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This Weeks Articles... Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway pushes bus initiatives, including BRT, as Metro Forward Report: Milwaukee Used More TIF Money Than Any Other City To Fund The HopFoxconn selects construction manager for two facilitiesMortenson seeking subcontractors for new Foxconn projectGovernor will toast Wisconsin Craft Brewery Day with state tour WI Watchlist: MSI Data, Cellular Dynamics, WARF, Redox, & MoreGet an early look at Wisconsin`s first Wahlburgers restaurant: Slideshow These Are the Highest-Paying Jobs in the U.S. A riverway runs through itTsai completes purchase of Nets, arena, hires Levy as CEOMidwest Energy Research Consortium: Economic Development Administration announces $1.67 Million for M-WERCGov. Evers announces $500K for 13 projects to reduce homelessness Foxconn pledged $100 million to UW-Madison OPINION: Rethinking State Economic PoliciesJohnson-Sabir, Kirgues among appointees to new WEDC committee focused on startups Yes, lemonade stands are illegal in Wisconsin — but a new bill could change that Plan Would Redevelop Johnson’s Park SiteRiver Prairie Project wins prominent economic development award 700-mile bike network planned for Milwaukee and surrounding Southeastern Wisconsin counties New headquarters for Angelus Corporation expected to be ready in Pewaukee in summer 2020
A top executive at the billion-dollar
dairy cooperative Organic Valley will lead the state`s jobs agency, Gov.
Tony Evers announced Thursday.
Hughes, who has worked as general counsel at the Vernon County
organization for 15 years, said in her application to Evers that she
helped grow the number of participating family farms from 500 to 2,000
and from $150 million in annual sales to more than $1 billion.
her background helping small businesses and family farms, coupled with
her experience navigating complex governmental, regulatory, trade, and
business matters, Missy Hughes will be an incredible asset to our team
as we work to grow an economy that works for everyone,” Evers said in a
Several Articles Here are a few: ...more
Can we get a current accounting breakdown on Foxconn?
Ken Notes: WELCOME! This is very interesting. Supports family farms check... Southwest Wisconsin Check... Home grown growth check... Environmental interests check... Energy check... Regional / Local commitment check... She is a lawyer -- we will see...
Some immediate questions?
Will WEDC track payback on investments and grants?
Will WEDC share this info?
Will the Millennial add campaign continue?
Will WEDC work with schools and business to strengthen our workforce?
How political will WEDC be moving forward?
Economic Development Corp. secretary and CEO Mark Hogan will step down
from his position on September 3. Hogan joins us to talk about his time
with WEDC and his goals for the future of business in Wisconsin.
NOTE: Mark Hogan will be on Public Radio TODAY at 4PM...
Ken Notes: First Thank You Mr. Hogan as the captain of a ship headed in the wrong direction you pointed it back toward center. While your ship was being bombed you kept it moving forward. When it took on water you pumped better than most. WEDC was and unfortunately still is a political vessel. Thus WEDC made some political decisions like, Foxconn and you inherited others like Kestrel.
I will say one thing using these examples, Kestrel got a lot of money up front and we will never see it again while Foxconn has much of there support tied to future job creation and building value. In this case while we offered far too much we at least do not have to pay it all out until they deliver, so again Thank You.
Moving forward I still suggest we create a bipartisan organization that recognizes all business growth in the State by offering smaller affordable tax credits to ALL growing companies, I suggest we allow communities to invest in job creating companies by restructuring TIF laws to offer property tax credits to expanding companies where development agreements are in place.
Under Hogan`s leadership WEDC has worked hard to make far more communities recipients of funds but who and what you know still helps. To continue this and level the playing field going forward, I suggest we educate every community on how to work with WEDC, the State, and the hundreds of other opportunities they have to help grow business in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin turned down more than $800 million in federal stimulus money
in 2010 that would have created high-speed rail corridors between
Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Minneapolis. Turning down that money
will cost Wisconsin far more than it will ever gain from Foxconn.... ...more
Ken Notes: I know, this is old news and it suggests the finger pointing I detest, but he is so correct it hurts. Wisconsin`s potential as a hub for distribution, new corporate and manufacturing centers, as well as removing many of the cars and trucks from our roadways is (and was) amazing.
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway really
wants Madison residents to ride the bus, and on Wednesday she announced a
more than $200 million initiative to make public transportation a
better option for more people.
Metro Forward, the initiative includes a number of investments in
Madison’s transit system, including greater weekend service, more routes
to south side educational institutions, additional subsidized bus
passes, electric vehicles and improved bus garages.
It also includes Bus Rapid Transit, a hallmark of the mayor’s campaign and a stated priority of her administration...
Ken Notes: This will be interesting to watch. Another real challenge will be to change the "image" of transit in Madison, one thing to build it -- another to get business people and tourist / visitors on board. I will gladly lead tours to:
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Madison officially parted ways with
Gebhardt Development on the downtown Judge Doyle Square project Tuesday
and will move forward with another local developer to build an apartment
complex that includes affordable units.
negotiating with Gebhardt for 11 weeks, the city’s Finance Committee
recommended after a closed meeting Aug. 26 to terminate negotiations and
open them with Stone House Development, one of the three original
applicants that included Gebhardt and the Milwaukee-based Mandel Group.
Angie Black, an attorney representing Gebhardt, said the Finance Committee’s decision came as a surprise...
Ken Notes: I just want to be on record in suggesting Stone House will bring a vastly different project to the site. I would ask anyone interested in this project to tour a ten year old Stone project and a ten year old Gebhardt project. This is vastly different brick and mortar catering to vastly different markets. This is not a negative reflection on Stone, they do affordable housing better than most and have some nice market rate units, I just thought the goal was an iconic mixed use project.
