By Correne Martin
A new downtown business organization, PdC Main Street, is attempting to re-establish the efforts of economic recovery, historic preservation and promotion that were the focus of the former PDRI (Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc.), which dissolved at the end of 2013. A steering committee has been meeting since this spring and, on Tuesday night, presented its business and growth plan to the Prairie du Chien Common Council. The council discussed the plans as well as the city’s possible financial contributions for the future.
At the Oct. 21 council meeting, its members will decide whether or not to relinquish the $4,521 in former PDRI assets to PdC Main Street as they work to reorganize a support system for main street businesses.
If the organization is to succeed, the city will likely have to contribute at least $15,000 annually, starting in 2015, according to PdC Main Street’s proposed budget.