Thanks in part to USDA rural development funds, a community development block grant, the city of Menomonie and other local contributors, a new center for non-profit organizations is going up in Dunn County.
Construction on the 30,000 square foot facility has already started in the middle of the Menomonie business district. It's a project that's been in the works for the past seven years. There was a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Oaklawn Harmony Centre Tuesday afternoon.
"We had organizations that we felt as though we needed to look out for them with resources becoming tighter, we as board members sat around and decided it was time to try something different," says Renee Surdick, the president of the Centre.
When construction is completed, eight organizations will be at Oaklawn Harmony Center. Some include the Family Resource Center and United Way of Dunn County, Hmong American Association, and the Rural Dental Clinic.
"To be able to come to one location to have it close to the tech school, close to the job center, as well as to have it near different employment opportunities, the school. This location really does make so much more sense for these groups."
Another group that participated in the groundbreaking ceremony is the Menomonie Head Start, another organization that, next year, will have a new, permanent home that the director says will be more accessible to more residents.
"We just want to thank the community for having the foresight to be able to build this project for us," says Director Cheri Jacobson. "It's something that we couldn't have done on our own and it's taken all of the community’s efforts to be able to do this."
The Stout Technology Acceleration Program will also in the building. They are currently seeking two smaller technology-related businesses to be housed there as well.