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By a 4-3 majority, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday struck
down Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order, finding that it is
unlawful, invalid and unenforceable.
The ‘Safer at Home’ order was an attempt to prevent the spread of the
COVID-19 coronavirus in the state and keep the health care system from
becoming overwhelmed by a potential surge in patients. Several
businesses were deemed “essential” by the order and allowed to maintain
full or partial operations, but the order also had the affect of
shutting down much of the state’s economy, resulting in significant job
losses since it was put in place by Evers in late March. Evers had
recently eased some of the restrictions of “Safer at Home,” which was
set to expire on May 26.
The action by the state Supreme Court means all businesses in the
state can for now resume normal operations, although local governments
may attempt to put their own restrictions in place...
...Republican lawmakers, who brought the legal challenge, had asked the
court to issue a temporary injection against the order but then stay the
injunction for at least six days. But the majority rejected that
option, adding that more than two weeks had passed since the case
started. Therefore, “Safer at Home” is immediately struck down by the
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Ken Notes: When I was a Debater in college, we used to joke about needing to, "Lay the bodies on the table" to justify a plan of action. I never thought that would be an actual political reality, because I never thought our politicians on both sides of the isle could become so detached from the actual public they represent.
I was once proud to call myself a politician (although I preferred public servant), now I have no party, no faith in my representatives, and a fear that the pendulum is now swinging so fast that we may never be able to restore balance. If there is an upside to any of this, I suggested that rather than throw WEDC out, we reshape the organization into a true advocate for business and jobs in Wisconsin and they have clearly moved in that direction. Keep reading...
More than half a million people in
Wisconsin have filed for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus
outbreak began in March, according to the latest figures from the
Department of Workforce Development.
As of Tuesday morning, there were 511,577 claims filed since mid-March. Total benefits paid topped $384 million.
Development says it received 4.7 million calls about unemployment
benefits during the week of April 26 alone, about eight per second if
the offices were open 24 hours a day, seven days a week....
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Imagine that you live in a beautiful oceanfront home and discover that a hurricane is headed directly your way. do you:
- A. Board up the windows head for higher ground and wait out the storm to pass then assess the damage and repair or rebuild your home. Or do you…
- B. Immediately take out a second mortgage on the house, run to Home Depot, buy all the materials necessary to rebuild your home and have them shipped to the site prior to the hurricane.
I believe America may have chosen option B.
Ken Notes: My observations, please feel free to reprint or share...
On May 8, 2020, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) published a series of general and industry-specific guidelines to assist businesses with reopening under Governor Tony Evers’s “Badger Bounce Back” plan. Guidelines are available for many industries, including agriculture, construction, entertainment/amusement, gym and fitness centers, hair and nail salons, hospitality/lodging, manufacturing, professional services, public facilities, restaurants, retail, transportation, outdoor gatherings, outdoor recreation, and warehouse/wholesale trades.
Across multiple guidelines, the WEDC—a public-private agency—identified common modifications to practices, policies, and physical accommodations to safely reopen. For example, each guideline encourages businesses to increase cleaning and sanitizing practices, and have employees practice social distancing and use face masks or cloth face coverings. The guidelines repeatedly direct businesses to adhere to the guidelines and recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- Madison is yet again being hailed as a good place to live, after Forbes found that the city ranked as one of the top cities to make a speedy recovery when the pandemic ends.
The Forbes ranking, citing research from Moody`s Analytics, grouped the best 10 cities to recover quickly following the pandemic, and the top 10 cities with the worst chance of recovering.
Moody`s analyzed population density and compared it against the share of jobs that require a college or graduate degree, as well as other research methods. ...more
Ken Notes: Good news I hope. Let`s get back to work but be careful out there!
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- Beer-lovers - you are in for a treat.
The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company has announced that they will be selling their craft brews well-below normal prices starting this Thursday.
The company says that they brewed "a lot" of beer before the pandemic hit, and now with their restaurants and customers partially shut down, they have to get rid of the stuff.
“Time doesn’t do well for beer,” head brewer Eric Brusewitz explained.
He continued, “Beer moves so quickly. It was more of an issue trying to keep up. To all of a sudden have that screech to a halt, it was really difficult seeing beer go to waste."
But after all, this is Wisconsin, and one cannot simply poor good brew down the drain.
That`s why the Great Dane has decided to not only sell its brew on the cheap, but donate all the proceeds to the Briarpatch Youth Services, a local nonprofit that supports runaway, homeless and at-risk youth.
“It was so unexpected, and it’s going to help us in so many different ways,” Jackie Wehrenberg, the development and communications director for the nonprofit, said.
According to the Madison-based brewery`s Facebook page, they are selling crowlers for $3, growlers for $5, ? barrels for $19, and ½ barrels for $39 of "everything we have on tap."
The sale kicks off Thursday, May 14 at
all Great Dane locations. Beer will be sold in crowlers, growlers and
barrels while supplies last.
Come Thursday, beer-lovers can place their order here.
Ken Notes: Available TODAY! Lets help them sell out! I promise this is the best news of the week!
