Tribune Update | 2015 Issue 6
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Next Tribune Meeting on June 2

During our most recent public meeting, we heard from residents that they feel strongly about continued conversations in interest groups and participating in learning opportunities. What can this look like in and around the Tribune? Join us June 2, to share your desires for future learning opportunities, hear Project updates, and continue interest area conversations. Don't forget to bring a friend; first-time participants are always welcome! Food and refreshments provided. If you need childcare or transportation, contact Incourage. 

Solarus Makes Gift to Tribune Building Project
Last week, Solarus made a contribution of $5,000 along with a matching $5,000 from CoBank’s Sharing Success matching grant program to the Tribune Building Project for a total contribution of $10,000. Read the full news release here.

“We appreciate all the hard work, collaboration and transparency that our community has demonstrated in this process and we want to show our support for the efforts put forth to date. We very much appreciate CoBank’s partnering with Solarus and Incourage,” said Solarus CEO Douglas Wenzlaff.

CoBank’s program matches donations to nonprofit organizations in communities that their customers serve. “We continue to believe that the best way for CoBank to make a meaningful impact of corporate citizenship is to partner with our customers. Sharing Success enables CoBank to leverage the local knowledge and expertise and provide assistance to causes that our customers care deeply about,” said Bob Engel, CoBank’s CEO.

“Solarus has been a leader in fostering economic growth potential in this community,” said Kelly Ryan, president and CEO of Incourage. “Much like the forward-thinking investment Solarus made years ago to establish a broadband infrastructure for business growth throughout the region, today’s investment in the Tribune is another demonstration of their commitment to our community’s economic potential. We sincerely appreciate Solarus’ investment and partnership in our community’s future.”

Thank you, Solarus and CoBank!

Learning Opportunity – Solar Program
As you read earlier, we heard from Tribune meeting attendees that they feel strongly about guest speakers and learning opportunities. At 5:30pm on Wednesday, June 17, North Wind Renewable Energy will be hosting an informational session at Incourage. There will be a short presentation and Q&A to learn about their new program, Wood County Solar Group Buy (WCSGB). The idea of this program is to make solar energy more accessible to Wood County residents, while supporting the Tribune Building Project, Central Rivers Farmshed and other local charitable organizations. View the full flyer here.

Now Available - Tribune Networking Cards
What excites you about the Tribune and how can you easily share this enthusiasm with your personal and professional networks? At the suggestion of engaged Project participant Kent Kehus and designed with your collective input, check out the new Networking Cards, which can be printed from any printer on letter-sized paper, cut down, and distributed to friends, family and colleagues. 

Balance, Transparency and Equity: Keys to Sustainable Development
In light of recent attention to downtown Wisconsin Rapids, Kelly Ryan addresses our community’s approach to development in her latest blog. In this post, she shares an editorial that was published in the Daily Tribune in June 1996 entitled "Common Vision is a Key to Progress Here" and notes that much has changed in the last 20 years – yet many of the challenges remain the same. 

Kelly writes:

     The instructive question for all of us as we look at the broader downtown area, I
     believe, is “How do we achieve a balanced approach to community development
     that is inclusive and transparent?”  Balance takes into account the perspectives
     and interests of all stakeholders: private investors, public entities, resident/user
     input and philanthropic support.  The best outcomes are those that achieve a
     collective ‘common good’ vision that balance varied interests and create the
     conditions for all to participate and prosper.

What are your hopes for our community’s future and how can we achieve them together? Please read, share and respond to this informative blog, then subscribe to to receive alerts for each new blog Kelly shares.
Chelsey Mazurek
Incourage Community Foundation
478 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
© May 22, 2015

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