$25K awarded for downtown (Poynette Press; 8/30/2011)
Excerpt: Douglas Thurlow, underwriter and planner for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), said in the course of a year, the agency approves around 15 proposals. He said while several things stood out with Poynette’s proposal, the
amount of work already done by village officials was most impressive.
“Usually when you see a planning proposal, they’re at the first stage, whereas (Poynette) had already done a lot of the work,” he said. “So the plan here is to move right into the implementation stage, and that’s pretty unusual for a project. You like to see the project has a good chance of working, and this one seems like it’s far enough along it’s going to.
I was really impressed by the quality of work they’ve done so far.”
Thurlow said he was particularly impressed by the work done by Guild on the project, as well as Guild’s personal attention to seeing it through.
“I went up and met with Dan (Guild) in the fall, and I thought he was a very bright guy, seems like he’s very committed to making this project happen,” he said. “That helps when you see somebody who’s going to quarterback the project who seems to have the skills to
make it happen. He’s a go-getter and he had done his research. He had a realistic view of how to put the thing together, and I was impressed with him, and also was impressed by the effort as far as the community. It’s a great idea, as far as adjusting the needs of the community from what was a 19th-century downtown into the 21st century, because everything about that community is in a state of flux.