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

When to end an event that isn’t working

Many communities have traditional events they continue to hold because that is what they have always done—even if it no longer serves a specific purpose for the host organization nor provides a defined benefit for the community. Find key questions to consider when thinking about the future of community events. Read More

August 20, 2019|Community Engagement, Marketing & Promotion, Places|Comments Off on When to end an event that isn’t working

Tips and tricks on getting attendees to take surveys and give feedback

Surveys are a vital component in evaluating your events. Here are some tips and tricks for acquiring the best survey results. Read More

August 13, 2019|Community Engagement, Downtown Revitalization, Marketing & Promotion, Places|Comments Off on Tips and tricks on getting attendees to take surveys and give feedback

Building additions in historic commercial districts

With additions to the side, rear or top of buildings, it is very important that the new portion does not physically or visually damage the existing building. Any new addition should take design cues from the original building style. Read More

July 30, 2019|Downtown Revitalization, Local Ordinances, Places, Preservation|Comments Off on Building additions in historic commercial districts

New infill construction in historic commercial districts

The design of a new infill building, particularly its front façade, is a special challenge. It should be designed to look appropriate and compatible with surrounding buildings, yet still look like it was built today. Read More

July 16, 2019|Downtown Revitalization, Local Ordinances, Places, Preservation|Comments Off on New infill construction in historic commercial districts

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
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