continues on the Cedar Bluffs Condominiums near finished homes
Wednesday morning in Slinger.
Photos by John Ehlke
Help for Slinger’s
marketing and economic development could be on the way.
months village officials have discussed creating a more focused
effort to promote the village as a place to live and work. Some are
dissatisfied with the joint efforts and want the village to work
more on promoting itself.
At a recent
meeting of Slinger’s Redevelopment Authority, members asked the
village to consider a consulting firm to assist with marketing and
Administrator Jessi Balcom said she obtained a list of possible
firms from Economic Development of Washington County and village
staff drafted a request for proposals to be distributed, possibly in
a few weeks.
evaluating what should be in the proposals,” Balcom said Wednesday.
“I’m sure we’ll have more consultation with the RDA and Village
Board about what should be included.”
asked Balcom when the request for proposals would be ready for
“I don’t really
have a deadline to complete the RFPs,” Balcom said.
After months of
“visioning” discussions on ways to improve the village, at a July
meeting the Village Board indicated they wanted to create a more
organized marketing effort to promote the village’s attributes. They
agreed information about development in Slinger is available through
a number of sources, but the village needs someone to “specifically
market the village” and to lobby on its behalf.
“We need to
seriously consider putting money in the budget for 2016 for
marketing the village,” said Trustee Rick Kohl. “We need to have
staff working on making that a part of the new budget.”
There was no
mention of a specific dollar amount for marketing, but the village
is now preparing the proposed 2016 budget.
“I’m sure it
will be considered because the board has mentioned the idea before,”
Balcom said. “I can’t say whether money will be included in the
budget. The village has a whole lot of things they’d like to do, but
they have to prioritize because its difficult to find money for
construction of a motel in Slinger gained the interest of Slinger
officials and is an example of development they would like to see
At a recent
meeting, Slinger resident Wayne Erickson proposed developing a
two-acre lot he owns at the southwest corner of North Kettle Moraine
Drive and Cedar Creek Road for the hotel. There are no hotels in the
village. A hotel in the village has been a goal of officials for
“It’s a vacant
lot now, but I’ve had discussions with a developer who is very
interested in possibly building a hotel there, but the project would
need some help from the village to happen,” Erickson.
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