Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday
offered a deal to legislative leaders who have been at odds for months
on how to fund road projects in the next state budget.
proposes lowering borrowing for roads projects by $200 million, down
from the $500 million proposed in his budget. The deal also includes
contingency borrowing tied to potential additional federal funds for
interstate projects in southeastern Wisconsin, according to a letter
sent Wednesday to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader
In an unusual action possibly related to efforts to land a
manufacturing plant that could employ thousands, the Racine County Board
has agreed to funnel $500,000 to the area’s economic development
The special appropriation to the Racine County
Economic Development Corp. is in the form of a letter of credit “to
cover expenses related to economic development projects."
The nonprofit organization must spend the money within the next six months... ...more
Ken Notes: I can not stress enough the importance of the TEAM in an effort like this. LOCAL ED professionals will need to serve as ombudsmen for the company throughout the process. The State, County, and Community can do much, but the need for confidentiality, navigating the bureaucracy, finding the right property, negotiating with other businesses in the area, and so much more (that public officials can not cover) is necessary for a project of this magnitude. Remember IBM and Dubuque - Lets get this one right!
A project that would convert the existing
Madison Area Technical College`s Downtown buildings into a hotel and
build a 10-story office building on the property received initial
approval by a state board Wednesday.
A state board has offered its initial
approval for Madison Area Technical College’s plan to lease its
Downtown campus for a $130 million private development.
Wisconsin Technical College System Board unanimously approved Wednesday
the concept to convert MATC’s Downtown Education Center into a hotel,
office building and retail space, bringing the proposal by Madison-based
Hovde Properties and hotel developer Drury Southwest closer to an
intended 2019 start date.
May, MATC’s Board of Trustees voted to begin negotiations with the
development team after it was selected from five finalists seeking to
develop the block just off Capitol Square.
Ken Notes: Get `er done...
Assembly Republicans say the prospect
of iPhone maker Foxconn bringing as many as 10,000 jobs to Wisconsin is
among the issues in the state’s current budget standoff — which could
affect funding for a freeway project south of Milwaukee, where the
company reportedly is eyeing building sites.
Assembly GOP leaders, in a memo made
public Wednesday, also urge business groups to offer their own ideas to
resolve the impasse over the state’s next transportation budget...
Ken Notes: I see Foxconn trickling through our fingers. As for me, "Attention Foxconn, how can I help?"
Developers are refining plans for a
massive project with a hotel, housing, office and retail space next to
the towering new state office building and parking garage at Hill Farms
on Madison’s West Side.
The ambitious private development
could be among the most expensive in city history, with a combined
private and public investment totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.
Smith Gilbane, which is now
completing a $150 million, nine-story, 600,000-square-foot office
building and $36 million parking garage for the state on the western
side of the Hill Farms site, bought the remaining 13.9 acres at that
location and another 4.4 acres on the city’s South Side from the state
for $13 million in 2015....
Ken Notes: Still in the pencil rendering stage but looking nice none the less. I still love the idea of this area becoming a retirement promise land for the boomers. I may have already mentioned this, but rapid transit to downtown from the area would be nice. Imagine a rubber wheel natural gas trolley system...
Oak Creek`s IKEA store will put southeastern Wisconsin on "the world
stage" and is already attracting interest from other businesses that
want to locate nearby, Mayor Dan Bukiewicz said.
Noting that the
popular home furnishings retailer has only 44 stores in the United
States, Bukiewicz, in a brief address to more than 100 people gathered
Thursday at the construction site for the store`s groundbreaking
ceremony, suggested that bringing IKEA to town was akin to adding a
professional sports team to a community.... ...more
Ken Notes: I have often talked about destination retailers and their stimulus on a market. We will see the impact of this in Oak Creek, now Madison needs a destination retailer or attraction...
Attention Madison, why not put a REGIONAL TIF package together for Foxconn offering: Land, Infrastructure, Transit, Housing, Recreation, and more. Partner with communities like Madison, Verona, Fitchburg, Sun, Middleton and others including townships and the county(s). Find 1,000+ acres and allow all the communities to become players and partners, each providing a piece of the puzzle. It amazes me that a CAFO can find thousands of acres to dump cow !@#$ yet our territorial competitiveness keeps us from working together to create great projects, parks, and other systems...
Excuse the rant, but when I see the The Research Triangle in North Carolina and others I just shake my head...
After months on hold, a major
development proposal near West Towne Mall is reappearing in a completely
new form: An office complex that could bring as many as 1,000 jobs from
a single anchor tenant.
Livesey Co. proposed West Place, a mix of retail, commercial and
residential uses across 17 buildings on a 23-acre property at the corner
of South Gammon and Mineral Point roads. It was put on hold in March
when it did not prove financially feasible...
While not thrilled with a a second
round of design plans for Madison’s public market, members of the
committee overseeing the project moved the site plan forward Thursday
night with plans to refine the design.
first public market will be located within a development that includes
private retail, office and residential space. Currently the Washington
Plaza shopping center site, the property is framed by East Washington
Avenue, First Street, East Mifflin Street and Burr Jones Field....
Ken Notes: I will say it one more time ROAD TRIP Grand Rapids MI!!!
A Downtown neighborhood of
low-income, elderly and disabled residents borne amid controversial
“urban renewal” a half-century ago may be reshaped again, this time with
residents having a say.
The city’s Community Development
Authority and a nonprofit are eyeing a major redevelopment of more than
400 dated and deteriorating housing units on “the Triangle,” roughly 26
acres bounded by South Park and Regent streets and West Washington
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MADISON - Wisconsin has emerged as a top
potential site for a major investment from Taiwanese electronics giant
Foxconn, drawing multiple visits from top executives and boosting private hopes of the state winning a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
Wisconsin still faces competition from
multiple states and could have to provide enormous incentives to land a
plant from Foxconn Technology Group under a potentially tight timeline...
"Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions,
Ken Notes: Remember listen and, How can we help? What other States have seen the plane?? Know your adversaries.
let them be made the basis of a comparison"
From The Art of War By Sun Tzu
The speculation began within minutes of when President Trump,
speaking in Waukesha and alluding to negotiations with an unspecified
company, told Gov. Scott Walker he might get “a very happy surprise very
That surprise may well be Foxconn, a Taiwanese giant that assembles
Apple’s iPhones and other electronics. No one will say for sure, but the
Associated Press reported it had off-the-record confirmation that
Foxconn is talking with Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. never comments on pending or
potential opportunities – which is appropriate given how fragile and
competitive such talks can be – so the potential “surprise” is still
tightly wrapped inside a box awaiting a party that may never come.... ...more
Ken Notes: This will be another test of our ability to all work together to attract a project. Tom mentions our plugged in business community, the Tech System and UW, and manufacturing tradition. Again I need to stress the importance of bringing all of these entities to the table with the "how can we help?" mantra.
Two weeks ago, the Madison Urban Design Commission rejected the design for the city`s massive Judge Doyle Square development,
effectively stalling the project. Wednesday night, the UDC gave the
project another shot, and, after a lengthy debate, approved it with a
long list of conditions.
The approval enabled the project to
meet a deadline to secure $24 million in financing, a factor that swayed
some commission members to argue in favor of the plans....
Southeastern Wisconsin is in the running to land a behemoth
electronics manufacturing facility that could bring 10,000 jobs, a
potential game-changer for the region if the deal goes through.
Foxconn Technology Group, a major electronics manufacturer well known
for making Apple`s iPhones, has announced plans to invest $10 billion to
expand U.S. operations, and although it has not announced where or how
that money will be spent, Wisconsin officials have let slip that their
state is a top contender. ...more
Ken Notes: If this is the case, and I think it is, I`d be making a few phone calls.
MADISON - Foxconn Technology Group is considering bringing 10,000
jobs to southeastern Wisconsin, leaders of the state Assembly said
With their passing reference to the proposed project in
a memo, the leaders became the first high-ranking state officials to
acknowledge the Taiwanese company is considering a massive presence
The firm also is considering putting the development in Michigan or other states.... ...more
Although the triangle plot of land at
the intersection of Madison`s Fish Hatchery Road and South Park Street
has been empty for a long time, there are plans in the works to develop
the site. But after the city`s Plan Commission pointed out problems with
the designs at a meeting Monday night, the plot will remain empty for a
“I generally like this project,” said commission chair Ken Opin, adding, “It’s not ready.”
mixed-use project by T. Wall Enterprises named “The Peloton Residences”
is slated for 1004 and 1032 S. Park St. It would be triangular to fit
the property, with a courtyard at its center....
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Cooperative
Creamery, which produces 80 tons of cheese curds a day, is getting a
boost from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the
expansion of its facility in western Wisconsin.
The creamery, which
was founded in 1910, has been authorized by WEDC to receive up to
$175,000 in state tax credits for the 28,500-square-foot expansion of
its plant in Ellsworth. The expansion project is expected to create 14
new jobs... ...more
Ken Notes: Their plan 14 jobs $175,000. My plan 14 jobs 2K per for ten years $280,000. But trackable, no need for claw-back, and it flexes wit the growth, timing and quantity of jobs.
On Madison’s fast-growing Near East
Side, Dane County officials are looking to entice developers to create
more affordable housing with rent-free land for 99 years.
county is seeking proposals for a mixed-income rental housing project
at the vacant Messner Inc. warehouse at 1326 E. Washington Ave. A
request for proposals released last week prioritizes a project that
provides a mix of affordable and market-rate units, commits to long-term
affordability and creates lower-cost units for families.
return, a successful developer could enter into a no-cost, 99-year
ground lease for the 1-acre property in the booming Capitol East
Ken notes: How about a high rise of micro (say 10x16) condos available for 15Kish each. Some great common spaces for laundry, tech, socialization, education, health and mental care, dining and more. Creates OWNERSHIP, affordability, mentorship, and a hand up... I will buy the first one and donate it to a homeless vet...
Almost a year after opening its third location, Willy Street Co-op is
on the cusp of expanding its Middleton store and eyeing further
expansion opportunities elsewhere.
The co-op’s more than 34,000
members will vote this month on new members for the board of directors
and an amendment to the by-laws that addresses conduct by board members.
But the two most notable items on the ballot, if approved, would expand
the co-op’s brand as competition in the Madison area grocery market
continues to expand and evolve.
One proposal asks the... ...more
A private jet believed to be connected
to Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer that
has said it plans to build new factories employing thousands in the
United States, landed in Madison Wednesday, then departed within hours.
The jet’s brief presence at Dane County
Regional Airport likely will intensify speculation about Wisconsin’s
chances to win a piece of the huge investment in manufacturing capacity
Foxconn has said it will make.... ...more
Ken Notes: I see no red carpet, I hope we had cheese, beer and brats for them somewhere... How can we help!
The last few packages of Oscar Mayer meats will soon come gliding down the conveyor belts at the company’s Madison factory.
a couple of hours on Thursday and workers on the last production line
still running — thinly sliced ham — will flip off the switches, ending
98 years of manufacturing hot dogs and cold cuts at the Oscar Mayer
plant at 910 Mayer Ave., part of the bedrock of the East Side’s economy
for several generations... ...more
Boutique hotel developers eyeingnew sites after property sold.
The development team seeking to build a
boutique hotel at the corner of King and South Webster streets is
exploring new locations now that the site it was eyeing has been sold to
Since announcing plans for the hotel in 2015, Patrick Sweeney and
Josh Berkson, the co-owners of Merchant and Lucille, had been in
negotiations to buy 118 King St. — a small, triangular parking lot
previously owned by Scott Lewis of CMI Management. But the property changed hands
earlier this year and is now owned by Oleysa Kuzmenko, the girlfriend
of Madison businessman Eric Fleming. Kuzmenko is also listed as the
owner of 112-116 King St., which houses Ancora Coffee Roasters, Woof’s
and Opus Lounge.... ...more
Ken Notes: I liked the hotel idea, I hope they find new digs. Verona could use a boutique hotel for the upscale EPIC visitors. Think Hospital Execs being wined and dined by Judy and company.
