Wisconsin Downtown Action Council is a statewide organization established to facilitate the revitalization of Wisconsin downtowns as vibrant social and economic centers. WDAC will pursue our mission through a mix of strategies including developing partnerships with other organizations, information sharing, and facilitating networking and peer learning. It is our vision that all Wisconsin communities will recognize and support their downtowns as special places and work together for the betterment of all Wisconsin downtowns.

There are many tools available to those working to keep Wisconsin downtowns vital. The challenge is tracking down all the resources. WDAC strives to make available the information most helpful to downtown advocates and professionals through our case studies, community visits, newsletters and e-mail notifications to our members.

American Association for Retired Persons (AARP)-Wisconsin–offering Small Dollar, Big Impact Grants monthly & more
American Planning Association- Wisconsin Chapter
–providing conferences, webinars & more for AICP credit
Create Wisconsinoffering Art $upport Funds, Gatherings, Forums & more
International Downtown Association
–offering the benefits of WDAC only worldwide
National Main Street Center
– Main Street America & Urban Main
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy– Route of the Badger Project
Small Biz Survival The Small Town & Rural Business Resource
University of Wisconsin Extension Center for Community & Economic Development–providing news, toolboxes, economic summits, reports, quizzes & more
Wisconsin Active Together– Community Resource on building an Active community
Wisconsin Bike Fedimprove the quality of active, healthy lifestyles in your community by increasing the number of miles of infrastructure available for biking and walking
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation– Historic Preservation Tax Credits, various other Grants, Wisconsin Main Street and Connect Communities
Wisconsin Historical Society– Preserve your homes and properties
Wisconsin Rural Partners– information for rural communities


Photos used on the WDAC website have been generously shared by Downtowns, Main Streets and individual photographers including: Appleton Downtown Inc, Ashland Chamber, Patrick Flood, Boutique Photographer Linda Gumieny, Midwest Mermaid Olivia, Monroe Main Street, Shawano Downtown BID, John Sibilski, and Craig Tebon


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