Downtown De Pere Success Stories: Businesses recognized at the 28th annual Wisconsin Main Street awards ceremony


Downtown De Pere Success Stories

Businesses recognized at the 28th annual Wisconsin Main Street awards ceremony

De Pere, WI (April 29, 2019) – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2018 at the 28th Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony held on Friday, April 26 at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls.

Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, and other WEDC leaders were on hand to recognize the successful projects and initiatives executed by Main Street programs around the state. These projects include historic preservation and downtown economic development efforts supported by communities across Wisconsin.

“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,” Hogan said. “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.”

The Wisconsin Main Street Awards recognized three downtown De Pere businesses that have made an impact within the local community. The winners include: Aunt Ethel’s Adult Emporium for Best New Business; The Exchange Coffee, Mercantile & Eatery for Best Interior Renovation Project (Over $50,000), and Luna Coffee Roasters for Best Façade Rehab (Under $12,000).

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 34 Main Street communities to help them revitalize their business districts based on guidelines developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Definitely De Pere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nationally accredited Main Street Program and a Business Improvement District. The purpose of the organization is to improve quality of life through assisting in the revitalization of the downtown. Definitely De Pere does this through economic development, promotions, special events, design and beautification.

Media Contact:

Tina Quigley, Executive Director (920) 403-0337