By Tim Kowols
Two projects in Door County received high praise from the Wisconsin Rural Partners Thursday when they were recognized as the state’s top rural development initiatives. The University of Wisconsin-Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Team’s efforts in Baileys Harbor and the Village of Sister Bay’s Marketplace Redevelopment Project were selected from 17 nominations identifying, highlighting, and sharing innovative ways they have had an impact on rural communities in the state. Turning a blighted, former refrigerator manufacturing site into a mixed use parcel with several different businesses had a lot of input according to village administrator Zeke Jackson after the lot was slated for a four-story hotel.
The Sister Bay Marketplace will have a new restaurant opening on the site in the coming weeks. Both projects will be honored by the Wisconsin Rural Partners at a ceremony in Green Lake, Wis. next week. We will take a closer look at the UW-Extension’s Community Vitality and Placemaking Team’s efforts in Baileys Harbor on Sunday.