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.


Remote Work: A Trend that Might Impact Downtowns

Thursday October 15, 2020.  12 noon Central

The Community Economic Development Program of the University of Wisconsin– Madison/Extension is offering a journal article discussion for planners, downtown revitalization professionals, and local Extension educators. This lunchtime program will allow community leaders to interact via Zoom videoconferencing with representatives of other cities in the Midwest and beyond.

The topic will focus on a pre-publication draft of a journal article by David Milder on the topic of Remote Work: A Trend that Might Impact Downtowns Long after the COVID-19 Crisis.   The article explores the economic impacts of remote work on urban, suburban and rural communities. See attached flyer.

The one-hour Zoom discussion is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 12 noon Central. We have waived the participant fee and will send you a link to the readings and the Zoom presentation and discussion once you register. To register, contact: william.ryan@wisc.edu  or 608-334-7735.  Looking forward to hearing from you.


Shaping a City, Ithaca, NY: A Developer’s Perspective by Mack Travis

Three part discussion with the author:

Part A.    May 21, 2020

  • 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

Part B.    May 28, 2020

  • 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

Part C.     June 4, 2020

  • 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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