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Local Bank Jump-starts Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Fundraising Campaign

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Pictured left to right are: Josh Grzadzielewski and Nancy Lettner of First National Bank and Trust Company and Cole Bawek, president of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce

First National Bank and Trust Company, formerly State Bank of Arcadia and B&E Investments the prior owner of the State Bank of Arcadia, recently donated $7,500 to help jump-start community giving for the new ‘Welcome to Arcadia’ signs. This two-phase project will include the installation of four signs near Arcadia city limits.

As part of phase one, two large signs will be placed on Highway 93 facing north and south. Later, phase two will include two smaller signs on Highway 95 facing east and west.

“The new ‘Welcome to Arcadia’ signs have been a community topic for many years now,” said President of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, Cole Bawek. “As an organization that knows first impressions make a difference, the Chamber wanted to spearhead this initiative as it will help attract people to see all Arcadia has to offer.”

The City of Arcadia has currently committed to contribute $10,000 for the signage projects. With the city’s contribution, this leaves the Chamber just shy of $40,000 to fundraise for phase one by spring 2022. The launch of phase two is dependent on funds raised for phase one.

“We are very fortunate First National Bank and Trust Company has rallied with us to kick-off our fundraising campaign with such a generous gift! I’m hopeful their act of generosity will inspire others to partner with us to get this project completed,” added Bawek.

As listed in the chamber’s fundraising material, there are five compelling reasons to contribute to the new city signs including: 1) represents Arcadia as the economic hub of Trempealeau county; 2) conveys the community’s image as a welcoming and high-quality place to work and live; 3) increases property value; 4) permits long-lasting stone slab for generations with minimal upkeep; and 5) creates an attention-seeking, memorable impression for visitors and locals.

The learn more about the project or to donate, contact Arcadia Chamber of Commerce at RKDchamber@gmail.com. Checks can be payable to: Arcadia Chamber of Commerce – Memo: City Sign and mailed to PO Box 81, Arcadia, WI 54612.