De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce Presents State of De Pere Luncheon, November 12th.

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De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce Presents State of De Pere Luncheon, November 12th.

 

De Pere, WI (November 6, 2019) – The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce and Community First Credit Union welcome you to join us for the second annual State of De Pere Luncheon on Tuesday, November 12thfrom 11am-1pm. The program will begin at 12:00 noon, as we will hear from Brian Bruess, President, St. Norbert College, Mike Walsh, Mayor, City of De Pere, Tina Quigley, Executive Director, Definitely De Pere and Amber Thiel, President/CEO, De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

State of De Pere Luncheon will be held at Michel’s Commons on St. Norbert Campus, Riverview Ave, De Pere. We look forward to hearing from local leaders about important updates, relevant statistics, and future projects during this collaborative event that brings together St. Norbert College, city of De Pere, Definitely De Pere and the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

This event is made possible by support from Community First Credit Union– Presenting SponsorSt. Norbert College, the City of De Pere, Definitely De Pere – partners, and Seroogy’s– donations.

 

The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) non-profit. We are a member-owned organization built up of staff, interns, and volunteers. Our Mission is to advance the interests of member businesses through business development and community involvement to stimulate economic growth in the De Pere area. Our Vision is to make De Pere a destination for living, travel, and business.

 

Media Contact:

Amber Thiel, President | amber@deperechamber.org

441 Main Ave

De Pere WI 54115

(920)-338-0000

 

 

Food Trucks Gather Downtown De Pere: Sunday, August 11 from 4 pm – 8 pm

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Food Trucks Gather Downtown De PereSunday, August 11 from 4 pm – 8 pm

De Pere, WI (August 5, 2019) – Food Trucks will gather in the heart of downtown De Pere this Sunday for an evening of good food and wholesome family fun! Definitely De Pere is excited to announce the third downtown De Pere Food Truck Rally happening this Sunday, August 11, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at George Street Plaza (George Street between Broadway and Wisconsin Street).

The rally features a variety of food trucks. Guests can enjoy favorite bites, ethnic specialties, sweet treats, and craft beer. The family friendly event will include live music from local musicians, outdoor games including life size Connect Four, Jenga, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Corn Hole Toss as well as other activities for all to enjoy. There will be face painting, henna, balloon animals, and fun for the kids.

Located just steps from the Fox River Trail, the De Pere Food Truck Rally is a special place to be this Sunday evening!

Food Trucks

Caribbean Cruiser – Jerk chicken plate, cuban sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, Caribbean tacos.
Green Bay Ice Clouds – Shaved ice.
Gourmet Corn – Gourmet corn, ceviche, guacamole, Yucatan style tacos.

Taqueria Maldonados – Tortas, burritos, tacos, quesadillas.
Monkey Tails – Real Wisconsin ice cream, frozen yogurt, chocolate covered bananas, and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Philly’s & York – Philly sandwiches, burgers, wraps, French fries, salads.
Taste of Ethiopia – Street tacos, shredded pork sandwich, pepper steak sandwich, loaded fries, loaded nachos, grilled cheese.
The Dough Shop – Variety of gourmet, edible cookie dough.
Weasel’s Mini Donuts & More – Mini donuts, nachos, pulled pork, sloppy Joes, hot dogs, freshly squeezed lemonade.
445 Bistro – Pizza, Italian hoagie, pesto meatballs, pesto fries, chicken wings, cheese curds.

131 N Broadway, Ste D | De Pere WI 54115 | 920.403.0337

Definitely De Pere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nationally accredited Main Street Program and a Business Improvement District. The purpose of the organization is to improve quality of life through assisting in the revitalization of the downtown. Definitely De Pere does this through economic development, promotions, special events, design and beautification.

Media Contact:

Tina Quigley, Executive Director (920) 403-0337 tina@definitelydepere.org

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Definitely De Pere: Events Happening Downtown De Pere this Weekend

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Events Happening Downtown De Pere this Weekend

Yoga in the Park | Thursday, July 11

Farmers Market | Thursday, July 11

Art Walk | Friday, July 12

Food Truck Rally | Sunday, July 14

De Pere, WI (July 9, 2019) – It’s going to be a lively and entertaining weekend downtown De Pere. Definitely De Pere is excited to announce the second Farmers Market, Art Walk, and Food Truck Rally of the season as well as the first Yoga in the Park. Farmers Market and Yoga in the Park kick off the festivities on Thursday, July 11. Art Walk takes place on Friday, July 12 with a trolly taking visitors throughout downtown to enjoy artists, live music and more. And, the weekend wraps up at Food Truck Rally on Sunday, July 14 with delicious food, drink, and family fun.