Also looking at all the Stone House projects, it looks like "qualifying" rents will still be north of $1,000.00 a lot for a service worker in Madison. So less units (40 vs. 80) more expensive - what am I missing?? We still need affordable rather than "Affordable" housing in Madison...
At a public meeting Thursday, the
City of Madison will ask for feedback on new renderings of the Madison
Public Market, which is set to come to the East Side in 2021.
colorful visualizations show a market that is “fresh, very local and
Madison-centric,” said Hannah Mohelnitzky, spokeswoman for Madison’s
“For the first time, the public is really going to be able to visualize what the space is going to look like,” Mohelnitzky said....
Ken Notes: I still suggest a bus tour of some of the more successful existing markets out there, I took a group to Milwaukee. Just a thought...
Wisconsin Tax System Gave City No Other Option, According To Wisconsin Policy Forum
Milwaukee’s reliance on tax increment financing (TIF) to fund its
streetcar system is unusual compared with how other cities have funded
their streetcars, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Policy
The report by
the nonpartisan organization compared The Hop to nine peer cities that
have developed streetcar systems in the last 20 years.
Of the 10 cities studied, Milwaukee is the only one to use TIF as its
primary local revenue source for streetcar development, the study
Ken Notes: The good news is this means they have healthy TIF`s. The bad news is that cities in Wisconsin really have no other way of using property tax funds for projects.
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A city committee recommended Monday
that Madison terminate negotiations with the developer it had picked for
part of the Judge Doyle Square project Downtown and instead go with the
developer staff originally recommended.
The Finance Committee voted to end negotiations with Gebhardt Development, which was chosen over two other suitors to develop the mixed-use building that will go above the parking garage nearing completion on the Madison Municipal block.
was picked in June in large part because its plan for the building
offered the largest number of low-cost housing units in the apartment
complex that would go above the garage.
Ken Notes: I am saddened by this. Gebhardt has done great projects and would have been a great developer on Judge Doyle Square. Stone house is a section 47 developer who understands low income housing credits far better than most and can clearly get this built. BUT this is the face of Madison and we need to decide what we want Madison to look like moving forward. Do we work together to solve problems or do we further one agenda over another. In this case we picked an agenda and will lose money doing so. Finally I encourage all the powers that be to tour existing projects from the developers they want to work with...
Foxconn development is humming along in southeastern Wisconsin. The
Village of Mount Pleasant has used eminent domain to acquire land for
the industrial project. WPR’s reporter has been following the story and
hearing from homeowners about their experiences and concerns... ...more
What has been spent or committed to so far on property acquisition including eminent domain, roads, sewer, and other infrastructure?
Ken Notes: I would not exactly say humming along, and I remain concerned that the cost of eminent domain and infrastructure was "up front" and will require substantial property value increases to get paid back. This project still has great potential but we need a scorecard to know what we have spent and what we have in the dirt, not to mention the potential job count. Also watch for WEDC to claim no harm no foul at the State level while local governments have made much of the investment and have much to lose. There is a reason the "agreements" were mot allowed to be reviewed at the time and today there is no real investigative reporting able to track the real costs. Finally we are allowing national media like the Verge nad NYT to come in and tell their version of the story for their own political motives.
Here are my questions for the record:
Who has paid these costs to date?
What is the revised future value of the project(s)?
Is this amount guaranteed through a revised development agreement?
Is the State or WEDC making or "guaranteeing" any of the up front costs?
How are they getting paid back?
While we know that Foxconn has not hit it`s hiring numbers are we still offering partial income tax credits now or in the future?
Where do I find project updates and who is responsible for the over all accounting and project tracking?
The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, an interdisciplinary research
center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has announced that
Derrick L. Smith is their new director of development.
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) fosters unlikely
collaborations, catalyzes new ways of thinking and generates unexpected
scientific discoveries by bringing together people from diverse
backgrounds and a broad range of disciplines. Smith, who also currently
serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of
Greater Madison and as a member of the Agrace Hospice Foundation Board,
will be responsible for all aspects of the institute’s development
efforts including strategic planning, donor relations and stewardship of
See Also: ...more
Ken Notes: I am firm believer that the UW, WARF, and the Institute remain the keys to our development future. We will continue to grow great businesses like EPIC and Promega from great ideas into great businesses...
MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology
Group announced Wednesday that it has selected Mortenson to serve as
construction manager (CM) for upcoming projects at the Wisconn
Valley Science and Technology Park (WVSTP). Mortenson’s Wisconsin
team will work with Foxconn to build both a Smart Manufacturing
Center (SMC) and a High-Performance Computing Data Center (HPCDC)...
The Current version is at the link...
The original SmartCode was released by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) in 2003, after two decades of research and implementation. It has been continually updated with input from scores of practitioners from numerous disciplines. Since 2004, the model code has been completely open source and free of charge....
SmartCode is a unified land development ordinance template for planning and urban design. Originally developed by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, this open source program is a model form-based unified land development ordinance designed to create walkable neighborhoods across the full spectrum of human settlement, from the most rural to the most urban, incorporating a transect of character and intensity within each.
It folds zoning, subdivision regulations, urban design, and basic architectural standards into one compact document. Because the SmartCode enables community vision by coding specific outcomes that are desired in particular places, it is meant to be locally calibrated by professional planners, architects, and attorneys....
Ken Notes: I included a link to this last week but it was broken -- this one works and I will keep it at the bottom of WDNews for a while as a resource.
