When Heidel House closed in May, the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce knew it would suffer some loss of revenue.

   Months later, the chamber has realized the full impact of Heidel House’s closure: it lost $130,000 in revenue from room tax dollars, a loss of about 76.5% of the chamber’s room tax income.

   As the chamber struggled to recoup from such a loss, the Spirit of Green Lake, LLC’s decision to not purchase the Heidel House property was the final push for the chamber as it now seeks assistance from the Green Lake City Council.

   Chamber board member Chuck Hurley and Executive Director Liane Walsh approached the council at the Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night regarding the chamber’s financial struggles.

   Hurley explained to the council members that “as the board was talking about [the budget], we thought it was best to involve the city leaders in the conversation, the challenges that we’re facing, and figure out how we can handle next year with the challenges that we all face together.”

   He explained the chamber has brought a lot of tourism to Green Lake in the last several years.

   Read the full story, including information on how much the income the chamber receives and spends for tourism and events, in the Dec. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.