Tribune Update | 2015 Issue 10
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Tribune Meetings Resume on Tuesday, October 6
Reconnect with interest groups, receive Project and community updates, learn about engagement and shared learning experiences that occurred throughout the summer, and more! Participate in an activity to help shape future opportunities and learning events that complement the anticipated use of the Tribune.
Join Us!
Tuesday, October 6
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Renaissance Learning Cafeteria | 2911 Peach Street, Wisconsin Rapids
New participants are always welcome. Please invite friends and family to attend. RSVP and learn more at

Learning with Marc Buttera, O'so Brewing Company
Meeting summary submitted by Steve Grant on behalf of Kent Kehus, Jeff Steinkamp and Ryan Whipple.
A small group of home brewers traveled to Plover on June 25, 2015 to talk beer and brewing with Marc Buttera, founder and owner of O'so Brewing Company. We appreciated the time spent with Marc as he has a full schedule running one of the fastest growing breweries in Wisconsin, as well as serving as President of the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild. In addition to all of his commitments, in November 2014, Marc signed on with Incourage as an advisor to the microbrewery that will be in the Tribune Building. He advises on an as needed basis regarding the operation, construction and architectural plans of the microbrewery. In meeting with Marc, it's easy to see his passion for his brewery and craft breweries in general. Read the full summary of this meeting at

Area Schools Welcome "Tribune 101" Presentation
On August 26 and 27, Incourage had an opportunity to meet with the teachers of Mead and Howe Elementary schools in Wisconsin Rapids to share a “Tribune 101” presentation. These presentations are designed to increase awareness of the Tribune; provide information on anticipated use, community, and economic benefit; invite participation in future engagement opportunities; and support community conversations with up-to-date information that can be easily shared.

Of the 75 teachers present between the two days, many were learning about the Tribune for the first time, and expressed interest in the opportunities the Tribune presents, especially for families and young adults. One teacher shared, “We’re very lucky to have Incourage and the Tribune in our community.”

If you are interested in a “Tribune 101” for your business or community organization, please contact Incourage to learn more. And if you’re interested in sharing your personal experience with the Tribune, as part of an upcoming presentation or Incourage communication, we’d love to hear from you. Please email

$472K WEDC Grant to Wisconsin Rapids
In case you missed it, on August 31 Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and representatives of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation joined Mayor Zachary Vruwink and Incourage CEO Kelly Ryan at the Tribune to announce a state grant to the City of Wisconsin Rapids. This $472,000 grant for community development investment will support the Tribune. The Tribune will serve as a “community accelerator” – accelerating economic growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, learning, creativity and connections for community benefit. To learn more about this grant, please read Kelly Ryan’s latest blog post, entitled “Tribune: Our Community Accelerator”, and be sure to visit Facebook for a gallery of photos from the grant announcement.

left to right: Jason Scott, WEDC; Naletta Burr, WEDC; Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch; Kelly Ryan, Incourage; and Mayor Zach Vruwink, City of Wisconsin Rapids

Grand Affair: A Day to Play, Learn and Tour the Tribune
On Sunday, September 13, as part of Wisconsin Rapids’ 15th Annual Downtown Grand Affair, Incourage hosted a community event offering residents the opportunity to play, learn and tour the Tribune. Local woodworkers demonstrated woodturning and wood carving, answering participants’ questions about the art form and sharing their excitement for the Tribune’s forthcoming Creative Workshop. Area makers were also present, to help younger participants create Bristlebots – a new way to enjoy robotics education. Bristlebots are simple micro robots using a conventional toothbrush head and micro motors. It was a fun way to experience a “Makerspace” in advance of the Tribune’s Creative Workshop opening. To learn more about this fun day, please view the latest 3-minute episode of Incourage’s Are You In?.

Chelsey Mazurek
Incourage Community Foundation
478 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
© September 18, 2015

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