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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

Yesterday was an important day for our community. As friends of Incourage, we thought you’d like to share in the good news. Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and representatives of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation joined Mayor Zachary Vruwink and Incourage President & CEO Kelly Ryan to announce a state grant to the City of Wisconsin Rapids.

This $472,000 grant for community development investment is for the Tribune, our community accelerator. The following links provide a summary of the morning’s announcement and the positive impact this grant and the Tribune will have in our community. Please take a moment to read these and to visit Incourage’s Facebook page for a gallery of event images.
Kelly Ryan’s CEO Blog
“Tribune: Our Community Accelerator”
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's news release:
“State grant helps reawaken Wisconsin Rapids Tribune building”
WSAW TV7 / CBS Broadcast:
"$472K grant announced for Tribune building”
Community Update from Mayor Vruwink:
“Wisconsin Rapids awarded State economic development grant for Tribune ‘Community Accelerator’ project”
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune article:
“State awards $472K grant for Tribune building”
WSAU 550AM / 99.9FM Broadcast:
“State awards grant to redevelop Rapids Tribune building”

If you’ve not yet taken a tour of the Tribune, please RSVP to our next tour on September 17 by visiting
Thank you for staying connected to Incourage. Together, we’re accelerating positive community change.

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© September 1, 2015
Established in rural Wisconsin in 1994 to serve the changing needs of the south Wood County area, Incourage has become a nationally-recognized leader in place-based philanthropy and community development. Guided by values of equity, opportunity and shared stewardship, Incourage envisions a community that works well for all people. One physical manifestation of this vision is the Tribune, which demonstrates Incourage’s resident-centered approach to growing a strong and inclusive local economy. To learn more, visit

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