07.20.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Tours Riverfront in Wisconsin Rapids

Baldwin highlights community waterfront bill, which has passed the Senate and is supported by Mayor Vruwink

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Wisconsin Rapids today to tour the Wisconsin River waterfront and the Tribune Community Accelerator Project site with local leaders, including Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink, and to discuss Senator Baldwin’s legislation to boost waterfront revitalization efforts.

Senator Baldwin’s Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act passed the Senate last week. The bill supports community efforts to make the most of water resources by attracting water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainably, revitalize neighborhoods, and enhance recreation and tourism.

“Here in Wisconsin Rapids, and throughout Wisconsin, waterfronts like the Wisconsin River are a critical asset for our quality of life, as well as for our long term economic security,” said Senator Baldwin. “Today’s tour of the Tribune Community Accelerator Project shows how boosting our waterfront communities is not just an environmental goal, it is an economic necessity. That is why I am proud to have worked across the aisle to pass commonsense legislation in the Senate that will support waterfront communities like Wisconsin Rapids to make the most of their local water resources.”

Over 50 Wisconsin leaders and regional and national stakeholders have endorsed Senator Baldwin’s legislation, including Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink. Senator Baldwin has traveled the state and visited waterfront projects in Green Bay, Wausau, Superior, La Crosse, Prairie du Chien and Eau Claire to discuss how the bill would support revitalization efforts.