Downtown Summit

Wisconsin Downtown Action Council (WDAC) invites all those interested in the success of Wisconsin’s  downtowns to attend the 2024 Downtown Summit Evolve Downtown on May 20th and 21st* in Wausau’s beautiful River District.


The Summit will begin on Monday with registration at 10:30 a.m. at the River City Church Ballroom, 613 N 5th St, Wausau.

The evening reception will be hosted at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 700 N 12th St, Wausau following the mobile workshops.

Tuesday’s sessions will be at the historic Jefferson Street Inn, 201 Jefferson St, Wausau.

All event venues are located in Downtown Wausau and close to parking and amenities like amazing pubs, restaurants and shops. The summit is a “hands-on” approach to conferencing including out and about tours, panels, Keynote, general and breakout sessions. Of course, plenty of time for networking is included as well.

Thanks to our major sponsor AARP Wisconsin, we are thrilled to announce our Keynote Speaker Jeff Siegler, founder of Revitalize or Die.

This year’s summit content will spotlight downtown development and evolution strategies.     DRAFT AGENDA (Final coming soon)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22,  8:30-10am
Jeff Seigler expands on The Power of Place!

NOTE: This session is free for all those attending the WDAC Downtown Summit, but registration is required. AICP Credits will be available for attendees.

At this time, we are still accepting sponsors.  Exhibitor spaces are also still available. 


Please share this Summit opportunity with anyone interested in supporting downtowns including non-profit organizations, Main Street Associations, municipalities, and public health organizations. 

This is your opportunity to learn, share resources, network and develop partnerships with other communities and organizations working to improve downtowns! We look forward to seeing you at the 2024 WDAC Downtown Summit.

ROOM BLOCK EXTENDED TO MAY 1, 2024:  Make your hotel reservation  at host site hotel, Jefferson St. Inn with the code “2306WISCON”  or “Wisconsin Downtown Action Council” for a rate of $135 King or $120 Queen/night (+tax ) or $98/night state rate and enjoy complimentary parking and breakfast with all rooms. Call direct to 715-845-6500

WDAC 2024 Sponsorship-Membership

Please note that photographs and footage will be taken throughout the Downtown Summit. These may be used by WDAC for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media or in any third party publication.

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