Ladysmith Main Street Seeks Next Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
LADYSMITH MAIN STREET PROGRAM

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, for the 20 hour per week position of Executive Director of the Ladysmith Main Street Program. This position receives a yearly salary of $20,000. This position will operate under the direction of the Main Street Board and will be responsible for coordinating revitalization activities using the Wisconsin Main Street Program’s four-point approach. Applicants should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: marketing, volunteer management, project management, or small business development/recruitment. Experience with event planning, historic preservation, planning, economic development, retailing, design, or non-profit management a plus. Must be entrepreneurial, energetic, well organized, and able to work well with others. Excellent communications skills and passion for the task are necessary. Full job description is available here: Main Street Executive Director Job Description

Send resume, cover letter and minimum of 3 professional references to:

ladysmithmainstreet@outlook.com

or

Ladysmith Main Street Program
PO BOX 207
Ladysmith, WI 54848


Ladysmith Common Council Approves local COVID-19 Micro Business Emergency Relief Fund Program

The Ladysmith Common Council approved a local COVID-19 Micro Business Emergency Relief Fund program at a special meeting on Monday, May 4. Applications will be available at city hall starting on Monday, May 11 with a 2-week window to apply. Eligible businesses can receive reimbursement for 3 months’ of qualifying expenses for the period of March 1, 2020-May 31, 2020, up to a 3 month total of $6,000.

Funds made available through this program will be limited to those accrued in Tax Incremental District 8 and any participation by the Ladysmith Industrial Development Corporation. It may be possible for other city TIDs to contribute to the program. No city-wide property tax or personal property tax will be used for this program. Currently, eligible businesses are limited to those within TID 8 (green on the attached map) and those within the TID 8 halo zone (yellow on the attached map).

Funds may be used to cover, and are limited to mortgage payments, rent payments, utilities, and insurance. Funds may be used to cover the cost of security measures if they have been deemed necessary to protect the premises or business locations. Funds may not be used to cover delinquent property or personal taxes, special assessments, or other obligations to the city, state or federal government. Prior to loan forgiveness, cost obligations commensurate with the fund provided, may be requested by the funding agent.

Funds will be made available as a no-interest loan, with no payments due until after affected operations are legally allowed to resume by state or federal decree. Business must show a good effort and a meaningful intent to resume operations at that time. If these conditions are met, the loan will assume grant status with no repayment required. Businesses are expected to seek further assistance through its bank, the SBA, or other source if necessary, to cover other personal and sundry expenses, unless such expenses are reviewed and approved on a case by case basis, through the fund agent, Ladysmith Community Development Committee. Full program guidelines will also be available with the application.

Applications will be available starting this Monday, May 11 at Ladysmith City Hall and online at www.cityofladysmithwi.com . Applications received by Friday, May 15 will be reviewed by the Community Development Committee on Monday, May 18. Applications received by Friday, May 22 will be reviewed Tuesday, May 26. Applications are to be submitted through the City Administrator via the City Hall dropbox, by mail at PO BOX 431 Ladysmith, WI 54848 or by e-mail at achristianson@cityofladysmithwi.com

 


Ladysmith Main Street Seeks Next Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
LADYSMITH MAIN STREET PROGRAM

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, for the 20 hour per week position of Executive Director of the Ladysmith Main Street Program. The yearly salary for this position is $20,000. This position will be responsible for coordinating revitalization activities using the Wisconsin Main Street Program’s four-point approach. Applicants should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: marketing, volunteer management, project management, or small business development/recruitment. Experience with historic preservation, planning, economic development, retailing, design, or non-profit management a plus. Must be entrepreneurial , energetic, well organized, and able to work well with others. Excellent communications skills and passion for the task are necessary.  Full job description is available here: Main Street Executive Director Job Description

Send resume, cover letter and minimum of 3 professional references to:

ladysmithmainstreet@outlook.com

or

Ladysmith Main Street Program
PO BOX 207
Ladysmith, WI 54848


Susan Moore Recognized as Volunteer of the Year

Sue Moore was one of 16 people to be named during the event as a Volunteer of the Year.

Moore called it an honor to receive this award for the Ladysmith Main Street program.

“There are many in our community who spend endless time and effort to promote growth in the downtown district and working with Main Street people locally as well as state representatives has been a real joy,” Moore said.

Moore has been a very vital volunteer for Ladysmith Main Street from the beginning, according to Main Street Director Alan Christianson. He called Moore instrumental in the planning and organizing work that went into Ladysmith being designated as a Wisconsin Main Street Community; visiting nearby Main Street communities and taking an active role in application and planning meetings.