Proposed Annexation Goes Before Common Council
The Kohler Co.`s controversial plan to build another golf course on
roughly 250 acres of land it owns along Lake Michigan faces a key vote
Sheboygan`s Common Council is expected to decide on Kohler`s request
to have Sheboygan annex part of the Town of Wilson, where the golf
course would be developed. The annexation would include a section of
Kohler-Andrae State Park the company wants to use for the project.
Former park superintendent Jim Buchholz, now retired, said the firm
should leave the state land as is. "They`ll be pushing in roadways
through that area, building their shop and building their parking lot,
all on state park land that people previously have used and enjoyed,"
Ken Notes: Attention Kohler, if this does not go well I can get you some land for a resort complex next to University Ridge and you would have 5,000 potential guests training at EPIC every week all year long. It is a beautiful course with an annual senior event, and minutes from Madison. Sort of a no brainer...
Assembly Speaker Vos Says It`s Up To Senate To Come Up With Budget That Can Pass Both Chambers
The new fiscal year started on Saturday, but Wisconsin still does not
have a new state budget. That`s the result of a three-way Republican
disagreement between the state Assembly, Senate and Gov. Scott Walker.
They`re arguing over funding levels for things like roads, and education
Ken Notes: with Illinois in such disarray we should capitalize and get a good balanced budget to the Governor soon. Foxconn is watching...
The start of the state’s fiscal year, July 1, has passed without lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker enacting a new state budget.
What does that mean for most Wisconsinites?
the short term, very little. Spending levels from the previous two-year
budget cycle carry over into the new one, enabling state agencies to
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The number of investments in Wisconsin startups has nearly
doubled over the past five years, according to a new report from the
Wisconsin Technology Council.
The Wisconsin Portfolio report shows at least 137
Wisconsin early- stage companies raised investment capital last year, up
7 percent year-over-year and nearly twice the number of deals as in
2011, when 76 companies received early- stage funding. The state’s
startups raised $276.2 million in 2016, up 31 percent from $209.5
million in 2015, but down from $346.2 million in 2014. ...more
Ken Notes: Thanks to Tom Still, and local media and others for keeping this issue front and center!
Exact Sciences Corp.
’s fortunes are on the upswing.
of its Cologuard test for colorectal cancer are on the rise, its stock
is hitting record highs, and the company has padded its coffers with the
sale of even more stock.
Its new research and development center is fully occupied, and Exact is looking for more space to grow.... ...more
With CEO Magazine just naming Wisconsin the 10th best place to
conduct business, the state is officially on the national economic
development map. While Wisconsin has come a long way over the past
several years (ranked 43rd in 2009), there continues to be one glaring
weakness in its offerings. Despite all of the progress that has been
made to attract and grow business, Wisconsin continues to be a high tax
state. The Tax Foundation recently ranked Wisconsin #39 in the U.S. for
total tax burden and the 4th worst state for property taxes.
Legislators are currently discussing changes to the way that real
estate will be assessed, specifically targeting commercial properties
occupied by job-creating businesses. Labeled Assembly Bill 387, “The
Walgreens Bill “ (which should not be confused with AB-386, “The Dark
Store Bill”) the proposed legislation seeks to fundamentally change the
assessment of properties leased to a business via a third-party property
owner, also known as a triple-net lease in which the tenant
is responsible for paying the annual real estate tax bill. While the
bill targets large national retailers, specifically Walgreens, the new
legislation will potentially have profound impact on property taxes for all types of businesses....
Walgreens “Market Rents” $12.00/SF:
Market value – $2,485,000 Property taxes – $59,565
Walgreens “In Place Rents” $19.45/SF:
Market value – $3,000,000 Property taxes – $71,910
(proposed law – developer holds)
Walgreens Investment Sale:
Market value – $5,600,000 Property taxes – $134,232
(proposed law- developer sells)
Ken Notes: This is tough, Walgreens takes the best corner builds out nice brick and mortar, pays top dollar and then fights the assessment and most often wins. Alas trying to fix this at the expense of other businesses is not fair either. If Walgreens is in a TIF -- GET A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT!!!! If not see if you can negotiate a fair assessment during the permitting process. Also note if they are successful they will have a new store built and can leave the old one dark for some time. There is not a good legislative solution, you need to be diligent in your approval process and get EVERYTHING in writing. I went through this in both Neenah and Verona, their lawyers are VERY GOOD.
Brennan’s Market simply became irrelevant.
The beloved company
has been an institution in southern Wisconsin where it sold “chin
drippin’” peaches from Idaho, blueberries from Michigan and cherries
from Door County. The shelves are stocked with fresh produce, world
championship cheese, and pickles, jams, mustards and spreads from
Wisconsin companies.... ...more
Ken Notes: Mixed feelings here, I love the stores but did not shop there much because you could not get everything you needed. I would love to see a Sendiks, Metcalfe`s, Trader Joes or Millers take them over -- all would do well and used grocery stores are a tough sell so the price may be right...
Local elected officials are concerned about the federal government’s
plan to cut funding from a program for homeless veterans at the Southern
Wisconsin Veterans Home near Union Grove.
State Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, called the decision “a mean-spirited action by the Trump administration.”
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that
cuts by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will
close Wisconsin Veteran Housing and Recovery Programs at King in Waupaca
County and Dover in Racine County by the end of this year.... ...more
Ken Notes: I am a fiscal conservative and I can think of no better program than to house and care for our vets. I would love to see more micro homes and ultra affordable condo/apartment units made available. If you fought for my freedom, I owe you a safe bed and health care, not to mention my undying gratitude.
ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- Another piece of the Green Bay Packers` Titletown District is taking shape just west of Lambeau Field.
total, the Titletown District will cover 34 acres. Part of that will be
a sledding hill and public park. And if you`ve driven by lately, it`s
hard to miss the area that will be the sledding hill. On Tuesday, crews
finished pouring the concrete to complete the slope... ...more
Ken Notes: OK this is way cool -- a sledding hill, we need one in Madison!
MANITOWOC - Redevelopment of Manitowoc`s
former Mirro Plant 3 building into the Artist Lofts has been nominated
for a Real Estate Redevelopment & Reuse Award.
press release from Wisconsin Economic Development Association said the
Wisconsin Redevelopment, LLC, project was nominated for the award by New
...The five-story, 40-unit Artist Lofts at 2402 W.
Franklin St. opened in July 2016 and features income-restricted
apartments and a handful of market-rate units, with 25 percent of units
targeted to U.S. veterans
Ken Notes: see...
The state of Wisconsin is providing more
than $1.6 million for manufacturing job training efforts, some of which
is going to organizations in Milwaukee, Gov. Scott Walker’s office said.
Wisconsin Fast Forward program, which issues job training grants
through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, is
appropriating $1.6 million in new manufacturing grant awards statewide.
Of that, $185,862 will go to WRTP/BIG STEP (Wisconsin Regional Training
Partnership/Building Industry Group Skilled Trades Employment Program)... ...more
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MADISON, Wis. – With a half-dozen or
so states reportedly in the running for a $10-billion Foxconn facility
in the United States, Wisconsin’s chances of landing the plant are at
least known: It’s still a long shot, but possible.
if Wisconsin does not become a U.S. home for Foxconn, a Taiwanese
company best known for assembling Apple’s iPhones, it has the right
ingredients to attract similar firms. That’s important in an age when
“new-collar” jobs offer a way up for workers with technology skills but
little or no college education....
BELOIT - Hendricks Commercial Properties has been nominated for a
Real Estate Redevelopment & Reuse award for transforming the former
Beloit Corporation campus into the Ironworks Campus.
County Economic Development Agency nominated Hendricks Commercial
Properties for the award, which is part of the Community and Economic
Development Awards program created by the Wisconsin Economic Development
Ken Notes: Ironworks Campus is one of my favorite developments in the state, followed by Third Ward, and sans transit East Washington. Are there others that I should be writing about???
Amid one of the most tumultuous decades in the history of U.S.
retailing, a new wrinkle will be added Thursday when ground is broken on
Wisconsin`s first IKEA store.
Twenty-nine acres along W. Drexel
Ave. near Interstate 94 in Oak Creek are about to be transformed into
what could become one of the most popular retail destinations in the
Ken Notes: I for one can`t wait... Ohmmmmmm....
...During the special meeting, the council
will hear an update from MontDevCo LLC, the developers of the One Big
Sky Center project, as well as from Hammes Company, the joint venture
firm recently included in the proposed $165 million development that had
remained unnamed until now....
...Hammes Company includes three brief case
studies touching on the company`s involvement in three developments: a
20-year, $5.6 billion private and public Destination Medical Center in
Rochester, the Lambeau Field and Titletown Development District in Green
Bay, Wisconsin, and the Allentown Entertainment District....
Ken Notes: Congrats! There were many nice thing said about Hammes in the article!!
If there is a fundamental question
facing Congress, it can be summed up like this: How can the U.S. advance
our most important objectives without digging a bigger budgetary hole
for future generations? It’s a tough one, especially when it comes to
The Department of Housing and Urban
Development alone spent over $40 billion on the affordable housing
mission last year. Much of that money goes to worthy programs, yet many
low- and moderate-income Wisconsinites are still struggling to lease an
apartment or buy a home....
Ken Notes: Great read. I have an idea I would like to talk about more. What if we used the new idea of micro housing to home ever homeless veteran (to start with). A 10 x 16 with a loft would cost less that 10K, could be assembled by local groups as a public service, could be sited in existing neighborhoods at 5 to 10 units per lot. Covenants and strict codes could keep the properties pristine... This is worth discussing and would actually cost far less than we are now spending....
BadgerCare would be available to all
Wisconsinites rather than only low-income residents under a Democratic
proposal announced Wednesday.
"BadgerCare for All" bill, introduced by Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green
Bay, and Sen. LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee, would make BadgerCare a
public option available to anyone in Wisconsin through the federal
health insurance exchange.
The plan offers a "common sense, affordable, high quality solution," Genrich said in a news conference.
Ken Notes: While partisanship will keep this on the table, I have often thought we should have a statewide "group" for our small business to buy into. I also feel we should expand our state insurance plan to cover all public employees this would remove health care from the bargaining table and save us millions. Alas pro business fiscal conservancy has given way to all out partisanship and big donors...
Anne Katz, executive director of Arts Wisconsin, believes that art justifies itself.
“The reason the arts are important is because the arts are important,” Katz said. “Arts make us human.”
But she admits, “When we’re talking about investing in the arts, it helps to make the economic argument.”
Ken Notes: At least...
Also allows employers to search for candidates
The state Department of Workforce Development is seeking to boost the
number of college students with internships at Wisconsin companies with
a new website that’s similar to its Jobs Center of Wisconsin.
The website, www.internshipwisconsin.com, and its flagship tool, WisConnect, seeks to match employers with potential interns.
College students with an active .edu email address can create an
account, upload their resume and search for opportunities by geography,
major and other categories.... ...more
The Milwaukee County Board
on Thursday urged the Republican-controlled Legislature to create an
independent panel responsible for redrawing congressional and
legislative districts that do not favor one political party over
The board`s action comes three days after the U.S.
Supreme Court agreed to hear a case on appeal that found Wisconsin
Republicans in 2011 drew legislative district maps so favorable to
their party that the districts violated the federal constitution... ...more
“It’s not how many restaurants you have, but how many good ones.”
was the philosophy of the late George Culver, co-founder of the Prairie
du Sac-based Culver Franchising System. That mindset has served as a
catalyst for growth over the years. Starting off with one Culver’s
restaurant in Sauk City in 1984, Culver’s now has 627 restaurants in 24
states. And it all began with the butterburger and frozen custard....
