share ideas for business concepts or expansions to meet the needs of local customers, enhance their district, and support and sustain local businesses. Read More

July 21, 2021|Places|Comments Off on Entrepreneur perspectives