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Incourage eNews: February 2015

Wed. Feb 18, 2015

Incourage eNews is a monthly email providing readers an update on a variety of Incourage related news, current work and impact in our community. Please share and invite your friends to contact us ([email protected] or 715.423.3863) to be added to the distribution.

In this issue read:

  • Incourage Transitions Leadership
  • Tribune Building Project Update
  • Are You In For The Scoop?
  • In the News
  • Resident Profile – Jamie Jestadt
  • Mark Your Calendar


Incourage Transitions Leadership

Incourage transitions leadership
In January, Incourage’s board of directors transitioned leadership. We reflect on the incredible service and dedication of all members. Read all about it here!

Retired Board Chair, Helen Jungwirth               Current Board Chair, Kristopher Gasch

Tribune Building Project Update

Phase 2 Programming Document is now available
Completed February 4 and uploaded to TribuneBuilding.org, the Phase 2 Programming Document and Design Update is now available for viewing and sharing. This 12-page document summarizes work completed in Phase 2. Of particular interest are the design narrative and floor plan updates. These two sections help bring to life residents’ decisions for the building, articulating in greater detail how each programming space within the building will work well with the others. Download your copy today.

Join us on March 10!
At the interactive kick-off meeting to the Tribune Building Project’s next phase on January 27, participants learned from others and shared personal interests and experience in a number of areas including: cafe/brewpub, microbrewery, culinary kitchen, recreation, youth, creative workshop, arts, and more. Join us on March 10, 5:30-7:30pm at Centralia Center as the conversation continues.

Tuesday, March 10
Centralia Center | 220 Third Ave S
RSVP | 715.423.3863

These meetings are open to residents of all ages, businesses and organizations. If you know anyone who has been a part of the Tribune Building meetings, ask them about their work with this project and how you can get involved. Catch up on our progress here.

Development Agreement
On January 20, the City of Wisconsin Rapids entered into a development agreement with Community Property, Inc., a supporting organization of Incourage, regarding the downtown development of the area known as Market Square. Good news – the Project now has parking! We sincerely appreciate the City’s continued collaboration on projects and initiatives, like these, that are in the best interest of residents.

Are You In For The Scoop?

In February, we debuted shorter, single-subject episodes of Are You In?, highlighting the many good things happening in our community. Check out our newest episodes:
Are You In? “Amy Scheide dishes on cafe & culinary kitchen” (Air date: 2/2/15)
Are You In? “Tribune Launches Next Phase” (Air Date: 2/9/15)
Are You In? “Interview with Marc Buttera, O’So Brewing” (First Air: 2/16/15)
Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch previous episodes and keep up to date with our new episode every week.

Food is love, and you’ll love this segment of “Are You In?” as Tribune Building
Project Advisor Amy Scheide dishes on the forthcoming culinary kitchen and cafe.

In The News

Our residents are making a difference!
In a special blog series, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is recognizing four foundations who are working on projects that help address their community’s information needs. In their latest blog, In Wisconsin, a vacant newspaper building takes new life, the Tribune Building Project and residents’ engagement in this process are featured.

Renewable energy in central Wisconsin
Incourage’s Business Education Partnership received a grant from Constellation Energy to support renewable energy education in five central Wisconsin public and private school systems. Read more about the grant and the Business Education Partnership’s efforts here.

Resident Profile – Jamie Jestadt

Wisconsin Rapids resident Jamie Jestadt, found a deeper connection to her community through involvement in the Tribune Building Project. She first learned of the Project through Kristie Rauter of the Wood County Health Department when the two were working on the Get Active Campaign. This former Auburndale School District Physical Education teacher, turned stay-at-home mom has funneled her passion for physical fitness, health and youth activities into action.

“I love the diversity {present in this process}. There are so many people I haven’t seen before in the community. People sat in different spots to engage, and would separate intentionally.” Self described as shy, Jamie “loved that the project challenged me to go outside my comfort zone.”

Having missed only one meeting throughout the process, Jamie shared that she learned as much as she’s shared. In particular, she learned what it means to be more environmentally conscious in building, and was exposed to some local resources that she was not aware of before.

Maybe most valuable for Jamie, was seeing her contributions in the design renderings. “Incourage is doing what you promised… Letting residents design.” Further adding, “A larger benefit is a sense of ownership of your place. I will utilize it more, because I’ve been involved.”

Jamie just recently volunteered to host a table at the next meeting on March 10, and to help design work to further engage youth in the process. In the meantime, she and her husband Kuba will continue to enjoy raising their two children in a community they love. One of her greatest hopes is that young families utilize all the amazing opportunities that south Wood County area have to offer.

Join Jamie and Team Incourage at the next meeting on March 10. RSVP here.

Mark Your Calendar

Apply today!
Reminder: applications for many scholarship opportunities are due February 24. Complete and return your applications today!

Tribune Building Meeting
March 10 | 5:30-7:30pm

Are You In?
Subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch a new episode every week.

WFHR Morning Magazine
On February 11, our own Gus Mancuso and Corey Anfinson were on WFHR AM 1320 Morning Magazine at 10:30. They gave an update on the Tribune Building Project and the importance of resident engagement. Tune in on March 11 for another Incourage update.

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© February 18, 2015
Established in 1994, Incourage envisions a community that works well for all people. Guided by values of equity, inclusion and opportunity, Incourage is a leader in rural community development, serving the south Wood County area of Wisconsin. To learn more, go to incouragecf.org, like us on Facebook, and follow @Incouragecf on Twitter.

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    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 redevelopment of the Tribune building, which demonstrates Incourage’s user-centered approach to growing a strong and inclusive local economy.