The Commons Task Force will meet
Monday to continue to develop its strategy project for promoting
success in downtown West Bend.
The Commons Task Force is a subcommittee of the Downtown Business
Improvement District Board. Last fall, West Bend’s Economic
Development Manager Adam Gitter organized an event in which college
students came to the downtown, observing the space, business and
During the project, the students explored West Bend, speaking to
business owners, customers and residents, as well as people
attending a farmers market. According to Gitter, the group then held
three idea sessions, one each on public spaces, programming and
storefronts in downtown, compiling the information they gathered to
be used in creating strategies to attract more business and people
to West Bend.
“Now we must digest the information ... . Figure out what we have
and what we can do with the downtown,” Gitter said.
Gitter said downtown West Bend is doing well; there are not many
vacant spaces and progress has been made. Much of the focus is
strategizing how to draw in traffic, bringing in more business, more
customers and more tourism.
“The Downtown BID is already taking great leaps. This is another
great thing we can do,” Gitter said.
The agenda for Monday’s meeting includes discussion items for
formulation of goals, extraction of information and set necessary
timelines. Gitter said extraction is going through the information,
which will take time, to organize everything they have into plans
for the three categories: public spaces, programming and
Once plans are formed through the Commons Task Force, the group will
be able to enact strategies to promote the downtown.
The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the downtown West
Bend Association, 215 N. Main St., Suite 109.
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