First task is spearheading River Street building revitalization project
Jackie Boos has signed on to lead efforts on a special revitalization project in downtown Chippewa Falls. Boos has been hired by Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) to coordinate the management of its properties, including its state headquarters on Spring Street, Kamp Kenwood youth camp and event venue, and a historic building the nonprofit recently purchased on River Street in downtown Chippewa Falls.
As Facilities Director, Boos will manage the properties to their fullest potential within the mission of the organization. Prior to signing on with WFU, Boos was the Tourism Director at the Chippewa Falls Chamber, overseeing efforts within the Go Chippewa County tourism division.
"Jackie brings exceptional skills and expertise to Farmers Union at a critical time," said WFU Executive Director Julie Keown-Bomar. "With the launch of our renovation project in Chippewa Falls, we were looking for someone with business acumen, creativity, and local knowledge. Jackie is the perfect fit. Her passion for rural revitalization will be put to use starting on day one."
The 128 W. River Street building, which historically housed the Chippewa Valley Mercantile Co., is adjacent to the Spring Street building that has housed WFU's headquarters since the 1940s. WFU purchased the new 45,000 square foot building last spring when Machine Tool Camp outgrew the space. The organization plans to turn the stately brick building into a downtown destination, featuring a brewery and taphouse, local food vendors that procure ingredients from Wisconsin farmers, community event space, office space, rooftop solar panels, and desirable housing. The first phase of construction is anticipated to begin this summer, with hopes for a 2024 grand opening of the first-floor food hall.
The project aims to bolster the downtown economy, leverage the new downtown Riverfront Park, support small businesses through financial opportunity and incubator space, and help farmers access markets to improve their bottom line.
"I'm looking forward to being a part of creating an amazing platform for our mission to shine through with the efforts of the redevelopment of 128 River Street, Kamp Kenwood, and our existing headquarters," Boos said. "There is a lot of growth happening in Chippewa Falls and the Wisconsin Farmers Union will be at the helm of the advancement. I am joining a force of talent within the WFU staff, and I look forward to advancing our messaging, support, and membership."
Boos has been an active member of the community and lives in Tilden with her family. She began her new duties this week and can be reached at email@example.com.