Milwaukee Downtown BID 21
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Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 among 15 new communities accepted into WEDC Downtown Revitalization Program

Program to help communities revitalize downtown and urban commercial districts

By - Jul 5th, 2016 10:58 am

(MILWAUKEE, Wis. – July 5, 2016) – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has accepted 15 new municipalities 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 67 participants in the Connect Communities Program, which provides access to resources and training to help downtown organizations pursue revitalization and redevelopment efforts. Since the program was launched in January 2013, participating communities have reported adding 175 net new businesses and more than 550 jobs, as well as $30 million in private investment.

The new Connect Communities participants are:

  • Barron Chamber of Commerce
  • Downtown Beaver Dam, Inc.
  • Town of Boulder Junction
  • City of Brillion
  • Chetek Chamber of Commerce
  • Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce
  • Cumberland Chamber of Commerce
  • Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Florence County Chamber of Commerce
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  • Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21
  • Mount Horeb Area EDC
  • Village of New Glarus
  • Reedsburg Revitalization Organization
  • City of Waupun

Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 intends to leverage the resources of the Connect Communities Program to advance revitalization efforts along downtown’s commercial corridors, such as West Wisconsin Avenue. To date, the organization and its partners have launched a West Wisconsin Avenue website (www.WisconsinAve.com) and are currently seeking proposals for a new creative lighting installment along the avenue. A West Wisconsin Avenue opportunities brochure will debut in July.

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