Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
August 2005
Governor Doyle Names Monroe and Prairie du Chien to Department of Commerce's Main Street Program

Governor Jim Doyle recently announced that Monroe and Prairie du Chien have been selected for the Main Street Program, which provides technical assistance to local downtown revitalization efforts.

from left to right: Dr. David Riese, MD (Main Street Vice Chair), Mayor William Ross, Board Members - Mr. John Baumann, Ms. Kate Maresch, Mr. Kelly Finkenbinder, Ms. Judie Hintzman, Ms. Nancy Maliszewki, Gov. Jim Doyle, Ms. Susan Rolander (Main Street Coordinator), Rep. Brett Davis, Sen. Jon Erpenbach
from left to right: Dr. David Riese, MD (Main Street Vice Chair), Mayor William Ross, Board Members - Mr. John Baumann, Ms. Kate Maresch, Mr. Kelly Finkenbinder, Ms. Judie Hintzman, Ms. Nancy Maliszewki, Gov. Jim Doyle, Ms. Susan Rolander (Main Street Coordinator), Rep. Brett Davis, Sen. Jon Erpenbach

"My 'Grow Wisconsin' plan calls for fostering downtown development," Governor Doyle said. "I applaud Monroe and Prairie du Chien for their efforts to revitalize their respective downtowns. The cities and community members have demonstrated strong support for joining the Main Street Program and preserving the downtowns of two of Wisconsin's oldest communities."

Governor Doyle noted that since the program's inception in 1988, Wisconsin's Main Street communities have attracted 2,617 new businesses, 13,034 jobs, and $599 million in new investment to their downtown's.

Monroe includes a central business district located around the Green County courthouse. This entire business district has been on the National Register of Historical Places since 1982. The community's Main Street initiative enjoys strong support from the City of Monroe and local businesses. Goals include preserving the historic architecture and promoting the downtown as a vital, prosperous, and safe location for business ownership, shopping, and tourism.

Prairie du Chien includes a downtown district in which 77 percent of the buildings were built before 1920. Its downtown district is also the gateway to the historic St. Feriole Island. The community's Main Street Initiative enjoys strong support from the City of Prairie du Chien. The program aims to generate public interest in the historic preservation, protection, and use of the traditional downtown. The program also aims to promote the downtown as the historic, cultural, and economic center of the community through special events and aggressive promotion.

The Wisconsin Main Street Program in the Department of Commerce provides technical assistance to local downtown redevelopment initiatives using a four-point approach: design, organization, economic restructuring, and promotion.

Main street communities include: Algoma, Beloit, Blanchardville, Chippewa Falls, Columbus, Crandon, Darlington, De Pere, Eagle River, Fond du Lac, Gillett, On Broadway (Green Bay), Lincoln Village (Milwaukee), Marshfield, Mishicot, Monroe, 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 on the state's Main Street Program, contact Jim Engle at the Department of Commerce at 608-267-0766.

-- Claire Smith

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