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 January 8- 6pm Dwight Foster Public Library Wisconsin  Room


A presentation and further information on this project will be presented at the next Sustain Jefferson meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at the UW Extension building, 864 Collins Road, Jefferson. We invite you to attend to learn more about this project and the benefits that will accrue to you and the County.

INCREMENTAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT is still on our minds. Our series is over,  but due to the interest shown will be a conference in Fort April 12 2018- stay tuned.   

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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