Top Main Street Revitalization Programs and Volunteers Honored

Top Main Street Revitalization Programs and Volunteers Honored

Chippewa Falls, Eagle River and Tigerton volunteers inducted into Hall of Fame

Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, recognizes the efforts by Main Street volunteers and staff for the historic preservation and downtown economic development efforts of communities in Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of DJ Herda Photography)

WAUSAU, October 25, 2013 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2012-2013 at the 23rd Annual Wisconsin Main Street Awards at the Jefferson Street Inn in downtown Wausau.

Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, was on hand to recognize the efforts by Main Street volunteers and staff for the historic preservation and downtown economic development efforts of communities in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Main Street inducted three more members into its Hall of Fame. They include Chuck Card, Chippewa Falls; Al Pittelko, Eagle River and Ken and Jean Sambs, Tigerton. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their contributions to their local Main Street Programs over a long period of time.

Wisconsin Main Street is a community development program through WEDC, targeting Wisconsin’s historic commercial districts. WEDC provides technical support and training to Wisconsin communities to revitalize their traditional business districts based on historic preservation developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Wisconsin’s has 35 Main Street Communities. Since the program started in 1987, the communities participating in Wisconsin’s Main Street program helped 4,500 businesses get started, creating 17,000 jobs. The Main Street development efforts leveraged $900 million in private investment.

Best Public-Private Partnership in Downtown Revitalization
Winner: Second Street Renovation, City of Platteville & Platteville Main Street Program
Honorable Mention: Downtown Beloit Association and City of Beloit and City of De Pere and Definitely De Pere

Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $7,500
Co-Winners: 1005 16th Street-FACE Properties, LLC, Monroe; American Family Insurance, Shaun Carr, Rice Lake
Honorable Mention: House of Homebrew, On Broadway, Inc., Green Bay

Best Façade Rehabilitation Under $7,500
Winner: Tribeca Gallery Café and Books, Wes & Julie Crnkovich, Watertown

Best Downtown Business Development Program/Project
Winner: Baker Battle, Main Street Marshfield Economic Restructuring Committee, Marshfield
Honorable Mention: Financial Assistance Program, Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, Fond du Lac

Best Downtown Special Event
Co-Winners: The Balloon Glow, Mainly Manitowoc, Inc. & Manitowoc Aviation Resources, Manitowoc; Winter Fest, Wausau Events, Inc., Wausau
Honorable Mentions: River’s Edge Art Walk 2012, River’s Edge Art Walk Guild, Waterford; Pirates on the Square, Main Street Monroe Promotions & Events Committee 2012, Monroe

Best Volunteer Program/Project
Winner: Liberty Elm Tree Planting, Bruce Carlson, Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander

Best Downtown Public Improvement: Built Environment
Winner: De Pere Riverwalk and Wildlife Viewing Pier, City of De Pere
Honorable Mention: Algoma Fire & Rescue Monument, Algoma Fire & Rescue

Best Downtown Public Improvement: Beautification
Winner: Mainly Manitowoc Artsplash Mural, Manitowoc

Best Creative Fund Raising Effort
Winner: Harlem Ambassadors vs. Lafayette All Stars Basketball Game, Darlington Organization Committee

Best Downtown Retail Event
Winner: Paint the Town Pink, Chippewa Falls Main Street, Inc.
Honorable Mention: Gingerbread Home Tour, On Broadway, Inc. Marketing Committee, Green Bay

Best Downtown Image Item/Campaign/Event
Winner: “Shop Falls First” Campaign, Promotions Committee, Sheboygan Falls

Best New Downtown Business
Co-Winners: Duluth Trading Co., Steve Schlecht, Port Washington; The Black Sheep Restaurant
Tyler Sailsbery, Whitewater
Honorable Mention: Chateau De Pere/Café Chanson, De Pere

Best New Building Project
Winner: Trinity Artists’ Lofts & D’anlann Art Gallery, Commonwealth Companies, Fond du Lac
Honorable Mention: Country Treasures, Joyce Pugh, Chippewa Falls

Best Historic Restoration Project
Winner: Federal Building Artist Lofts, MetroPlains, Wausau
Honorable Mention: Rhinelander City Hall, City of Rhinelander, Rhinelander

