Learning from the Experts: The Practice of Downtown & Community Economic Development

Reading and Discussion Topics for Small Cities

This program provides professional development through reading and discussion of an assigned book or journal article focused on an aspect of downtown economic development. The authors attend for discussion and Q&A. A local Extension educator may facilitate a small group discussion and invite downtown leaders, city planners, and others interested in the topic. For upcoming live events through Zoom, contact william.ryan@wisc.edu.


Thursday October 15, 2020 video

The Community Economic Development Program of the University of Wisconsin Madison, Division of Extension offers a journal article discussion for planners, downtown revitalization professionals, and local Extension educators.

The video focuses on a journal article by David Milder on the topic of Remote work: An example of how to identify a downtown-related trend breeze that will probably outlast the the COVID-19 crisis.   The article explores the economic impacts of remote work on urban, suburban and rural communities.

About the Author

  • David Milder is Founder and President of DANTH, Inc., a nationally recognized authority on downtown revitalization. For over 45 years he has utilized his market research and management skills to assess the potentials of downtowns and recommend revitalization and recruitment strategies and programs. David also has managed several downtown special districts, and has authored three books and numerous articles. David can be reached at danthinc@yahoo.com


Three part discussion with the author:

Session 1: May 21, 2020 video

  • Planning and Consultants
  • Power of RFPs to attract developers
  • Formation of a BID for organizing your  community
  • Power of Feasibility studies—Housing, Retail, Office
  • Build a Strategic Plan with community input and quantitative goals.
  • Collaboration with large institutions and private developers

Session 2: May 28, 2020 video

  • Revised Downtown Strategic Plan for the next ten years
  • Importance of saving our architectural heritage
  • Not-For-Profits owning Real Estate as an income generator
  • Arts, Dining and Entertainment that drive Downtown Revitalization

Session 3: June 4, 2020 video

  • Importance of Workforce Housing—
  • Adaptive Reuse—Apartments and Incubator Space
  • Collaboration vs. Competition—Creating Density in downtown.
  • Tax incentives and new hotels
  • Zoning changes—Creating Density
  • Creating the environment for a New Bank Building
  • Drivers of Downtown Revitalization—Arts, Dining and Entertainment and a refreshed Ithaca  Commons pedestrian mall
How to order a copy: https://www.tadornapress.com/  and other booksellers


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