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Representatives of the Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce presented an overview of the Market Analysis Study to the Village Board members at the Village Board meeting on Monday September 25, 2017.  The Chamber will host public presentations to share the results of the Market Analysis with the community on October 18 at Rosemary Garfoot Library and November 1 at Crossroads Coffeehouse.
The purpose of the market analysis is to compile and interpret information useful in economic development efforts. This study focuses on the following:
• identifying retail, restaurant and service business market opportunities
• strengthening existing businesses
• attracting new businesses that meet the community needs
• improving resident  and visitor experiences
• improving the physical environment
• developing community marketing & branding initiatives
According to Executive Director Amy Hansen, “The volunteer team that reviewed and interpreted data includes representatives from the Cross Plains Chamber, the Village of Cross Plains, UW Extension, and several local businesses.  We have been working diligently for a year on this process.  We are very appreciative of our volunteer study group and the many hours of work spent compiling and analyzing the data to determine our recommendations.”
A downtown market analysis is the process of documenting details about the downtown’s current condition, exploring changes occurring in the marketplace, verifying what consumers want from downtown, discovering what businesses the downtown market will support, and creating a downtown business development strategy.
Over the last 12 months, volunteers created an inventory of downtown businesses and buildings, surveyed consumers and business owners, wrote a downtown market profile, and weighed the supply of various business categories against the demand for those business categories.
Chamber President Casey Koenig shares, “With this detailed picture of the downtown’s economy, We can work to shape a business retention campaign that includes providing assistance and training to existing businesses and helping them expand. We plan to help shape a recruitment campaign to complement existing businesses and buildings downtown. Recruitment will target businesses that the community needs and that the market will support. With our market analysis in hand, Cross Plains will have a better chance of bringing business prospects downtown.  Our hope is that the results of this study help Cross Plains to be a better place to live, work and play.”




The Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with area business and community leadership to make the "Gateway to The Driftless" regional branding and marketing initiative a reality in 2018.

The marketing campaign will promote the region and its wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities to newcomers, visitors, and prospective employers and employees. Planned for launch in the first quarter of 2018, the campaign will include the Gateway to The Driftless regional marketing website, social media channels, and a fold-out visitor map.

The website, designed for both desktop and mobile users, will be a comprehensive guide to local outdoor recreation amenities and introduce users to the area’s history, communities, and quality of life. The website and other marketing media will integrate local businesses and services.  Multiple advertising and sponsorship opportunities will be available.

 "When we look at Dane County’s strong pace of growth, we can see great potential for our area.  The Gateway to The Driftless brand is an exciting marketing concept that can appeal to a broad regional audience and demographic. The Cross Plains Chamber looks forward to working with area business and community leadership in this important effort," said Amy Hansen, Executive Director of the Cross Plains Chamber.

Located in the state's fastest-growing county, the Gateway region is defined by the Lower Wisconsin River, US Highway 12, the West Beltline, the Military Ridge/US Highway 18, and the Iowa County/Arena line. The beautiful natural landscape marks the transition from the terrain covered by glaciers during the last Ice Age and the unglaciated, or “driftless,” geologic terrain of southwestern Wisconsin. With its unique geographic setting, the area is ideally positioned to become a vibrant "gateway" region connecting Dane County's expanding urban center with the rural lifestyle and abundant natural resources found locally and throughout the Driftless area.

Recent consultant studies for the villages of Cross Plains, Black Earth, and Mazomanie of local economic development opportunities have pointed to the potential benefits of a regional branding and marketing initiative based on a shared wealth of assets—a genuine "open door" quality of life, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, top-rated schools, and a business-friendly attitude.

For more information about the Gateway to The Driftless project, contact Amy Hansen at, (608) 843-3166 or Project Administrator Christopher Long at, (608) 658-7901.


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2017 COMMUNITY GUIDE AVAILABLE NOW!  Copies are available at local businesses,

the Rosemary Garfoot Library, and Village office. 

Click here for the electronic version of the guide.


