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Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Awarded

The 2017 Cross Plains Ara Chamber of Commerce (CPACC) annual scholarship was awarded to Middleton High School senior Fiona Lynch at Scholarship Night on Wednesday, May 17 at the Performing Arts Center.  Lynch was presented the scholarship by CPACC vice president Perry Hibner. She was also honored at the CPACC's annual chicken barbecue on Memorial Day. This is the 17th year the CPACC has awarded a scholarship.

The CPACC scholarship recipient was determined by the MHS scholarship committee, which is made up of counselors, administrators and teachers. The criteria established to determine the winner including living or working in Cross Plains, participation in academic and athletic activities, volunteering in the community or helping fellow students, and excelling academically.

Lynch plans to attend UW-Madison and major in business or marketing.  She has been very active with the MHS DECA Club, twice qualifying for the state competition and also advancing to the international competition in California this year. She has also served as the club's president in 2016-17.  In addition, she has served as a Link Crew mentor to incoming freshmen the past two years and also has volunteered as a student tutor and as a counselor for the Wisconsin Association of School Council.  "My goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others,'' she said. "Successful leaders grow and inspire others to lead. This takes humility, integrity and vision.'' 

Glaciers Edge Square in the park near World of Variety.
2017 Vendor Application now available! Know anyone who might be interested in selling this summer?

Click here or contact Jennifer Wankerl at 608-798-3520 or

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.

CTH P to be reconstructed in Village of Cross Plains
The Village of Cross Plains Board meeting on Monday, April 24, covered a number of topics. One of the more significant discussions involved the upcoming reconstruction of a portion of County Hwy P. Dane County is relinquishing responsibility for county highways within village limits. Brian Berquist of Town and Country Engineering presented current plans and some of the different options involving the project. By acting now,... the village has the benefit of having half of the street costs paid by Dane County. The total cost is estimated at about $5.5 million. The area covered is about one mile, from Culver’s to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and School. As EPIC desires to run a conduit through the project, they have paid 100 percent of the cost for the plans. One of the major improvements includes added sidewalks. Of the portions where there is currently no sidewalk, a sidewalk will be constructed on one side of the street; where there is currently sidewalk on one side, there will be sidewalks constructed on both sides of the street. The village will be holding discussions to weigh possible assessments for homeowners along the construction route and (partial) property acquisitions, where some existing property lines encroach on the sidewalk. In order to keep property acquisition to a minimum, no bike lanes will be added; but, as Village of Cross Plains Administrator Caitlin Stene pointed out, city ordinances do not restrict bicyclists from riding on sidewalks. Construction is slated to begin sometime in 2018.


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 & Cross Plains Community Bank.

Market Analysis Community Visits
As part of the Cross Plains Market Analysis the chamber put a team together to go alike communities around the state to interview key figures in business development.  The three communities that we chose were doing some nice things in business retention and attraction. They are Mount Horeb, Lake Mills and Cambridge.   The visits took place Thursday, January 19th. Each community had its own positives and negatives in which we can reflect on to see what will benefit the village.  The results of these interviews will be discussed at our Chamber Annual Celebration.

Thank you to our team: Michael Roessler (CENTURY 21 Affiliated), Caitlin Stene (Village of Cross Plains), Mary Geisthardt Devitt (Crossroads Coffeehouse), Ben Swanson (State Bank of Cross Plains), Casey Koenig (Thompson Kane & Company, LLC), Sharon Lezberg (UW-Extension) and Bill Ryan (UW-Extension)

Construction begins at Indian Lake County Park
Construction kicked off at Indian Lake County Park with Dane County Executive Joe Parisi present. The project will include a new restroom building, timber frame park shelter, accessible parking and paths, and playground and picnic area. Construction is set to be completed in July of 2017.
“Dane County has some of the best parks in the state,” said Parisi. “Indian Lake is a very popular county park, and these improvements will mak...e it even more enjoyable.”
The park shelter will be constructed of trees harvested through prairie restoration and timber stand improvement projects on county-owned lands. Total estimated project cost is approximately $800,000, partially funded through a Wisconsin DNR Stewardship Grant $179,300. The dog park, boat landing, and trails will continue to be open during construction.
The budget also includes $100,000 to complete the ongoing restoration at Dane County’s Indian Lake County Park. When completed, this gem of the parks system will have new shelters, restrooms, and a renewed fresh water fishery. Click here to read more.

