Badger Prairie Needs Network opens new community center

VERONA, Wis. — Badger Prairie Needs Network cut the ribbon on a new community center Wednesday.

The 4,800 square-foot Kasieta Center is designed to be a space for job training and community gatherings. The $2 million building was funded by money that Dane County got from the American Rescue Plan.

Local leaders including Governor Tony Evers and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi were on hand to celebrate the grand opening. The center is named after Bob and Marcia Kasieta, who donated to help support BPNN.

“Everybody’s working,” Evers said. “Anybody who isn’t, we want to make sure we have good-paying jobs and have people fill those jobs. This facility will help us do that.”

Multiple organizations have already partnered with the network to use the center for workforce training. BPNN will also use the building to relaunch its free community meal service next month.