Dept. of Commerce: Wisconsin Main Street Program Offers Application Workshops

Tony Hozeny, 608/267-9661

MADISON – Communities interested in applying for inclusion in the Wisconsin Main Street Downtown Revitalization Program must attend one of the upcoming statewide application workshops presented by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the Council on Main Street.

“The Main Street Program provides the opportunity for Wisconsin communities to revitalize downtown areas and boost the local economy,” said Commerce Secretary Cory L. Nettles. “These workshops will give participants the information and assistance they need in applying for this program.”

The workshop will cover the National and Wisconsin Main Street Programs, the Main Street approach, fundraising techniques and the application process, including selection criteria for the upcoming year. Sessions are as follows:

· Reedsburg, Reedsburg Public Library, 370 Vine St., Oct 26 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

· Medford, Frances L Simek Memorial Library, 400 N. Main St., Oct. 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

· Plymouth, Plymouth Public Library, 130 Division St., Oct. 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Wisconsin Main Street Program provides technical assistance to local downtown revitalization initiatives using a four-point approach: design, organization, economic restructuring and promotion. Main Street communities include Algoma, Beloit, Black River Falls, Blanchardville, Chippewa Falls, Columbus, Crandon, Darlington, De Pere, Eagle River, Fond du Lac, Gillet, Green Bay, Lincoln Village (Milwaukee), Marshfield, Mishicot, Osceola, Pewaukee, Platteville, Portage, Rice Lake, Richland Center, Ripon, Sharon, Sheboygan Falls, Stevens Point, Sturgeon Bay, Tigerton, Two Rivers, Viroqua, Watertown, Waupaca, Wausau, West Allis and West Bend.

For more information about the application workshop, contact Don Barnum, Commerce, at 608/266-7531 or visit For more information on the state’s Main Street Program, contact Jim Engle, Commerce, at 608/267-0766.