Downtown Rhinelander Inc.

Refocus efforts
3:14 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Hires Business Recruiter

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated has announced a change toward trying to find businesses to expand in downtown Rhinelander.

DRI President Dan Kuzlik says they've eliminated an office position and have hired Dr. Sally Latimer of Global Solutions International as a business recruiter. Kuzlik says the organization is refocusing efforts...

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Opposition to BID
3:06 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Petition Drive Nearing Completion For Rhinelander Downtown BID

Looking north in downtown Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

Business owners petitioning to disband Rhinelander's downtown Business Improvement District are nearing a trigger point that could mean the end of the district.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. began in 2006 as a majority of business owners were concerned the cash-strapped city government wanted to sell downtown parking lots and agreed to an extra assessment. Board President Dan Kuzlik says a few business owners have a large portion of the district. He  says for every dollar invested, $13 dollars return. He says each year, about 19,000 people come to the downtown during events.

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Business & Industry
11:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Restaurant Survey Finds Desire to Improve Rhinelander Dining Scene


Rhinelander restaurants may need better lighting and fresher food.  Those are some of the suggestions coming out of a restaurant survey done by UW Extension and Downtown Rhinelander Inc.

Oneida County Community Resource and Development Agent Tim Brown says researchers conducted focus groups with both older and younger adults…to see how age might dictate restaurant preferences. 

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Streetscape project
6:54 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Public Gets To See Possible New Downtown Rhinelander

Rhinelander downtown designs under review 4/30/2014
Credit WXPR

Rhinelander residents and business owners had a chance to see five possible ideas for what a new downtown would look like.

City officials are planning an upgrade of the underground utilities in 2016 with a primary focus on Davenport, Brown and Stevens Streets. Along with the utility work upgrade, the city and Downtown Rhinelander would like to remake how the downtown appears at street level.

Gary Becker from Vierbicher Associates told attendees last night Rhinelander has a major economic impact in its trade area...


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Downtown revitalization
3:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Large USDA Grant Back In The Mix For Rhinelander

Sewer line work

A federal grant to fund the underground infrastructure along downtown Rhinelander streets looked dead as of last week, but it appears to be back on again after a meeting Monday night.

The city weeks ago was given positive indications it would get $1.6 million dollars but there was a hitch: the work had to commence next year. City officials and Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated officials want to do the work, but felt the timeline was too short to have the details worked out to do the job successfully.

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Downtown Revitalization
5:02 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Rhinelander Hopeful For USDA Grant For Downtown

Downtown Rhinelander facing east
Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. and the city are in the planning stages for a projected $8 million makeover of the streets and infrastructure downtown within two years. The first bit of funding for the effort might be coming in.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn said they've heard from the Department of Agriculture...


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Decorate the Hodag
1:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Makes Call For Artists

The Hodag at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

  A call for artists has come from Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated. To  raise money for downtown projects each fall, D.R.I. auctions off decorated mini-Hodags which are painted in the spring and displayed at various locations through the summer. D.R.I. Director Maggie Steffen says they need artists in the region to come forward and transform the mini-Hodags into works of art...  

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Downtown fundraiser
4:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Taste Of Chocolate Friday Evening In Rhinelander

Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

A mid-winter event in downtown Rhinelander that has drawn big crowds happens Friday. The 7th Annual "Taste of Chocolate" gives chocolate fans a chance to sample in various downtown stores. There's also a sizeable prize to be won by a lucky patron.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.'s Maggie Steffen says besides being a good time, guests can visit stores they haven't been to...


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Fundraiser and pumpkin contest
9:19 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Hodags Auctioned And Pumpkins Aglow Saturday

A Hodag Looking For A Home

The principal fundraiser to aid downtown Rhinelander is being held Saturday night and the downtown will also be aglow.

The fundraiser is an adult Halloween Costume party and auction, earning the moniker this year the "Haunted Hodag Howl".

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.'s Maggie Steffen says the event auctions off Hodag replicas that are seen around the community. But this year, the mythical beast is smaller and there's more of them...


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