If there is enough interest I can put together a seminar on this and bring in some experts to explain it. Fitchburg is using SmartCode for an new subdivision in the community.
Recruiting, educating and upskilling our workforce is a cornerstone
of the U.S. construction industry, and an essential component to
supporting our most important asset – our people – who live in
communities all over Wisconsin. In 2018 alone, Associated Builders and
Contractors (ABC) contractor members across the country spent $1.6
billion – up from $1.1 billion in 2013 – to develop employees, which
equates to more than 980,000 courses taught on craft, leadership and
safety education... ...more
Ken Notes: I soooooo wish we would talk about this and share ideas more...
Mortenson is seeking subcontractors for the construction of a
so-called smart-manufacturing center at Foxconn’s factory complex in
Mortenson has released an invitation to bid seeking subcontractors to
help build the core and shell of the new center, which will be used
mainly to make components for server racks. The types of work being
sought relate to site utilities, asphalt, site concrete, landscaping,
roofing, overhead doors, masonry and skylights, among other things. To
learn more about this opportunity, click here... ...more
Ken Notes: I do love the smell of dirt...
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MadREP president Paul Jadin called Governor Tony Evers’ choice of
Organic Valley executive Melissa Hughes as the new head of the Wisconsin
Economic Development Corporation, an agency Jadin himself once headed,
refreshing. We agree, in more ways than one.
We don’t know Hughes,
but her resume is impressive and her experience seems appropriate to
lead Wisconsin’s economic development operation. Like Jadin we like
Hughes’ background in agriculture and what that says about a truly
72-county approach to Wisconsin economic development.
also feels refreshingly non-partisan. Evers picked Hughes not because
she contributed to his campaign but because she is qualified for the
post and has a vision for economic growth and health throughout the
state. WEDC can use a little more light and little less heat … and a lot
less drama. We need a strong, respected and effective economic
development agency. We’re betting Hughes can get us there... ...more
Ken Notes: I agree and said much of this seven years ago -- I would add that systemic change is needed in the organization. We also need to realize some new businesses fail and we need to own this and not place too many eggs in one basket. Is this a vague reference to Foxconn - I hope not...
Former Gov. Scott Walker Called For Campaign Aimed At Increasing Workforce
state-run marketing campaign aimed at getting more millennials to move
to Wisconsin will continue, despite Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and state
lawmakers not funding it in the state budget.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) requested $10 million over the next two years to cover the costs of continuing the campaign, which began in 2018 under former Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Evers did not meet that request
and GOP lawmakers who control the state Legislature also declined to
push the funding during budget negotiations for the campaign aimed at
people ages 21 to 35.
according to WEDC officials, the organization has identified $4 million
within other parts of its budget to fund the program during this fiscal
year and expects to do the same in 2020-21...
Ken Notes: I am not a fan of this program, why not invest the 10 or even the 4 million in community programs to grow jobs. We live is a social media society -- Imagine the value of our current millennials tweeting about tuition interest tax credits, good paying jobs, great housing, recreational opportunities, Entrepreneur support, great schools and more. You just can`t put that on the subway wall...
vowing to “take a look at everything,” Madison Mayor Satya
Rhodes-Conway on Tuesday proposed $170.6 million in new spending in a
capital budget for 2020 that moves up the timeline for Bus Rapid Transit
, increases spending for low-cost housing and changes the timing for some big projects.
who took office in April, used a new approach in crafting the budget
that ultimately accelerates the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit and
more quickly improves and expands Metro Transit facilities than
envisioned under former Mayor Paul Soglin, with a goal of reaching 18
million annual riders, far above the record 15.2 million set in 2015...
Ken Notes: I want to see more details in a BRT rough draft before committing big money. I do love that many of my ideas from a decade ago were included it the rough draft. Now you need dedicated lanes, housing development sites at the ends, station facilities, and local transit to complete the trip. What does all this look like and it will not cost millions to develop the "final" vision... Cart horse???
A new study from the Wisconsin Realtors Association indicates that
while more people are flocking to the state for jobs, the housing
availability has not kept up with the workforce increases.
The author of the study, Kurt Paulsen, noted that the number of
building permits and new housing lots never came back up after the Great
Recession nearly a decade ago.
“Our fastest-growing counties, such as Dane, Brown, and Waukesha,
have collectively under-produced 15,000 housing units in the past
decade,” Paulsen wrote... ...more
Ken Notes: In Madison we are building for the wealthy because it is profitable. That leaves us with virtually no sub 150K homes and escaping to the burbs is not offering much relief.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corps was started in 2018 by
former governor Scott Walker and aims to attract young workers to the
Ken Notes: This program has a significant flaw in that it has no way to track or benchmark results. It is mostly an add campaign to attract millennials to the state. It is interesting to see WEDC moving in a direction not in line with the Governor`s office. The Wisconsin business initiatives seems to ignore the executive office on many fronts.
Wisconsin’s economic development agency has been a lightning rod for years.
The public-private partnership — officially the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corp. — oversees grants and loans given to businesses in
exchange for the creation of new jobs. It has drawn criticism for bad
loans, failures to verify created jobs, negative state audits and most
recently its role in bringing the Foxconn Technology Group plant to
Racine County... ...more
Ken Notes: Politifact creates an interesting read, but I would point out that WEDC is "failing" because it FAILS to communicate and is very political in it`s structure and offerings. We need to create an organization that creates jobs, supports growing businesses, works with communities, and is fair in it`s offerings. We need to see the new leadership make real changes, openly communicate WEDC`s successes and loses, and educate the communities and public as to exactly what is available, how you get it, and how it helps Wisconsin. I would even go one step further and ask for an across the board tax incentive program based on job creation for all businesses in the state.
