Tribune Building Project Update | 2015 Issue 1
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This Project Update is written for Tribune Building Project participants and interested individuals. A new update will arrive monthly, or more frequently as Project developments dictate. To request a hard copy, please contact Incourage.

Phase 3: “Igniting Connections” launches on January 27. Join Us!
You care about our community, as demonstrated by your participation throughout the Tribune Building Project. We suspect others in your life have similar interests and desires to live in a community that works well for all people. Join us this month for a special meeting as Tribune Building Project Phase 3: “Igniting Connections” launches.

Tuesday, January 27
5:30-7:30 pm
Centralia Center | 220 Third Avenue S
RSVP here>> or call 715.423.3863

This meeting is open to all residents, businesses and organizations. If it’s been some time since you’ve attended a Project meeting, or you have a friend, neighbor or family member who’s never been involved with the Tribune Building, come together. New participants to the Project are always welcome.

At this interactive kick-off meeting, participants can expect to learn from and share with others, personal interests and experience in a number of areas including: cafe/brewpub, microbrewery, culinary kitchen, recreation, youth, creative workshop, arts, and other. As evidenced by the resident-led process in Phases 1 & 2, these Tribune Building interest areas are valued by our community and have direct impact on our local economy. 

Networks and networking are commonly associated with professional affiliations, but are actually far more inclusive than just work-related activities. Think about your personal interests in health & wellness, nature, education, family, arts & culture, civic studies, and any number of other areas. In each of these interest areas, you likely engage with other people – be it a book club, volunteer event, club practice, neighborhood gathering, or other informal meeting. Now think about how your networks and connections could interact with each other, in and around a gathering place like the Tribune Building.

This project, while shaping a new local economy, will also help grow local talent by recognizing and supporting human potential. See how your personal interests are connected to others’ in our community and to the Tribune Building specifically. Working together, we’ll ensure success for all.

Call for Artists! $300K Funding Opportunity
Last summer, we announced Incourage’s receipt of a Creative Placemaking grant from ArtPlace America for the Tribune Building Project. As part of the Project, we are pleased to present an open competition for artists. We are actively looking for a wide variety of art to be permanently installed. As shared during Phase 2 meetings, such art could include but is not limited to:  landscape, graphic design, murals, 2-D & 3-D works, all connected to telling our community’s story.

Individuals, artist teams, and organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest, current resume with references, images of artwork, and corresponding image summary. All applications must be submitted by January 26, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (CST).

If you are interested in this unique opportunity,visit Please share this opportunity with your networks and any artists who may be interested. The announcement shared nationally is as follows:

Economic Impact | Operating Model
This Fall, Incourage began work with Next Street (, a business whose mission is to transform the way that finance and business advisory services are provided to small companies and nonprofit organizations. By leveraging our national partnerships for community benefit, Incourage is fortunate to have received funding from F.B. Heron Foundation to engage Next Street in our work. Next Street’s unmatched network helps connect small companies to large institutions that can help get big things done. They connect the public sector to the private sector – and the private sector to the nonprofit community.

Next Street is specifically helping Incourage develop the Tribune Building’s organizational and operating model. More information will come in future months.

As a reminder, the Tribune Building is a social enterprise that helps shape a new economy and community that works well for all people. This space advances the value and importance of relationships and human potential; an environment that fosters risk and accepts failure; creativity and innovation; and entrepreneurship.

The space will include a number of local entrepreneurial operations: culinary kitchen, microbrewery, cafe, creative workshop, and recreational rentals to name a few. Incourage is committed to investing in the people who will inhabit the space as much as the functional space needed for production of their goods and services – being ever mindful of the value of connected chains of resources, production and delivery to the local economy.

How To Rebuild Architecture
We work with great people at Concordia! Steven Bingler, Concordia’s founding principal, co-wrote an insightful Op-Ed featured in the New York Times about the importance of resident-centered processes and connection to place in the world of design. Sound familiar? Read the editorial here.

Tribune Building Project Celebration Recap
Thank you to everyone who attended the Tribune Building Project Celebration on December 9, 2014. Our collective contributions from the past 15 months came alive, as Concordia presented four Tribune Building renderings illustrating the ideas, values, and stories shared throughout the process.

Along with the renderings, recently named project advisors – Marc Buttera (O’so Brewing) and Ryan & Amy Scheide (Great Expectations) – were introduced. And the three firms to comprise our engineering team – IBC Engineering (Waukesha), Jewell Associates Engineers Inc. (Wisconsin Rapids), and Quest Civil Engineers LLC (Wisconsin Rapids) – were named.

Additionally, two short videos captured participants’ experiences. Visit to view the following videos:
  • “Describe the Tribune Building Project in One Word” (00:24)
  • “A community that works well for all” (1:51)
Whether you were able to attend or were there in spirit, we thank each and every one of you for your time, talent, and efforts throughout this process. More than 4,400 hours of resident time have been invested in this unique project thus far. There will be many more opportunities in the months ahead.

There is a movement underway to shape a new economy, one where every person matters. Are you involved? You can be! Join us January 27. Learn more; visit


The Tribune Building is a social enterprise that helps shape a new economy and community that works well for all people. This space advances:
  • The value and importance of relationships and human potential;
  • An environment that fosters risk and accepts failure;
  • Creativity and innovation; and
  • Entrepreneurship.
Chelsey Mazurek
Incourage Community Foundation
478 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
© January 9, 2015

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