“Sue can always be counted on to help out with anything involving Main Street,” Christianson said.

Moore’s volunteer efforts in the Ladysmith Main Street program include serving on the board of directors and as chairperson of the promotions committee.  She also volunteers many hours maintaining flower pots and green spaces in the downtown. She has played a key role in organizing Ladysmith Main Street’s annual Sugar Bush Festival each spring.

Her work to promote the Ladysmith area doesn’t end with Main Street.  She also serves on the local Tourism Committee, attends meetings at the chamber of commerce and operates her own seasonal business, The Village Parlor, in downtown Ladysmith.

 She has served for two terms as a director for the chamber.

The mission of Main Street is to improve Ladysmith’s quality of life and overall economy by strengthening the downtown as the center of the community through concentrated efforts in organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring, according to Moore.

“We encourage downtown businesses to seek financial help for facade improvements, new signage and growth through participation in special events,” Moore said. “We are always actively seeking and open to new and fresh ideas as to how to make our area more attractive to locals as well as visitors and this is at the heart of the Main Street program. We strive to promote our community as a great place to live, work and play.”

Moore has also made financial contributions to various endeavors including spearheading a decorative railroad display project in the Main Street District.

“Without Sue’s continued involvement, Ladysmith Main Street would not have seen the success that it has enjoyed since becoming a Main Street Community in 2013,” Christianson said.

Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and other WEDC leaders were on hand to recognize the efforts by Main Street volunteers and staff for the historic preservation and downtown economic development efforts in Wisconsin communities.

“All across the state, those involved in the Wisconsin Main Street Program are making a real difference in improving their downtowns by developing new and innovative ways to attract visitors and support local businesses,” Hogan said. “These awards recognize the organizations and dedicated individuals whose efforts not only benefit their communities, but also set the standard for other Main Street communities statewide.”

Wisconsin Main Street is a community development program administered by WEDC that targets Wisconsin’s historic commercial districts. WEDC provides technical support and training to the 34 Main Street communities to help them revitalize their business districts based on guidelines developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


City Awarded Additional Grant Funding for Downtown Road Project

From The Ladysmith News.

By Nov 28, 2018

    Ladysmith has received more grant funding for next year’s planned reconstruction of parts of Worden and Fritz avenues in the city

    The city was awarded $446,082 in principal forgiveness through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Clean Water Fund Program for the work, bringing the total amount to $946,082 or about 50 percent of the total project now funded with grants. Principal forgiveness is similar to grant dollars, funding the amount borrowed but not the interest.

    In August, Ladysmith was awarded $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant Public Facility and Planning Funds. The CDBG public facility grants  will be used in Ladysmith to rebuild Fritz Avenue from W. Second Street to at least W. Fifth Street and Worden Avenue from W. Fourth Street to E. Fourth Street in 2019.

    “It is excellent news,” Public Works Director Kurt Gorsegner said.

    The city council approved the grant application last December. The cost of the projects at that time were estimated at $1.9 million with $1 million for Worden Avenue alone without a contingency. Fritz Avenue reconstruction was estimated at $687,000.

    Total cost of the entire work is expected to be about $2 million.

    City officials were hopeful the grant applications would be successful, helping offset the total cost. Without grants, the city would pay about $142,000 annually for 20 years to fund this street work.

    The additional grant funding announced this week will help city officials determine if sewer or water rate hikes will be needed.

    The remaining amount will be borrowed at 1.122 percent over 20 years.

    “If a [Public Service Commission] rate increase is needed for the water rates that will need to be done as soon as possible,” said Larry Gotham of Morgan & Parmley in an email to the city.

    The project will likely be bid in February with council approval of the contract by the second week of March in order to meet DNR deadlines.

    In a related matter, the council also announced the city has been awarded an $80,998 grant for Summit Avenue and W. Fifth Street N. This work includes reconstruction of Summit Avenue between Wis. 27 and W. Fifth Street, also tying in several side streets.

    The city is also seeking subsidized Environmental Improvement Fund loans through the Clean Water Fund and Safe Drinking Water Loan Program. The EIF loans are managed and administered jointly by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Department of Administration.

    The CWFP and SDWLP are revolving loan programs that combine federal grants and state funding to provide financial assistance to municipalities in the form of subsidized loans. Some municipalities may also be eligible for funding in the form of principal forgiveness.

