• Project LEAD Project LEAD

    The Chamber’s leadership program, Project LEAD, begins its 31st year on September 12, 2018 at the Jones Dairy Farm Homestead, followed by monthly sessions at area companies and organizations. Project LEAD participants are introduced to the leadership of the area’s largest employers, while learning the inner workings of what makes the community function. Facilitated by Mike Wallace, President and CEO of Fort HealthCare, the program strives to build future leaders with a desire to serve the community, so participants also determine a project that addresses a local issue or concern. 

    If you would like to participate in this year’s Project LEAD class, click here to view the Project LEAD brochure and application. Class size is limited to 15 participants and registration deadline is August 30, 2018.

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  • Project LEAD XXX Project LEAD XXX

    Purpose: The Main Entrance of the Riverwalk is visually obscured. Enhancing the Riverwalk Plaza will encourage more usage of the River Walk.

    Vision: Improve the visibility and usage of the Riverwalk. Enhance an existing community space for increased incidental and purposeful interaction that is also close to the downtown corridor

  • Impacts:

    • Enhancement to the Fort Atkinson Downtown Corridor
    • This brings more visibility to the use of the plaza and Riverwalk
    • Promotes community interaction
    • Encourages community use of those who live downtown
    • More foot traffic to local businesses
    • Provide better options for people who are already downtown
    • Increase quality of life

    Project Specifics:

    • Decorative archway to identify the plaza and the Riverwalk entrance from the parking lot
    • Painted walking path to Riverwalk entrance
    • Moveable picnic tables and chess tables
    • Lighting to enhance space
    • Replace existing lighting along the Riverwalk
    • Updated landscaping to include refreshing current green space
    • Park Sign to match city park system signage
    • Purchasing additional furniture
    • Enhanced path finishing
    • Installing a sculpture or similar piece of art to continue the overall theme established throughout the city
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  • Thank you sponsors of Project LEAD XXX

  • River Level Sponsors

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  • Debbink Family Foundation

  • Hannah Church Memorial

  • Artist, Brady Lueck of Sculptural Steel

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  • Plaza Sponsors

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  • Jon and Becky Tuttle

    Larry and Mary Beth Kleitz

    Laura and Sean Alwin

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  • Project LEAD over the Years Project LEAD over the Years

    2017 – Expansion of the Dwight Foster Public Library’s bilingual resources collection

    2016 – Refurbishing the trails, handrails, landscaping and signage at the Brietkze Educational Wetlands

    2015 – Planted trees in Ralph Park affected by Emerald Ash Borer

    2014 – Trailway Park

    2013 – Veterans Memorial at McCoy Park

    2012 – Barrie Park Restrooms

    2011 – “Then and Now” Historic Pictorial Book of Fort Atkinson

    2010 – Enhancement of Barrie Park Band Shell

    2009 – Install fence around playground at Lorman Park, add sign commemorating record flood level of 2008

    2008 – Lighted crossing signs for bike trail, planted 20 trees at Jones Park, and design a “green” bathroom for Lorman Park

    2007 – New playground equipment at Ralph Park

    2006 – Trail Markers at Mush-Ko-Se-Day Park

    2005 – Mile markers along the bike trail and lights for the holiday tree at Lorman Park

    2004 – River Walk railing and scanner for the Hoard Historical Museum

    2003 – Placed identification blocks in front of historical sites and refurbished the plaque at the original fort site

    2002 – Fort Atkinson welcome sign in front of Armory

    2001 – Cut pathways for walking paths and Dorothy Carnes Park

    2000 – Lighted event sign and historic walkway at Jones Park

    1999 – Added a water-fountain along the bike trail

    1998 – Landscaped HWY 26 Bypass signs

    1997 – Initiated Adopt-a-Park program with Fort Atkinson Parks and Recreation

    1996 – Lighted outdoor locator map at the Chamber of Commerce

    1995 – Phone Blitz to get people out to vote

    1994 – First Buckskinner Rendezvous held in Fort Atkinson

    1993 – Built fence around Panther Intaglio

    1992 – Compiled list of available meeting facilities for business and industry; created listing of available community activities for youth; created design for bathrooms at Lorman Park

    1991 – Recycling Committee formed

    1990 – Developed Employee Assistance program

    1989 – First Project LEAD class graduates

  • To contribute to a Project LEAD project, visit www.fortfoundation.org and click on the “Donate Now” button.

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  • The 2013 class of Project LEAD meets for their retreat. This half-day rustic workshop helps participants build relationships and develop leadership skills.


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  • The first Project LEAD class poses for a picture at their graduation.