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 April 9  7pm

INCREMENTAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT is still on our minds. There will be a conference in Johnson Creek April 12 2018.

These one-day Workshops on small scale real estate development are all about project formation. IncDev takes a big picture view of neighborhood-based development to help attendees analyze what makes a good project, how a building makes money, and how small developers interact with the broader ecosystem of professionals in the built environment. By the end of the Workshop, aspiring developers will feel more prepared to take the first steps on their own project.

SOLAR INITIATIVE UPDATE  Just a reminder that we are 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 has been formed, and will approve a contractor for the work. The more people who participate, the lower the cost will be. If you or any of your friends or acquaintances have any questions, please contact Frankie Fuller at 608.445.0809 or frankiefuller10@gmail.com. We can add your contact information to our e-mail list and keep you abreast of our progress until the program is formally announced.

These Solar Powers Hours will be:
Tuesday May 15 6-8 Johnson Creek High School Room 113
Tuesday May 29 6-8 Cambridge Public Library
Tuesday June 19 6-8 Watertown Senior Center
Monday June 25 6-8 Waterloo Karl Junginger Memorial Library
Tuesday July 10 6-8 Ixonia Town Hall

Others may be added.

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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