Economic Development

Business District Revitalization

UW-Extension provides education to communities as they explore ways to revitalize downtowns, commercial “strips,” and adjacent neighborhoods.  The goal is to help create places that are visually appealing and economically vibrant.  Available revitalization strategies include:  retaining and recruiting business, improving building facades and streetscapes, attracting tourists and local residents, and strengthening civic and business organizations.

Business Improvement Districts

UW-Extension provides local expertise to Outagamie County municipalities on the formation, implementation and functionality of business improvement districts in accordance with state statutes. Local guidance can help commercial corridors and downtown districts alike evaluate if a business improvement district is the most effective community enhancement tool

Workforce Attraction and Retention

UW-Extension provides one-on-one assistance to communities in evaluating current amenities and prioritizing future amenities in line with workforce attraction goals. Customized analysis for your local community will factor in local needs assessments and statewide workforce trends, both generally and for young professionals. Qualitative research and analysis provide local leadership with the tools they need to approach the subject of workforce attraction and retention.

 

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