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February 2014

Photo Submission Request


Do you have a great photo taken somewhere in northeast Wisconsin? We would love for you share it with us! We are looking to enhance our website and brochure by showcasing the region as seen through the eyes of those individuals who reside in or visit northeast Wisconsin. The photo can be just about anything (past or present) that represents your community or the places you enjoy visiting in northeast Wisconsin, such as a photo of a community facility or business, farm field, barn, natural feature, Lake Michigan, a baseball game, a county fair the sky's the limit. Photos must be taken somewhere within the counties of Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, or Sheboygan. We will consider all submissions.

How to Submit Photos: Photos can be either digitally submitted or professionally developed pictures, not inkjet printouts. Email them to, along with the following information: your name and e-mail address, a caption or short story about the photo, and the year the photo was taken (if known).

If you are not able to scan and email photos, feel free to mail them or drop them off at our office at 425 S Adams Street, Green Bay, WI 54301. For more information, please contact Angela Pierce.

By submitting your photo to Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission for any reason (to be used in on our website, our brochure, our newsletter, reports, or any other publication), you agree to all of the terms and conditions relating to photo submissions. You are responsible for understanding these rules.

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Coastal Cities Trail Inventory Complete


Northeast Wisconsin cities contain numerous public off-road trails that provide residents and visitors with valuable recreation opportunities, such as biking, running, hiking, etc. However, all of the public off-road trails in and adjacent to a community are not always identified by a single source. Multiple sources are typically needed to find all of the existing trails. For example, there are prominent State trails profiled on the websites and brochures of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. However, in many instances, county, community, university, organization or other public trails are not included with these sources.

In an effort to remedy the difficulty of navigating multiple community and organization trail maps, the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission conducted a thorough field inventory of all public off-road, non-motorized trails for the nine coastal cities along Lake Michigan in northeast Wisconsin (i.e. the cities of Marinette, Oconto, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Algoma, Kewaunee, Two Rivers, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan).

The final report developed for the project provides a connectivity analysis and offers recommendations aimed at establishing an efficient coastal trail network that integrates beach access and the Lake Michigan Water Trail and provides public off-road trail connections that links coastal cities.

As of result of this study, 60 trails were inventoried covering 211 miles within (and extending outside) the nine coastal cities in northeast Wisconsin A webpage has been created to make the inventory, maps, and report publicly accessible. The database is downloadable into Google Earth where route planning between trails can be undertaken easily.

For more information, please contact Angela Pierce.


Economic and Demographic Reports


Each regional planning commission has contracted with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to provide economic and demographic reports for counties, communities, and economic development organizations within their respective regions. These reports are valuable in evaluating local conditions and projecting future economic and demographic trends. Samples of the types of reports that can be generated and formats in which they can be created can be found here.

For more information, please contact Brandon Robinson


Sheboygan MPO Update


In January, Commission staff revised the distribution of housing, population, employment and school enrollment changes under all three 2045 growth scenarios based on comments received at the MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committee joint meetings held in 2013.  In late January, Commission staff also updated housing, population and employment changes under Scenario #3 (Corridor Development) based on discussion at the January 23, 2014, Sheboygan MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committees joint meeting.

Commission staff began preparing chapters of the Year 2045 Sheboygan Area Transportation Plan (SATP) in January. The first chapter under preparation is Chapter 3 (Profile of the Metropolitan Planning Area).

At their January 23, 2014, joint meeting, the Sheboygan MPO Technical and Policy Advisory Committees reviewed changes to Tables 5 (Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Projects) and 6 (Street and Highway Improvement Projects) of the Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): Calendar Years 2013 - 2016, and recommended moving forward with a public comment period on these amendments (together with any changes to the transit and elderly and disabled transportation elements of the TIP).  Commission staff worked with Shoreline Metro staff and with staff from the Sheboygan County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) to amend Tables 1 (Transit Operating Funds), 2 (Transit Capital Items), 3 (Elderly and Disabled Transportation Projects), and 4 (Elderly and Disabled Transportation Capital Projects) of the 2013 - 2016 TIP in late January.

For more information, please contact Jeff Agee-Aguayo.

Share office space with us!


The Commission has 2-4 offices available for occupancy. The offices range in size from 108 sq. ft. to 143 sq. ft.  Each office has a window with partial furnishings. The cost is $9.00 per square foot and includes utilities and parking. There will be an additional monthly cost for phone and internet service. A conference room and small break room are included in the rental cost. If your organization is seeking temporary or long-term office space close to all the downtown amenities, please contact Richard Heath for more information. 


WEDC's Connect Communities Program


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is accepting applications to its Connect Communities program. Communities chosen to participate in the program receive technical assistance, access to online resources, and networking opportunities designed to facilitate revitalization of downtowns and urban commercial districts. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2014. Click here for more details or call Joe Lawniczak at (608) 210-6860.


Available Grant Opportunities
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The following is a list of upcoming grant opportunities and their due dates. Please contact the Commission if you have a project idea, or need assistance with preparing or administering a grant, or if you are interested in partnering with the Commission on a project. 
  • On-going or Various deadlines throughout the year:

BayCare Clinic Foundation Grants
Ben & Jerry's Foundation GrantsCedar Tree Foundation Grants
Charles Stuart Mott Foundation Environmental GrantsCornell Douglas Foundation Grants
Costco Wholesale GrantsEcoTech Grants - The Captain Planet Foundation
Environmental Research & Education Foundation GrantsGannett Foundation Grants
ING Foundation GrantsInternational Paper Grants
Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) GrantKinder Morgan Foundation Grants
Kodak American Greenways GrantsLawrence Foundation Grants
Lego Children's Fund GrantsMeadWestvaco Foundation Grants
Meetings Mean Business! GrantMitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Grants
MLB Baseball Tomorrow FundPatagonia Environmental Grants
RGK Foundation Education FundUS Soccer Foundation Safe Place to Play Grant
Waste Management Charitable GivingWisconsin Humanities Council Grant
To submit information for consideration in future newsletters, send an email to Include your name, community/organization, and contact information in the body of the message.

An Economic Development District & Metropolitan Planning Organization serving Northeast Wisconsin for over 40 years.  

Photo Submission Request
E-Newsletter Survey
Coastal Cities Trail Inventory
Economic and Demographic Reports
Sheboygan MPO Update
Office Space Available
WEDC Connect Communities Program
Available Grants





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