In partnership with other organizations, the Business Advocacy Committee supports several key funding opportunities being considered in the State's 2023-2025 Budget:
We support Governor Evers' proposal to make the Child Care Counts Program permanent and allocate $340 million over the biennium to support child care providers through this program.
Member Action: Write your state legislators with your/your company's experience with trying to find child care availability in our area.
We support Governor Evers' recommendations to refund the Main Street Bounceback Grant program, creating an appropriation of $25 million over the biennium, to provide grants to aid businesses in newly occupying or expanding into vacant commercial spaces.
Member Action: Write your state legislators and share what impact this grant had or could have on your business.
We support the Mount Horeb Area School Board's request for the following items to be included in the 2023-2025 biennial budget:
Member Action: Write your state legislators in support of this request. You can download this template email/letter, add your name, and send to your elected officials and members of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC).
Destinations Wisconsin is advocating for a $13.3 million increase in ongoing marketing funds to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s 2023-2025 state budget. They also support the one-time tourism funding proposed by Governor Evers for a tourism infrastructure grant program and an opportunity attraction and promotion fund. The additional marketing funds will support: 1) General tourism marketing; 2) Meetings and convention (M&C) and sports events marketing and staff; 3) An opportunity fund to attract and promote large-scale, one-of-a-kind events.
Member Action: Write your state legislators and share how important tourism funding on a state level is to support the marketing efforts in smaller communities like ours with limited budgets.
Want to learn about the State Budget Process? Download Informational Paper #78 from the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
The Village of Mount Horeb is considering taking part in the purchase of land for a Recreation Sports Complex in our east commercial district.
On April 12, 2023, the village, school board, and private group spearheading the project invited the community to a Public Input Session. You can watch a recording of the session here.
There is an apartment complex being proposed in downtown Mount Horeb by Steve Brown Apartments. The location of the project is on Front and First Streets where there is currently a parking lot.
The Business Advocacy Committee conducted a survey of downtown member businesses/organizations to gauge what impact this project could have on our downtown parking needs. You can find the results to our 2023 Downtown Parking Survey here.
A similar survey was conducted in 2019. You can find the results of the 2019 Downtown Parking Survey here.
The Business Advocacy Committee is a strategic advocate dedicated to educating, motivating and enabling unified action by all chamber business members.
Top Priorities Impacting our Business Community:
The Mount Horeb Area School District, the Mount Horeb Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Village of Mount Horeb formed the Mount Horeb Community Coalition in 2022. The Coalition's mission is to elevate Mount Horeb as a great place to live, to work, and to start or grow a business. We will do this by providing a quality education to our future workforce and developing our current workforce; by supporting our local businesses with information and exposure; and by attracting and retaining local businesses.
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