In The News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2017
For more information contact: Dusty Krikau
Director of Communication & Special Events
Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, Inc.
30 S. Portland Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Fond du Lac to Host Wisconsin Main Street Day Celebration on Aug. 22
Fond du Lac, WI - The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership will take part in a statewide celebration of downtown business districts in the first-ever Wisconsin Main Street Day event on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Fond du Lac is one of 12 communities selected to take part in local Main Street Day celebrations that will feature state and local officials, and community leaders. The day highlights the important role that downtowns play in the local economy and celebrates the many successes of Wisconsin’s commercial business districts.
The public is invited to join the Wisconsin Main Street Day celebration in Fond du Lac on Main Street Plaza from 1:00-1:30 p.m. on Main Street Plaza (30 S. Main Street). Rain location: Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (51 Sheboygan Street)
Scheduled speakers include Wisconsin State Senator Dan Feyen, Wisconsin State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Craig Molitor, Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau President; Steve Frantz and Dennis Doucette, Hotel Retlaw Co-owners; Karyn Merkel, Fond du Lac City Council President; Amy Hansen, Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership Executive Director. Attendees at the event are invited to stay for a guided walk-through of the Hotel Retlaw.
Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan, Deputy Secretary and COO Tricia Braun and other officials will each visit the communities to celebrate the success of the Wisconsin Main Street and Connect Communities Programs, which provide technical support and guidance to downtown groups. Many of the events also will include announcements about local business openings and other new downtown initiatives.
“Our state officials are thrilled to be able to visit Fond du Lac on Wisconsin Main Street Day to celebrate the many successes that have taken place here,” Braun said. “We look forward to not only highlighting those successes but also learning more about upcoming initiatives planned for downtown that help make Fond du Lac a great place to live, work and play.”
The Wisconsin Main Street Program, which was launched in 1987 and is overseen by WEDC, provides support and training for organizations dedicated to downtown revitalization efforts. Since the program’s inception, Wisconsin Main Street communities have created more than 2,600 net new businesses and nearly 14,000 net new jobs. They also have generated more than $1.7 billion in public and private investment since then, and are renovating more than 250 buildings per year.
The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership has been a Wisconsin Main Street (or Connect Community) community since 2004. The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life back to the heart of Fond du Lac. The DFP serves 214 properties with 284 businesses, 76% of which are small, locally-owned and operated.