Pepin County and the UniverCity Year
program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invite community members
to attend an information session and celebration on August 28 to learn
more about the three-year partnership between UniverCity Year and Pepin
County, which will seek to find practical solutions to economic
development and environmental sustainability challenges in Pepin County... ...more
Ken Notes: Perfect partnership!!!
Thursday, Sept. 26 is Wisconsin Craft Brewery Day and to celebrate,
Gov. Tony Evers announced today that he, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes,
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Deputy Secretary
Tricia Braun and other officials from around the state plan to visit
seven craft breweries. ...more
Ken Notes: WOW a governor pub crawl! When I was in the Capitol only the governors staff staff did this... Actually thanks for bringing attention to Wisconsin`s emerging marketplace. We need to turn "Craft" into a destination for tourists...
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Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Leader Mark Hogan To Step Down Next Week
Gov. Tony Evers says he hopes to name a new leader for Wisconsin`s economic development agency within two weeks.
Evers told reporters Thursday that he is conducting interviews and
reviewing applications now. He said "we have a good mix of people" to
replace retiring Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. leader Mark Hogan.
He is stepping down next week. Hogan was appointed by former
Republican Gov. Scott Walker, but he stayed on the job after the
Legislature prevented Evers from naming a successor until after Sept. 1...
Ken Notes: As of Tuesday - Change the details to past tense.
Roughly a year since Foxconn Technology Group pledged $100 million
to help fund a new UW-Madison engineering building and company-related
research, the university said it has received $700,000, less than 1% of
the original commitment.
Foxconn’s partnerships with University of Wisconsin System campuses have seen mixed success so far.
A UW-Milwaukee program
drew more student participation in its first year than originally
announced, and Foxconn launched the second year of its “Smart
Cities-Smart Futures” manufacturing competition Monday. Last year’s competition yielded 325 submissions from students, faculty, and staff from campuses across the state...
Ken Notes: No doubt Foxconn has slowed down to rethink many things. We need to be patient because it is the only real option we have. If we start pointing fingers at WEDC or the previous administration Foxconn could use the chaos to quietly slip out the back door.
a Milwaukee-based business that develops software for organizations in
the equipment distribution and service contractor industries, said it
received an investment from Luminate Capital Partners, a San
Francisco-based private equity firm. The amount was not disclosed.
Launched in 2010, MSI Data’s products allow customers to schedule and
dispatch technicians, manage inventory, and perform other tasks.The company says in a news release...
GreenBay Technologies, a Madison-based startup developing data
management software, said it has raised an undisclosed amount of funding
from Informatica, a large, Silicon Valley-based company that develops
software for business users. AnHai Doan, a professor in the University
of Wisconsin-Madison’s computer sciences department, is one of the
co-founders of GreenBay Technologies, according to a news release
Redox, a Madison-based startup that develops digital tools enabling
healthcare applications to exchange data with patient health records
systems, said it has teamed up with Allscripts
) to simplify the process of installing new software at hospitals and clinics...
Madison-based Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics is on the verge of opening a
$21 million “cleanroom” facility to manufacture stem cells for use in
human clinical trials, the Wisconsin State Journal reported
The Great Lakes — five inland seas holding one-fifth of all the fresh water on Earth — are vast, but they are not limitless. So it is alarming that Wisconsin intends to send water out of the basin
not because public health demands it but because a private company
wants it. This cuts against the understanding of the lakes as a public
trust and, in an era of nationwide water insecurity, sets a dangerous
Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwanese
electronics manufacturer, is building a plant to make LCD screens in
Mount Pleasant, Wis. The state that landed Foxconn with environmental
waivers and about $4 billion in incentives decided that it was fine for it to have Great Lakes water, too. In 2018, Wisconsin granted a permit
for Racine and Foxconn to use 7 million gallons a day from Lake
Michigan, taking it outside the area where water naturally returns to
the Great Lakes watershed.... ...more
Ken Notes: A number of half truths and confusion in this article. The Great lakes Compact was set up to prevent abuse of the greatest watershed on earth. So there are MANY checks and balances in place. We do need to hold Foxconn to the highest standards of industrial water use and make them an example of how this can be done. We can do this moving forward. Anna is in the stop Foxconn camp, I am in the the fix Foxconn camp. She gets national attention I get you, so you need to speak out as well regardless of the camp you are in.
Foxconn executive Louis Woo
has "relinquished his project responsibilities to focus on addressing
some personal matters," the company confirmed to The Journal Times on
been one of the major faces for the Foxconn Technology Group in
Wisconsin and its development in Mount Pleasant. Woo also served as
special assistant to Foxconn Founder and former-Chairman Terry Gou
before Gou decided to step down from the day-to-day operations to run
what ended up being an unsuccessful campaign to be president of Taiwan.
In a statement released to The Journal Times, Foxconn stated:...
Notes: To quote Scoobie Doo, "ruh ro"...
Foxconn Technology Group has launched
the second year of an initiative in which Wisconsin`s public and private
universities compete to come up with the best ideas for developing
"smart" cities and systems in the state.
The "Smart Cities-Smart Futures"
contest, a three-year competition that Foxconn said awards up to $1
million in cash and technical support to Wisconsin students, faculty and
staff, last year drew 325 submissions representing 24 universities and
colleges across Wisconsin, resulting in 12 final round winners.