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced on Monday, May 18 $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.
A news release says this initiative will provide direct assistance to small businesses most impacted by the duration and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. These $2,500 cash grants will assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June.
Gov. Evers issued the following statement in a news release:
“We are still encouraging people to stay home as much as possible, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, and take protective measures like wearing a mask in public, but as more businesses continue to reopen around the state, we need to go all in on doing this together.”
Ken Notes:Glad to see him moving away from the wild west quotes although it must have been frustrating to see much of this play out as a partisan political and legal battle. One note for the governor, the great leaders of our time have been able to put the partisan rhetoric aside and align with the people for the greater good.
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Since the Covid-19 pandemic began negatively impacting Wisconsin`s economy in mid-March, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has deployed $384.3 million to those in need of unemployment benefits, the department announced.
Through May 2 and dating back to March 15, DWD has received 498,297 preliminary unemployment benefit applications. The daily counts reported by DWD are not yet official. After the claims are processed and verified, the counts are reported weekly to the U.S. Department of Labor.... ...more
Several Wisconsin bars on Wednesday opened their doors and welcomed
customers for the first time in months after the state`s Supreme Court
sided with Republican legislators and struck down the extension of Gov.
Tony Evers`s (D) stay-at-home order.
The Tavern League of Wisconsin, a trade association that represents bars in the state, announced after the ruling that businesses "can OPEN IMMEDIATELY!"
and videos showed groups of patrons dining in bars across the state.
Multiple bars opened in the Green Bay area and hosted more than a dozen
people, according to USA Today. One video shared from Nick`s, a bar in Platteville, Wis., showed a number of individuals that appeared crowded into the location...
And too many more to include....
Ken Notes: No surprise here, but not exactly what the court said. It will be interesting to watch this play out. I am truly frustrated that this in now a political football with many issues not even on the table. Of course Darwin will have something to say about all of this in the end.
Most businesses responding to the second statewide COVID-19 Wisconsin Business Impact survey anticipate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to continue through 2020 and beyond.
While 23 percent of responding businesses reported not being able to remain open beyond three months if current conditions persist, 32 percent of respondents reported they would likely survive beyond 10 months under current conditions.
Jeffrey Sachse, director of UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research and Services (CCRS) indicates these data point to a “greater sense of resilience.”
Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) President Paul Jadin said, “this longitudinal survey is an effort to assess how businesses are coping through the pandemic and the second observation has yielded some interesting changes from a month ago that will help inform the regional and state response.”...
Ken Notes:Thanks to those who pushed for this comprehensive study, it is giving Wisconsin a head start as we return to business. Remember the economic impact will be with us for awhile. The lack of sporting events and theater productions alone will cost billions. Even as we slowly emerge from our homes events have been canceled well into the future.
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Wisconsin Economic and Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes said there`s more money coming for businesses needing help during the COVID-19 crisis.
During a weekly presentation as part of a new initiative called Focus Forward, Hughes said resources are coming from the federal government through the Small Business Administration...
"As the result of our work with the Small Business Administration we`ve seen in the first amount of money that came from PPP, about $8 billion has come into Wisconsin. Now we`ve just heard that another $2 billion is coming into Wisconsin..."
he second observation period of a statewide survey is underway to measure the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin businesses. The survey is open for past participants and new participants until May 14.
The survey is a partnership between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s nine regional economic development organizations, including the local Visions Northwest, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services (CCRS) to collect data on the level of economic hardship being experienced by Wisconsin businesses due to the pandemic...
espite a record-setting year for Wisconsin tourism in 2019, the industry is now scrambling to adjust to the shock of coronavirus while hoping the Memorial Day weekend can start a comeback to mitigate millions of dollars in losses.
The state Supreme Court ruling that tossed the statewide stay-at-home extension, due to expire May 26, has resulted in hope and uncertainty as the crucial traditional start of summer approaches. A patchwork of local rules and lingering reluctance to embrace usual activities could put a damper on things... ...more
Ken Notes: I have an idea that would help a great deal. Companies should strongly consider a 4 day work week. Your employees are more productive, your scheduling is more flexible, you costs could be reduced, you are supporting the rest of the economy. This actually makes a great deal of economic and social sense and could help jump start our economy.
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(WLUK) -- While tourism in Wisconsin saw its biggest year in at least a decade, officials do not expect to see growth in 2020.
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism announced Monday tourism’s impact on the state’s economy reached $22.2 billion last year. ...more
It`s part of an annual study conducted by Tourism Economics.
However due to the impact of COVID-19, travel restrictions are keeping Wisconsin residents and visitors at home.
“We know that 2020 will not look like 2019...
Ken Notes: This impact will be huge. Also consider much of our tourism income comes from outside Wisconsin...
MADISON, Wis.– A Madison-based collaboration joins scientists around
the world in racing to develop a vaccine to combat the coronavirus.
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are teaming up with
FluGen and Bharat Biotech to develop a coronavirus vaccine at a pace
much quicker than usual.
