City of Lancaster, chamber of commerce receive Tiedemann Grant

$50,000 grant to support economic development initiatives during Highway 61 reconstruction

On Wednesday, February 13, the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board presented a grant of $50,000 to the City of Lancaster and Chamber of Commerce for economic development initiatives associated with the reconstruction of Highway 61. In making the award, the board noted the importance of the many businesses that will be impacted by the project and the need for all to support those businesses during construction.

Board chair Joe Krantz said, “These monies are to assist the Chamber and City in communicating the “access pathways” to the businesses that will feel the impact of this construction.  Additionally, the Chamber is developing a number of initiatives, including some special events, to encourage people to continue to shop along the reconstruction route.  Our board is very supportive of the program, developed by the Chamber and City, to assist business owners that need to improve their alternate entrances so that customers can continue to have access.”

2019 Lancaster Tiedemann Grant
Front row (left to right): Kyle Vesperman and Megan Slane (LCF advisory board), Kari Schauff (Cruisin’ Kids) and Heather Bontreger (Chamber), Mayor David Varnum. Back row (left to right): Kevin Raisbeck and Joe Krantz (LCF advisory board), Brian Janssen (Peoples State Bank), Sam Jonas (LCF advisory board), Sandy Weist (BMO Harris Bank), Audrey Johnston (Southwest Opportunities) and Dan Glass (Chamber President and Attorney), David Carlson (City Administrator), John Hauth (Director of Public Works), and David Kurihara (City Clerk Treasure)

This $50,000 grant is one of the largest awarded by the Lancaster Community Fund. The grant monies were available from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact Joe Krantz (advisory board chair) Kevin Raisbeck (co-chair) or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit

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