Finalist Selected

By: News Release
Aug 29th, 2019

The Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien, WI has been selected as a finalist for the
Wisconsin Economic Development Association’s (WEDA) Public Private Partnership economic
development award for its recent expansion project. The award is part of the Community and Economic
Development Awards (CEDA) program established by WEDA to recognize businesses, projects and
organizations that are making significant contributions to Wisconsin’s economy.
The Public Private Partnership award honors projects, programs or initiatives that have been successful
due to exceptional collaboration between the public and private sectors.
The Opportunity Center is a non-profit that provides employment and rehabilitation services to adults with
disabilities. The Center’s expansion projects allowed them to grow services, diversify operations, and
provide a local economic spark. The projects represent a $1.8 million investment and include the Sharing
Spaces Kitchen, a shared-use incubator kitchen with a bakery retail store, Café Hope, a restaurant and
retail shop, and Unity Adult Day Care. The projects, which retained 100 jobs and created ten new jobs,
were made possible through the joint effort of the City of Prairie du Chien and the Center. They were
financed with private investment secured by tax increment financing and state and federal funding.
The Opportunity Center project is among 17 finalists selected for the 2019 CEDA Awards. There are two
to three finalists in the following six award categories: Business Retention & Expansion; Economic
Development Initiative; Economic Driver; Private-Public Partnership; Real Estate Redevelopment and
Reuse; and Talent Development. The League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties
Association and WEDC have partnered with WEDA to present the CEDA Awards program.
Finalists have been screened by an impartial panel of WEDA members and partners, and winners will be
unveiled at a ceremony on September 11, 2019, at The Edgewater Hotel in Madison. The event is open
to the public. For more information on the CEDA Awards, please visit