The city of Green Lake is considering widening its economic-development strategy.

   It now relies on Community Development Director Bob Gintoft, however it may contract with a consulting company to work with local groups involved with economic development.

   Key to the transition will be whether the city can receive a grant totalling at least $230,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

   Gintoft, who stands to lose his economic-development director position should the grant application be accepted, favors the proposed strategy.

   While the Common Council discussed the matter at its meeting Monday evening, it will decide at its meeting next week Monday whether to pass a resolution endorsing the idea.

   The grant application is due Wednesday, June 5.

   USDA will match funds

   “We have a hard time getting from the city, and rightly so, the [money] that we need to really do the economic development ourselves,” Green Lake Mayor Jon McConnell said, explaining why the city may seek a USDA “technical assistance” grant to match for three years the $38,000 per year the city now is allocating toward economic development.

   Read the full story in the May 9, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.