MADISON, Wis. — Today, Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced that the Main Street Bounceback grant program has successfully helped fill vacant storefronts in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Assembly Democratic Leader Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) released the following statement in response:
“Wisconsin’s small businesses are the backbone of communities across the state, and thanks to the hard work of Governor Evers, Wisconsin’s Main Streets are bouncing back with new businesses and new opportunities for communities in every single county in Wisconsin.
“With the help of the Main Street Bounceback grant program, more than 3,400 small businesses and nonprofit organizations have been able to fill vacant storefronts across the state. Grant awardees will positively contribute to Wisconsin’s economy and will invest in making their communities better places for everyone. Racine county alone has seen more than 800 small businesses and organizations benefit from the program, with almost $9 million in total funds awarded to local groups.
“In our community, I am thrilled that organizations like Professional Women in Trades have received a Main Street Bounceback grant to help them grow their operation. Not only do they empower women and students to seek careers in industries in which they are underrepresented, but they help to create an environment to support, mentor, and uplift women from all backgrounds.
“I am excited to continue to see the benefits that these grants bring to Racine and to communities around the state!”