     


    2017 Downtown Halloween Night Out

    Downtown Halloween Night Out Set For October 27

    The Ladysmith Main Street Program will host a Downtown Halloween Night Out on Friday, October 27from 4:30-7:00pm. The night out will feature over $200 in giveaways,, business specials & extended hours. Costume contests for kids & pets, a punch card promotion, free face painting & temporary tattoos, Main Street Witches, a special family friendly Horror movie filmed right here in northwest Wisconsin, The Demon with the Atomic Brain. Admission to the movie is free with free will donations being accepted to benefit the Women with Courage Foundation. There will also be a meet and greet with some of the actors prior to the movie.

    Please visit www.facebook.com/LadysmithWI for more details.

    The complete schedule is as follows:

    EVENTS

    Main Street Witches Goodie Giveaway

    Throughout Downtown, 4:30-7

    Free Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos by ML Faces

    Miner Plaza 4:30-7

    Free Candy & Hotdogs – Sponsored by Ladysmith Police & Rusk County Sherriff

    Centennial Square 4:30-7

    Free Halloween Movie, Free Will Donations to Women With Courage – Miner Theatre

    Demon with the Atomic Brain – Meet the Stars of this local, family friendly film!

    Punch Card Promotion – Throughout Downtown, 4:30-7

    Get your card punched at all participating businesses & turn in completed card at Miner Theatre by 7pm to be entered into drawing for over $200 in prizes. All completed punch cards turned in will also receive $1 off of a Small Popcorn at the Miner Theatre

    Pet Costume Contest

    Miner Theatre Lobby, 6:00

    Sponsored by Ladysmith Veterinary Clinic

    Kids Costume Contest

    Miner Theatre Auditorium, 6:00pm

    Window Decorating Contest Voting

    Throughout downtown – Week of Oct. 23-27

    Get Your Ballots at the Miner Plaza next to the FAC Gallery or online at www.facebook.com/LadysmithWI.

    Ballot dropbox located inside Miner Plaza next to FAC Gallery

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    2016 Downtown Halloween Night Out

    Downtown Halloween Night Out in the Ladysmith Main Street District.  Friday, October 28 4:30-7pm!

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    2016 Leaf it to Rusk Downtown Events

    Leaf it to Rusk Downtown Events

     

    Scarecrows on Parade! (Hwy 8 – top of the bridge)

    Stroll along the sidewalk to view the marvelous scarecrows created by area businesses and organizations before the scarecrows leave for whatever comes next in a scarecrows short life.  Vote for your top 3 scarecrows!

    Sept. 23-25: 9-5PM Homemade Ice Cream & Kids Mug Decorating – Fine Arts Center & Gallery – 105 Miner Ave. W. Downtown Ladysmith

    Sat. Sept. 24: 9am to 12pm J&B’s Candy Shop Grand Opening. 213 Lake Ave. W.

    Sat. Sept. 24: 10am to 2pm Classic Car Show Miner Ave in Ladysmith. Trophies & Dash Plaques – Sponsored by Ladysmith Lions

    Sat. Sept. 24: 10am to 4pm Antique Tractor Show Miner Ave in Ladysmith.

    Sat. Sept. 24: 10am to 4pm As American as Apple Pie – Apple Themed Games, Apple Treats & Silent Auction (Sponsored by Rusk Dems) 117 Miner Ave. W.

    Sat. Sept. 24: 10am to 4pm Dunk Tank, Cake Walk, Games, Coffee & Donuts (Sponsored by Rusk County Republican Party)Intersection of Miner Ave. & E. 2nd St.

    Sat. Sept. 24: 10am to 2pm Free Kids Airbrush Tattoos by ML Faces – Miner Plaza

    Sat. Sept. 24: 11am Free Family Movie – TBA – Miner Theatre in downtown Ladysmith – Sponsored by Ladysmith Federal Savings & Loan.

    Sat. Sept. 24: Starting at 11am – 211 Club Oktoberfest Cookout & Beer Garden. Brat, Hot Dog & Rose’s Famous Pulled Pork Cookout with Beer Garden in front of 211 Club on Miner Ave.

    Sat. Sept. 24: 5th Quarter Beer Garden on Miner Ave. Enjoy your favorite beverage while taking in the Music on Miner.

    Sat. Sept. 24: 11am-2pm Fresh Steamed Sweet Corn – Centennial Square – Miner Ave. – Downtown Ladysmith.

    Sat. Sept. 24: 12PM-10PM Music on Miner – Live Music on Miner Avenue (Intersection of Miner & W. 2nd St.) from 12pm-10pm.

    12-1PM – Sage Leary

    1-2PM – Mario Brothers

    3-6PM – Mojo Blues Band

    7-10PM – Anxiety

    Sat. Sept. 24: 1pm Ladysmith Jaycees Cornhole “Bean Bag” Tournament – Miner Avenue near the 211 Club in downtown Ladysmith – 2 Person Teams, Double Elimination, $20 per team – 50% payout to 1st Place, Proceeds to Jaycee Scholarship Fund – 12PM Registration.

