The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has accepted 18 municipalities into its Connect Communities Program, an initiative that works with communities to advance downtown and urban corridor revitalization efforts.
With the latest members, there are now 43 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 2014, participating communities have reported adding 175 net new businesses and more than 500 jobs, as well as $30 million in private investment.
The new Connect Communities participants are:
•City of Ashland (Ashland County)
•Village of Balsam Lake (Polk County)
•City of Boscobel (Grant County)
•Village of De Forest (Dane County)
•East Troy Economic Development Alliance (Walworth County)