The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will assist several northwoods communities with revitalizing their down-towns through the organization’s new “Connect Communities” program.
Among the 20 communities selected statewide are: Antigo, Crandon, and Mosinee.
VP of Economic and Community Development Brenda Hicks-Sorenson noted that down-towns and urban commercial districts play an important role in their communities and in Wisconsin’s overall economy. She says, “Successful commercial districts don’t just happen. They need to be planned and nurtured, and the Connect Communities program helps these communities move forward.”
The communities selected to participate in the program each needed to have an organization that focuses on downtown/urban commercial district issues, have certain information technology capability and make a commitment to majority of training opportunities.
WEDC will provide participating communities a range of services and resources including a network group to receive new ideas from others participating in Connect Communities; participation in a Main Street Executive Director Workshop; an on-site visit from a WEDC Community Account Manager to assist in identifying needs and offering assistance; and involvement in many ongoing training programs.
The Connect Communities program is a complementary program to the Wisconsin Main Street Program, a downtown revitalization program targeting the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional downtown business districts.
Other communities participating are: Berlin, Cambridge, Cashton, Chilton, Deerfield, Edgerton, Greenwood, Hartford, Hartland, La Crosse, Menasha, Menomonee Falls, Menomonie, Plymouth, Pulaski, Sheboygan and Superior.