Envision. Enhance. Enjoy. These three simple words will soon be taking on a new meaning for our Village’s business corridor.
In May of 2016 the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce applied and was accepted into the Wisconsin Economic Development’s Connect Communities program. The program is similar to the more familiar Wisconsin Main Street program, only tailored to smaller communities like Ellsworth. Its focus is on revitalizing the state’s downtowns, creating commercial districts that are stable, physically attractive, competitive, and visible.
Successful commercial districts don’t just happen. They need to be planned and nurtured. Their prosperity requires interest and action from many stakeholders who share a vision for the community. Thankfully, we have many business owners and community leaders who have a vision for Ellsworth, and have contributed their time and talent to getting this effort off the ground.
Together several of these chamber members have embarked on an initial strategic planning process. They’ve identified several key strengths of our downtown business corridor, as well as some challenges. Some initial projects are in progress; however, a key part of the Connect Communities’ model is to involve the entire community in the process; business owners, property owners, and community residents, alike.