Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
April 2006
Baraboo Revitalization Project Receives $2.5 Million
Gov. Jim Doyle today announced that the City of Baraboo, Sauk County, has received a $2.5-million comprehensive community development grant from the Department of Commerce (Commerce). Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton and Commerce Secretary Mary P. Burke presented the award in Baraboo during Governor Jim Doyle's Capital for the Day tour of Columbia and Sauk Counties on March 9.

"Gov. Doyle's Grow Wisconsin plan calls for helping communities invest in infrastructure and revitalize their downtowns," Lt. Gov. Lawton said.  "This grant will help the community undertake comprehensive, carefully planned development over the long term."

"We appreciate the Governor's commitment to community development as expressed in his Grow Wisconsin plan,"  said Baraboo Mayor Pat Liston. "This partnership with Commerce  and our local business community will help us improve and redevelop the Baraboo River corridor."

The city will use the grant to help redevelop properties along the Baraboo River, near the  downtown.  As an initial component of this project, Alliant Energies will close its office facility at a riverfront site and invest $4 million to construct a new facility at a different location in the community.   The relocation of the facility will enable the city to fulfill redevelopment plans identified in its recently adopted comprehensive plan. Key components of the plan include exploiting the tourism potential of the riverfront area, connecting the riverfront to the city's historic downtown square, and capitalizing on the presence of the nearby Circus World Museum.  Redevelopment in and around the downtown area is expected to attract significant public and private investment.

Under its comprehensive community development pilot program, Commerce intends to offer long-term commitments in support of a series of related projects that address a community's economic, community and affordable housing development priorities.  Communities seeking additional information should contact Jim O'Keefe, Commerce, at 608/264-7837.

-- Tony Hozeny

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