Community Update: Young Professionals Highlight Local Opportunity & Growth, Volunteer in Wisconsin Rapids Spring Clean



Young Professionals Highlight Local Opportunity, Growth

Current, the dynamic Young Professionals organization in Wisconsin Rapids, will next week continue the tradition it began last year, by inviting our area’s best and brightest to celebrate local aspiration, opportunity and partnership, during Young Professionals Week, from April 22 through 29. This event engages and excites working professionals 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.

Wisconsin YPWeek, as it is commonly known, is designed to empower the next generation of workers to take ownership in shaping a thriving local community by spotlighting our unique cultural and economic assets through interactive learning and social events.

I join with Current to invite professionals of all ages and career stages to participate in at least one of these local events:

Tuesday, April 25 – Get Current  –5-7 p.m. @ Karen’s Wines & Steins

Submitted Photo – Wisconsin Rapids Current members pose for a photo during YP Week in 2016.

Speakers from the City of Wisconsin Rapids, Renaissance Learning and Verso highlight his quarterly social-business gathering. Hear from a representative the many things their organization has going on.

Thursday, April 27 – “Why did you bet on Wisconsin Rapids?” Panel Discussion – 5:30-8:30p.m. @ Bull’s Eye Country Club

I was honored to moderate last year’s panel discussion with community leaders. We’re equally excited this year to hear the observations of these distinguished panelists:

  • Mary Brown, Glacial Lake Cranberry & Honestly Cranberry
  • Diana Buss, BowWow Meow LLC
  • Zach Coleman, Richard’s Liquors
  • Jason Gruszynski, Daly Drug
  • Brian Slinkman, NextHome Partners & Country Disposal LLC

Friday, April 28 – Volunteering at A Toast to Great Futures (Boys & Girls Club) – Varying times @ Nekoosa Area Community Senior Center

Saturday, April 29 – Spring Clean  – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. @ Meet at Veterans Memorial Park
Supported by Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., YPWeek Wisconsin currently showcases a total of 25 communities focused on the lifestyle and career issues of younger professionals. It is an expanding initiative to excite, retain and grow the state’s talent pool.

This essential spirit of collaboration evidenced by our Downtown Redevelopment and Aquatics Facility projects is reflected in the support YPWeek has received from community partners Bull’s Eye Country Club, Jennings, Karen’s Wines & Steins, and the City of Wisconsin Rapids.

I look forward to seeing you next week, as Current continues to help us to lay a foundation for sustained civic engagement and economic growth.

Join the Wisconsin Rapids Spring Clean

Area residents: The City of Wisconsin Rapids and Current need you. Join us as we help beautify our City’s public spaces and neighborhoods, during the City Spring Clean on Saturday, April 29.

Meet us from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park (in front of Jennings).

This is truly a total community event, for all ages. Signups are available for 18 and over, here, and for under 18, here.

You can even nominate areas to be cleaned, by clicking the See Click Fix app, here.  We will compile all nominations and prioritize public areas first, and then private areas. Volunteers will be given their assignments when they arrive for their shift.

See you there!

Thank you for reading,

Mayor Zach Vruwink



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