Thursday, October 23, 2008

City's Economic Development Committee Closer to Completing Strategic Business Development Plan (Sun Prairie Star)

Sun Prairie's Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development has been strategizing on behalf of the city since it was created in May. The goal of the committee, which includes elected city officials and business people within the city, is to create a comprehensive business development plan that will serve as a recommendation of policies, priorities, and objectives to guide the city as it pursues successful financial growth and development.

The committee has reviewed economic and demographic data for the City, discussed potential target sectors, and reviewed preliminary objectives and strategies. A formal recommendation will be going to the City Council by the end of October, and will likely be discussed at the Council level in November.

Click here for the full article in the Sun Prairie Star.

Watch for more information soon on this news blog, and on the City's website at Questions regarding this effort can be directed to Neil Stechschulte at 608-825-0894 or

Happy Anniversary to Downtown Sun Prairie's Emery Art Gallery (Sun Prairie Star)

On Oct. 24, local artist Leslie Emery will be celebrating her Main Street gallery's first year anniversary with a private opening. The show, which not only features Emery's work but also the work of two other nationally acclaimed artists, William Lemke and Mark A. Wallis, will run for about 2-4 weeks following the opening Friday night.

Continuing the celebration, Emery will be making fall ornaments with children, parents, and anyone who wishes during the Downtown Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Congratulations to Leslie, and thanks for being a great Downtown business!

Click here for the full article in the Sun Prairie Star.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation Presents "Will My Biz Idea Work?"

Will My Biz Idea Work?

Explore the potential of your business idea, marketing ideas, and resources for starting your business.

When: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, October 22
Where: Sun Prairie Public Library - Community Room
Free and open to the public.
Call 257-5450 to register. Seating is limited.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sun Prairie Chamber Accepting Nominations for Community Business Leader Award

The Community Business Leader Award (formerly known as the Krivsky Award) seeks to honor a business person active in the Sun Prairie community.

Certainly you know someone who fits the criteria for nomination. Criteria for the award, which is made possible by the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, include the following:
  • The nominee must be employed by a business (and not be a government employee);
  • The nominee must be active (not just a financial contributor) in the Sun Prairie community;
  • The nominee and/or business must be a member of the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce.
The award will be presented at the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce annual Business Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 20th. Nomination forms, available at the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce office located at 109 E. Main, must be turned in no later than Wednesday, Oct. 15th.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Cannery Grill Serves, Savors and Satisfies (Madison Magazine)

It was nice to see a Sun Prairie restaurant get some high praise this week. Madison Magazine gave high marks to the Cannery Grill located at 315 E. Linnerud Dr. in Downtown Sun Prairie.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

International Cyclocross Competition Comes to Sun Prairie (77 Square Blog)

Over 400 cyclocross riders competed last weekend at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie for the inaugural Jonathan Page's Planet Bike Cup. The field included racers from throughout the U.S. as well as Canada and Switzerland.

(Note from Neil: This is turning in to be a major event for this sport, and we're fortunate enough to have it right here in Sun Prairie.)

Click here for a summary of the event (including photos) go to 77 Square, a blog hosted by Capital Newspapers.

For additional information on Cyclocross and links to national coverage of the event, go to

Council OK's Main Street TIF District 10 (Sun Prairie Star)

During its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Sun Prairie City Council approved a resolution creating Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) District 10. The district is located generally along Main Street, from Jones Street on the east end to Ruby Lane on the west end.

Establishing a TIF district provides a method of financing the costs of needed public improvements within the district and offering incentives for private development within the district. In order to make areas within TIF District 10 suitable for redevelopment, the city will need to pay, in part or in full, for certain projects including the acquisition of rights-of-way, the acquisition of easements, sanitary sewer system improvements, stormwater management improvements, and utility infrastructure. Utilizing TIF incentives will help the city pay for those costs.