Strategic Planning for Economic Development

On Thursday of this week, an ad hoc committee consisting of City Council members Mark Bittner, Kay Koach and Brad Yaggie will meet to interview three firms that are interested in helping the City undertake community strategic planning.

These consultants replied to a request for proposals issued by the City Manager’s Office in January.  They will each address what they can “bring to the table” in conducting one-on-one interviews with local business and community leaders, and facilitating at least two community meetings on planning for the future development of Two Rivers.

The City has developed, and implemented, many plans in recent years, including a new Comprehensive Plan in 2010, Harbor Master Plan in 2013, Bike and Pedestrian Facilities Plan in 2013, Park and Open Space Plan in 2014, and Hamilton Property Re-Use and Waterfront Public Access Plan in 2016.

But it has been 21 years since the City pursued strategic planning for economic development, bringing together interested business and community leaders to gain insight and direction.

In light of the closure and clearing of the downtown Hamilton site and other events in the area economy over the past five years, this is a good time to address TR’s future.

…And a good time to consider how limited public resources can best be used to encourage more private investment to provide jobs, create tax base and enhance quality of life in our beautiful lakefront community.

The City Council and I expect to undertake this effort in the Spring of 2017, to be completed by mid-June.

Reminder: Public Info Meeting on Lincoln Avenue

WisDOT and the City will host a public information meeting about the upcoming Highway 42/Lincoln Avenue reconstruction project next Thursday, March 2, starting at 5:00 PM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Work on this major reconstruction project—many years in the planning—will start around March 13 and continue until early November.

Total cost for rebuilding this one-mile segment of STH 42, and all the utilities beneath it, is over $5 million.  Project general contractor is Vinton Construction of Two Rivers and Manitowoc.

Upcoming Candidate Forums

There are four candidates for three Two Rivers City Council seats that will appear on the April 4 election ballot:  incumbents Bonnie Shimulunas and Brad Yaggie and challengers David England and Erin Gonnerman.

If you would like to learn more about these candidates’ views on local issues, there are a couple of opportunities coming up in March.

First, the Chamber of Manitowoc County will feature candidates for local offices at its March “Business Meets With Government” lunch, on Monday, March 6, 12:00 noon at the Lighthouse Inn.  Reservations can be made through the Chamber Office.

Second, the League of Women Voters of Manitowoc County will host a City Council candidates forum in the Behringer Room on the lower level of the J.E. Hamilton Community House on Thursday, March 9, at 7:00 PM.

Come on down to meet the candidates in person, and to present questions through the moderator.

The LWV forum will be broadcast live on Charter Cable Channel 993.  Watch for dates and times for replays.

Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing gbuckley@two-rivers.org.

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