“This collaboration has thrown it’s hat in the ring to produce a
vaccine as quick as possible, one that is safe and effective,” Eric
Hamilton, a UW-Madison spokesperson, said. “If this is the one or one of
several that works, that would be fantastic.”... ...more
Ken Notes: If, and I believe they will, Wisconsin companies, the UW, WARF, and URP are responsible for a vaccine or treatment we need to be in a position to publicize this globally. Also I suggest a hashtag be developed for all articles, stories, and news releases. At the very lease use #Wisconsin...
RHINELANDER, WI (WSAU-WXPR) Wisconsin Economic Development
Corporation Secretary Missy Hughes says businesses should be looking
toward her agency as they open up for business.
Hughes says the virus cuts across county lines and she says business
owners should consider some options. "That`s where WEDC`s guidelines can
be helpful because businesses can stand in the middle of their shop or
cafe and think about `what to I need to change to help my employees feel
safe and my customers feel safe?"
Hughes says many people thought they would have more time to consider
what to do under the Badger Bounce Back plan presented by Governor
Evers. When the state Supreme Court reopened the state right away, many
people were looking for guidance on what to do says Hughes. ...more
Ken Notes: WEDC has taken on a new role as the pandemic impacts us all. I hope the focus on smaller and rural Wisconsin continues and we can get development and employment growth incentives for all Wisconsin businesses back on the table, but it does look like Hughes has turned the ship in that direction. Time will tell.
Waukesha County executive Paul Farrow encouraged businesses to follow
CDC and Wisconsin Economic Corp. guidelines after a Wisconsin Supreme
Court ruling striking down Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order.
“While there is no longer a ‘Safer at Home’ order, there is still
COVID-19 in our community. Be smart, be vigilant, and stay safe,” Farrow
said in a statement.
Farrow said he expects many businesses previously closed by the order would choose to open on Thursday... ...more
Ken Notes: and now the CYA verbiage begins. Every politician will say "Stay Safe", while cashing the checks from groups who lobbied for opening the state. I want the state opened back up, but even more I want our elected officials to cooperate on a plan to do this. I want to restore fiscal conservancy and social awareness to a system that has thrown both out the window.
The Madison Plan Commission`s approval last week of the demolition of a house at 935 W. Johnson St. received little attention, but it represents a significant step toward the construction of a massive University of Wisconsin-Madison project that would house offices currently located in the maligned George L. Mosse Humanities Building.
The planned Letters & Sciences research facility will be home to various humanities departments with the goal of “emptying out” the Mosse building, said campus planning director Gary Brown. It will include seminar rooms and student gathering areas. The university is in the process of purchasing other property on the block for further development, including more research buildings and an underground parking facility.
The 143,000-square-foot academic research facility project is budgeted to cost $83 million. The project represents the university’s number one priority out of 12 projects planned for the 2021-2023 budget, Brown said. ...more
The southeastern Wisconsin industrial real estate market had a banner year in 2019 and remains strong. According to Catalyst, the industrial market in southeastern Wisconsin had a vacancy rate of approximately 4 percent at the end of 2019 and that rate has moved down slightly to 3.9 percent during the first quarter of 2020. This rate is well below the historical vacancy rate in southeastern Wisconsin, which averages between 7 and 9 percent.
Several submarkets are significantly lower than the southeastern Wisconsin average: Racine, where the massive Foxconn project is underway, has a 3.8 percent vacancy rate; the large Waukesha submarket, which has nearly 83 million square feet of inventory, has a vacancy rate of 1.9 percent; and the Sheboygan submarket, which has about 27 million square feet of industrial space, has an astonishing 0.1 percent vacancy rate.... ...more
Yesterday, Public Health Madison
& Dane County announced the implementation of a county-wide
reopening plan called Forward Dane. It went into effect today and
removed travel restrictions, opened tennis and disc golf courses,
allowed businesses to prepare to reopen, and removed any criminal
penalty for violating the county’s stay-at-home order. Dane County
executive Joe Parisi told WKOW yesterday that it resembles the current
statewide plan, but adapted for local use.
“It’ll be similar, but it’ll be
specific to Dane County,” said Parisi. “Because, given the fact that
we’re a different population, a smaller population, a different
circumstance than the statewide numbers, it’ll be similar but we want to
make sure that whatever we do makes sense for Dane County.”
But reopening will still be difficult... ...more
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MADISON — The Department of
Workforce Development reported it has been awarded $999,000 in initial
funding from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of a COVID-19
Dislocated Worker Grant. The award was made last week in response to
Wisconsin’s $3 million request.
grant funds will be distributed to participating Wisconsin workforce
development boards that will use the funds to create temporary jobs for
laid-off workers, including self-employed individuals whose businesses
have been impacted by the public health emergency.
The jobs will focus on the provision of humanitarian assistance relating to COVID-19 disaster relief efforts...
MADISON -- Still waiting on that unemployment check? Labor attorneys
and state employees say Wisconsin`s spike in unemployment claims isn`t
the only thing to blame.