Foxconn, which is building a manufacturing complex in
Racine County, has said it wants to encourage efforts — smart cities,
self-driving vehicles — that hold potential for using products the plant
will produce here... ...more
Ken Notes:See Foxconn has not yet abandoned ship, lets embrace the program and hope it grows as they find new products to develop and markets to sell them in.
“Founded in 1976 by George and Candy Gialamas, The Gialamas Company specializes in Class A Commercial Real Estate. Old Sauk Trails Park, is one of the most prestigious business parks in Wisconsin; containing numerous office buildings supplemented by restaurants, hotels, financial institutions, a childcare facility and a walking/jogging trail system.... ...more
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The first agricultural revolution, which began in the 1830s, saw the
heavy draft horse breeds replace the sturdy oxen that had done the heavy
work on the farm since colonial days. And then, for many Wisconsin
farmers, farming methods remained relatively unchanged for a long time
to come — nearly a century, for some... ...more
Ken Notes: This is a GREAT read, but the real story is just developing. We are losing 20% of our farms each year yet we are milking more cows that ever before. The future is on the fast track and we are rapidly eliminating the family farm in favor of the corporate farm or CAFO. The writer talks about 100 years of progress I am worried about one decade of decline! Please write about and discuss this issue and let others know if you support that farms that made this such a great state...
Those Labor Day think pieces offered few answers. Where do we go from here?
Labor Day in Wisconsin prompted the usual, annual “think pieces” – from
distinguished sources on the sorry state of economic progress in
Wisconsin, and especially Milwaukee, notwithstanding the state’s lowest
unemployment rate ever at 3%.... ...more
Ken Notes: This was a good read... I think we need to look at more apprenticeship, UW and Tech (even High School) / business partnerships, a more progressive wage structure, tuition income tax credits, incentives fro all growing businesses...
Ken Notes: I will remain a Dotty Dumpling`s Dowry fan for life but this look pretty cool. We may need to road trip to "The Corners" though. Can we get Mark Wahlberg to meet with us???
The Wisconsin Economic Development Association has selected downtown
Kenosha’s newest gem, the Stella Hotel and Ballroom, as a finalist for
its Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse award.
The award, part of
the Community and Economic Development awards program, is to be
presented today at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison.
The Stella, 5706 Eighth Ave., is one of three nominees for the award...
Others from WEDA:
- Real Estate Development and Reuse – The Real Estate
Redevelopment and Reuse award honors innovative real estate
redevelopment or reuse projects that have had a positive impact on a
community’s economy, including job growth and increased tax base.
STRATFORD, Wis (WSAW) --
Dozens of people in Wisconsin are talking about the current status of
Wisconsin agriculture and the future for the rural communities. For one
week, four family-owned farms across the state will open their doors to
the community as part of the 2019 ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings.
“We meet regularly with our partners of
Wisconsin Counties Association and Wisconsin Towns Association, but once
a year we do a series of these meetings across Wisconsin,” explained
Shelly Mayer who is the Executive Director of Professional Dairy
Producers. “We think it`s really important that dairy farmers are at the
table especially as others are talking about what they want the
community to look like.”... ...more
Economists’ understanding of economic
growth and development processes has evolved with the times to an
appreciation, in 2019, that the engine of growth and development is
New products and
services, novel approaches to social issues, and an entrepreneurial
spirit of collaboration and creativity to implement new ideas, are vital
now — perhaps more so than ever due to the increasingly competitive
Ken Notes: See...
Gov. Tony Evers participated in the
first full day of the Midwest U.S.–Japan Association (MWJA) Conference
in Tokyo on Monday, Sept. 9, and met with corporate leaders from
Kikkoman, Komatsu, and Toyota to discuss their companies’ investments in
The governor is
in Japan on his first international trade mission to meet with corporate
and government leaders, highlight Japanese investments in Wisconsin
businesses and promote the state’s exports. He is leading a 28-member
delegation that includes 12 officials from nine Wisconsin businesses.
his first address to the MWJA, Gov. Evers emphasized the longstanding
ties and deep relationships between Japan and Wisconsin...
Many people make career decisions
based on how much they can earn. If you faint at the sight of blood,
it`s probably not a great idea to become a doctor because it pays well.
But if you`re equally enamored with being a physician and being a social
worker, you might lean toward the better-paying job.
1 Physician $193,415
2 Pharmacy manager $144,768
3 Dentist $142,478
4 Pharmacist $126,438
5 Enterprise architect $122,585
6 Corporate counsel $117,588
7 Software manager $114,163
8 Physician assistant $113,855
9 Corporate controller $113,368
10 Software dev mgr $109,809
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Ken Notes: I love the grow your own philosophy...
Madison, WI – (August 19, 2019) – Mortenson Development has
announced that it has completed the land purchase and hotel brand
negotiations and that construction has started on the seven-story,
176-room Hilton Garden Inn Madison development project, located at 770
Regent Street. The site is strategically positioned adjacent to both the
Southwest Commuter Bike Path and East Campus Mall, which connect
pedestrians to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, providing convenient
access to campus facilities including the Kohl Center, an arena and
athletics center; Memorial Union, the student union on Lake Mendota; and
Camp Randall Stadium, home to the Wisconsin Badgers football team.
The Hilton Garden Inn Madison, designed by Wisconsin-based Kahler
Slater architects with interior design by Design Force Corporation, will
include a bar, restaurant, junior ballroom for events, fitness center
and a 200+-stall parking garage... ...more
Three of the last five Kmart
stores in Wisconsin are expected to close by the end of the year and a
fourth will close in November... ...more
Ken Notes: Communities need to look at big box adaptive reuse options...
