One of Elkhorn's earliest industries was band instrument manufacturing, which still remains strong today with both the Holton Band Instrument Co. and then the Getzen Company. Most of the country's case work and repair work are also done in Elkhorn with companies like Allied Supply & Repair, Badger State Repair, GWW Inc., & the Holton Case Company.
Elkhorn is a city on the grow in terms of economic development. The city's two business parks are home to more than 75 companies, including Getzen, Everbrite, A.K. Rubber and Snap-On. New businesses are moving into both parks, and existing businesses are expanding, some using monies from loans available from a special fund created by the City of Elkhorn to promote business growth and retention.
Community in Harmony represents a joint cooperation of the city, Chamber of Commerce, and Elkhorn Commercial Development Co. Incorporated in 1995, its goal is to focus on community issues that affect the city as a whole.
Members' primary focus has been on historic preservation, beautification of the downtown area, and enhancing Christmas season activities to attract more visitors and build on Elkhorn's"Christmas Card Town" image. Community in Harmony also reprinted the Elkhorn History Book, originally published in 1976. The group commissioned Elkhorn artist Jan Castle-Reed to begin a new Christmas card series titled"Historic Preservation," to carry on the tradition begun with Cecile Johnson's watercolor renditions of Elkhorn in 1958 and for which the city gained its"Christmas Card Town" reputation. Both Cecile Johnson's and Jan Castle-Reed's cards are sold at several Elkhorn stores all year.
For information about economic development programs and opportunities in Elkhorn, contact:
The emphasis at West Side and Tibbets Elementary Schools is on the core areas of reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Elkhorn students score above state and national averages in all areas. Specialists teach art, music, technology and physical education. Programs for academically talented, Title I, remedial reading, speech and language are provided for individual students' special needs.
Elkhorn Area Middle School provides a transition from elementary to high school, with emphasis on the basic skills and helping students discover and develop aptitudes and abilities in several areas. Core subjects are English, math, science, social studies and reading. Art, music (band and chorus), physical education, family and consumer education, technology, health, computer education, careers and decision, and foreign language expand students' learning opportunities.
Elkhorn Area High School was remodeled and expanded in 1997 to both accommodate its growing student population, as well as to modernize its facilities and bring state-of-the-art technology to the school. It offers courses to prepare students for a university, technical college, or employment following graduation. More than 140 courses are offered including applied technology, youth apprenticeship, advanced placement and dual credit (high school & college) courses. The Technology Education Center, library, computer labs and classrooms provide opportunities for students to integrate technology with learning. Extracurricular activities include more than thirty (30) sports teams and twenty (20) clubs to choose from.
St. Patrick Parish School is a Catholic Elementary School, with a preschool through eighth grade program. Today, as in the past, St. Patrick School continues its tradition of providing academic excellence within a Christian setting. Their goals are to integrate Christian Faith and values into daily living and to promote each child's individual academic, physical and social growth. A complete learning environment is provided, including a gym, cafeteria, library, computer center and playground. St. Patrick Parish School welcomes children of all faiths.
First Evangelical Lutheran School exists as an important part of First Evangelical Lutheran Church to assist and support parents with the Christian education and training of their children. The school has been serving children and families since 1981. It offers a full curriculum at the elementary level for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Preschool sessions for children age 4 are also offered. All subjects are taught in the light of the Holy Scriptures. The school is connected to the church facility located on the corner of West Centralia and Devendorf Streets in Elkhorn. For more information about the school, please contact the principal by mai1 (415 South Devendorf, Elkhorn 53121), by phone (414-723-1091), or visit our web sight (www.elknet.net/lstluth-elkhorn/).
The Walworth County Handicapped Children's Education Board provides outstanding programs to Elkhorn-area students with special needs. Lakeland School was the first program in the U.S. to provide special classes for handicapped children.
Gateway Technical College, established in 1977, provides quality educational programs and support services that enable students to acquire the skills necessary for full participation in the workforce and for fulfillment of lifelong educational goals. From its four campuses in Elkhorn, Burlington, Racine and Kenosha, Gateway offers over 60 associate degree and technical diploma programs in Business & Marketing; Health; Industry and Technology; Service; and Technical disciplines. Nine out of 10 graduates are employed within six months of graduation, seven of 10 in their field of study/training. Annual enrollment at all campuses is approximately 33,000.
Several four-year colleges and universities are within easy commute of Elkhorn: the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Milwaukee, Whitewater, and the Parkside campus in Kenosha; Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch College, Marquette University, Mount Mary College and Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee; Edgewood College in Madison; Carthage College in Kenosha; Carroll College in Waukesha; and Concordia University in in Mequon.