    *Ladysmith Main Street will be having a Downtown Scavenger Hunt on Sat. Sheets will be available for pick-up at the Rusk County Visitor Center & Ladysmith Main Street Office and must be turned in by Mon. Oct. 3 at the Rusk County Visitor Center. A prize will be given from a drawing of the correct entries.

     

    For a full county-wide event schedule, visit:  http://leafittoruskcounty.com/


    Ladysmith Main Street Recognized at Annual Awards Ceremony

    Local Wisconsin Main Street Organizations Recognized at Annual Awards Ceremony
    WEDC salutes volunteers and staff at 25th annual event in Marshfield

    Marshfield, WI. April 11, 2016 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Friday recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2015 at the 25th Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center.
    Mark Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, was on hand to recognize the efforts by Main Street volunteers and staff for the historic preservation and downtown economic development efforts of communities in Wisconsin.
    “In Wisconsin, we know that the state’s economic success relies not only on thriving urban centers, but also on economic development in small and midsize communities in every region of the state,” Hogan said. “We work in partnership with communities to help them thrive and seize opportunities, and the Wisconsin Main Street Program is a prime example of this.”
    Wisconsin Main Street is a community development program administered by WEDC that targets Wisconsin’s historic commercial districts. WEDC provides technical support and training to Wisconsin communities to revitalize their business districts based on historic preservation developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Wisconsin has 34 Main Street communities. Since 1987, the Wisconsin Main Street Program has worked with more than 60 communities, and has been responsible for the creation of an estimated 12,000 jobs and 2,300 new businesses.
    During fiscal year 2015, the Wisconsin Main Street Program was responsible for the creation of an estimated 586 jobs and 115 new businesses in the state. The program generated $6.3 million in public investment, which was leveraged to draw $91 million in private investment. The program also renovated or reconstructed 350 buildings and held 526 events to get people to these revitalized districts, with a total attendance of more than 1.2 million people.
    Entering its fourth year, the Connect Communities Program provides support and networking to more than 50 communities across the state pursuing downtown revitalization initiatives.
    The awards presented Friday night were:
    Best Volunteer Engagement
    Winner: Rivertown Trails Coalition, Osceola

    Best Upper Floor Rehabilitation Project
    Winner: The Court Above Main, La Crosse
    Best Storefront Display
    Honorable Mention: Marilyn’s, Darlington
    Winner: My Oh My Boutique, Marshfield
    Best Special Event
    Winner: Beloit International Film Festival 10th Anniversary Celebration
    Best Retail Event
    Winner: First Thursdays, Wausau River District
    Best Public/Private Partnership in Downtown Revitalization
    Winner: Coulee CoStarters Program, La Crosse County
    Best Historic Restoration
    Winner: Masonic Temple Restoration Project, Omro
    Best Public Improvement
    Winner: Downtown Mural Project, Kenosha
    Best New Business
    Winner: Cedar Street Market, Tigerton
    Best Façade Rehabilitation
    Winner: Theo’s 24 Restaurant, Fond du Lac
    Best Business Development Program
    Winner: Holiday Pop Up Shop Program, Marshfield
    Best Cooperative Business Marketing Campaign
    Honorable Mention: Business Decal and Token Program, Viroqua
    Winner: Business Cluster Marketing Program, Ladysmith
    Connect Communities Award: Best Downtown Development Success Story – Under 5,500 Population
    Winner: Promoting Princeton Program, Princeton

    Connect Communities Award: Best Downtown Development Success Story – Over 5,500 population
    Winner: Levitt AMP Sheboygan Concert Music Series, Sheboygan
    Best New Building
    Winner: Lake Wind Building, Pewaukee
    Best Creative Fundraising Effort
    Honorable Mention: 2015 Walk Down Main, Platteville
    Winner: Masonic Brick Art Gala, Omro
    Best Interior Renovation Project – Under $50,000
    Co-Winner: The Essence Authentic Living Boutique, Tomahawk
    Co-Winner: 314: Ripon College Project Space, Ripon
    Best Interior Renovation Project – Over $50,000
    Winner: The Blodgett Haus, Marshfield
    Best Image Item/Campaign/Event
    Winner: Restaurant Week 2015, Kenosha
    Best Adaptive Reuse Project
    Winner: The Charmant Hotel, La Crosse
    Milestone Main Street Anniversaries

    10 Years
    • Monroe Main Street

    15 Years
    • Community Improvement of Algoma
    • Watertown Main Street

    20 Years
    • On Broadway, Inc., Green Bay

    25 Years
    • Main Street Marshfield
    • Definitely De Pere

     

