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Heavy Metal Bus Tour            

Last Wednesday, I joined over 70 area 8th-10th grade students, local and state leaders for the Heavy Metal Bus Tour.  The Heavy Metal Bus Tour is a program coordinated by the Heart of Wisconsin with the goal of exposing and encouraging students to consider jobs in the area of Manufacturing.  This is a great opportunity for area employers and Mid State Technical College to come together to benefit students by giving them exposure and awareness to careers in manufacturing.  During the day, students got the chance to tour some of our local manufacturing facilities.

Events such as the Heavy Metal Bus Tour are incredibly important for our area.  Manufacturing IMG_7936is the backbone of Wisconsin’s economy having dominance in many of cities like ours, and events like last week’s day-long tour shows students the highly technical and great careers in manufacturing.  Seeing firsthand what jobs in manufacturing entail provides students with the opportunity to explore and learn more about the compelling jobs the manufacturing industry can offer them.

For our area, there is also tremendous value in having programs such as the Heavy Metal Bus Tour.  Our area is fortunate to have a great combination for youth to succeed with jobs that are high paying, have good benefits and are in an area that offers a great quality of life.  Not only does our area have fantastic manufacturing employers like ERCO, Domtar, NewPage and Golden Eagle Log Homes right in our backyard; we also have an outstanding technical college to help give students the skills and education needed to fill the positions needed by these companies in the near future.

Rafter’s Opening Day

wisconsin-rapids-rafters-logoWith winter behind us, and a few much awaited sunny and 70 degree days, has made many residents, myself included, excited for spring and summer weather again!  Along with the warmer temperatures comes opportunities for outdoor recreation and activities, including catching a baseball game with our very own Northwoods League team- the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.  This week, the Rafters begin their 2014 season with a three game home stand, kicking off Tuesday at historic Witter Field.  This year also marks the 6th anniversary for the team.  I am proud to have the Rafters call Wisconsin Rapids home and look forward to the season! Be sure to check out their many improvements such as this one highlighted in the Daily Tribune. To view the Rafter’s schedule, visit this link.

Tribune Building

Last month officially kicked off Phase 2 of the Tribune Building meeting process, focusing on design and layout of the building.  At that meeting, residents were asked to get a head start on the design process to help the building flow in a way that responds to community vision.

The next meeting will be this Tuesday, May 27 at 5:30PM at the Centralia Center.  The meeting will continue to build on last month’s progress and aid in deciding design elements for all of the building’s spaces.  I’m looking forward to our community’s continued participation in the project. If you haven’t attended a meeting, I highly encourage it. Your voice will be heard!  Make your mark on this unique redevelopment on our riverfront.

Coffee with the Mayor

On Wednesday, June 4th, I invite you to join me at Sofia’s Restaurant, from 8:30-9:30AM.  All are welcome to join me for all or just part of the time, for breakfast or just coffee, so spread the word to friends and neighbors.

Memorial Day/Holiday

Today, as we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday, let us reflect on the freedoms that we enjoy in this country that were paid for by those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  A further thank you and recognition goes out to those who currently serve our country.

I hope everyone had a safe, healthy and happy Memorial Day!

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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