The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will assist 20 communities with revitalizing their downtowns and urban commercial districts through the organization’s new “Connect Communities” program.
Crandon and Antigo are among the communities selected. Other cities include Berlin, Cambridge, Cashton, Chilton, Deerfield, Edgerton, Greenwood, Hartford, Hartland, La Crosse, Menasha, Menomonee Falls, Menomonie, Mosinee, Plymouth, Pulaski, Sheboygan and Superior.
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 a 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 WEDC’s Wisconsin Main Street Program, a downtown revitalization program targeting the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional downtown business districts.