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.


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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.

The Chamber would like to thank everyone that came out for our 2017 GOLF OUTING

Thank you to Todd and all the staff at Deer Valley Thank you to our Title Sponsor Madison Gas and Electric. Thank you to our golfers! Thanks to our 13 corporate sponsors Thank you to our Hole Sponsors, Donating Companies, Volunteers, and GOLFERS!

CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE PROGRAM (lists all golfers, sponsors, donating companies, hole sponsors and more)


Century 21 Affiliated-Roessler, Culver's of Cross Plains, Dean Health Plan SSM, Esser's Cross Plains Brewery, Goldstein & Associates, Madison Gas & Electric Company, Mass Mutual - Zac Mulford,

Midwest Dental, Milestone Senior Living, Monona Bank, News Publishing, Inc.,

Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation, Plastic Ingenuity, PRO Physical Therapy,

State Bank of Cross Plains, TDS Telecom, Top Promotions, Wagner Insurance & Financial, Inc


Century 21 Affiliated-Roessler, Clerkin Wunderlin Group, Inc, Coach's Club,

Country Inn & Suites - Madison West (Middleton), Creative Marketing Specialists,

Cross Plains Family Chiropractic, Cross Plains Motors, Cross Plains Pharmacy,
Cross Plains True Value, Crossroads Coffeehouse, LLC, Culvers of Cross Plains,
Deer Valley Lodge & Golf, Entercom Madison, Esser's Cross Plains Brewery, 
Findorff JH & Son Inc, Harbor Athletic Club, Kalscheur Dodge Chrysler,
Madison Gas & Electric Company, Madison Mallards, Midwest Dental, Monona Bank,

North Central Group, Plastic Ingenuity, Qet Bontanicals, Quaker Steak and Lube,
River Valley Bank, State Bank of Cross Plains, TDS Telecom, The Shoe Box, 
Virtual Business Edge, LLC, Wagner Insurance & Financial, Inc., Walgreens, Zimbrick

Thanks to all of your that come out to the Memorial Day BBQ and special thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors!  It was a fantastic day!  
Thank you to Monona Bank (Cross Plains Community Bank), TDS Telecom, and Geier Homar & Roy LLP for their sponsorship of the kids activities!
Special thanks also to Plastic Ingenuity for use of the truck & driver, Donating & Partner companies - especially Terry's Piggly Wiggly, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Esser's, Subway, Frank Beer, UW Provisions, Coach's Club & Culvers, 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, our many dedicated volunteers and attendees.

Northwest Dane County remains an authentic small town neighborhood within the beautiful natural landscape of Wisconsin's Driftless region and the Black Earth Creek watershed and lower Wisconsin River valley. Located in the state's fastest-growing county, 25 miles from downtown Madison and the State Capitol, this distinct geographic locale is today ideally positioned to become a vibrant "gateway" community connecting Dane County's expanding urban center with the rural lifestyle and abundant natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities-hiking, biking, paddling, camping, birding, angling, hunting-of the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin. Within the past several years, the villages of Cross Plains, Black Earth, and Mazomanie each has worked with professional consultants to study current and future economic development opportunities. These local efforts pointed to the strong potential for a regional branding and marketing initiative based on a shared wealth of assets-a genuine "open door" quality of life, an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, top-rated schools, and a business-friendly attitude. The area Chambers of Commerce are now organizing this private-public effort to promote Northwest Dane County to newcomers, visitors, and prospective employers and employees as a great place to live, work, and play. The "Gateway to The Driftless" regional branding and marketing initiative is planned for launch in early 2018.