"No one planned for Godzilla attacking
the city," labor and employment attorney Victor Forberger said. "And
this is kind of like Godzilla is attacking the city through this
unemployment crisis. But there are
things a state can do to make it easier to manage that process, and it
seems to me Wisconsin through the last several years really made the
process difficult and complicated."
The Department of Workforce Development, which oversees unemployment
benefits, points to outdated software and an unprecedented, overwhelming
number of calls from people trying to file claims; Forberger points to
years of policies that made navigating the unemployment system
increasingly difficult... ...more
Ken Notes: This is interesting, as a consultant and advisor for 20 years, I can attest to some very antiquated computer systems in the state government. The problem is also that there is no oversight or leadership on technology so every department is on their own. To quote the Governor, "It is the wild west out there". And for the record that was taken out of context, because I am sure that no Governor has a clue what is going on.
MADISON -- More than 549,000 people have filed for unemployment in
Wisconsin since March 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, FOX6 News
viewers continue to call in with problems, long waits, no benefits, and
Despite those holdups, the state has paid roughly $1.1 billion in
benefits to people. The state weekly maximum benefit is $370. Right now,
the federal government is tacking on an additional $600 a week. But
others out of work are still not getting a dime...
Ken Notes: I have to give the DWD some credot they had and exponential increase in workload and only minor staffing changes. I think we are doing OK but need to asses who needs help most and soonest. If history in any indication many will profit from the suffering of others and we will do (or be able to do) much about this.
A site developed for Milwaukee but helpful for everyone StayHomeMKE.com
If you or someone you know needs assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare or other essential services, follow this link or call 211 to speak to someone who can help. 211wisconsin.communityos.org/
211 connects you with thousands of nonprofit and government services in your area. If you want personal assistance call the three-digit number 211 or 877-947-2211. A friendly voice to talk with you 24/7/365. The COVID-19 Information and Resources page deals with information and help specific to Covid-19.
Ken Notes: Please be very careful when someone offers assistance for a fee. Deal ONLY with advisors you know and trust.
I will keep this page updated and at the top of WisconsinDevelopment.com until the crisis passes.
The number of people to file for unemployment insurance in Wisconsin has surpassed 550,000 since March 15, including 31,851 who filed for benefits the week ending May 16, according to preliminary data reported by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
In that span, the department has paid out $1.14 billion in benefits. That includes $550 million during the week beginning May 3, the largest amount DWD has ever paid in a single week... ...more
Ken Notes: See...
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Ken Notes: I am telling you, solution will come through Madison...
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A free app designed like a Swiss Army knife for Wisconsinites coping with the coronavirus pandemic launched Monday.
Developed during the past five weeks by the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS) at UW-Madison, COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect is a desktop and mobile app that serves as a multipurpose tool for people struggling with various aspects of the pandemic. It’s partially based on existing CHESS app technology that has been applied to health challenges such as breast cancer, lung cancer and substance use disorder.
a personal-finance website, released Tuesday updated rankings for the
States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions, as well as accompanying
To determine which states have the fewest coronavirus
restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of
Columbia across 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from whether
child-care programs and restaurants have reopened to the presence or
absence of a "shelter-in-place" order. Highlights from the report are as
Coronavirus Restrictions in Wisconsin (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.):
- 1st: Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public
- 1st: Reopening of Child-Care Programs
- 28th: Travel Restrictions
- 2nd: Large Gatherings Restrictions
- 7th: "Shelter in Place" Order
- 7th: Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
- 2nd: Reopening of Restaurants and Bars
Ken Notes: I am not sure this is a good thing...
MADISON, Wis. (WEAU)-- Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced 31 school districts were awarded grants that total up to $690,000.
These grants are for fab lab facilities. Fab lab`s are high-technology workshops equipped with computer controlled manufacturing components.
The Eau Claire Area School District says the money will go towards the purchase of equipment to develop of fab lab at both Memorial High School and North High School... ...more
Whole Trees, a Wisconsin Company, was featured in Architect Magazine. I would aggregate some of the text but they do not allow it. Amelia, CEO, is quoted about half way into the article. ...more
Gov. Tony Evers lifted closures for about 14,000 businesses on Monday.
A handful of customers wandered into Kendra Wiesemeyer’s home decor store in downtown Hudson hours after it opened Monday.
“A little retail therapy,” said the owner of The 715 and a nearby clothing boutique called Grace + Grit.
It had been a while...
Several University of Wisconsin-Madison students are registered to speak at the Monday, May 18, meeting of Madison`s Plan Commission to express their opposition to The Langdon, a proposed apartment building slated for 126 Langdon St. They allege that the developer has been improperly offering special benefits to students who sign on in support of the project.
The Langdon is the latest venture in student-focused housing from Core Spaces, the development firm that built The Hub, 437 N. Frances St., and The James, 432 W. Gorham St. Core has proposed an 88-unit, five- to seven-story building.
