From the President's Desk
2013 has been a time of transition for the Eagle River Revitalization Program. When then-President Al Pittelko’s term limits on the board of directors expired in March, Al lobbied hard to get me to agree to take on the President’s position.
I got him back though when I asked Al to take on the role of Executive Director this summer. No one knows the program or the community better than Al, who over the years has been both ERRP’s “Volunteer of the Year” and the Chamber’s “Man of the Year.”
We are delighted that Al was given two special recognitions this October at the Wisconsin Main Street Awards banquet in Wausau. First, Al was awarded “Honorary Board Member of the Year” for the ERRP. Al’s name was also then added to the elite Wisconsin Main Street Hall of Fame! Al was joined in Wausau by “Volunteer of the Year” award winner Nancy Schuller. Our heartiest congratulations to Al and to Nancy for these awards recognizing their outstanding community service.
As we look ahead to 2014, we are excited about the new entrepreneurial Business Plan Contest, the expanded Farmer’s Market, and continued improvements to Riverview Park. We also look forward to continuing the outstanding beautification efforts sponsored every year by ERRP including the exceptional downtown flower baskets, landscaping at the depot and other key areas, new Artscape street banners, and many other enhancements to make the community attractive to residents and visitors alike. We will also be seeking your input as we prepare our next five-year strategic plan.
We will look forward to hearing from you.
Bryan Pierce, President
ERRP Annual Meeting
ERRP will be holding its annual meeting on March 12, 2014 at the Riverstone Restaurant and Tavern in Eagle River, WI. Social hour will start at 5:30 pm with dinner being served at 6:00 pm. After dinner there will be a short program to introduce Board Members, to give results of the BOD elections and to recap ERRP’s accomplishments in 2013 and plans for 2014. There will also be an awards and recognition of ERRP Volunteer of the Year. After the meeting we will have our annual Artscape banner auction. Proceeds from this auction will help fund the Artscape 2014 program. Watch for your invite and ballot for Board of Directors election. The invites will be out in February. If you or someone you know would like to run for ERRP Board of Directors, please contact the ERRP office.
Lunch N' Learns Start
The Economic Restructuring committee organizes and facilitates bi-weekly one-hour lunch and learn meetings during the months of January through April each year that cover a broad range of business development issues. These sessions are FREE and open to anyone. Please go to the Lunch N' Learn page under "projects" for more details.
Business Plan Contest
The ERRP has been promoting an annual business plan contest open to those who want to start or expand a business in the City of Eagle River. Contest submissions were due to the ERRP office by 5:00 pm on December 16, 2013. The ERRP is preparing submissions for judging which will take place by the end of January 2014.
The purpose is to encourage entrepreneurs to formulate plans for new and/or expanding business properties that will be located in the City of Eagle River. Anyone with an idea for a business located in the City of Eagle River could enter. Please go to the business plan page for more details.