Winona Forms Public-Private Partnership To Revitalize Downtown
The city of Winona announced last week the formation of a public-private partnership to help revitalize the city’s historic downtown core.
Opportunity Winona, whose members include the city, chamber of commerce, and banks, hospitals and big employers like Fastenal, aims to bring new growth in an “energized” downtown Winona through new jobs, retail and housing.
Among the ongoing efforts by the partnership is the renovation of the historic Latsch Building, $100,000 to improve Levee Park and more than $500,000 in additional projects approved by the city.
“This is an important time for our community to bring public and private ideas and energy to downtown Winona,” Mayor Mark Peterson said in a statement. “Downtown Winona belongs to everyone.”
Cities outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area have long experienced a brain drain as students left for education or job opportunities and never returned. The partnership is part of an ongoing effort to help the city attract new residents and an educated workforce while retaining those already living in Winona.
“We want young people to stay in Winona and retirees to stay connected,” Winona Port Authority board of commissioners president Michael Cichanowski said in a statement. “A more active downtown with more places to live, work and have fun helps us make this happen.”