Rob Henken said a Wisconsin Policy
Forum study into how Milwaukee finances its streetcar system discovered
a potential dilemma regarding the goal to build track to city
neighborhoods that aren’t experiencing new development... ...more
Ken Notes: I remain a fan of the program and would point out that it would be short sighted to only serve corridors that are underdeveloped. It is a system and as such it must serve the greater community.
Colorado developer Bradbury
Properties is planning two large developments along Howell Avenue in Oak
Creek to make its entry into the Wisconsin market, including
self-storage units and a to-be-determined project near the airport... ...more
Ken Notes: We should look at what communities like Oak Creek are doing to attract business and jobs and share this with other communities in the state. A simple best practices data base makes sense, I should point out that WisconsinDevelopment.com is searchable and has a decade or more of articles in our archives see the link above for an example.
Thirty years ago government worked and the lower Wisconsin was protected
In the summer of 1959, Bud Jordahl set his canoe in the
Wisconsin River somewhere below the dam at Prairie du Sac and dipped his
paddle into the water pushing toward Prairie du Chien roughly 90 miles
That was the start of three decades of an often bitter fight for the
soul of the lower Wisconsin, but it culminated in landmark legislation
protecting the riverway from development and assuring that anyone
following in Jordahl’s wake would experience almost exactly what he did
that summer 60 years ago..
Ken Notes: Great read and a great place.
The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO.
co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays
Center on Wednesday, then announced that he had hired former Turner
Broadcasting President David Levy to oversee both.
purchase of the Nets was unanimously approved Wednesday by the NBA`s
board of governors. He spent nearly $3.5 billion for the team and the
arena, a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise....
Ken Notes: WOW!
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FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County Economic Development will use a
$3,800 Wisconsin Department of Tourism Joint Effort Marketing grant to
promote its “wild rivers” — the Pine and Popple. ...more
Ken Notes: Jem is GREAT TOOL!
Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that the Beaver Dam Commerce Park
has been certified as ready for development by the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) Certified In Wisconsin Program.
The commerce park is located between Madison, Milwaukee and Fond du
Lac. Situated along U.S. Highway 151 at Hemlock Road and county highways
A and W, it is one of Wisconsin’s largest available industrial sites.
According to Evers, business located in the park can reach more than
half of the U.S. population within one day’s truck delivery time and 75%
within two days... ...more
Ken Notes: I like the distribution comments and the size of this park...
Alliant energy has been chosen by Site Selection magazine as among the
top 20 US utilities based on the company’s contribution to the local
economies and communities in its service area. Alliant, which provides
electricity for most of Sheboygan County, was noted for collaborating
with local, regional and state partners for delivering more than $1.4
billion in new capital investment and more than 36 hundred new jobs in
its Iowa and Wisconsin service areas last year. The Beaver Dam Commerce
Park was noted among projects that help Alliant make Site Selection’s
top-20 list for the first time. Alliant was selected from a field of
around 3,300 electric utilities across the country, including around 900
general says tens of millions of dollars are at stake in lawsuit
settlements held up now by a dispute between his office and state
Kaul says if the stalemate continues the at-risk figure could grow to
hundreds of millions of dollars. Kaul spoke about the situation at the
Marquette University Law School Tuesday. A law passed during last
December`s lame-duck session requires the AG to get the approval for
settlements from the Joint Finance Committee — but there is no process
in place determining how that would work... ...more
Investment will fund equipment to train electrical assembly workers
MILWAUKEE – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration
(EDA) will help drive economic growth in Wisconsin with the investment
of $1.67 Million in the Midwest Energy Research Consortium’s Energy
Innovation Advanced Training & Development Center. The investment
(including a $835K grant from EDA) will be used to purchase state of the
art training and development equipment for the M-WERC Center.. ...more
The results of an investigation into
the construction of the downtown Public Safety Building remain
confidential until two Dane County committees can vote on whether to
make the information public.
The Dane County Board of Supervisors asked for the investigation
because original plans indicated the building was built to support
additional floors, which is not the case today. Because of this, Dane
County is pursuing a $148 million renovation plan for the jail that is nearly twice the cost of the original plan to expand the Public Safety Building.
do believe the public should have a right to see the secret report and
to see what`s in it,” Supervisor Tim Kiefer, District 25, said. “I think
it does have information in it that is important for the public to
Ken Notes: We should see this and more importantly we should revisit the problem and potential solutions from the ground up. While transit is an issue the cost of a facility downtown vs, a few miles out could be eye opening.
MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Gov Tony Evers on Wednesday announced grants for 13 projects around the state to combat the homeless problem.
The Wisconsin Housing and Economic
Development Authority released $500,000 in state funds for programs that
help people who are homeless. More than half of that grant money --
$281,500 -- is going to agencies in Northeast Wisconsin.
- Oshkosh: $100,000 to Advocap to help purchase a building for a permanent supportive housing project with 13 apartments;
$70,000 to Community Outreach Temporary Services (C.O.T.S.) for
renovations and HVAC upgrades to their transitional housing facility;
- Brown County: $70,000 to NEWCAP to help buy a duplex to provide two permanent supportive housing units;
- Shawano:: $25,000 to Shawano Area Matthew 25 (SAM-25) for rehabilitation and accessibility upgrades to their emergency shelter;
- Green Bay: $16,500 to House of Hope for security upgrades at their emergency shelter;
The governor`s office says 44 agencies in 25 counties applied for the grants. They added up to more than $3 million. ...more
More than five years of litigation
over bovine technology that converts raw bull ejaculate into
sex-specific semen for cattle breeding continued in Wisconsin federal
court Tuesday, as a Wisconsin bull-stud and a Texas semen-sexing firm
delivered opening statements in their latest round of legal beefing.
