Visit the Whitewater Arts Alliance & Cultural Arts Center during the month of April as they celebrate Latino art and artists! The exhibit is open Thursdays through Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm, April 6th to April 30th.
The show will feature select prints from Oaxaca, Mexico along with art by Wisconsin artist Leticia Castillo, by local painter Enrique Esquipula, and by several other area artists.
Saturday, April 22nd from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, don’t miss music by Lincoln Elementary School’s new Mariachi Band, “Mariachi Madness,” and the Mariachi Latino group from Harvard, IL who is often seen in Whitewater parades.
Sunday, April 30th, local artists and Oaxaca, Mexico artists are planning to be on-hand to greet visitors at a closing reception from 1 pm to 3 pm, where snacks will be served.
All of the events are free and open to the public. The Cultural Arts Center is located on 402 West Main Street in the historic White building near the Birge Fountain. Parking is behind the building. An elevator is available for access from the parking lot entrance.
Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary of the Whitewater Arts Alliance at the Cultural Arts Center!
Wisconsin Makers Inc., a regional community makerspace located in Whitewater, invites the public to participate in its second annual iron pour on Saturday, April 1st. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the whole family is encouraged to join in the fun.
Participants will be provided a square-shaped “scratch” mold that they can personalize with their own design. Each scratch mold must be completed no later than 11:15 a.m.
At noon, the “pour team” led by Teresa “Tree” Lind, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater lecturer of art and design will fill each mold with molten cast iron. Student art majors will present the completed castings to the artists afterward around 2 p.m.
People may sign up and purchase their molds via Event¬Brite HERE Cost is $25 per person and availability of molds is first-come, first-served.
“Your unique design will be preserved in cast iron for ages to come,” said Wisconsin Makers President Doug Grall, adding that last year’s iron pour drew more than 100 people, including 60 artists. “Your iron mold sculpture will make a truly unique one-of-a-kind design of your own making.”
Self-guided tours of the facility and creating hardware letter art of nuts, bolts and hardware will be available along with refreshments and brats.
Wisconsin Makers is located at 200 East Clay St. in Whitewater, at the intersection of Clay and Wisconsin streets across from the American Legion Hall. For questions, call (262) 753-6455. The event is handicapped-accessible and for family members of all ages.
UW-Whitewater’s Spring Commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 13th, 2017.
This year, undergraduate and graduate ceremonies will be combined and separated by colleges to even out the number of participants and guests for each ceremony.
The Colleges of Arts and Communication and Business and Economics both undergraduate and graduates will take place at 10 a.m., and the Colleges of Letter and Sciences and Education and Professional Studies, both undergraduate and graduate, will take place at 3 p.m. at the Williams Center.
For more details, visit www.uww.edu/commencement. Congratulations to all!
Treyton's Field of Dreams is once again a regional host to the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition in 2017!
This competition is a FREE event for boys and girls ages 7-14 to showcase their baseball skills. Show off your running speed, pitching accuracy and hitting power!
Every participant has the opportunity to advance to four different levels of competition, including Team Championship events at all 30 Major League stadiums and the National Finals at the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami, FL. Please note, the date has changed from what was printed in the Whitewater Program guide. The new date is April 22nd at 10:00 am.
Participants can register at City Hall or on site the day of the competition. All players must show a birth certificate on the date of competition.
Don’t strike out and miss your chance to show off your baseball skills, you may be the next All Star!
The Neighborhood Services and Downtown Whitewater are encouraging Parklets. Parklets are extensions of the sidewalk to create additional space within urban landscapes.
Originated on the west coast in 2008, Parklets offer businesses an endless array of possibilities for customizing the space to cater their unique business. Benefits to the Parklets will increase outdoor seating while allowing enough space for pedestrians and not impede ADA; they increase the visibility for businesses and vehicular traffic, and will create opportunities for the community to interact with pedestrians.
The Parklet ordinance Chapter 5.16 passed in 2015 and Downtown Whitewater has developed plans to help offset building costs.
Contact the Public Works Department at (262) 473-0560 to report any major issues within the City.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Press Release: Organizations in Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Whitewater to match state’s investment in technology-based early-stage companies
MADISON, WI. March 7, 2017 – Three economic development organizations have been awarded a total of $700,000 in matching grants from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to be used to provide seed funding for technology-based startups and early-stage companies.
The Milwaukee Development Corporation has received a $500,000 grant under WEDC’s Capital Catalyst Program for the creation of a $1 million seed fund to support companies in advanced manufacturing and other technology sectors. The fund will target seed-stage ventures, including graduates of local accelerator programs such as The BREW, WERCBench Labs, FaBCAP and Gener8tor to provide additional capital for activities leading to investment readiness or revenue generation.
The fund also aims to support growth-focused projects of existing tech companies, as well as other eligible seed-stage businesses with technologies outside the scope of existing area accelerators. The Milwaukee Development Corporation is the operating entity of the Milwaukee 7 economic development organization, which in January received a $60,000 Entrepreneurship Support Grant from WEDC to support its efforts to increase collaboration and develop common strategies to optimize Milwaukee’s entrepreneurship climate.
“Finding and filling gaps in funding for these growing companies – especially those in our most promising cluster industries – is critical to the success of individual businesses and the entire Milwaukee 7 Region,” said Pat O’Brien, Milwaukee 7 executive director. “We are grateful to WEDC for recognizing this need and providing a needed boost to these efforts.”
The Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation has been awarded a $125,000 Capital Catalyst grant to fund a $250,000 program that will provide seed capital to local technology-based businesses likely to scale and grow to benefit the area workforce and economy. The seed fund will focus on sectors including aviation/aerospace, advanced manufacturing, information systems, agriculture/food processing and medical devices.
“This fund is the first of its kind in Winnebago County, the I-41 Corridor and northeastern Wisconsin,” said Jason White, CEO of the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation. “Greater Oshkosh's economic development success is predicated on helping our existing businesses grow and showing our entrepreneurs that they are well-supported here in the Fox Valley.”
The Whitewater Community Development Authority has received a $75,000 grant for a seed fund that will provide a diversified portfolio of micro-investments and grants aimed at increasing the number of startups in the city and supporting emerging growth companies.
This marks that the fourth year that WEDC has awarded Capital Catalyst grants to the organization, which has provided capital to 21 technology-based companies to date. Those businesses have successfully raised $4.9 million in additional capital, have achieved over $2.4 million in revenue and employ more than 100 workers.
“I’d like to thank WEDC for this additional investment, which will help ensure that Whitewater continues to be a hotbed of entrepreneurial spirit,” said Jeff Knight, chairman of the Whitewater Community Development Authority. “The many startups that this program has already assisted is truly amazing. We’ve supported many new innovative businesses that would not have had a chance to get started without this very timely help.”
“These three organizations are playing a critical role in facilitating the development of high-growth business ventures in their communities,” said Aaron Hagar, WEDC’s vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation. “The Capital Catalyst Program has a proven track record of results, and we’re looking forward to continued success as we collaborate with these organizations to support next-generation companies.”
Since its inception in 2012, the Capital Catalyst Program has helped organizations and communities provide $3.5 million in seed funding to more than 100 businesses statewide that employ nearly 500 full-time workers. Those companies have generated $127 million in additional investment and revenue.
The program provides matching grants to seed funds managed by local communities or other organizations dedicated to stimulating entrepreneurship. These funds provide grants, loans and/or investments in startups or early-stage, innovative small businesses that operate in their region. Loan repayments and returns on investment stay within the fund to assist additional startups and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs.
The Capital Catalyst Program is one component of WEDC’s suite of entrepreneurship resources, which includes support for startup accelerators, investor tax credits and technology loans. In addition, WEDC supports and engages an existing statewide network of partners that offers business training, mentorship and financing to aspiring entrepreneurs.
About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.
Whitewater, Wis. February 28th, 2017 – The Whitewater University Technology Park joins 15 other locations statewide as a Certified in Wisconsin® site, allowing businesses and developers to have many questions answered and possible delays prevented prior to purchasing land for their growing companies.
The Certified in Wisconsin Program, offered in partnership by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Deloitte Consulting was created in 2012 in hopes to make the process easier in purchasing industrial “shovel ready” properties, 20 acres or larger in the state of Wisconsin. It has since seen 17 development projects completed or underway on 10 of the 16 sites, expecting to create more than 1,600 jobs and generate more than $315 million in capital investment when completed.
A site classified as Certified answers a wide range of concerns such as utility and infrastructure capacity, zoning property rights, environmental and geological factors, transportation access, and that the site is ready for industrial development. This information is already compiled and confirmed, allowing the decision process to be easier and less stressful for those in the market to build on a timeline.
The 35-acre site in Whitewater is located less than one mile from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The new park will help to cultivate successful businesses and research by collaborating closely with UW-Whitewater and the City, serving as a foundation for a diversified and robust regional economy.
Lt. Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch and UW-W Chancellor Beverly Kopper have both spoken on behalf of the new site and discussed the positive opportunities that a partnership may burgeon between the university and the newly certified Whitewater University Technology Park.
“I know that property managers searching for industrial land want to minimize their risks,” says Whitewater Community Development Authority Chairman, Jeffery Knight. “They can be assured that when they look at Whitewater there is certainty, and what they get is the best the state has to offer”.
Whitewater will also have an ad in the Site Selection Magazine with details about the site and be included in the state database which allows site selectors to search for desired sites that meet their criteria in a fast and simple fashion.
To learn more about the Whitewater University Technology Park and other “shovel-ready” Wisconsin destinations, visit www.inwisconsin.com.
The Play for Trey Baseball Tournament is scheduled for April 28th through April 30th at Starin Park and the City of Whitewater is starting to prepare for the event including the addition of temporary fencing. The tournament is bringing in 22 teams with players, families and spectators from all over the state, making safety priority.
This year, the tournament falls on a weekend traditionally known for its large student gatherings as well as a significant increase in visitors to the community. To ensure that foot and vehicle traffic related to student events is kept outside of the tournament area, the City is taking precautions including the installation of fencing around Starin Park.
Taking advantage of last week’s abnormally nice weather, the City placed fence posts in various locations at Starin Park. By installing them now, much of the risk of damaging the park is eliminated due to lack of snow and frozen or muddy grounds.
The temporary fence will go up the last week of April, fencing off the entire ball field complex and leaving entrances for parking, sidewalks and bike paths. Community Service Officers will be monitoring these entrances during the tournament. If any inappropriate behavior occurs, local law enforcement will be contacted. The fence will be removed when the event is over.
The tournament has grown to be a great tradition for many people and this year is expected to have the same repeat success.