Parking permits for June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018 will be available for sale starting on Friday, May 5, 2016 at the Whitewater Police Department lobby window, located at 312 W. Whitewater Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
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!
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!
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.
Whitewater, Wis., February 11th, 2017 – For several years, many residents, primarily students, have come to look forward to gathering and celebrating together in early spring. Since 2013, Wisconsin Red has joined in the celebration through the organization and sponsorship of Whitewater's Spring Splash. Spring Splash 2016 was, quite possibly, the most successful event to date; drawing more participants than prior years for what was a very well-run event.
While Spring Splash 2016 was well organized and free of problems, many other parties and events hosted elsewhere in the City were not. Due to the magnitude of visitors, many parties outside of Spring Splash outgrew their designated space resulting in large mobs of party goers roaming the city. Many groups quickly became unruly and dangerous.
In recent meetings with city staff, Wisconsin Red stressed that the events that transpired outside of Spring Splash were in no way representative of the organization’s mission or values. However, many officials believed that the successful promotional campaign on the Wisconsin Red website and social media pages had contributed to the large turnout of visitors and the mobs that continued throughout the day and night.
City staff met with Wisconsin Red representatives earlier this month to discuss its plans for Spring Splash 2017. While Wisconsin Red displayed great respect and organizational ability, anxiety over what could happen outside of the event prompted city officials to express continued concerns. After discussing the anticipated negatives that could result from a repeat of last year’s ancillary events, all parties agreed that it would be in the City's best interest to cancel Spring Splash 2017 and consider revisiting in 2018.
“All the reports I’ve received regarding Spring Splash 2016 have confirmed that Wisconsin Red’s event was well organized and well run,” says Cameron Clapper, Whitewater City Manager. “It is the other parties and the meandering mobs we’re concerned about. Everyone deserves a chance to relax and unwind but no one can be excused from their civic responsibility to exercise good judgment, avoid dangerous behaviors and be respectful of our neighbors.”
The City of Whitewater recognizes most of the negative behavior that occurred last year was not from Whitewater students. The City does not want to limit celebrative opportunities for any group or individual but rather encourages safe and controlled gatherings.
The City of Whitewater and Wisconsin Red would like to express a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all those who celebrated responsibly last year and who assisted with the clean-up following the day’s activities. Thanks to the volunteer efforts of many community members, including UW-Whitewater students, the city was cleaned-up in less than a day.
“We hope that if an individual or group chooses to celebrate and have gatherings throughout the year, they continue to do so in a safe and respectful manner as Whitewater students have been known to do,” Clapper says. “Encourage party hosts to be respectful of their neighbors as well as their guests by not promoting bad behavior or inviting those that would. We are proud of our student body and want to continue to support them in hopes they can support and care for the city they live in.”
The City of Whitewater provides efficient and high quality services which support living, learning, playing and working in an exceptional community. Visit www.whitewater-wi.gov for community information and updates.