The site is still under wraps, but
Capital Times photographer Michelle Stocker got a glimpse of Alumni
Park, a Wisconsin Alumni Association development on the shores of Lake
Mendota between Memorial Union and the Red Gym on the UW-Madison campus.
of the 1.3 acre site, including with a visitor center, public boat pier
and exhibits on alumni achievements, continues toward an Oct. 6
In the great transportation debate
that has thus far defied resolution by state Republicans and delayed the
passage of a state budget there are clear choices – borrow or pay as
Gov. Scott Walker
has proposed borrowing $500 million to patch the state transportation
budget hole of $1 billion in the two-year budget cycle and the state
Senate, lead by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, wants to jack
it up even higher to $850 million.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has resisted
those calls to run up the state’s credit card approach to road funding
and has advocated for raising state revenue by a combination of fee
increases such as a heavy truck fee, an increase in the sales tax on
gasoline, DOT savings and cutting the minimum markup on gasoline....
Ken Notes: I went to New York last month and paid tolls in every state except Wisconsin... I`m just saying...
A group of Republican lawmakers on
Thursday introduced a package of legislative proposals aimed at making
the state Department of Transportation more efficient and accountable.
The proposals, rolled into an omnibus bill, come as the majority party struggles to reach a consensus
on the broader issue of how to fill a project $1 billion deficit in the
transportation fund. The dispute has brought progress on the state
budget, now 12 days overdue, to a halt.
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin voters` views of
President Donald Trump are getting worse, while Gov. Scott Walker`s
approval ratings are the highest they`ve been in nearly three years, a
poll released Wednesday showed.... ...more
Ken Notes: Lots of data here, good read. The one glaring issue remains the huge partisan divide. We have to bridge this to move forward as a nation, as well as as a state...
A long-vacant east side convenience
store will be replaced by a chain restaurant that bakes and delivers
calzones, under a new proposal.
Dough Franchising LLC, whose business model focuses on baking and
delivering calzones near college campuses, plans to open its first
Wisconsin location at 1515 E. North Ave., according to a proposal
reviewed Wednesday by the East Side Architectural Review Board.
That 2,500-square-foot building is a former Open Pantry store that closed six years ago. ...more
Ken Notes: We need legislation that creates adaptive reuse of vacated retail. I go nuts when I see a dark Walgreens just down the way from a brand new one...
For 50 years, rivals fought over its size, location and whether it should be built at all.
new St. Croix bridge begins carrying thousands of cars and trucks over
the shimmering river next month, the largest road and bridge project in
Minnesota history will represent as much a triumph over politics as a
feat of engineering.
million bridge, with a design so rare it’s only the second of its type
in the United States, required a congressional exemption to span the
federally protected river, prized for its natural beauty.... ...more
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grant will fund first work at Sonnentag Complex site
Work on the future site of a UW-Eau Claire event and recreation
complex will begin by the end of the year with the demolition of 12
buildings on the property between Menomonie Street and the Chippewa
River, the Blugold Real Estate Foundation says.
The news came as part of a series of announcements at a June 22 press
conference about the Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex, which will
be built on the former site of County Materials Corp., which the
Sonnentag family donated to the university-affiliate foundation in 2014..... ...more
MANITOWOC - Demolition of the former Mirro Aluminum Company building on Washington Street has begun in earnest.
City of Manitowoc said on Twitter June 30 that 542 tons of the former
building were removed from the 5-acre site during the last week.... ...more
A Wisconsin company is seeing success after facing issues over an attempted move into new office space.
Sales of Exact Sciences
Corp.`s Cologuard DNA stool test for colorectal cancer are on the rise
and its stock is hitting record highs, the Wisconsin State Journal reported...
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker
announced $2.4 million in grants today to protect and improve the Great
Lakes resources in Wisconsin’s coastal communities. Administered by the
Wisconsin Department of Administration’s
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, the 34 grants will be used by
local and state governments, regional planning commissions,
universities, and nonprofit organizations to assist with projects
totaling nearly $2.4 million.
Wisconsin’s Great Lakes are an important economic, cultural and
natural resource. Lake Michigan and Lake Superior provide the people of
Wisconsin with drinking water, commerce and recreation, and are a reason
so many people live and visit the state... ...more
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) --
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced
Wednesday it is providing Mills Fleet Farm with a $1.5 million loan to
support the company’s expansion in Chippewa Falls.
“This project will provide an economic boost to Chippewa County, the
region and the entire state,” said Barb LaMue, vice president of
business and community development for WEDC... ...more
Ken Notes: The Mills brothers are great businessmen...
CLAYTON - An unnamed regional health
care provider, widely believed to be ThedaCare, is looking at land for a
future development off State 76 and U.S. 10, USA TODAY
NETWORK-Wisconsin has learned.
ThedaCare officials have been exploring
the possibility of building a regional medical center in the Fox Cities
for the past year-and-a-half and have said five potential sites are in
play, but those sites have mostly been kept under wraps.
While ThedaCare officials would neither confirm or
deny their interest in the location, officials with both Aurora Health
Care and Ascension Wisconsin — two other major players in the health
care field — indicated they weren`t pursuing the site...
Ken Notes: If TC moves I wonder what will happen to their newer office developments on the original site.
June 8, I (Greg Buckley) shared the podium with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett at a
Wisconsin Urban Alliance meeting in Madison on “A 21st Century Fiscal
Structure for Local Government in Wisconsin.”
Our presentation focused on the impact reduced state funding for
local governments, along with state-imposed tax, revenue and spending
caps for local units, have had on Wisconsin cities, large and small.... ...more
Ken Notes: This has been an issue for decades. What we need is a fixed revenue source from the state tax for communities and state funding for things that communities can not control. Health care comes to mind, and education is a struggle for all communities because it has little to do with property and much to do with income. We should use property tax for the things we do as community like public safety, recreation, local government, local infrastructure and other things that impact the community and it`s "value". I am a fiscal Conservative and having served in all levels of government, I promise that the further away decisions are made form the actual spending the more we waste...