The fracas began in July 2014 when
ABS Global, a cattle breeder based in DeForest, Wisconsin, sued Inguran
LLC, a Texas-based company that processes bull semen into sexed samples,
for allegedly violating antitrust laws by boxing out marketplace
competition for chromosomal sorting technologies... ...more
Ken Notes: Just a note software companies have gotten around this for decades by blindly recreating the technology. UW???
It`s been about a year since Foxconn Technology Group pledged $100 million to
help fund a new UW-Madison engineering building and company-related
research. According to the university it has received $700,000, less
than 1% of the original commitment.
Foxconn`s partnerships with University of Wisconsin System campuses have seen mixed success so far.
A UW-Milwaukee program drew
more student participation in its first year than originally announced
and Foxconn launched the second year of its "Smart Cities-Smart Futures"
manufacturing competition Monday. Last year`s competition yielded 325 submissions from students, faculty, and staff from campuses across the state.
But developments appear to be progressing slowly
at the flagship campus. Some UW-Madison officials visited company
locations in Asia last spring, but a System-wide trip to Foxconn sites
was postponed last fall and has yet to be rescheduled.... ...more
Ken Notes: Great Review and catch up article...
MADISON, WI.– The City of Ashland is receiving a $155,400 state grant
to help finance the renovation of an existing commercial building into a
brand-new child care facility.
The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin
Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support a complete interior
renovation of the future EverGrow Learning Center (EGLC) near the
downtown area in order to serve the residents of Ashland and surrounding
communities with adequate childcare options, thus allowing for
increased participation in the labor force. ...more
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ROC Ventures of Franklin has been selected as a finalist for the
Wisconsin Economic Development Association’s Public Private Partnership
economic development award for its Ballpark Commons project.
The award is part of the Community and Economic Development Awards
program established by WEDA to recognize businesses, projects and
organizations that are making significant contributions to Wisconsin’s
With a new administration in Madison—and the recent announcement of
new leadership on the state development commission—this is a good time
to rethink the role of economic development in Wisconsin. As a new report from the Upjohn Foundation‘s Tim Bartik
suggests, “… governors and mayors … find it difficult to resist handing
out large tax incentives to major corporations, ideally paid for by
their political successors.”
Certainly, that fits the Wisconsin experience. The Foxconn subsidy is
an extreme example of where the conventional process leads. Bartik
notes that “The Foxconn offer, as a percentage of the facility’s
value-added, is more than 10 times the national average, and 10 times
Wisconsin’s typical incentives.”... ...more
Ken Notes: I have been saying much of this for 12 years now. I hope there is real positive change on the horizon but I have not seen any legislative ideas come to fruition and change must be bipartisan and systemic. Wouldn`t have been cool to work with 10 "Foxconn`s" across the State instead of just one. Some would fail some would thrive and Wisconsin would grow.
GREENVILLE - The long-awaited new Gulfstream service center is officially open at the Appleton International Airport.
The nearly 190,000-square-foot building represents a nearly $40 million investment and is expected to create roughly 200 jobs.
and local officials and business leaders came out to celebrate the
ribbon-cutting at the Gulfstream hangar on Discovery Drive on Friday.
Gov. Tony Evers said the expansion is a testament to Wisconsin`s ability to attract businesses... ...more
Ken Notes: Close, we did not attract Gulfstream we grew them out of KC Aviation. It is the coolest production facility I have ever worked with. They take craftsmanship to new levels...
Lisa Mauer, the chair of the board of directors of the Wisconsin
Economic Development Corp., has named 15 members to the new
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee, which will meet later this
The WEDC board created the committee in response to a request from
Gov. Tony Evers earlier this year. The governor noted at the time that
Wisconsin lags other states in small business creation. He said the
committee would compliment WEDC’s existing programs to assist
The Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) recently awarded more than $160 million to support broadband
internet access across Wisconsin. The funding will help providers
maintain, improve and expand high-speed internet access for around
21,000 homes and businesses.
The funding is being allocated through the Alternative Connect America Cost Model
(A-CAM) program within the Universal Service Fund, which funds projects
that expand access to communication services for all Americans... ...more
Ken Notes: WOW 7K per home! I still think we should tie 5G to rural coverage. Less wire more speed and the fiber is just sitting there...
A company is bringing 250 jobs to Milwaukee`s Century City Business Park, providing a big boost for that lagging north side development.
The name of the company, and other details, aren`t yet being released by the Department of City Development.
a Tuesday statement says it`s "a long-established Wisconsin company
that plans to build a new, state-of-the-art production facility at
Century City."... ...more
Two more secretary picks by Gov. Tony Evers have received nods of
approval — yet questions linger regarding if and when the
Republican-controlled Senate will formally confirm the Democratic
governor’s growing cabinet.
A state Senate committee on Tuesday
approved the nominations of Caleb Frostman as secretary of the
Department of Workforce Development and Sara Meaney as secretary of the
Department of Tourism.
Frostman, a former Democratic senator from
Sturgeon Bay, is the former executive director of the Door County
Economic Development Corp. He was elected to the Senate in a 2018
special election, but lost that November to Republican Rep. Andre
Ken Notes: I do think the Governor should have the respect of the Senate regardless of their political goals. His cabinet is his decision and the approval process should only evaluate the ability to serve not a political agenda.
Ken Notes: Interesting mix...
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Sold to the highest bidder: one historic lighthouse sitting at the tip of Lake Superior’s Wisconsin Point.
