The Empire Block has been selected as a finalist for a Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse economic development award.

The award is part of the Community and Economic Development Awards program established by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association to recognize businesses, projects and organizations that are making significant contributions to Wisconsin's economy.

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Once a blighted building in downtown Superior, Empire Block has been renovated into a vibrant location

for city businesses and residents. Through collaboration with the city of Superior, state and local stakeholders, and private investors, the project helped rejuvenate the downtown area with modern

commercial space and 15 upscale apartments.

The development increased Empire Block's value by over $3 million and provides opportunity for local business growth. The project, which led to the employment of 70 local tradespeople during construction, created the equivalent of 32 full-time jobs.

The Empire Block project is among 17 entities nominated as a finalist for the fourth annual CEDA Awards.

There are two to three finalists in each of the following six award categories: Business Retention &

Expansion; Economic Development Initiative; Economic Driver; Private-Public Partnership; Real Estate

Redevelopment and Reuse; and Talent Development.

Finalists will be screened by an impartial panel of WEDA members and partners, and winners will be

recognized at a ceremony Sept. 12 at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison. The award event

is open to the public.

For more information and to register, go