The Public Market Development Committee will meet Thursday evening to provide an update on the estimated $14 million project.
Eden Checkol reports. Video...
Pallets stacked with various gauges of sheet metal stand at one end
of a long, low and surprisingly quiet factory in Schofield, in Central
Wisconsin. At the other end, building ventilation equipment is being
crated for shipment around the United States. In between, a tightly
choreographed manufacturing system ensures high quality, low cost and
Despite Greenheck’s size and
growth – 2,700 workers in Wisconsin and 3,400 worldwide — Greenheck is
hardly a household name. “People are surprised: ‘Why have I never heard
of this place?’” says general manager of architectural products Scott
Graf, who got his first UW–Madison engineering degree in 1988. “We sell
into commercial markets, and for many business units, we have 40 percent
to 50 percent of the market. But unless you are in the construction
industry, you would not know us. If you are in construction, you know
Ken Notes: I was surprised...
EBI takes the time to get to know you and your business. We’ll provide
you with options so that together we can make the most of your space and
stay within your budget. ...more
The Madison Park Commission late
Wednesday approved $1.6 million for remediation efforts after
contaminated soil was discovered at the landmark Garver Feed Mill on the
midnight, the commission voted 5-1 to approve financing and a
development agreement to allow Baum Development to turn the crumbling
Garver Feed Mill, 109 S. Fair Oaks Ave., into an artisan food production
facility and add up to 50 "microlodging" units averaging 250 square
feet for short-term rental on the surrounding five acres...
MADISON - The Bay-Lake Regional Planning
Commission, which includes Kewaunee County as well as Door County, was
awarded two grants totaling more than $45,000 for projects to protect
and utilize coastal resources.
commission was awarded a $25,161 grant for a coastal recreation study of
Kewaunee, Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties and a $20,000 grant toward
providing technical assistance to local governments in the Bay-Lake
The grants came from the Wisconsin Coastal
Management Program, which distributed $2.4 million statewide for 34
grants that will be used by local and state governments, regional
planning commissions, universities and nonprofit organizations to assist
with projects, according to a news release from the Wisconsin
Department of Administration... ...more
Ken Notes: Our coasts could and should be an economic mecca for Wisconsin. Think about it Milwaukee to Manitowoc, The Door Peninsula, Green Bay to Marinette, up to Ashland over to Superior, down to the St Croix, Mississippi and Wisconsin, catch the lakes in Madison and Geneva, not to mention all the lakes, rivers and streams in between. We could exponentially increase our tourism revenue by improving opening these shores to the public... P.S. 100K is nice but I will always wonder what we could have done with the half billion we spent dredging the Fox.
A key city panel has signed off on the final design of the $170 million Judge Doyle Square project in Downtown Madison.
great news for the future of our city. The large and stylish
development will help energize the city’s core, provide more housing
Downtown, replace a crumbling parking garage with an underground ramp,
create a second hotel catering to Monona Terrace conventions, and bring
in lots of tax revenue for city services.
The city’s Urban Design Commission can be fussy. But it wisely approved
Beitler Real Estate Services’ plans Wednesday... ...more
Ken Notes: I know it is never on the minds of the public servents, but holding costs and delay are deadly to the developer.
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker, Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Mark R. Hogan will visit six cheese companies throughout the state today as part of the Wisconsin’s Dairy Month activities.
During the “Wisconsin Cheese Day” tour, Governor Walker, Secretaries
Brancel and Hogan, and other officials are visiting the companies to
highlight the importance of the cheese industry to Wisconsin’s economy
and to acknowledge the cheesemakers’ contributions to the industry. Also
taking part in the tour are DATCP Deputy Secretary Jeff Lyon and WEDC Deputy Secretary and COO Tricia Braun.
They are being joined by leaders from the dairy and cheese industry,
local and regional economic development organizations, state
legislators, and the University of Wisconsin...
More here: Walker, Brancel Celebrate `WI Cheese Day` with Industry Tours
Ken Notes: We need to do more of this.
EAU CLAIRE - Elizabeth de Cleyre, a writer, had never been to Wisconsin before she trekked to Eau Claire last summer for a festival
co-created by the city`s most famous musician, Justin Vernon
what de Cleyre and her husband found when they arrived from Portland
was more than a two-day celebration of music on the Chippewa River. They
found a thriving scene of local artists, designers and writers. They
saw a downtown
with new apartments, bike trails, hotels and plans for a performing
arts center at the confluence of two rivers. They discovered home prices
that were a third of the price of Portland`s... ...more
Ken Notes: Wisconsin has the potential to become the affordable San Fran, Portland, Austin, NYC and much more...
“I think the county investing in
affordable housing is good and I think the homeless resource center
(that will open this fall at 615 E. Washington Ave.) would also be good,..
...“Affordable housing would be a nice change of pace, I think....
...“I would live in the area if there were more affordable housing...
...“I’m all for affordable housing considering how many high-rises are going up that aren’t affordable...
Ken Notes: First the people responding are referring to lower market rate options not affordable housing. Second the site is more valuable as a bargaining chip that as an affordable development site. Trade for affordable / lower market rate units in another location. Win Win and far more bang for your buck...
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KIMBERLY - A second plan for new housing at the former NewPage paper
mill site is in the works, Kimberly officials confirmed Tuesday.
plans are in the early stages and the village is open to working with
developers on the project, said Danielle Block, village administrator.... ...more
A plan to build a mixed-use building
at a prominent South Park Street intersection is being held up after
members of the Madison Plan Commission were not satisfied with the
latest iteration of a planned development at the corner of Park and Fish
Hatchery Road, commission members gave a lukewarm response to T. Wall
Enterprises’ proposal consisting of 162 apartment units — including five
live-work residences — and about 12,000 square feet of commercial space
on the vacant, triangular property...
