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Save the Date for the 2021 Downtown Summit

Summit Save the date

Traditionally gathering Wisconsin downtown, BID, chamber, and main street managers, as well as city planners and government officials every fall, the Downtown Summit is the largest annual event for Wisconsin Downtown Action Council members.  It offers attendees the opportunity to learn from their peers and share information and ideas through a combination of large group training, round-table discussions, city tours and open network sessions. This year’s Summit in Downtown Appleton October 12-13th, will showcase new mixed-use developments, placemaking ideas and more! 

2021 Downtown Summit Registration will open in August. Contact [email protected] to be a sponsor or exhibitor now!  Stay tuned for the agenda and program updates, but in the meantime read what past attendees have to say about the summit.

Jennifer Stephany, Executive Director of Downtown Appleton and a past WDAC president highly recommends attending. “The summit is an outstanding opportunity to exchange ideas, learn new strategies and expand your network. It is always an inspiring experience.”

Mary Mc Phetridge, Executive Director, Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce has attended all of the Downtown summits over the years.  She loves the camaraderie, the best practices and the keynote presentations! She believes there is always a takeaway for smaller communities.

Jordan Nordby, Executive Director of Main Street Monroe agrees, “I think it’s especially nice that smaller communities can take things away from the Summit. It’s usually not the case.”

Roger Russove, of Two Rivers Main Street attended in 2019 because it was nearby and he needed training credits for WI Main Street. He enjoyed meeting many people that he wouldn’t normally meet at a Main Street training workshop and the great ideas shared during the roundtables.

Elizabeth Brodek, Executive Director of East Side and Downer Avenue BIDS says “There aren’t many people that do this type of work, so it’s great to connect (and vent) with others who really get it. Those not in the BID field offer complementary perspectives that help round out our work.”

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