    Executive Director Years of Service Awards

    Five Years:
    Teri Ouimette, Chippewa Falls

    10 Years:
    Suzi Osterday, Darlington

    13 Years:
    Elaine Kroening, Pewaukee

    15 Years:
    Michael Glime, Algoma

    17 Years:
    Virginia Kauffman, Tigerton

    20 Years:
    Kathy Wellsandt, Rice Lake

    24 Years:
    Craig Tebon, Ripon

    2015 Volunteers of the Year

    Meghan Moss, Beloit
    Taylor Gabel, Darlington
    Leo Metivier, Fond du Lac
    Matt Bero, On Broadway – Green Bay
    Bob Lichter, Kenosha
    Will Kratt, La Crosse
    Phil Ruege, Ladysmith
    Hope Oostdik, Lake Mills
    Rodney Feltz, Marshfield
    Mike Jerge, Monroe
    John & Melanie Steen, Omro
    Ashley Rutledge, Osceola
    Robin Kaufmann, Pewaukee
    Julie Loeffelholz, Platteville
    Pete Kolpack, Rice Lake
    Melissa Geisthardt, Sheboygan Falls
    Beverly Wudstrack, Tigerton
    Jeanne Polanin, Tomahawk
    Nathan Kronforst, Two Rivers
    Howard Bryant, Waterford
    Paula Voss, Wausau
    Jacob Hoppe, West Allis
    Blake Scharine, Whitewater
    2015 Honorary Board Members

    Betsy Schmiechen, Beloit
    Carrie Shippy, Darlington
    Byron Pegram, Fond du Lac
    Mike Hall, On Broadway – Green Bay
    Kevin Ervin, Kenosha
    Scott Von Haden, Ladysmith
    Pam Streich, Lake Mills
    Lois TeStrake, Marshfield
    Noreen Ruckert, Monroe
    Nancy Beck, Osceola
    Judge Missy Murray, Pewaukee
    Mary Huck, Platteville
    Sandy Robarge, Rice Lake
    Dick Fotsch, Sheboygan Falls
    Marv Moore, Two Rivers
    Mary Beth Mikrut, Waterford
    Dave Saalsaa, Whitewater

    Wisconsin Main Street Hall of Fame Inductees

    Debbie Bayee, Pewaukee
    Phil Valitchka, Wausau

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    About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing Wisconsin’s business climate. WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation by providing resources, technical support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin. WEDC has four focus areas: business and industry development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship and innovation and international business development. Together with more than 600 regional and local business development partners, it represents a highly responsive and coordinated network. Visit www.InWisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.


    Ladysmith Main Street Welcomes Aurora Community Services To Downtown

    Ladysmith Main Street is proud to announce that Aurora Community Counseling will be opening an office in downtown Ladysmith. The office will open on 08-03-15 with an open house on September 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Aurora Community Counseling Office will be located at the former Ladysmith Main Street Office at 108 W. 2nd St. N. right in downtown Ladysmith’s Main Street District. The Main Street Office will be relocating to 213 Miner Ave. W.

    Andy Wolf, LCSW, Director of Aurora Community Counseling explains, “Aurora Community Counseling moved to the location to be more centrally located for clients seeking services and it’s convenient location to other local amenities.” Aurora Community Counseling headquartered in Menomonie, Wisconsin, has been Wisconsin’s neighborhood counseling resource for over 19 years and has been providing services in Rusk since 2002.  Aurora’s staff and counselors assist individuals, couples, & families with issues related to substance abuse, parenting, relationships, adolescents, eating disorders, depression, and other mental health concerns. For more information please contact Aurora at www.AuroraServices.com or 715-532-9771.

    “The mission for Ladysmith’s Main Street program is to revitalize our downtown area. The addition of Aurora and the services they provide to our community will have a positive impact on our downtown district,” explains Ladysmith Main Street Executive Director, Alan Christianson. “Aurora will bring 14 employees and will serve many, many clients every week from their downtown location. The addition of Aurora to the downtown area is a great step and one of many in the downtown revitalization efforts with the downtown area providing easy and convenient access to the other services including banking, dining, health care, retail and the post office. The downtown revitalization efforts in Ladysmith continue to progress and Ladysmith Main Street is here to ensure these partnerships and opportunities continue.”

    Ladysmith was approved to be a Main Street Community in July 2013. For more information on Ladysmith’s Main Street program, or if you are interested in exploring a business opportunity in downtown Ladysmith, please contact Alan Christianson at 715-532-4699.