In a typical summer, Alpine Amusement has a traveling staff of about 50 people.
carnival operator crisscrosses Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, where
workers set up, run and take down more than 20 rides every week from May
to October... ...more
Milwaukee-area soda company Black Bear
Bottling Group LLC will close permanently, the Wisconsin Department of
Workforce Development announced Wednesday.
company at 2025 S. Branch Blvd. in Oak Creek will cease operations on
Sept. 15, affecting about 76 workers, according to the department.
department and the Employ Milwaukee Rapid Response team will offer
services to the workers, according to a news release from the DWD... ...more
Ken Notes: I see potential for a great startup...
Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently announced it will lead
six global trade ventures during the next year aimed at helping
Wisconsin businesses establish or expand their global reach.
The upcoming schedule is:
• Japan and South Korea, Sept. 8-16, 2017. Cities: Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea
• Israel, Oct. 26-Nov. 3, 2017. City: Tel Aviv.
• Mexico, Jan. 27-Feb. 3, 2018. Cities: Mexico City and Guadalajara.
• Canada, March 18-23, 2018. Cities: Toronto and Winnipeg.
• China, April 13-25, 2018. Cities: Shanghai, Ningbo, Harbin and Guangzhou.
• Germany, June 23-30, 2018. Cities: Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. ...more
A growing speaker company in the Green Lake County village of
Princeton is trying raise funds for expansion and is getting assistance
from a major national player in venture capital.
which since 2014 has been manufacturing a series of high-end wireless
speakers with proprietary components that can be upgraded as technology
changes, has joined First Democracy VC, a joint effort between Indiegogo
and MicroVentures designed to help entrepreneurs from around the
country raise money.... ...more
The manufacturer of gummy bears has owned a parcel of land in the
Hazleton area for almost two decades with the intention of building a
Haribo Corp. has apparently turned its nose up at Hazleton, opting in
March to build a plant in Wisconsin and selling the land here.
Mericle Development, which has purchased numerous parcels in area
industrial parks and built speculative buildings where new industry has
located, recently purchased a site CAN DO sold to Haribo in the Humboldt
Industrial Park... ...more
Ken Notes: WELCOME!!! These are an addiction...
FRANKLIN — Baptista’s Bakery LLC, a
subsidiary of Snyder’s-Lance Inc., is expanding its snack-food
manufacturing operations in Franklin, the Wisconsin Economic Development
Corporation announced Tuesday.
The company expects to create 125
jobs and invest $7.8 million in building renovations, machinery and
equipment as part of the expansion currently underway at the Franklin
Business Park on West Ryan Road....
Tavernakaya, the pan-Asian restaurant that opened last summer on the Capitol Square, may look a little different by the end of September.
Business partners Mike Ding and Kai
Kuo are buying out Food Fight Restaurant Group next week and becoming a
fully independent restaurant....
Ken Notes: Hmmmmm..., I`d want food fight in my corner but hey we will see....
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DESIGN / BUILD & REMODELING
“Located in the Madison region for over 30 years, Engineered Construction is an industry leader in commercial construction and the restoration of commercial and residential fire and water damage.” See comments from our clients here. ...more
OSHKOSH – City officials have come up with the money for
roadwork near the incoming D-League basketball arena after bids came in
$1 million more than expected.
The Oshkosh Common Council approved
five measures Tuesday relating to the work, which officials originally
anticipated would cost $2.5 million. The city previously made a deal
that commits the arena`s developer to covering that cost, which the city
then will pay back in the form of a tax incentive... ...more
NEENAH - The city will begin to regulate tourist housing made popular
by online services like Airbnb in an attempt to protect the integrity
of its neighborhoods.
Homeowners who offer their property for
short-term rentals will need to comply with a series of conditions and
obtain an annual permit from the Department of Community Development. ...more
Ken Notes: We need to make sure they pay the room tax and are safe and clean...
The cockpit of an airplane is usually the target for most innovations
in aviation technology. Over the past decade, at least some of that
attention has focused on the pilot’s “flight bag,” a mainstay of the
The term refers to the box-like briefcase that holds everything a
pilot might need: the aircraft operating manual, aeronautical and
navigational charts (usually Jeppesen chart binders, or “Jepps”), a
route manual, flight checklists, logbooks, weather reports, pilot’s
license, passport, and other accessories like calculator, pens,
sunglasses, and headphones... ...more
GRAND MARSH - When Joe Paul and Megan
and Eric Wallendal talk shop, it`s in the language of fertilizers and
nutrients. They`re talking about their crops and the
current status of their fields. And as they do, they reference the image
files collected by a drone flying over the cornfields
at Wallendal Farms.
The Wallendals are
focused on growing the food, while Paul`s three-foot fixed-wing
drone flies over their fields, gathering crop information that will
help the farmers make important business and production decisions. ... ...more
ROTHSCHILD - Gander Mountain is changing
hands, but what that means for the popular sporting goods store`s
nine Wisconsin locations is uncertain.
On June 27, the company, which in May declared bankruptcy, sent
notice to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that nine
Gander Mountain stores in the state would close as of Aug. 30 or shortly
after that date. The stores are in Rothschild, Baraboo, Franklin, Green
Bay, Janesville, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison and Waukesha.... ...more
Ken Notes: They have some nice brick and mortar I wonder in Amazon needs a sporting outlet/Distribution network.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Republican
legislators introduced bills Thursday that would make it easier for
people to sell and develop their land and for sand mine companies to win
Ken Notes: This is not about the property owner, it is about negating local planning and permitting.