The UW-Madison students intending to speak Monday say they have amassed over 1,800 signatures in a petition opposing the project. Many of the students who have signed are from the surrounding fraternity and sorority houses who echo the original opposition to a previous proposal from Core: they do not welcome an increase of noise and traffic... ...more
Ken Notes:Fraternity and sorority are complaining about the potential for noise??? Seriously... They actually use there Langdon Street "party hub" locations to recruit new members. I have no opinion on this project, but I would ask what is best use for the property...
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One of the curious benefits of self-quarantine is the fact that we get to hear and see parts of our government operating that, ordinarily, would require citizens to haul their lazy hindquarters up to various capitols and courthouses. This is in addition to CSPAN’s usual coverage of what’s goin’ down in Congress. (Hi, John Ratcliffe. You weren’t qualified last July, but you are qualified now? What happened? Did you un-fabricate your resume? America is keen to know.)
The Supreme Court is allowing oral arguments to be broadcast. (This already has allowed interested citizens to hear Justice Clarence Thomas actually ask a question during a session of the court. This is the judicial equivalent of Halley’s Comet.) On Tuesday, the Court was scheduled to hear yet another challenge to the administration’s new expansive exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that, for example, Catholic employers include contraception coverage for their Presbyterian janitors. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg joined in from her hospital room at Johns Hopkins. Baller... ...more
Ken Notes: I have no comment...
The simultaneous crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic collapse have left many executives cowering in their C-Level bunkers.
Carl Sheeley Jr. is having none of that.
“I feel so comfortable in an economic downturn,” Sheeley says. “I know it seems counterintuitive, but I do.”
What fuels Sheeley’s optimism? He survived the economic quagmire after the attacks on 9-11 in 2001 and the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, when the American banking system almost collapsed and the U.S. automotive industry needed to be bailed out.
In other words, Sheeley has seen hard times. And they only made him stronger.
“You can complain that rose bushes have thorns. Or you can rejoice that the thorn bushes have roses,” Sheeley says, sounding like a reincarnation of Mark Twain. “It’s been said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. An economic recession is the best sunshine. You can’t hide anything. It’s time for the best to rise to the top.”... ...more
Ken Notes: I must admit I too like the positive actions and viewpoints that appear in the news during this time, "the rose among thorns".
A little more than a year after
its opening, a Far East Side Madison low-income housing complex has
been declared a chronic nuisance, and its owner could face fines and
other charges if changes aren’t made to improve quality of life and
public safety there.
94-unit Harmony at Grandview Commons, 116 Milky Way, has been plagued by
complaints about noise, disturbances and occasional violence almost
since its opening in March 2019, and just last weekend saw a fight that
resulted in the arrest of two people, according Ald. Lindsay Lemmer,
whose 3rd District includes the area...
Ken Notes: What do we expect when we segregate our socioeconomic poor into segregated housing where they have no pride of ownership, no incentive to improve, and no leadership or mentorship to guide them. This is not their problem this is our problem and we are failing...
Ken Notes: Again this is great advice and a resource for the entire state. I like the printable PDFs it will help your business look professional!!!
GoDiagnostics, or GoDx, was formed with the vision to “democratize
diagnostics” so that all people can more quickly learn about infections
that make them sick.
The founder and chief executive officer of GoDx, Chang Hee Kim, and
his team are in the process of gaining regulatory approval of their two
diagnostics tests — GutChecker and CoronaChecker.
Kim founded the company to combat deaths related to diarrhea-inducing
gut pathogens. With between millions of annual deaths, diarrhea is the
second leading cause of death in children under age 5 worldwide.
Furthermore, founders have identified an unmet need for quick,
inexpensive and effective diagnostics tests in the health care system.
GoDx is tackling this need head on. ...more
Plan Includes Streamlining Duplicate Degree Programs, Centralizing Administrative Functions
University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross is telling
campuses across the state to revise their mission statements and create
unique identities to help preserve the system`s future amid financial
strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a plan announced Thursday, Cross calls for streamlining
duplicate degree programs before fall 2021 due to the financial pressure
from the pandemic, projected declines in enrollment and nearly a
decade-long freeze on in-state, undergraduate tuition at four-year
During a special meeting Thursday of the UW Board of Regents, Cross
will outline the proposed strategic plan for the UW System that calls
- Addressing degree program duplications at all state-run campuses.
- Centralizing most human resources, information technology and business functions.
- Creating a system-wide online education model.
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Today, when both the physical health
and economic health of our community are at risk from COVID-19, business
as usual and politics as usual is no longer an option.
us to come out of this crisis altogether healthier, stronger and more
resilient as a community, we need policymakers to implement high-road,
progressive policies and stand up for local businesses....
....We can recover from these challenging
times, but only if we bridge the divide in our politics and work
together to lay a foundation of high-road progressive policies and
practices that take better care of our local businesses, workers,
families and communities. Indeed, isn’t that what making the economy
work for all is all about?
Ken Notes: Well said...
NEWaukee has landed a $250,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to support its plan to redevelop the former Schlitz Tivoli Palm Garden in Walker’s Point.
The grant will support the $4.4 million project, which the social architecture firm hopes to complete by 2021.