Farmers Market | Thursday, July 11
Explore downtown De Pere at the Farmers Market presented by BayCare Clinic on

Thursday evenings through September 26 from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7:00 pm in September) for live music, delicious food, cold beverages, shopping and more. The market takes place on George Street between Broadway and Wisconsin Street.

Visitors will enjoy an intimate setting with beautiful river views, picturesque sunsets, and great company! This years expanded market features a wonderful variety of products. With over 30 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and eggs, breads and baked goods, specialty foods, and handcrafted items, there is something for everyone.

Yoga in the Park | Thursday, July 11

Join Flow Yoga Studio in a community practice of yoga every Thursday from July 11 through August 22 at 6 pm at Voyageur Park, overlooking the beautiful Fox River. The free outdoor class, presented by Nicolet National Bank, offers a quiet retreat to unwind and reenergize for yogis of all skill levels. Attendees are invited to bring family and friends, a yoga mat, and water bottle for a fun summer evening in downtown De Pere!

131 N Broadway, Ste D | De Pere WI 54115 | 920.403.0337

Art Walk | Friday, July 12

Art Walk presented by Pomp’s Tire Services takes guests through various businesses showcasing professional and emerging artists. There will be 20+ venues hosting 40+ artists exhibiting and selling a variety of media including painting, jewelry, ceramics, graphics, basketry, photography, glass, and more.

Attendees will enjoy live outdoor music while meeting local artists and discovering De Pere’s charming and historic downtown. The event also highlights six outdoor murals decorating downtown and an outdoor seasonal public art exhibit featuring 10 sculptures that enliven the streetscape of De Pere.

A free trolly will take visitors from the east side to the west side operating in a continuous loop throughout the event. The pick up/drop off location will be at the corner of George and Broadway Streets and in the Nicolet Square parking lot by the artlessBastard. Attendees can pick up the artist listing with a map from these two locations as well.

Food Truck Rally | Sunday, July 14
Food Trucks will gather in the heart of downtown De Pere this Sunday, July 14, from 4:00 –

8:00 pm for an evening of good food and wholesome family fun! The second De Pere Food Truck Rally presented by Performa Architects and Engineers features a variety of food trucks. Guests can enjoy favorite bites, ethnic specialties, sweet treats, and craft beer.

The family friendly event will include live music from local artists, outdoor games including life size Connect Four, Jenga, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Corn Hole Toss as well as other activities for all to enjoy. There will be face painting, henna, balloon animals, and fun for the kids.

Located just steps from the Fox River Trail, the De Pere Food Truck Rally is a special place to be this Sunday evening!

Definitely De Pere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nationally accredited Main Street Program and a Business Improvement District. The purpose of the organization is to improve quality of life through assisting in the revitalization of the downtown. Definitely De Pere does this through economic development, promotions, special events, design and beautification.

Media Contact:

Tina Quigley, Executive Director (920) 403-0337 tina@definitelydepere.org

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De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce Presents 4th Annual Community Art in the Park Event, July 14.

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De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce Presents 4th Annual Community Art in the Park Event, July 14.

 

De Pere, WI (July 7, 2019) – The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to join us in sharing the appreciation of various forms of art in our community at Art in the Park on Sunday, July 14 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. This event will feature a Children’s Area, food vendors/trucks, live music, artist demonstrations, and more.

 

Art in the Park will be held at Voyageur Park, 100 William Street, De Pere. We look forward to hosting a variety of artists and encouraging the community to participate in and appreciate the arts. Vendors will have products for sale throughout the day. Come out to the park and see all of the different art vendors!

 

This event is made possible by the following; TundralandTitle Sponsor, Wisconsin Public ServiceArtist Sponsor, Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.Music Sponsor, Creative Kids RockChildren’s Area Volunteers. Music by Anastasia Lee, Green Bay Harp Choir, Kinco Reinhardt, RosyThornyDay, The Gang and more to be announced. Food and beverages from Fun Fest Foods, Gourmet Corn, Papa Johns, and Street Grub.

 

The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) non-profit. We are a member-owned organization built up of staff, interns, and plenty of volunteers. Our Mission is to advance the interests of member businesses through business development and community involvement to stimulate economic growth in the De Pere area. Our Vision is to make De Pere a destination for living, travel, and business.

 

Media Contact:

Amber Thiel, President | amber@deperechamber.org

441 Main Ave (inside of Chase Bank)

De Pere WI 54115

(920)-338-0000

 

Downtown De Pere Farmers Market Kicks off Thursday, June 20

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Downtown De Pere Farmers Market Kicks off Thursday, June 20

De Pere, WI (June 17, 2019) – Explore downtown De Pere at the Farmers Market returning this summer on Thursday evenings starting June 20 through September 26 from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7:00 pm in September). Join Definitely De Pere all summer long for live music, delicious food, cold beverages, shopping and more.

