Happy Thanksgiving!

The National Turkey Federation reports that in 2010: 88 percent of all U.S. residents ate turkey for Thanksgiving 46 million turkeys (736 million pounds) were eaten on Thanksgiving Day 22 million turkeys were consumed on Christmas and 19 million on Easter. Minnesota leads the nation in turkey production (not surprisingly) accounting for almost 20 percent […]

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Working DOWNTOWN: Part 3

Only 13 percent of the jobs located downtown in the typical Wisconsin small community (pop. 1,000 to 5,000) are in retail. Food services and accommodations (restaurants, taverns, and lodging) employ another 11 percent of the people working downtown. Other major employers downtown include: finance and insurance, health care, educational services, social services, public administration, professional […]

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Working DOWNTOWN: Part 2

Often, downtown economic development strategies in smaller Wisconsin communities focus on retail, restaurants, and supporting events and developments that bring more people downtown.  A  recent study by Bill Ryan reminds us that although retail, restaurants, and events are important elements in a successful downtown, the typical downtown economy in smaller Wisconsin communities is much more […]

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Working DOWNTOWN: Part 1

A generation ago, downtown meant more than simply the center of town.  In small Wisconsin communities, downtown was the historical, cultural, social and economic core of the community. However, in recent decades, many downtowns have struggled as businesses, schools, offices, and even the post office have moved to the edge of town. A recent study […]

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