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2014 Planned Infrastructure Investments
The city's continued investment into key parts of our infrastructure will continue in 2014. Among the projects:
East Twin River Seawall and Water Main Project. $2 million project to replace 400 feet of city-owned seawall along Harbor Park, just upstream of the Coast Guard station. Funding from various grant sources will provide for park and shoreline access improvements, plus improved docking facilities for transient boaters. A water main that was installed in 1908 and crosses the harbor at this location will also be replaced.
Highway 310 Repaving and Reconstruction. $1.6 million state project to mill and resurface the Hawthorne Avenue section of STH 310 and reconstructing the three-block 14th Street section. The City’s project share of $629,000 is mostly to replace water and sewer utilities under 14th Street, a 27-inch diameter interceptor sewer. Installed in the 1930’s, it carries about two-thirds of the flow to the wastewater plant.
Milling and Resurfacing 27th Street, Forest Ave. to Adams St. $275,000 project to extend the life of this older residential street.
Repaving of Zlatnik Drive at the Beach. $130,000 resurfacing of the street running through the beach area, and re-striping to “make permanent” the one-way traffic flow that was an experiment in the summer of 2013. The street will feature a dedicated (one-way) bike lane to complement the existing off-road bike trail, one traffic lane, plus a lane of parallel parking spaces on the “inland” side of the street to increase parking for those many busy days.
Lake Street Extension. $70,000 extension for the new Bank First National building to connect Madison Street to Monroe Street. City is looking at funding options for a new bike/pedestrian trail from 12th Street to Madison Street across the frontages of the library, park and bank properties.

Bank First National Proposes New Location

The Lester Library could have a new neighbor - Bank First National has proposed to build its new bank building on 1.14 acres on the west end of Lakeshore Park at Memorial Drive and 12th Street - overlooking Lake Michigan. Planning for the 4,000 square foot building is ongoing.

Welcome Forever Photography to Downtown Two Rivers
Welcome to the newest business in town - Forever Photography at 1606 Washington Street. Four local photographers - Debra, Paula, Aimee, and Jill - in one location.

Two Rivers Renews Commitment to Economic Development Corporation

The City Council has extended our funding commitment to the Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County (EDCMC) for another three years. City funding for 2014-16 will remain at the current level of $24,750 per year. This represents a commitment by our local governments to continue participating actively in a private-public partnership to promote private investment, jobs and economic opportunity in Manitowoc County. A partnership that is business-led, through the time, talents and funding support of local business leaders, who believe it is worthwhile to join together and work with local governments for the common good. A partnership, only eight years old, created after some area business leaders took a look at economic development organizations around Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. What they found was that successful development organizations bring the resources of both the private and public sectors together, to pursue a comprehensive approach to economic development. A partnership that has demonstrated success in working with entrepreneurs wanting to start businesses, with existing businesses wanting to expand, and in reaching out to recruit new businesses. And most recently, in sponsoring and coordinating an industry cluster study, which has identified new economic opportunities in the manufacturing, agriculture, energy and tourism sectors of our area economy.

$500,000 Grant for Seawall and Water Main Repairs
The city has received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace the failing harbor seawall and a nearby 105 year old water main. The project will rebuild 400 feet of seawall and replace 700 feet of damaged water main. Various sections of the seawall have breached in recent years, causing erosion of the seawall structure. The urgent need to repair this infrastructure qualified for the "Urgent Local Need" category of CDBG grants. Funding for these awards comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The total project is estimated to cost nearly $2 million and is scheduled to begin in early 2014.

  New Taxi Service
Welcome to Smitty's Taxi - now operating in Two Rivers. Service 24/7 and they accept major credit cards. They also have a weekly ride program for those who need daily transportation service. Smitty's is also a member of the Manitowoc County Tavern League Safe Ride program. Their phone number is 920-242-1706.

Bridge Done - Dredging Underway

The brand new 17th Street Bridge was dedicated on August 2, and just days later the dredging work on the East Twin River began. This will serve to increase the attractiveness of the former Hamilton Manufacturing property that is planned for demolition (see below). By garnering state and federal funding, the city saved millions of dollars and was still able to keep a lift bridge at this important location that links our commercial fishing and sport fishing community to the lake, and our downtown and bike trails to Neshotah Beach. The new bridge is also the last one we have to replace in the city for decades to come as all 4 of our bridges have been replaced in recent years.