The market takes place at George Street Plaza between Broadway and Wisconsin Street. Visitors will enjoy an intimate setting with beautiful river views, picturesque sunsets, and great company!

This years expanded market features a wonderful variety of products. With over 30 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and eggs, breads and baked goods, specialty foods, and handcrafted items, there is something for everyone.

The market will also feature special weekly events such as a kids market, health and wellness activities, and learning and education opportunities.

Definitely De Pere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nationally accredited Main Street Program and a Business Improvement District. The purpose of the organization is to improve quality of life through assisting in the revitalization of the downtown. Definitely De Pere does this through economic development, promotions, special events, design and beautification.

Media Contact:

Tina Quigley, Executive Director (920) 403-0337 tina@definitelydepere.org

131 N Broadway, Ste D

| De Pere WI 54115 |

920.403.0337

Funding for De Pere Southern Bridge, 1-41 expansion approved by committee

DE PERE, Wis. – After years of delays, the goal of adding a long-awaited southern bridge in De Pere took a vital step forward last Thursday.

Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee voted to provide funding for the construction of a southern bridge in De Pere, as well as lane expansions between De Pere and Appleton on I-41.

“We are thrilled to clear this major hurdle,” said De Pere Mayor Michael Walsh. “This is something I’ve been working on tirelessly over the years, and while this isn’t the final step, it’s a major one in getting a much-needed southern bridge built in our area. A second bridge would be a major catalyst for our City and the region as we look to grow and thrive in the decades to come, spur new business development, and increase driver safety by reducing congestion.”

Mayor Walsh said he was thankful for the efforts of Senator Andre Jacque, Senator Robert Cowles and Representative John Nygren, who helped pave the way for Wisconsin DOT to receive budget consideration and potential funding for this important project, along with the efforts of Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, and the Greater Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Jayme Sellen.  Beyond that, the Mayor is also grateful for those who have continually advocated and pushed state lawmakers to consider southern bridge funding for Brown County, including members of the De Pere City Council; the town boards of Lawrence and Ledgeview; and many other groups, businesses, residents and government leadership from the greater De Pere and Green Bay area.

Following this vote by the Joint Finance Committee, the state senate and assembly will next need to approve the funding plan, and Governor Evers will then need to give final approval.

If funding is approved for these projects, a new interchange and expansion work on Highway 41 would provide critical initial infrastructure to support the southern bridge.

First, work would likely begin on a new interchange at Highway 41 and Southernbridge Road in De Pere. This interchange would also likely be the start of an opening phase of Highway 41 lane expansion between De Pere and Appleton, running approximately 23 miles between Scheuring Road and Highway 96. Funding would also go toward work on the bridge itself, as well as accommodating the federal environmental review process and interchange access reports necessary to proceed.

 

 

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Southern De Pere Bridge Could Move Forward

Southern De Pere bridge could move forward

By Lee Reinsch
Press Times Correspondent

DE PERE – Pending environmental studies, headaches for those traveling over the Fox River in rush-hour traffic could be on their way to alleviation.
A second bridge between the east and west sides could be just the panacea, according to some.

The De Pere Common Council got an update on the long-awaited southern bridge project from Cole Runge, principal transportation planner for the Brown County Planning Commission and director of the Brown County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on May 21.

The project would create another bridge over the Fox River and a divided four-lane arterial street corridor between the intersection of County Highways GV and X in the Town of Ledgeview and the intersection of County Highways EB and F in the Town of Lawrence, Runge said.

The project could also include a new full-access interchange at Interstate 41.

The Federal Highway Administration in March approved traffic studies done last year and concurred with a long-held opinion on the location.

“All of the entities involved (DOT, Federal Highway Administration, and Brown County) agree that the only viable alternative for the future in terms of handling future projected traffic volume is with the new bridge at Rockland and Red Maple roads, with the new interchange (at) Southbridge Road and I-41,” Runge said.

That location isn’t final and could change based on environmental findings, he said.

Environmental studies are underway and should be finished by May or June of next year.

After that, bridge design is expected to take two years, and then work could start on the bridge in 2022 or 2023, Runge said.
And it wouldn’t be done overnight.

“We’re assuming we’ll have to do it in five phases, starting west and working east until we’re finished, and we would expect to finish it in 10 years from the time we start,” he said.
Because it would directly link the industrialized areas to highways, the bridge would reduce shipping costs, Runge said.

