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Antigo Firsts, a two-year-old organization working to develop Antigo’s core, drew an excellent crowd to the Edison Club Events Center Thursday evening for a meeting to eye and pass the plan for the future.

The group is knit from people interested in bringing back a bit of the glory days to the main streets.

Antigo First, an advisory group that is part of the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation, was established a year ago in conjunction with the Connect Communities program through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Chris Berry, who heads the community development program, explained the group’s goal is to create and implement revitalization strategies for the downtown area.

The group meets once a month to share ideas and to receive updates from invited guests.

Roseann Hoffman, who leads the organization, offered a powerpoint program on what can be done to assist the city’s hub.

She said the Antigo First organization can work with businesses on common issues and also lead expansion of arts and entertainment opportunities to the district.

Hoffman also suggested that work continue to create displays for windows in the vacant store fronts and to attract events to the downtown area such as the summertime auto show.

She also centered on what businesses already operating in the area can do, including keeping walkways clear of ice and snow, broken glass and during the more mild months, weeds and grass.

Hoffman also touched on “customer friendly” hours, pleasing windows, signs and being active in the Antigo First events and activities.

The program, she said, should include reconstruction of Fifth Avenue from Lincoln Street to Field Street to include streetscaping and pedestrian enhancements, much like were included in and earlier city plan.

She also suggested either restoration or demolition of the building last occupied by Java Junction in the 800 block of Fifth Avenue.

Hoffman explained the “Connect Communities” program is designed for smaller communities. It is similar to the state’s Main Street concept that Antigo participated in a number of years ago.

The program offers technical assistance and networking opportunities, differing from Main Street in the amount of time and expense required for participation.


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Roseann Hoffmann speaks at Thursday’s Antigo First meeting.
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