Another Business May Be Coming To Downtown Beaver Dam

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council approved a resolution Monday night that allows the city to act as a conduit in applying for a downtown revitalization grant on behalf of a private business. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Community Development Investment Grant requires no match on the part of the city. Mayor Becky Glewen says that the resolution does not include details on the business applying for the grant at the request of the state. If approved, the state would pay up to 25-percent of the costs for the new business to move into the downtown. It is the same grant that was secured for the Ooga Brewing Company, a new microbrewery that was announced in May. The Ooga Brewing company received $126-thousand dollars. In July, the city applied for the same grant on behalf of a restaurant planned in the downtown; the city is still awaiting word on the awarding of that grant. Mayor Glewen says the state grant had been limited to one per-community, per-year but that rule was changed to allow for the potential of a second grant if the city does not reach maximum grant award of $250-thousand dollars. WEDC’s Community Development Investment Grant Program supports community development and redevelopment efforts, primarily in downtown areas.