Are you interested in supporting your community? Promoting the Cross Plains Area? Making a difference? Recruiting new businesses and helping to shape our future? The Chamber is recruiting new Board members.
Not only does the Chamber benefit from your involvement, you and your employer reap the advantages of being active. A committee member receives both personal and professional development at several levels. Individuals learn from shared experience, and by sharing their experience. They can practice social, planning, organizing, risk-taking, and networking skills, just to name a few. Become an active member and take advantage of this training opportunity. Take a look at our committees we have available and BECOME INVOLVED TODAY! Learn more on our website or reach out to a current board member. Let us know how we can help you be a part of this important work.  Click here to see the statement of interest and Board handbook.

Shop Local and don't forget about Chamber Bucks! You can purchase the gift checks at State Bank of Cross Plains & Monona Bank.​​

Donate to the Cross Plains Community Caring Tree
The Cross Plains Community Caring Tree, administered by American Legion Post 245, started many years ago to help the less fortunate in the local area. The Post created a monetary fund to give to those in need, especially over the Christmas holiday. All the donated funds are distributed every year. For 2015, the Caring Tree spread cheer to 23 families which totaled 70 adults and children.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the Community Caring Tree fund should send cash or check made out to Caring Tree to Lee Mayrack, c/o Post 245, PO Box 188, Cross Plains, WI 53528 or Barb Schutz, 2711 Woodside Dr, Cross Plains, WI 53528.
Any amount helps, and contributions are tax deductible. The fund is used mostly in December, but donations can be made at any time of the year.





​​Over 100 local professionals joined us for networking, food, drinks, an update on Chamber accomplishments and goals, an update from the Village, awards presentations and more!

Thank you to Midwest Dental, our Title Sponsor. St. Francis Xavier Catholic School for hosting, and thank you to our food and drink vendors! Crossroads Coffeehouse, Cross Plains Brewery, Coach's Club - Cross Plains, Culver's, All American Liquor & Tan Spa, Sixchips Catering, Sugarsmith Madison Cotton Candy, Maple Leaf Family Restaurant and The Hilltop. Thank you to Annette Koenig & Kalscheur Dodge Chrysler Ram for the Old Fashioned Cocktails and to Krystal Lamberty from Silver Tree Studio our photography partner.​​

​Congratulations to Jim Beall - Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Ice Age Trail Alliance - Business of the Year, and Mary (Mutzy) Dahlk - Citizen of the Year.  ​Thank you to our Casey FitzRandolph for a wonderful presentation.  ​​​

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Click here to see the program shared at the event with Chamber accomplishments, goals, market analysis info and more.




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The Chamber Board worked hard at our annual retreat at the Old Feed Mill on August 14.  The team worked tirelessly to determine our values, group agreements, mission and vision statement, strategic priorities and implementation plans.  


Thank you to our golfers, the fantastic staff at Deer Valley Golf Course, our wonderful volunteers, donating companies and hole sponsors. Special thanks to our Title Sponsor Monona Bank.  

Click here to view the program with a list of golfers, hole sponsors, donating companies, volunteers and more.


Thank you to everyone that came out for the Memorial Day BBQ!

WHEW!  It was a HOT one!  Thank you to everyone that came out to enjoy the festivities!  Special thanks to our TITLE SPONSORS - Mid Towne Construction, Inc. & Midwest Dental.  We greatly appreciate TDS & Century 21 – Affiliated-Roessler for sponsoring the Bounce House, Plastic Ingenuity for use of the truck & driver.  Special thanks to our Donating & Partner companies – especially Lancaster Piggly Wiggly, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Esser’s, Frank Beer, UW Provisions and Cross Plains Stingrays for the pie and ice cream!  Thanks to American Legion for use of their park and facility, State Bank of Cross Plains for storage, The Lion’s for use of the wagon, to the Chamber Board for all their work, the Village of Cross Plains, and our many dedicated volunteers.

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Proceeds are used to promote a strong economy and high quality of life for our Chamber members and the Cross Plains area communities.

Highway P Reconstruction

Below please find an update regarding the County Highway P reconstruction project. 
A reminder to businesses within Cross Plains.  If your business is NOT located within the construction area you need to instruct your delivery semi’s that they are not allowed to utilize our local detour route.  Semi trucks need to adhere to the detour route set by the county which is Hwy K- Hwy 12- and Hwy 14.  I have spoken to several semi drivers already who I have seen on our local detour route and informed them of this. 