Best Sustainability Effort
Winner: Sustainability Committee, Platteville Main Street Program

Best Upper Story Development
Winner: Vibe Dance Center, On Broadway, Inc., Green Bay

Best Business Citizen Award
Winner: Ruth & Henning Hempel, Forth Floral, Inc., Rhinelander

Best Adaptive Reuse Project
Co-Winners: Trinity Hall and Restaurant, Commonwealth Companies, Fond du Lac; Nell & Associates, De Pere
Honorable Mention: Blue Heron Artisan’s Gallery, Bette Langford, Port Washington

Best Interior Renovation Project
Winner: LD Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills
Honorable Mention: Gina’s Restaurant & Bar, Platteville

Completion of Five Years Training in Downtown Revitalization
Mainly Manitowoc
Tomahawk Main Street
Port Washington Main Street

2012-13 Wisconsin Main Street Hall of Fame Inductees
Chuck Card – Chippewa Falls
Al Pittelko – Eagle River
Ken & Jean Sambs – Tigerton

Connect Communities Award: Best Downtown Development Success Story-Under 8,000 Population
Saving Rowe Pottery/Creating Gathering Space, Cambridge
Building Up Berlin Campaign, City of Berlin, Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Errin Welty
City of Berlin

Connect Communities Award: Best Downtown Development Success Story-Over 8,000 Population
Economic Development Master Fund Grant & Loan Program, Matt Dorner, Mark Fitzgerald, Village Staff
Village of Menomonee Falls

2012-13 Main Street Volunteers of the Year
Jenelle Glime, Algoma
Tim McKearn, Beloit
Charles Keister, Darlington
Nancy Schuller, Eagle River
Steve Schoofs, Fond du Lac
Elliot Christenson, Green Bay
Ed Grunden, Lake Mills
Jennifer Mehall, Manitowoc
Josh Miller, Marshfield
Tracy Hamilton, Monroe
Heidi Dyas-McBeth, Platteville
James Meyer, Port Washington
Dan Howard, Prairie du Chien
Melanie Ostermann, Rhinelander
Lori Richter, Rice Lake
Dr. Christine Tempas, Sheboygan Falls (Honorary Captain)
Elizabeth Theirbah, Waterford
Bruce Bentz, Watertown
Dave Oberbeck, Wausau
Lynze Kerr, West Allis
Richard Helmich, Whitewater

2012-13 Main Street Honorary Board of Directors
Mitch Groessl, Algoma
Jason Braun, Beloit
Larry Hakes, Darlington
Julie Fink-Fronsee, De Pere
Al Pittelko, Eagle River
Sam Meyer, Fond du Lac (Honorary Chairman of the Board)
Troy Kloss, Lake Mills
Tony Fodden, Manitowoc
Tom Henseler, Marshfield
JoAnne Luenberger, Monroe
Les Hollingsworth, Platteville
Rob Helm, Port Washington
Jamie Stram, Prairie du Chien
Mark Gutteter, Rhinelander
Mary Vesper, Rice Lake
Darryl Ottman, Sheboygan Falls
Morena Marquez, Waterford
James Romlein, Watertown
Phil Valitchka, Wausau
Gloria Hawkins, West Allis
Geoff Hale, Whitewater

Manager Years of Service Awards
Two Years:
Teri Ouimette, Chippewa Falls
Courtney Sprecher, Osceola
Rebecca Eby, Viroqua/Prairie du Chien
Jack Luedtke, Platteville

Five Years:
Amy Hansen, Fond du Lac
Tamara Brodnicki, Whitewater

Ten Years:
Elaine Kroening, Pewaukee

Twelve Years:
Michael Glime, Algoma

Fourteen Years:
Virginia Kauffman, Tigerton

Seventeen Years:
Kathy Wellsandt, Rice Lake

Twenty-One Years:
Craig Tebon, Ripon

About Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing Wisconsin’s business climate. WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation by providing resources, technical support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin. WEDC has four focus areas: business and industry development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship and innovation and international business development. Together with more than 600 regional and local business development partners, it represents a highly responsive and coordinated network. Visit or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.