12.5 Acres of Waterfront Land to be Cleared in Downtown Two Rivers
Demolition permits have been filed by Thermo Fisher Scientific to remove all 1.2 million square feet (40 buildings) at the former Hamilton Manufacturing plant in downtown Two Rivers. The property is immediately adjacent to the 3.5 acres of land that was cleared by Egger's Industries when it built a new factory in the city.

While future development plans are not clear yet, the site to be cleared lies along the harbor and East Twin River. It is also next to the new $16 million 17th Street lift bridge, which opened on August 1. This fall, the East Twin River along that property (from the Harbor to the 22nd Street bridge) will be dredged to restore the 100-foot river channel to 8.5 feet and clear some of the shoreline to 6 feet. The dredging will help us maintain a viable harbor for our commercial fishing fleet and recreational boating and support redevelopment of our harbor area.

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...just like these people did
after visiting Two Rivers

After several years of coming to Two Rivers for charter fishing, the city was one of my options for my new job relocation. I had no doubt that Two Rivers was the place for my family.
Doug DeVries -
Edward Jones

My wife and I had decided to relocate to Wisconsin. I never considered Two Rivers for my multi-state business until my first visit. I fell in love with the city right away. The city leaders are committed to meeting the needs of technology companies. I've bought a building and the business is expanding.
Chris Derrington - Brand My Message

We visited Two Rivers, liked the friendliness, bought a house, and moved our business. We found Two Rivers very hospitable and welcoming. The cost of doing business is much lower than in Illinois. Our first year in Two Rivers was our most profitable ever.
Terry Esser -
Flavor Hut

While looking for a location for our new business venture, we stayed in Two Rivers because it was centrally located between all of the places we were considering. After three days in town, we knew Two Rivers was the right place and we found a building the next day. We've since moved and expanded.
Chow Chong -
Unique Flying Objects

Two Rivers is such a nice and attractive town, and it didn't hurt that we found a perfect property with a great view of Lake Michigan. When we approached the city about moving our business, the staff was very responsive in providing help and great advice. We needed a zoning change and accomplished that with ease.
Christine Konopacki -
enViva Foods

In 2004 my wife, Mari, and I took a trip from Topeka, Kan. to the Lakeshore for a dog show. While walking Mariners Trail on a beautiful September day, Mari said to me: "I think I could live here." The library job became available two years later - it was fate that we would end up in Two Rivers!
Jeff Dawson - Director Lester Public Library

Two Rivers - a great place to raise your family and your family's business


Schroeder's Department Store had been under family ownership in downtown Two Rivers since 1891.
Right down the street is Kurtz's Pub and Deli, owned
by the same family since 1904.

Birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae

Life in Two Rivers

Why Two Rivers?

Family Living In Active Lakefront City

Affordable Real Estate
Cost of Living Half of Milwaukee/Chicago
6 Miles of Beach in the City
13 Miles of Bike Trails
Next to Point Beach State Forest
Low Crime Rate
Hundreds of City Recreation Programs

Investing in the Future
New High School
New Downtown Streetscape
New Hospital
New Medical Center
New Library
New Fire Station
Three New Bridges
Two New Bike Trails

Third Bike Trail Coming After Local Businesses Pledge $31,000 in Less Than 2 Hours to Access $1.2 Million Transportation Grant

$750,000 in Donations & Local Grants for $3.5 Million Community House Renovation

Senior Center Renovation Funded 100% by Donations & a Local Grant

 Close to the Big City

Downtown is Just 8 Minutes from I-43
A Short Bike Ride to Manitowoc
Less Than an Hour to:
Green Bay
Door County
Fox Valley
Lambeau Field
About an Hour to Milwaukee
Three Hours to Chicago

Doing Business in Two Rivers

Active Business Community
Low Utility Costs
Two Industrial Parks
70+ Successful Business Start-Ups Since 2003
Prime Locations Available
Waterfront Sites Available
New Ultra-Filtration Water Plant
Fiber Optic Network

Two Rivers Revolving Loan Fund
$7 Million in Loans to 50 Companies
Downtown Loan Program
3% Interest for Up to 8 Years

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