State Gets Behind Bucyrus Club Project With $250,000 WEDC Grant

Work on the Bucyrus Club is moving full spead ahead — celebrated in this new video about the project and what it will mean for the city.

The project has also received a major boost from Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which on Wednesday announced the awarding of a $250,000 grant to support the project. The South Milwaukee Common Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday night to accept the funds.

From the WEDC press release

The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support renovations to the Bucyrus Club banquet and meeting center and museum, more than 100 years after the first Bucyrus Club opened in the building.

“A vibrant downtown is key to a community’s overall economic health, and this renovation is expected to bring more visitors to downtown, which will benefit other businesses and the entire community,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “This project is another example of the many ways in which WEDC works with communities throughout Wisconsin to enhance their business districts and in doing so, add to their quality of life.”

“This is a transformational project for our downtown and city,” said South Milwaukee Mayor Erik Brooks. “I can’t thank the WEDC enough for their support. These funds will go a long way toward making this game-changing project a reality, and ensuring future generations know the heritage of Bucyrus in South Milwaukee through the Bucyrus Club.”

I am incredibly grateful to the WEDC for its support, which may be the first state economic development grant for South Milwaukee in the history of the city. Thank you, Secretary Hughes.

I also recognize these grants don’t magically happen. I also want to thank city staff for putting the detailed-oriented work in to identify the opportunity and then apply for it.

Let’s keep the good news coming!

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