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    In Wisconsin, a vacant newspaper building takes new life

    Jan. 21, 2015, 9:24 a.m., Posted by Steve Outing

    Tribune Building Project manager Chelsey Mazurek gives an interview to WAOW TV9 outside the former home of the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. Photo courtesy Incourage Community Foundation.

    This post is one in a series on what four community and place-based foundations are learning by funding media projects that help to meet their local information needs. All are funded through the Knight Community Information Challenge.

    Prior to 2000, Wisconsin Rapids (population 18,000) and surrounding south Wood County were at the pinnacle of prosperity: Consolidated Papers Inc. had its corporate headquarters there, most of the community’s workers were employed by the papermaking company, and the town had a newspaper housed in its own 20,000-square-foot waterfront building downtown.

    Today, paper mills still operate in town, but they employ far fewer people (977 in late 2013), following the company’s sale to a Finnish group. The Wisconsin Rapids newspaper scene fell on hard times too.  Gannett has owned the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune since 2000, but downsized the paper. The Daily Tribune left its building for smaller digs and sold the vacant facility to Incourage Community Foundation in late 2012.

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    Kellogg CEO: Community collaboration essential to Detroit’s future

    Jan. 20, 2015, 3:47 p.m., Posted by Michael D. Bolden

    As Detroit emerges from bankruptcy the hard work of rebuilding the city is already underway with the commitment of partners such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.  

    La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of Kellogg, says collaboration is essential to creating the opportunities the city needs.

    “What we’re learning and understanding is foundations can’t work in isolation,” she said. “We have to work in this multi-sectoral space and really bring business along, government, faith-based [groups] and people, et cetera, because it’s going to take all of us,” she said.

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ZERO1 announces the launch of

    Jan. 20, 2015, 3:11 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Sarah Beth Nesbit, ZERO1 ZERO1 has kicked off the New Year with the announcement around their brand new website for American Arts Incubator, an international artist exchange program planned in partnership with the U.S. State Departments Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Take a peek at to learn...

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