Wausau to host statewide Main Street celebration

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By:  Laura Schulte

he Wausau River District will play host to state officials Tuesday in celebration of the inaugural Wisconsin Main Street Day. 

Wausau is one of 12 cities chosen to participate in the event, which will highlight the important role downtown plays in the local economy, according to a press release from the River District, a nonprofit advocate for downtown Wausau. 

The celebration will be held at Downtown Grocery, 607 N. Third St., from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Local musicians will perform during the event, and speakers will include Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Wausau economic development director Christian Schock and Downtown Grocery owners Kevin Korpela and Megan Curtes Korpela. 

The celebration will be open to the public. 

The Wisconsin Main Street Program was launched in 1987, and is overseen by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Since its inception, according to a press release, the program has helped to create 2,600 new businesses and nearly 1,400 new jobs throughout the state and has encouraged more than $1.7 million in public and private investment. Wausau has been a Wisconsin Main Street city since 2002. 

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