The City of Milwaukee would act as a pass-through agent for the grant. The Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee approved its acceptance Tuesday morning... ...more
Newmark Knight Frank and American Family Mutual Insurance Co., are delighted to announce the sale of 7.5 acres in The American Center Business Park in Madison, WI to a Joint Venture group comprising M&R Development, Campbell Capital Group and Brian Wagner and Mark Rudnicki, principals of Stevens Construction.
The group is planning to construct 270 market rate apartment units, the very first multi-family project in the park! This outstanding looking project will have a mix of 1 & 2 bedrooms, pool, clubhouse, fitness, underground parking and all the amenities you would expect from a first class development. Construction should begin soon with occupancy scheduled for July of 2021. Congratulations to American Family and the M & R Development team! We’re looking forward to another exciting development in The American Center. ...more
MADISON — Dane
County has purchased land with the intention of growing its solar power
portfolio in order to supply all county operations with renewable
The county announced
April 22 that it is seeking proposals to develop a solar farm on the
120-acre tract east of the county’s landfill in the town of Cottage
Grove with the hope of beginning design in 2021.
county estimates the land will support a plant roughly twice the size
of a 9-megawatt project under development at the Dane County Regional
As the world continues to navigate uncertain times, the Department of Workforce Development has reported skyrocketing numbers of those filing for unemployment.
As of May 4, more than half a million people have filed for unemployment benefits in Wisconsin, more than 15 times the number reported during the same period in 2019.
The Rebound Milwaukee is here to help you navigate through this trying time, with resources
for getting back to work, how to file for unemployment and more. We are
also bringing you real stories of people in our community navigating
through the unemployment process.
ov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced May 1 that the Rice Lake Area School District was among 31 public school districts in the state to receive a Fab Lab grant.
Grant funds ranged from $9,700-$25,000, with a total of $693,200. RLASD is one of 20 school districts to receive the full $25,000. The program requires matching funds from each district.
A $500 contribution was also rceived from V&S Construction Services to invest in a new 60 watt laser engraver, advanced 3D printing systems, and a desktop sized waterjet cutter for student use in the Warrior Fab Lab... ...more
Being able to serve customers face-to-face may come with new challenges for restaurant owners...
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– The 12,796 restaurants around Wisconsin are eagerly awaiting the day when customers can dine in again. It appears the state has met five of the six gating criteria set by the state to enter Phase One of the Badger Bounce Back Plan, which would include reopening restaurants.
Chris Roderique knows a thing or two about food service. He owns
Piggy’s and Uno Venti Pizzeria in La Crosse. But recently, he’s had a
lot of questions about what his restaurants could look like once
customers are allowed back in...
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The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced 21 new awards totaling $2.2 million to researchers and community organizations across Wisconsin for their efforts to lessen the impact of COVID-19.
“We are pleased to support such a broad range of innovative projects, including efforts to support the most vulnerable in our communities and studies that have the potential to advance the fight against this pandemic,” said Robert N. Golden, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health. “The Wisconsin Partnership Program has provided a nimble and highly responsive approach to addressing COVID-19 that is well aligned with our mission to improve health and well-being in Wisconsin.”... ...more
Numerous experts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison are available to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and provide tips and information to help people navigate the challenges to their daily lives.
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Ken Notes: Great update from UW...
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WFRV) – The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) announced on Sunday that it has partnered with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay (UWGB) to provide guidance to Sheboygan County businesses.
The SCEDC and SBDC stated that they are enforcing the “Sheboygan County Safe Restart Recommendations” that were placed by the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health on May 14... ...more
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In the first of what will be many required actions, a local developer aiming to transform an underused block on the Capitol Square gained approval Monday from a Madison commission to move forward with demolishing a landmark building.
The Landmarks Commission granted Urban Land Interests’ application for a variance from the Historic Preservation Ordinance that would allow for the developer to raze the landmark Centre Seven building, 7-11 N. Pinckney St., as part of its $125 million redevelopment project. ...more
Ken Notes:Wow -- now I have seen everything, staff has concerns and landmarks says it`s OK with them.
Let`s face it, says business blogger John Torinus, it will be the consumers who will decide when the economy will be reopened,
not governmental regulators. President Trump won`t be able to tell
airlines to start flying again if people don`t want to fly.
Entertainment venues won`t get back to normal if people don`t want to
attend, he adds.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a double-edged sword
for the medical community, editorializes the Racine Journal Times.
While the outbreak of COVID-19 has taxed emergency rooms and intensive
care wards to the max, other normal hospital activities have plummeted
resulting in layoffs and furloughs for many in the medical field, the
paper points out. We need to solve this dilemma before it causes great
harm to our medical care, it adds...
Ken Notes: If not when, how will be determined by the consumer and their risk aversion. I fear that many will permanently change their buying habits and this will require businesses to change. We can look to department stores and malls for an example of just how devastating this can be.
