Tribune Building Update | 2015 Issue 3
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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.

Join us!
The next Tribune Building Project meeting is set and we hope to see you there.

Tuesday, March 10
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Centralia Center | 220 Third Avenue S
RSVP | 715.423.3863

On March 10 we’ll expand networks and continue group conversations, focusing on interest areas within the building. Discussions will include future program activities and how we can realize the full potential of our community. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you've previously attended a Tribune Building Project meeting. So please, encourage your friends and family to join.

Environmental Sustainability: Broad Community Benefit
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
       “The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance.” Further, “The most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project.”
As learned through Meeting 5 of the Design Phase, incorporating environmental sustainability into the Project can deliver broad community benefit. From resident input at that meeting, the following key outcomes were identified: 1) The design should aim to be as sustainable as possible, providing a model for sustainability in the community; and 2) The design should incorporate biophilic elements, efficient fixtures, passive design features, and solar panels.

In the near future, you’ll begin to hear more about the specific sustainability strategies that will be incorporated into the Project, as well as the benefit each can deliver to our community. In the meantime, please view this new, three-minute segment of Are You In?, to learn more from Project partners Graham Hill and Steven Bingler from Concordia.

Trust, Transparency, and Shared Responsibility
Have you had an opportunity to read Kelly Ryan’s latest blog? In here, she explains how the Tribune Building Project represents a new approach to community development and asks readers to weigh-in. We’re interested to hear what you think. Please read and share.

Growing Participation from Downtown Neighbors
Recognizing Project meetings occur when some of our downtown neighbors’ operations are open for business, Incourage hosted an open meeting to share Project updates and get to know each other better. A total of 23 neighbors were in attendance for this lively and valuable open dialogue. Some common themes like a concern for parking and understanding of downtown's future emerged. Many confirmed their attendance for the March 10 meeting, and a commitment to continuing discussions on community development in our downtown. 

Advancing Artists Gather in south Wood County
On February 24-25, 22 individuals, representing 13 of the 17 advancing artist/artist teams, gathered in south Wood County for a shared learning opportunity as part of the selection process to install permanent art in the Tribune Building. This opportunity is made possible by an ArtPlace America Creative Placemaking grant Incourage received for the Project in June 2014. These two days were focused on deepening the artists’ knowledge and understanding of the Project and our community. Artistic collaboration and exploration of the site were encouraged, in preparation for the artists’ final proposals.

As one artist shared upon completion of the two-day visit:

      "Being here, I was able to understand the depth of this effort. Because of this awareness of the desire for creating a place that celebrates identity and cultivates potential, I have been exploring ways to have a work of art facilitate this process."

Final submissions are due March 12, with decisions shortly thereafter.

Chelsey Mazurek
Incourage Community Foundation
478 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
© March 6, 2015

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