Welcome to Heart of the City

Heart of the City is a 501(c)3 non-profit community service group (think “Friends of Fort Atkinson”) which encourages sustainable development, the preservation of existing and treasured civic characteristics, and active participation of the citizenry.  It is devoted to increasing sustainability in our homes and communities through education, volunteer efforts, and engagement with neighbors and civic leaders.  

NEXT MEETING is Monday June 18 at the Cafe Carpe- 6:30 pm


If you have ever considered solar, please attend one of these Solar Power Hours to learn of this opportunity to considerably lower the cost by participating in a group buy.

In cooperation with the Midwest Renewable Energy Assocation and Sustain Jefferson, HOC is organizing a program for residents in Jefferson County who are interested in purchasing solar for their home and/or business. The plan is to host a number of Solar Power Hours throughout the county where the program will be fully explained and anyone who signs up to participate in a purchase will be eligible for a free solar assessment and cost analysis before the work begins. An advisory committee who will approve a contractor for the work has been formed.
The more people who participate, the lower the cost will be. If you know of any individuals or organizations or businesses who may be interested, please share with them. Contact Frankie Fuller at 608.445.0809 or frankiefuller10@gmail.com with any questions. We can add your contact information to our e-mail list and keep you abreast of our progress until the program is formally announced.

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4/18/2018 – Wednesday – 6:30 PM Fort Atkinson Club Theater 211 S Water St E, Fort Atkinson
5/1/2018 – Tuesday – 6:30 PM Esker Hall Room 119, UWW Campus Esker Hall, 420 N Prairie St, Whitewater
5/9/2018 – Wednesday – 6:30 PM Palmyra-Eagle School in the Community Room (enter through doors 2 and 3 on the side of the building) 123 Burr Oak St, Palmyra
5/15/2018 – Tuesday – 6:30 PM Johnson Creek High School Room 113 455 Aztalan St, Johnson Creek
5/29/2018 – Tuesday – 6:30 PM Cambridge Public Library 101 Spring Water Alley, Cambridge
6/13/2018 – Wednesday – 6:30 PM Waukesha State Bank of Oconomowoc – Fowler Community Room 1227 Corporate Center Drive, Oconomowoc
6/19/2018 – Tuesday – 6:30 PM Watertown Senior Center 514 S 1st St, Watertown
6/25/2018 – Monday – 6:30 PM Waterloo Karl Junginger Memorial Library 625 N Monroe St, Waterloo
7/10/2018 – Tuesday – 6:30 PM Ixonia Town Hall W1195 Marietta Ave, Ixonia
7/16/2018 – Monday – 6:30 PM L.D. Fargo Public Library 120 E Madison St, Lake Mills
7/30/2018 – Monday – 6:30 PM Dwight Foster Public Library 209 Merchants Ave, Fort Atkinson
8/7/2018 – Tuesday – 6:30 PM Fort Community Credit Union Jefferson Branch – Puerner Room 100 N Main St # 100, Jefferson

Here is an article about effective economic development for smaller cities by N. David Milder of DANTH, Inc., Downtown Revitalization Specialists. Milder is nationally recognized for his expertise on the new normal for downtowns, the deliberate consumer, multichannel retailing and niche revitalization strategies.

Fort Farmers Market-  a great place to support the local economy and healthy foods while enjoying community and music.  Heart of the City shares a space with the Cafe Carpe at the market, which runs Saturday mornings from 8 to noon from May through October in the parking lot across from the post office, and on the first Saturday of January through April from 9 to noon at the lower level of the Fort Atkinson Club.  Proceeds support our projects. Please stop by to chat and purchase.

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The urban forestry workshop and film series are now past, but the need for a healthy urban forest and a response to the emerald ash borer remain. Information on dealing with the emerald ash borer is available at the city website.

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