JANESVILLE - The
city of Janesville wants Elon Musk and his electric car company, Tesla,
to turn their attention to Wisconsin’s Park Place—and it is using
social media and promises of fresh dairy products to entice the
posts earlier this week, the city told Musk that if he finds California
inhospitable, he and his company should consider the former General
Motors plant site as a possible new home.
@elonmusk & @Tesla: Having issues in CA? Welcome to Janesville, WI.
We have a cleared former (General Motors) auto plant site ready for use
and a skilled workforce ready to make cars. It’s Janesville’s
history—it’s in our blood,” the city tweeted Monday.... ...more
ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- A Colorado technology startup is the newest company to call Titletown home.
TitletownTech announced its investment in Quantum Radius Wednesday.
“The support of TitletownTech will provide Quantum Radius with growth capital, strategic guidance, technology expertise, and new connections to customers. The relationship further propels our development of the world’s premier low-latency, high fidelity visual solution.” said Tim Wahlers, Co-Founder and President of Quantum Radius...
The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
has been caring for our heroes for 130 years. Now, their campus is
undergoing its biggest transformation yet with the addition of John R.
Moses Hall, a new state-of-the-art 24-hour skilled nursing facility.
Artificial intelligence, ethics in technology, the origins of life,
astrophysical data — these exciting but complex subjects are the focus
of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s fourth round of cluster hires,
the Office of the Provost announced today.
The hires, which are made as a group across departments rather than
individually within departments, build upon the university’s existing
strengths. They foster collaborative research, education and outreach by
creating new interdisciplinary areas of knowledge.
UW–Madison first launched the Cluster Hiring Initiative in 1998 as an
innovative partnership between the university, state and the Wisconsin
Alumni Research Foundation. In its first phase, the initiative
authorized nearly 50 clusters, adding nearly 150 new faculty members
through several rounds of hiring. In 2017, the Office of the Provost
authorized phase two of the initiative, with a goal of supporting at
least 12 clusters... ...more
MADISON — Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Monday, May 11 released new information regarding unemployment insurance data amid the coronavirus pandemic — including that more than $940 in benefits was paid out over eight weeks “to ease anxiety during this crisis.”
The DWD said in a news release Monday “DWD distributed over $550 million in unemployment benefits for the week of May 3 alone.”
Below is the data released by the DWD Monday:... ...more
Foot Locker will eliminate multiple departments in its downtown
Wausau location, shifting some operations to Florida, Wausau Pilot &
Review has learned.
Mary Signorino, a media spokesperson for
Foot Locker, Inc., confirmed the move late Wednesday in an email,
calling the initiative an effort to drive productivity... ...more
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A small business recovery fund has been
created for small businesses in La Crosse County struggling due to the
Several economic development organizations have partnered to create a new fund.
Couleecap, Inc., Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. (DMI), La Crosse County,
La Crosse Area Development Corporation (LADCO), and North La Crosse
Business Association (NLBA) announced the Launch La Crosse Small
Business Recovery Fund, which will provide grants up to $5000 to small,
locally owned retail, restaurant, or personal service storefront
businesses with 1?20 employees located in central commercial districts
within La Crosse County. ...more
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Outgoing University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross surprised us all last week. In response to the loss of revenue caused by COVID-19, he announced that every System school except Madison and Milwaukee would have to change its core mission, each to a distinctive individual specialty. These schools “cannot continue to be all things to all people,” Cross wrote...
...Joking aside, our state universities
will lose a lot if we change each of them into one thing for just a few
people. As public goods, they are and they should continue to be many
things to many people. We need teachers and engineers and accountants
and social workers and artists all across the state. And we need to
train them as whole human beings — citizens who provide much more to
Wisconsin than what can be captured in a dollar sign...
Ken Notes: President Cross may have proposed a bridge too far, but their is merit in creating UW Centers of excellence at the undergraduate level and maybe creating fewer but better graduate programs at select UW Systems. Cross asked us to think and discuss new and challenging ideas, once upon a time that was the Wisconsin Idea....
Like many Americans, I’ve been struggling to adjust to the dramatic
changes that have taken place over the last few months. It may sound
cliché at this point, but it rings true nonetheless: COVID-19 and the
worldwide effort to combat it have scrambled everything around us.
Indeed, even energy markets have not been immune to sudden, dramatic and
Over this period, I’ve struggled with a
central question: “Who cares about energy when tens of thousands of
Americans are dying and millions are losing their livelihoods?”
a hard question to answer. Amid a public health crisis and the
potential for economic damage never seen before in history, who cares
about solar panels and natural gas plants? Energy might not be making
headlines right now, but only because the electricity we rely on to
power our homes, hospitals, and essential services has not failed us.
With that in mind, there are a few things I think we should consider as
we prepare for a COVID-19 reality now and moving ahead.
Energy is as critical as it has ever been... ...more
Ken Notes:Yes it is. Good read...
(Wausau) – While there are many things unknown about COVID-19 one thing
is certain, access to effective personal protective equipment (PPE) is
vital for healthcare professionals on the front line.
