Opportunity Winona is public and private partnership that is investing in a community initiative to bring new growth in an energized downtown Winona. It is a coordinated way to create new jobs, retail, and new places to live that will bring new energy to our downtown area.
Opportunity Winona is a series of projects connected by a single vision focused on our city’s downtown that will bring new vitality into our downtown and sustain these improvements for years to come.
This is our chance to create an environment that will fully utilize existing buildings, develop key sites in the downtown area, and create public connections that will bring people together in our downtown.
Opportunity Winona partners include The City of Winona, the Winona Port Authority, Winona Chamber of Commerce, education, health care, and various individual businesses.
Our partners are committed to the success of Opportunity Winona, to make sure downtown continues to be a place everyone in Winona wants to be. We will do this by developing private and public partnerships funding with a single purpose to energize downtown.
In addition to implementing ideas generated by our community, Opportunity Winona will also look at success stories from similar communities in Minnesota and around the region to find ideas that have worked in other cities. It is our chance to combine the best ideas from our city with successes from other communities to strengthen our downtown.
Ongoing efforts in Downtown
- The Latsch Building Partnership has renovated the Latsch building and transformed it into the jewel that it is today.
- The formation of Winona Main Street is the result of a partnership between the City, the Port Authority, the Chamber of Commerce and Winona businesses. The working relationship between these parties is better than we could have imagined. Winona Main Street is something in which we can all take pride.
- The work down by Levee Park Committee has provided the groundwork to make our downtown waterfront much more attractive to residents and visitors.
- The condo project, tuckpointing work being done at the Winona Post, the decision by Bluff Country Coop to expand in downtown, improvements at Charlie’s, the opening of the wine bar, Dennis McEntaffer’s “Nate and Ally” project, potential projects at properties impacted by fires at 56 and 151 East Third, projects currently being undertaken by Scott Abramson, opportunities at the Laird Norton and the Masonic Temple are all exciting developments for downtown Winona.
- $100,000 has been allocated for improvements to Levee Park
- $500,000 has been allocated for improvements under the Interstate Bridge
- $30,000 in City and grant funds are earmarked for wayfinding signage