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Couleecap Receives a Top Initiative Award from WI Rural Partners

WESTBY, Wis. (WXOW) - Couleecap is being recognized by the Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc. for creating affordable housing for residents in Rockland, Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc. is a non-profit organization that strives to improve rural communities throughout the state.

With the help of the village, county and the state, the non-profit organization created 11 housing units in what is now called the Meadow Park Estates subdivision.

Couleecap said the housing project generated more than $2,000,000 in additional tax base for the village.  It also brought in about 50 new residents to Rockland which is an 8% growth in the village population

“This project involved public and private entities collaborating to tackle a complex situation. Each partner came to the table and worked to create a vibrant, family friendly neighborhood in place of tax foreclosed fields,” said Todd Mandel, Couleecap’s Community Development Director.

In May, Couleecap was one of seven statewide efforts selected to receive the Top Initiative award for 2014 from
Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc.

Couleecap helps people in need with housing, food, transportation, and more in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties.

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