The Economics of Downtown Revitalization: Putting Some “Oomph” Behind the Numbers

Join us for a virtual webinar as we discuss the economics of downtown revitalization with guest presenter, Dr. Andrew Van Leuven.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

12:00-1:00 PM (CST)

Downtowns and business districts play a vital role in economic development by serving as the commercial heart of our communities. They not only generate revenue and employment opportunities but also enhance the overall quality of life for residents, workers, and visitors alike. The diversity of downtowns provides a wealth of challenges and opportunities, requiring tailored development goals and approaches to maximize their unique attributes and assets.

This webinar will highlight a handful of recent quantitative studies conducted to estimate the impact of the downtown revitalization efforts on various economic outcomes. The presentation will highlight:

  • What is downtown revitalization, and why does it matter?
  • Why is it important to quantitatively evaluate revitalization efforts (such as the Main Street Program)?
  • What are some of the challenges involved with evaluation of downtown revitalization?

Our Presenter

Andrew Van Leuven

Dr. Andrew Van Leuven is an Assistant Professor of Community and Rural Development at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Agricultural Economics. His research and Extension programming focus on regional economic development, downtown revitalization, local entrepreneurship, and a variety of other topics aimed toward strengthening rural economies. He earned my Ph.D. in Public Policy & Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs (Ohio State University).

This webinar was made possible, in part, by a grant from the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration in support of the Economic Development Administration University Center at the Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

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