Thomas J. Janssen, Chief of Police, Cross Plains Police Dept., Cross Plains, WI 53528, 608-798-4100
​Below please find an update regarding the County Highway P reconstruction project. If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Stene directly.

Completed Last Week:

--Concrete curb and gutter began north of Brewery
-Storm sewer construction continues on Phase 1
-Road base construction is completed on Phase 1
-MG&E crews completed gas main work near Valley and continued gas main reconstruction south of Brewery
-Phase 2 pavement was pulverized
-Watermain tie-ins began on Phase 2 side streets

Work anticipated this week:

-Water main tie-ins will continue on Phase 2.  During this time, some homes will be without water for several hours to allow for connecting to the new water main.  Notice will be given prior to planned shutdowns. If you are not home during the daytime hours, please watch your front door for important notification information.
-Driveway culverts in Phase 2 will be started. 
-Concrete curb & sidewalk/driveways will continue in Phase 1.  It is important that the concrete be allowed to harden for 7 days prior to driving on it.
-Starting May 29, traffic will only be able to access the school and area homes from the south via Church Street
-Access/egress for local traffic will be maintained, but the additional work crews will make daily changes for residents more likely.  During underground utility construction, some intersections will be blocked with an excavation at that particular spot.  Please continue to monitor the route maps.
Below is a link to a construction site map that will be updated throughout the project:

HWY P Project Overview
During the Summer of 2018, the Village will be completing the street and utility reconstruction of Highway P through the Village from near Culvers to the northern Village limits. This project is scheduled to begin on April 2, 2018, depending on weather condition.
Please continue to visit this page for up to date information on the status of the project. The Village will be sending out weekly progress emails throughout the project. Please click here or contact Caitlin Stene, Village Administrator ( or 608-798-3241) to be added to the distribution list. Weekly progress emails will also be posted on this page.
If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Caitlin Stene, Village Administrator at 608-798-3241 X 105 or
Overview of the Project:
Please click here for a copy of the final construction plan. The project is split into two phases. The first phase will be the area south of the Military-Church intersection (by the Middle School), the portion north of that intersection is phase two to be completed during the second half of the project. The first phase has a substantial completion date in the beginning of August. The second phase will begin as soon as the first phase underground utilities are completed. We expect work to occur on the Baer Street section during the month of June. The Village has decided to install a temporary road lane just north of Thinnes Street between Church Street and Springfield Road to ensure access for all local traffic throughout the project. Work to construct this road lane will begin with the start of the project in April. The temporary road will be controlled by temporary traffic signals which will allow alternative one-way traffic on the road at a time.
The road construction will progress in waves. The first wave of work will be the removal of the current road surface, which will be followed by the installation of new sanitary sewer. Sewer is the deepest utility installed under the road surface. Third will be the installation of new water main and laterals to homes. After water main installation, MG&E will be installing new natural gas infrastructure. Storm sewer will be the last and final utility installed under the road surface. Following storm sewer, you will see the concrete work including the pouring of sidewalks, curb/gutter, and new driveway aprons. After the concrete curing time period, the road surface will be installed. You will see two waves of road surface installation. Overall, once you see the start of the installation of sanitary sewer at your property, you can expect activity around your property for approximately 8 weeks for all phases to be completed. Crews will be working Monday – Friday, from 7 am to approximately 7 pm. Depending on weather, some Saturday work may occur.

There are 2 highway detours published. The one in color is the local Cross Plains Detour. You can see Brewery Rd., Thinnes St., and Valley St. are the designated detour routes. Every attempt will be made to notify of any shutdown to these routes due to the construction. Officers will be conducting traffic enforcement to ensure the safety and well being of residents and drivers. This detour navigates residential neighborhoods and all speed limits are 25mph.
The other map is the Dane County HWY P Detour map. HWY P reconstruction will occur north of the Village of Cross Plains. We are unaware of any total closure at this time. Due to traffic congestions, if you can avoid the local detour route, please do so.