Business people and civic leaders will gather Wednesday night to hear about the state of the city’s center in the Appleton Downtown Inc. annual meeting and business awards dinner. The event at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is equal parts social gathering, cheerleading, economic update and pat on the back.
It will raise an estimated $10,000 to operate the downtown trolley and help fund summer events, which are not supported by Business Improvement District money.
Questions on several future downtown projects won’t have answers Wednesday night, however. Appleton Public Library’s decision to remodel/expand or build a new facility, for example, is expected later this month. The proposed exhibition center study is being updated with current costs vs. benefits. Washington Square’s plan and future parking ramp proposal both hinge on the library decision.
“There are a lot of moving parts but nothing definite,” ADI executive director Jennifer Stephany said. “We are still waiting in the wings on a lot of things.”
The night will focus, instead, on downtown accomplishments like the stellar Mile of Music festival that debuted in 2013 and returns this year. “It was a game changer,” Stephany said.
She said Mile of Music’s Cory Chisel will attend the dinner. Kyle Megna and the Monsoons will play an after party in the Clubhouse starting at 9 p.m. See a story about the event in Thursday’s newspaper and online.
The public can attend the after party or buy a seat at the $45-per-person dinner. “You don’t have to own a business to attend an event like this,” Stephany said.
Info: 920-954-9112 or appletondowntown.org.
— Maureen Wallenfang: 920-993-1000, ext. 287, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @wallenfang