For downtowns, the future is now

Talk to anyone of a certain age — say 50 and older — about the downtowns in Wisconsin’s villages and small cities and the conversation is liable to turn nostalgic.
Whatever happened to the world of communities of 5,000 with three or four hardware and shoe stores, a couple of jewelry stores, drug stores with soda fountains, multiple grocery stores and even a few national or home-grown department stores?


Downtown Internet Connectivity

Embracing the internet can help downtown businesses grow and compete. This article summarizes the responses to a survey concerning access to and use of broadband in downtown districts. The sample consists of the 35 responses received from downtown development and Main Street professionals in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. This was not a rigorously scientific survey, […]

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Revitalizing Wisconsin’s Downtowns Webinar and Networking Series Archive Page

This web-based presentation series provides educational programming to support downtown and business district economic development. Six sessions are planned annually with high quality presentations by state and national experts. Participants who attend the webinars at a regional group site stay after the presentation for discussion and networking. Alternatively, individuals may login from their own location. […]