Times of uncertainty often provide opportunities for creativity and
innovation and Ascension Wisconsin is benefiting from these traits on
many levels during the current pandemic.
“Our team has been diligently working to sustain our supply of PPE and
the investigation of products from non-traditional suppliers has helped
us fill some key needs during the management of this pandemic,” said
Adam Trafton, Vice President and Chief Resource Officer for Ascension
Wisconsin with The Resource Group, Ascension’s resource and supply
management organization. ...more
OSHKOSH, WI – Jackson-based Alro Steel opened its doors nearly 72 years ago in Michigan.
Now it’s opened the doors to a new 194,000-square-foot facility in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
plant, which opened in mid-March, nearly triples the size of the
company’s previous Oshkosh facility, that was only 66,000 square feet.
Construction began on the new facility, located four miles from Alro’s
previous Oshkosh location, in January. ...more
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Family Health La Clinica, in partnership with the Wisconsin Farmworkers’ Coalition, received $322,420 on April 20 for the Education and Empowerment for Wisconsin Migrant Seasonal Agriculture Workers Project. This funding will support a statewide outreach initiative for the prevention and response to COVID-19 to protect the health of MSAWs, employers, and Wisconsin communities through the development of resources, guidance, and education on how to prevent and slow the spread of the virus.
The initiative will be informed by a variety of stakeholders including, Wisconsin agriculture employers and employees; statewide advocate organizations such as United Migrant Opportunity Services and Legal Action of Wisconsin; and Wisconsin governmental bodies such as Department of Public Instruction and Department of Workforce Development. ...more
CHILTON, Wis. (WBAY) - A cheese plant in Chilton is closing due to "significant challenges" at the facility.
Foremost Farms USA informed the Wisconsin Department of Workforce
Development that it planned to permanently close the Chilton Facility,
W3286 County Road F.
The decision impacts 50 employees.
Layoffs are scheduled for July 17.
"We regret to inform you that Foremost
Farms USA’s business operations have been facing significant challenges
from a plant layout, infrastructure, and building and equipment age
perspective at its Chilton facility. In addition, work order volumes
from clients have significantly decreased in a short period due to
COVID-19, creating overcapacity of product and a significant and sudden
drop in demand for production," reads a letter provided to DWD. ...more
Third Coast Underwriters (3CU) has made a foray into Florida and Wisconsin expanding its coverage to a total of 21 US states.
It will now offer workers’ compensation insurance in both these states.
The company said it is currently exploring opportunities for appointing agents and identifying qualified customers within the new areas under the direction of its Underwriting and Data Analytics Business Development vice-president Mike Valiante.
Commenting on the new development, Mike Valiante said: “Our expansion into Florida and Wisconsin further enhances our national presence as a specialty workers’ compensation solution and expands the collective strength of AF Group. ...more
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is seeking a senior level Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer who is a proactive entrepreneurial talent, equally able to represent the organization on a local and national stage at the highest levels, and manage the day-to-day operations of a small, growing, and promising fundraising program. Over the last several years, our contributed revenue sources have steadily grown from less than $1 million annually to more than $3 million this year, as we have expanded relationships with key funders nationally and regionally, along with growing individual support.
The VP/CAO will be responsible for the development, implementation, and management of all aspects of community and national stakeholder engagement integral with the fundraising strategies for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, including increased annual unrestricted and restricted support; the execution of a strategic growth campaign with a potential goal of at least $15 million; and the identification and engagement of new prospective donors at all levels – including at the highest level of leadership giving. ...more
Gov. Tony Evers was far from alone.
now voided stay-at-home extension to address this unprecedented
pandemic was only supported by the health care community, doctors and
nurses, police, firefighters, EMTs, nursing home staffs, caretakers at
Veterans Administration facilities and last, but not least, 69% of
Wisconsin citizens, according to this week`s Marquette University Law
But, his efforts
to control the spread of the deadly virus, to ease into a reopening of
the state`s economy to prevent, as Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned, "an
outbreak you can`t control," wasn`t supported by those who currently
hold the power — the GOP-controlled Legislature and its big-money
enablers and, of course, their political buddies on the state Supreme
Ken Notes: Both sides failed to take strong leadership roles. Oddly enough, WEDC`s Missy Hughes did. We need to stop pointing fingers, take WEDC`s advice and carefully return to whatever the new normal will be.
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Note: I changed the link here to Toms Twitter account. JS limits the number of articles I can read so I look at TD`s Twitter feed every week. I`ll Still include JS articles but after ten you need to subscribe.
I also updated the picture because, well Tom is getting old and development is taking it`s toll!!!
- 1/1/2020 Journal Sentinel business reporter Tom Daykin talks about
commercial real estate and development, including stores, hotels,
offices, condos, apartments and industrial buildings... ...more
Ken Notes: Tom Daykin is the source for ED news in MKE. This is a permanent link to articles in his blog which is updated daily...
Ken Notes: "Ken Notes" may be reprinted in context without permission. Attribution should be Ken Harwood, Editor Wisconsin Development News or Ken Harwood Advocate for Wisconsin.
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