Making an Impact April 2022 Community Development

  • The City of Sheboygan Falls asked Kevin for assistance in developing a community opinion survey. After several meetings and drafts, final questions were approved for both paper and online versions, and Kevin wrote a press release and compiled a mailing list using multiple databases to ensure that small business owners and residential renters, two overlooked groups in past surveys, received a survey invitation. The City intends to use the feedback from the survey to guide its planning and future decision-making.
  • Friends of Peace Park, a local nonprofit organization, asked for Kevin’s input as it seeks grant funding for “Phase 2” improvements to a City of Sheboygan park along Lake Michigan. (Kevin wrote the group’s “Phase 1” grant in 2016 that was awarded $19,000 in County Stewardship funds.) This time the group is taking the lead in writing the grant, having learned from the first experience and now being able to use Kevin’s first application as a template. As the group prepares to submit the application, they sought input from Kevin on the content of the project narrative and ways to balance the budget with matching funds. He also used GIS to update the site plan. The improvements to the park will help to continue the progress that has already been made in beautifying what was once a nearly vacant lot.