By: Wausau Pilot & Review
Wausau has earned a Wisconsin Main Street Award for its Wausome River District Video campaign.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. named the best downtown revitalization projects of 2017 on Friday at the 27th Wisconsin Main Street Awards held at Ripon College.
“All across the state, those involved in the Wisconsin Main Street Program are making a real difference in improving their downtowns by developing new and innovative ways to attract visitors and support local businesses,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, in a news release. “These awards recognize the organizations and dedicated individuals whose efforts not only benefit their communities, but also set the standard for other Main Street communities statewide.”
Wisconsin Main Street is a community development program administered by WEDC that targets Wisconsin’s historic commercial districts. WEDC provides technical support and training to the 33 Main Street communities to help them revitalize their business districts.
Among this year’s winners are:
Best Adaptive Reuse Project
Co-Winner: City Service Brewing – Darlington
Co-Winner: Kickapoo Coffee – Viroqua
Best Business Recruitment & Retention Initiative
Winner: Downtown Kenosha Retail Strategy Team & Façade Grant Program -Kenosha
Best Business Success Story
Winner: Los Amigos Restaurant & Market-Carlos & Carolina Vasquez – Platteville
Best Cooperative Business Marketing
Winner: Whiskey Tasting Event – Osceola
Best Creative Fundraising
Winner: Viroqua Chamber Main Street Membership Drive – Viroqua
Best Façade Rehab Over $10,000
Winner: Mally Building of Kitchen & Floor Décor – Rice Lake
Honorable Mention: Thomas Rogers/APO-231-33 Watson Rear Facade – Ripon
Best Façade Rehab Under $10,000
Winner: Sandra D’s Bridal Boutique – Watertown
Best Image Campaign/Item/Event
Winner: Wausome River District Video – Wausau
Honorable Mention: Omro Historic Walking Tour & Open House – Omro
Best Interior Renovation Over $50,000
Winner: Sepia Chapel – Two Rivers
Best Interior Renovation Under $50,000
Winner: Jewelry by Christopher – Beloit
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