Jun 28, 2019

Tribune Update: Moving Forward

Tribune Tours: 3rd Thurs, 11 a.m. through Sept.
Tribune Tours: 3rd Thurs, 11 a.m. through Sept.

Dear Friend of the Tribune,

In June 2019, we completed our first full year with GlobalGiving. To date, we have raised $9,481 through this platform. Those who contribute to this campaign play a critical role in advocating for community-led decision-making as to way to achieve competitive and sustainable growth in rural America’s small-town economies. Thank you for your ongoing support!

We’re pleased to share our ongoing progress toward achieving the fundraising and advocacy goals needed to make the Tribune project a reality.

  • Following Governor Evers’ decision to recommend funding for the Tribune Building Project in his capital budget, this week the Legislature adopted a budget bill that includes funding for the Tribune. We’re pleased to see continued bi-partisan support of funding for the Tribune Building Project in the state’s biennial budget. We thank our Tribune supporters for their ongoing advocacy throughout the long budget process. We’re one step closer to establishing the Tribune Building as a regional hub of economic and community development – an accomplishment that will benefit current and future generations in central Wisconsin.
  • In our last report we highlighted the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an Incourage and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) initiative that aligns university resources to support innovation and opportunity in the Tribune building. Throughout April and May, Incourage held public listening sessions with UWSP’s Economic and Community Development Director, Jenny Resch, and other UWSP representatives to discuss the Partnership and learn how the university might align resources to support innovation and opportunity in the Tribune.
  • In April, Incourage was honored to receive a 2019 Distinguished Foundation Partnership award from Invest in Wisconsin for our place-based investing in central Wisconsin’s rural communities, including investments in several Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and investments in the Tribune project.

As summer begins, the community has more opportunities to learn about the Tribune project:

  • We are hosting Tribune building tours on the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. through September. Check our Facebook page for more details.
  • Check out our featured display at South Wood County Historical Museum. You’ll learn about our work on the building and the community since we purchased it in 2012. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

In 2019, your continued support is critical in realizing the Tribune’s success. Join us in sharing our Tribune GlobalGiving page with friends and family and make them part of this important work.

                        

Kristopher Gasch                                           Kelly Ryan

Incourage Board Chair                                  Incourage CEO

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Mar 22, 2019

Tribune Update Report: Exciting News!

Celebrating a partnership between Incourage & UWSP
Celebrating a partnership between Incourage & UWSP
Dear Friend of the Tribune,

In 2018, you helped the Tribune achieve a permanent place on the GlobalGiving crowdfunding platform. Now in 2019, we are pleased to share our ongoing progress toward achieving the fundraising goals that will make the Tribune Building a reality.

 

To date, we have raised $9,436 through the GlobalGiving platform. Every resident who contributes to this campaign plays a critical role in advocating for community-led decision-making as to way to achieve our goal of inclusive economic growth in our community. We’re excited to share these highlights summarizing how our continuing work is gaining momentum:

 

We were notified that funding for the Tribune Building Project has been included in the Governor’s budget proposal for 2019-2021! While this is very good news, it is important to remember that the Governor’s budget proposal is just the first step in the process of developing the state budget. We will continue working with the Governor and legislators during the budget process to ensure that the Tribune project can move forward to benefit current and future generations. This includes working with State Senator Pat Testin and State Representative Scott Krug to build broad legislative support for Tribune funding.

 

You can help by calling or emailing Sen. Testin and Rep. Krug to thank them for their continuing support for state funding for the Tribune Building: Sen.Testin@legis.wisconsin.gov & 608.266.3123, and Rep.Krug@legis.wisconsin.gov & 608.266.0215

 

We recently announced the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an Incourage and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) initiative, creating on-site collaboration at the Tribune Building with:
    • UWSP programs, including Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technologies (WIST), College of Natural Resources, fermentation sciences, nutrition sciences and design; and Small Business Development Center
    • Residents, including students, educators, entrepreneurs and investors
    • North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
    • Mid-State Technical College
    • Private partners focused on innovation in paper, agriculture, food

 

We held a public meeting in March to provide attendees with project updates and a presentation by Lupke & Associates, Inc. Diane Lupke, an economic development expert, reported on our community’s changing economic landscape and introduced an updated operating model for the Tribune.

 

In 2019, your voice and continued support will be critical in realizing the Tribune Building’s success. Join with us in sharing our Tribune GlobalGiving page with friends and family who want to be a part of this important work.


Kristopher Gasch                  Kelly Ryan
Incourage Board Chair         Incourage CEO

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Dec 13, 2018

A Year-End Tribune Project Update

Dear Friend of the Tribune-

Earlier this year, you helped the Tribune achieve a permanent place on the GlobalGiving crowdfunding platform. As we near the end of 2018, we are happy to share our progress toward realizing the fundraising goals that will bring the Tribune Building to life.

To date, we have raised $9,276 through the GlobalGiving platform. Every resident who contributed to the campaign played a critical role in advocating for community-led decision-making as the means toward a goal of inclusive economic growth in our community.

Below is a summary of ways we continue to work alongside residents, local businesses and organizations in reaching our shared goal:

- We completed the formal process of submitting a $3M request for the Tribune in the 2019-2021 Wisconsin State Budget. Critical to the request was the support from local businesses, regional economic development organizations, UW-Stevens Point, Mid-State Technical College, North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, and the Regional Economic Growth Initiative (REGI), as well as a resolution of support passed by the City of Wisconsin Rapids Common Council.

- We hosted an Entrepreneurship Development Series workshop focused on Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) lending and support services. Multiple partners with an interest in supporting business development came together for the event, including Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, Mid-State Technical College, Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Hmong Chamber of Commerce and the UW-Stevens Point Small Business Development Center. Attendees learned about local financing and technical assistance resources for startups and existing small businesses— examples of collaborative programming that will occur within Tribune.

- We received a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation grant to update the Tribune operating model and integrate new partnerships with key regional organizations – including Mid-State Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The work is underway.

- We are continuing to move forward plans for the Training Microbrewery to focus on training and employing local talent to create craft brews; partner with established microbreweries to apprentice onsite master brewers; and host the state’s first brewing apprenticeship program that will serve statewide and national audiences.

What’s next?
As we enter 2018 and our 25th year as an organization serving the south Wood County region, Incourage remains committed to the Tribune. Join with us in sharing our Tribune GlobalGiving page with friends and family who want to be a part of this important work.

                                    

Kristopher Gasch                                Kelly Ryan
Incourage Board Chair                        Incourage CEO

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