Welcome bags are now available for residents new to the Shawano area. Mayor Jeanne Cronce had said this was something she wanted to implement when she first became mayor. The goal of the baskets is to help with the acclimation process of joining an unfamiliar community.
“It took a while to get going, but Leadership Shawano County group stepped in and kind of took the project over and the bags are now filled “said Cronce. “They are located at the chamber, city hall, and at the library and Thursday I believe we handed out the first bag.”
When the newcomers register at Shawano Municipal Utilities, they’ll get a card inviting them to pick up their welcome bag. The bags will contain various items to help familiarize themselves with the community.
“They’re going to have coupons to local businesses, they’re going to find different fliers from the schools, all kinds of fliers from different places, different things that are coming up in the community, the chamber booklet. There’s a lot of information in both that and the community ed booklet.”
Cronce shares that about 50 different Shawano area businesses contributed to the welcome bags.