It would also lessen traffic congestion without an expensive expansion of the Claude Allouez Bridge or Highway 57 south of downtown De Pere.

Because the bridge and connecting streets would have bike lanes and pedestrian walkways, it would give employers an added reason to remain in or relocate to the area, Runge said.

Runge said the county is seeking federal and state funds to offset the local costs associated with the project.

“We have some requests in to the state for some funding from the state budget at this point, and we have our eyes on some federal grant programs,” Runge said.
Alderman Jonathon Hansen said citizen support is crucial.

“There are some significant funds that lawmakers can work with, so if this is important to you, I recommend that you reach out to your representatives to make this go forward,” Hansen said.

Mayor Mike Walsh echoed Hansen’s plea for people to contact state legislators.

“We’ve been working with them very diligently and need them to get on board,” Walsh said. “We’ve had discussions with our local and valley representatives, and due to the fact that we’re now in a little competition for money with the Highway 41 project that reared its head a year or so ago, we need people and businesses to contact their representatives to get this project off the ground.”

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De Pere Fire Relief Fund: Questions and Answers – How to Get Involved

 

De Pere Fire Relief Fund

Questions and Answers

May 7, 2019

On April 24, 2019, an historic building collapsed during a massive fire on De Pere’s east side. Definitely De Pere, in consultation with the City of De Pere and Brown County United Way, has established a fire relief fund. The purpose of this fund is to assist individuals and businesses affected by the fire with their immediate unmet needs. Eligible applicants for assistance include residential and business tenants of 100 and 106 Broadway.

There is a significant and urgent need for fire victim assistance. Immediately following the fire, Definitely De Pere began outreach to the fire victims to gather their personal stories and offer support. This process is ongoing and continues to reveal information on significant gaps in what insurances will cover and the actual monetary costs incurred by apartment residents and business owners. Some victims have no fire insurance coverage.

The apartments and businesses located at these addresses experienced losses estimated to be as much as $1,000,000. The gap is estimated to be close to half that amount. To date, $22,121 has been raised for the De Pere Fire Relief Fund. Additional donations to the fund are welcomed and encouraged.

There are various ways in which individuals, businesses and foundations may donate to the fund:

Checks should be made out to De Pere Fire Relief Fund

Donations will be accepted through May 24th, with 100% of every contribution going directly to fire victims.

Information on how to apply for assistance through the fund will be publicly available by May 27th. Pending available dollars, it is anticipated that the fund will help compensate victims for losses not covered by personal or business insurances such as:

  • Personal care items
  • Clothing and furniture
  • Household supplies
  • Medical prescriptions and supplies
  • Food
  • Business-related capital expenditures

There are additional ways in which you can help:

Companies can plan a fundraiser or support the efforts that are currently under way. Several businesses have already coordinated activities in a quick, practical way to help make a difference.

Nicolet National Bank coordinated a ‘Jeans Day’ and asked anyone who wanted to wear jeans to work, to contribute $5 or more to the De Pere Fire Relief Fund. They were able to raise $1,300 in a single day.

The Runaway Spoon offered packaged dinners for sale for two. They received approximately 40 orders, which they hand delivered. Many of their clients donated beyond the price of the meals, and shared their message to raise awareness in the community. In total they were able to raise $1,156.

For one day, Gallagher’s Pizza donated 20% of their sales from all three locations to the fund and also collected general donations totaling $2,415.

Jenstar Movement Studiois hosted ‘Classes for a Cause’. Attendees were asked to make a minimum donation of $25 to attend and take part in a variety of fitness classes, raffles and a live interactive community art project. The total raised for the general fund was $1,100.

The City of De Pere has coordinated a ‘Fire Relief Jeans Day’ where City staff members who want to wear jeans that day are asked to make a $5 donation.

The Green Room is hosting a ComedyCity Family Fun Show on Tuesday, May 21 at 6 pm. Admission is $10 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Fire Relief Fund. Following this show is Comedic Neutral – Live Comedy at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 and The Green Room will be donating a portion of the ticket sales to the fund as well.

Great Harvest Bread Co. is doing a ‘take what you want, pay what you want’ from 2 – 6 pm Wednesday, May 22 on all items in the store.

Luna is selling one pound bags of their Life Boat Blend coffee with 100% of the first 35 bags sold benefiting the fund.

If you are coordinating a fundraiser, or plan to, please emailDefinitely De Pere and they will promote the event via their weekly newsletter and through social media outlets.

For more information, visit the Definitely De Pere website at https://definitelydepere.org/or on Facebook, or contact Tina Quigley at tina@definitelydepere.orgor (920) 403-0337.