Community Update – YPWeek- Celebrate Aspiration & Opportunity; Last Call for Tree Sale

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Celebrate Aspiration, Opportunity and Partnership during Young Professionals Week

A major motivator of the City’s push forward with Downtown District redevelopment and Riverbank investments is the need to retain and attract the next generation of workers and families. Achieving this goal requires that we convince current and prospective students, employees, employers and entrepreneurs that they have the opportunity to help shape a vibrant and thriving community. Once people see that they can make an impact, and do make an impact, they are more apt to be ‘attached’ to the community and easier to make the choice to stay. Further, our employers consistently state that attracting and retaining talent and young professionals remains a top challenge- here and statewide!

In keeping with that philosophy, Current, the recently formed Young Professionals group in Wisconsin Rapids, invites the young in age, the young at heart and the young in spirit to celebrate a variety of local festivities as part of Young Professionals Week, April 23-30. YPWeek, as it is commonly known, is designed to engage and excite younger members of our community about the range of opportunities that are possible in our area and how they can play a role in making that potential a reality.

12419347_1147396831978140_4708070537292985098_oWisconsin Rapids is one of 15 Wisconsin communities that will participate in YPWeek. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has backed the initiative, and YPWeek is expected to involve more than 100 events statewide.

Current is urging Wisconsin Rapids residents to take part in a Kickoff Tour & Social on Monday, April 25, at Aspirus Riverview Hospital beginning at 5:15 p.m. with a tour.

Starting inside the main entrance of Aspirus Riverview Hospital, CEO Todd Birch will highlight facilities and future plans. The tour will wrap up on the third floor, where guests can enjoy appetizers, beverages and door prizes.

A panel discussion, Why Do You Believe in Wisconsin Rapids? will take place on Wednesday, April 27, at Great Expectations beginning at 5:30 p.m.

I am honored to moderate this discussion among five distinguished area residents. They will focus on why they believe in and stayed in the community; offer advice for young professionals; and identify the obstacles and opportunities our community faces. The panel consists of: Phil Brown, president of South Wood County Historical Society, vice president of Glacial Lake Cranberry; and chairperson of the Town of Cranmoor; Dr. Sue Budjac, President of Mid-State Technical College; Wayne Christie, MD, FAAOS, of Wisconsin Rapids Orthopedics Center; Robin Koeshall, owner of Paul Gross Jewelers; and Gus Mancuso of Incourage Community Foundation, and former principal at Lincoln and John Edwards high schools. Appetizers, a cash bar, and social networking are on tap from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.

A Toast to Great Futures  will take place Friday, April 29, at Nekoosa Community Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 7.54.26 AMCurrent urges fellow professionals to support the annual Wisconsin Rapids Area Boys & Girls Club beer and wine tasting gala. This affair benefits some 1,600 youth in our community who attend the Club each year. Attendees can sample from among more than 40 premium wines and over 35 craft beers – many from the state of Wisconsin – along with appetizers from Great Expectations. Current is also seeking individuals to “give back” by serving as set-up and/or cleanup volunteers.

Of course, ambitious undertakings such as these are mightily helped through the contributions and good graces of local sponsors. Current has received an outpouring of support from these generous community partners: Affordable Maytag, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, DNL Recreation, Great Expectations, Incourage Community Foundation and Ruesch Companies.

As the adage goes, “It takes a village.” And with the ongoing inspiration and collaboration evidenced by events such as YPWeek, Wisconsin Rapids can look forward to a very bright tomorrow. Do your share, by stepping out next week and helping Current lay a foundation for sustained civic engagement.

Community Tree Sale

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FINAL Call- The Mayor’s Beautification Council is nearing the end of its Community Tree Sale. Flowering Crabapple trees are available to purchase for use on your own property or donated to the City for just $55 each, with pick-up in early May. You can also order a tree in remembrance of a special loved one – memorial plaques are available for an additional $35. For more information and to order, please contact Sue Winch at 715-213-1747, or email swinch9@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading.

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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