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 November 13  at the Cafe Carpe, potluck at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm. There will be no meeting in December.


On Wednesday October 18th at 6:30 at the Fort Atkinson Club 211 South Water St. East there will be a report on the subsidies and an event to promote the value of solar power generation. 

Representatives from the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Iowa County will be sharing how private citizens, interested in purchasing solar panels for their commercial or residential properties, came together to place a bulk order that drove down costs for all.

Neils Wolter, of Madison Solar Consulting, will also share the results of seven solar feasibility studies that were performed for commercial properties in Fort Atkinson – from Main Street businesses to the Hoard Dairy Farm. Costs of the studies were covered by Heart of the City, with matching grant money from the Wisconsin Rural Distributed Energy Fund.

Several Fort Atkinson business owners who participated in the program will briefly share what they learned from their assessments. A representative of the City of Fort Atkinson will talk about the City’s exploration of solar to lower costs for operations on its core functions.

Options to become cleaner energy users will be shared.  Contact Frankie Fuller at 608-445-0809 or Beth Gehred at 920-728-3170 if you have questions.

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