Six New Communities Selected For Downtown Revitalization Program

Six new organizations has been selected by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation into its Connect Communities Program, an initiative that works with communities to advance downtown and urban corridor revitalization efforts.

With the latest additions, there are now 71 participants in the Connect Communities Program, which provides access to resources and training to help downtown organizations pursue revitalization and redevelopment efforts. Since the Connect Communities Program was launched in 2013, participating communities have reported adding 274 net new businesses and more than 1,600 jobs, as well as $115 million in private investment.

The new Connect Communities participants are:

• Land O’Lakes
• Montello
• Sparta
• Tennyson
• Wausaukee
• Waukesha

“The Connect Communities Program has supported downtown improvement initiatives in dozens of communities throughout the state, and has made a real difference in helping to launch new businesses and creating jobs,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC.

“This program is one of the many ways in which WEDC partners with local communities to develop strategies for success.”

The program is designed to support and complement the Wisconsin Main Street Program, which has supported downtown community development since 1987. The program has results in the creation of more than 2,600 net new businesses and 13,000 net new jobs across the state since its inception.

Officials are preparing to join local Main Street and Connect Communities participants in celebrating the second annual Wisconsin Main Street Day today, July 10.