Elkhorn takes pride in its historic preservation, seen not only in the downtown area but throughout its residential neighborhoods as well. Many of these fine, older homes date back to the mid 1800's and their present owners carefully maintain them; many have been restored to near-original condition and appearance. Mature, stately oaks, maples, and evergreens line most residential streets in the older sections of town; driving or strolling down these streets in the fall, the rich, vibrant colors of changing leaves are breathtaking.
The city's growing population has spurred development of new residential communities in Elkhorn. New homes and subdivisions have sprung up on the northeast and west sides of town, two new multi-family units have been built near West Side Elementary School, and the city has annexed land on the west side on which will be built 146 single-family homes, 20 duplexes, multi-family housing and commercial buildings.
In addition to the number and variety of festivals, celebrations and special events taking place, there's even more to attract new residents as well as visitors: shopping and dining in Elkhorn.
Whether cheerfully decorated for the holidays, boldly displaying crimson and gold fall colors, or its mature oak and maple trees providing welcome shade in the summer, Courthouse Park provides a handsome centerpiece to the city's charming, historic downtown area. Art galleries, antique shops, jewelry and clothing boutiques, banks, personal services, restaurants and coffee houses offering a variety of tempting tastes and atmosphere, all surround the picturesque park. From groceries to hardware, balloons to bridal wear, clocks to crafts, you'll find everything you need right here in Elkhorn
Moy's Restaurant, formerly the historic Loraine Hotel, Annie's Burger Town, Evergreen Country Club, The Elk Rest, Luke's, Culvers, LaCroix's, Sugar Creek Inn, Someplace Else, Sperino's Little Italy, McDonald's and Subway of Elkhorn offer everything from a leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner to a quick bite on-the-run.
Visitors can choose from four well-appointed lodging places, all conveniently located in or near the downtown area: AmericInn, Crossroads Motel, Thomas Motel or Ye Olde Manor House bed-and-breakfast.
In addition to the 30 doctors and dentists who have practices in the city of Elkhorn, Lakeland Medical Center has a 99-bed, full-service, acute care community hospital with a medical staff of almost 150 healthcare professionals who provide a wide range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services, and 24-hour emergency care by specially trained physicians. The hospital, located on the far east side of Elkhorn, is part of the Aurora Health Care System and serves the entire Walworth County Community.
Aurora Health Care's eight satellite clinics throughout Walworth County offer superior healthcare by specialists in family practice, internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, general surgery, podiatry, gastroenterology and thorasic/vascular surgery. Its Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin provides skilled, compassionate care to homebound patients following surgery or illness. Occupational Health Services works closely with members of the business community to meet the healthcare needs of local employers.
Mercy Walworth Medical Center, located minutes south of Elkhorn, between Lake Geneva and Williams Bay, is part of the Mercy Health System. The center is staffed by 30 physicians and healthcare professionals specializing in more than 20 medical disciplines including audiology, occupational medicine and therapy, sports medicine, outpatient surgery, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, allergy and immunology, cardiology and more.
The City of Elkhorn is governed by an elected mayor and six-member city council. The City Administrator, who handles the day-to-day operations and business of the city, is hired by city council. Biweekly council meetings, open to the public, are held the first and third Mondays of the month, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall on Broad St. in downtown Elkhorn.
Police protection is provided by the 16 full-time officers, four part-time officers, and two full-time civilian dispatchers employed by the Elkhorn Police Department. A recently initiated Neighborhood Watch program, a cooperative effort between the police department and Elkhorn citizens, will help residents learn how to help prevent crime and how to make their community safer by working with neighbors and the department. A police bicycle patrol is in place Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The 44-member volunteer force of the Elkhorn Area Ambulance Service, Inc."rescue squad" are all highly skilled and trained in emergency operations. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) take over 100 hours of instructional courses and must pass three exams tests to be licensed. Intermediate Medical Technicians (IMTs) take additional courses and have 40 hours of clinical experience.
Auxiliary members assist IMTs and EMTs as drivers and in other capacities and undergo extensive first-aid training. The rescue team is trained in extrication procedures. EAAS is equipped with two ambulances and two crash trucks, and has access to Flight for Life emergency air transport. It offers classes in CPR and first-aid, and conducts free blood pressure checks the first Saturday of each month.
No taxes are used to support EAAS - it pays for equipment, uniforms, gear, supplies, and members' continuing education with fees charged for its services. Local businesses also help support EAAS; other funds are raised through contributions from community groups and individuals, and the annual Fit for Life run/walk.
Fire protection and prevention is provided by a volunteer fire department. The department is equipped with 1 hook-and-ladder, 4 pumpers, 2 water trucks, a grass fire truck and an incident command vehicle.[ top of page ]
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