General Services Administration (GSA) auctioned off the red-roofed tower
last week to Steven Broudy of California for $159,000. The Superior
Harbor Entry Light was the latest property relinquished by the federal
government under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act,
which seeks to find suitable stewards for lighthouses the Coast Guard
and federal agencies no longer need. ...more
Ken Notes: Do not know what it will cost to maintain and renovate but I see a very cool Bed & Breakfast...
A major, previously announced
lakefront development plan for the former Racine Family YMCA has
disappeared, and another would-be housing project at 401 Wisconsin Ave.
currently looks doubtful.
Capital President Erich Schwenker said last week that his company
decided not to do the YMCA tower project at 725 Lake Ave. He did not go
into detail about that decision but said: “The mayor had a vision; we
will not be involved in that.” ...
Ken Notes: I miss playing the development game.
UW-Madison is receiving more than $450,000 in federal funding for an
initiative aiding farmers and businesses in Wisconsin to innovate and
modernize the dairy industry.
Rep. Bryan Steil announced Wednesday
UW-Madison will receive $454,392 in funding through the Dairy Business
Innovation (DBI) Initiatives.
“Wisconsin’s dairy industry is a vital
part of our state," said Steil. "It’s important to support our farmers
who are working hard to stay in business despite low milk prices and
limited access to international markets."... ...more
Ken Notes: Milk prices are up as well but this all amy be too little too late...
When life gives you lemonade, don’t
plan on selling it at a lemonade stand. The lemonade stand, that
nostalgic image of young entrepreneurship, is actually illegal in 35
states, including Wisconsin, without permit and/or license.
you might roll your eyes, governments tend to cite food and drug safety
laws for the bans. Current Wisconsin law requires any food retailers to
obtain a food processing plant license. The license needed is meant to
be purchased by food retailers who operate mobile or temporary
restaurants and costs as much as $150...
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based Moore Construction Services has
hired Bridget Fritz as business development director. In this newly
created position, Fritz’s will focus on growing brand awareness in
Southeastern Wisconsin, while driving new business opportunities. Fritz
will also be responsible for the development and execution of the annual
company marketing plan.
Fritz graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a
degree in business and marketing education. She comes to Moore
Construction Services after two years in Human Resources at Kohl’s
Corporation, holding positions as both a corporate and campus recruiter... ...more
Developer Brandon Rule plans affordable housing and some "entertainment" at former mini-golf park.
Developer Brandon Rule plans to redevelop the former Johnson’s Park entertainment center near N. 76th St. and W. Good Hope Rd.
The developer, who just celebrated the completion of his first project,
is seeking to develop affordable apartments on the city-owned site as
well as a possible boutique hotel and “entertainment entity.”
To finance the $18 million project, Rule Enterprises will first seek low-income housing tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
(WHEDA). The competitive program requires Rule to have “site control,”
which he appeared before the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods
& Development Committee Tuesday morning to secure... ...more
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Delivering on a promise to expand access to healthcare in Wisconsin, Ascension Wisconsin today announced its plans to open a new health center in the Village of Menomonee Falls. The health center will provide access to primary, specialty, hospital and emergency services.
The first floor of the two-story, 33,000-square-foot health center will
house a 16,500-square-foot small-scale hospital with emergency services
and eight inpatient beds. The hospital will be owned and operated by
Ascension Wisconsin Emerus JV, LLC which is a joint venture between
Ascension Wisconsin and Emerus Holdings... ...more
The legal smoking age in Wisconsin could be going up if a new initiative makes its way through the state legislature.
Tobacco and nicotine use amongst Wisconsin’s youth is increasing at a
staggering rate according to the American Heart Association, but a new
bill is looking to protect Wisconsin’s youth from the dangerous habit.
Representative Jodi Emerson says that the rise in youth smoking numbers is mostly attributed to vaping.
"One of the things that we`re seeing a
huge growth in children, adolescents, teens, is vaping,” Emerson said.
“They`re thinking, I don`t want to smoke or use cigarettes, but vaping,
in their mind, is a healthy alternative."... ...more
Ken Notes: Not a bad idea but we really need to focus on getting tobacco away from those under 18....
In this leadership role, May yer will utilize her business
development experience and strategic relationships to expand WHEDA’s
mission in underserved communities. She will also represent WHEDA on the
Governor’s Council on Mental Health.
“I am very excited to utilize my experience to lead WHEDA’s efforts
to reach more underserved populations,” said May yer. “I look forward to
working with WHEDA’s dedicated employees and partners to help
strengthen areas that are very much in need of new economic investment.”... ...more
MADISON, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE) --
The River Prairie project in Altoona, WI won the Economic Development
Initiative award at the annual Community and Economic Development Awards
(CEDA) ceremony, held September 11, 2019, at The Edgewater Hotel in
The CEDA Awards program was established by the Wisconsin
Development Association (WEDA) to recognize businesses, projects, and
organizations that are making significant contributions to Wisconsin’s
The Economic Development Initiative
award honors innovative community and economic development efforts that
successfully promote growth and prosperity in Wisconsin communities...
See Also: ...more
After years of anemic bike trail
funding, a group of lawmakers and bike advocates are looking to
kick-start Wisconsin’s bike trail initiatives with a “catalytic” project
in the southeast corner of the state.
The Route of the Badger
would create a more than 700-mile trail system by connecting a
patchwork of existing trails in seven counties in and around Milwaukee.
Backers say the project would enhance recreational opportunities,
promote healthy lifestyles, boost commuter biking and inject millions of
tourism dollars into local economies...
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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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