The outdoor beer garden is up and
running in Madison`s Olbrich Park, several months months after the
contentious project gained City Council approval in March.
project sprang from a “placemaking” effort led by the Madison Parks
Division to spruce up underutilized buildings in the parks. For the
Olbrich Park beach house, the city chose the BKM Group for its beer
garden concept in addition to water recreation rental company Rutabaga
YORKVILLE — Merz North America will
plant deeper roots in Racine County with a $3 million consolidation and
expansion that will retain 165 good-paying jobs and create up to 20
Merz North America,
headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., operates four sites in Racine County for
manufacturing and distributing aesthetics products used by
dermatologists, plastic surgeons and neurologists.
plans to consolidate its three leased facilities into one expanded
location at 13900 Grandview Parkway. The new site will be home to the
company’s particle manufacturing, packaging, professional services and
“Founded in 1976 by George and Candy Gialamas, The Gialamas Company specializes in Class A Commercial Real Estate. For 40 years, The Gialamas Company has brought its real estate development, brokerage, leasing and building management expertise to the City of Madison and the State of Wisconsin.
Our premier development, 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.
The Gialamas Company’s fully integrated in-house staff and maintenance team, combined with our distinct knowledge and experience, ensures the highest level of service in all facets of the company. We offer an unmatched commitment to our clients. It’s a relationship that begins with our first contact and continues beyond the life of the lease. Experience the Gialamas standard of service today.” ...more
If you’re someone who appreciates the
Cap Times and — more importantly — enjoys a thought-provoking,
in-person experience, we have just the, um, ticket for you.
Today we announce the “Cap Times Idea Fest,”
a two-day smorgasbord of some two dozen sessions on Sept. 16-17, a
weekend with no home football game. The festival will be staged across
three buildings on the University of Wisconsin campus. UW-Madison was
our first co-sponsor...
– A large crowd gathered at the YWCA for
the Wausau HATCH event on Thursday, June 22nd. Four businesses pitched
their ideas to compete for a $2,000 prize. The winning pitch was made by
Stevens Point based Unpublished.io...
...For more information about HATCH, to submit an idea, or to become a resource partner, please visit: www.hatchwi.com.. ...more
As Wisconsin struggles to grow private-sector jobs, there is
potential to expand telecommuting work outside urbanized areas of the
state by improving broadband connections. As it stands, about 13 percent
of Wisconsin`s population lacks access to high-speed internet
connections, according to a 2016 progress report from the Federal
Communications Commission... ...more
Ken Notes: Good read, this is a density issue and the cost per person is the real issue because it will never see a payback. Technology will eventually catch up and focusing on schools and libraries has been the solution so far. 20 years ago in the Fox Valley we cheated and used the school system for private hookups but don`t ask me for details because I am still sworn to secrecy.
R.A. Smith National, Inc. is a leading consulting engineering firm, providing multi-disciplinary services to federal, state and local government and the land development industry nationwide.
WATERFORD — Absolutely Waterford has been designated as an accredited
Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards
set by the National Main Street Center.
Each year, the National
Main Street Center and its coordinating program partner in Wisconsin,
the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, announce the list of
accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their
commitment to preservation-based economic development and community
revitalization. Twenty-three of Wisconsin’s 33 Main Street programs have
achieved accreditation for 2017.
Ken Notes: The website is here: http://www.absolutelywaterford.org/
The Eagle’s Nest could have hatchlings soon.
Eagle’s Nest, the senior living community proposed for Wisconsin Dells
off Bowman Road south of downtown, has moved from proposed to planned,
thanks to recent approvals from the city’s Common Council...
As politicians in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states compete to lure
Foxconn Technology Corp., the high-stakes gambit has drawn attention to
a disconnect between nostalgic perceptions about the American
manufacturing sector and the jobs it actually generates in the modern
Foxconn, which ships freighters full of Apple iPhones,
Amazon Kindles and Sony PlayStations to U.S. consumers, pays its Chinese
assembly workers an estimated $2.50 an hour – including benefits and
social entitlements. Once castigated for sweatshops, Foxconn these days
is one of Asia`s most vocal enthusiasts of replacing humans with robots.
almost single-handedly sets the global standards for the sort of
cutthroat production costs that have shaken the confidence of America’s
industrial heartland.... ...more
Ken Notes: Wow lots to digest here! Foxconn will no doubt automate a Wisconsin facility, but jobs are still required to run the show. And they will be good jobs. We need to bring them here and provide the expertise they require....
ALGOMA — When Howard Renard bought the Rosewood
cheese plant on County Road S north of Algoma 56 years ago, all the
cheese was raw milk and was made in two small vats in cramped quarters
with living space attached.
“My one cooler used to be my grandparents’ living room until 1971
when they moved to a new house next door,” said Chris Renard, Howard’s
grandson and the third generation of family to operate the plant just
north of the Kewaunee-Door county line. ...more
Ken Notes: I love these stories!!!
Project supported by $500,000 in WEDC tax credits
The company and Racine County officials planned a groundbreaking
ceremony for today but postponed it because of inclement weather.
The $8 million project is supported by $500,000 in Wisconsin Economic
Development Corp. tax credits, $450,000 in tax increment financing from
Sturtevant and a $200,000 forgivable loan.
The company is relocating its headquarters from Zion, Illinois along
with consolidatihttps://www.biztimes.com/2017/industries/transportationlogistics/grand-appliance-and-tv-beginning-work-on-new-hq/ng warehouses in Zion and New Berlin. The result will be
120 jobs moved to Sturtevant and plans to create another 22 new jobs
over the next three years... ...more
Forgive the generic name, because Madison Tap isn’t just serving some of the best bar food in Madison: It’s serving some of the best food in Madison.
And because it’s still somewhat
unknown, there’s no trouble getting a table, indoors or out, when no
event or programming is going on there...
JOHNSTOWN — A national apartment developer based in Wisconsin has
purchased about 13 acres of land at 2534, a mixed-use development in
Johnstown, where it plans to build a 212-unit apartment complex.
Properties in Menomonee Falls, Wis., paid $3.53 million to Gerrard
Development Corp. for the property near the southeast corner of
Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 34, according to public records... ...more
A husband and wife duo restore historic apartment units
It’s hard to ignore the influx of high
rise and luxury apartments downtown. Older properties are being torn
down to make way for higher-density housing. Keith and Lori Wessel of Wessel Properties strive to do things differently by restoring historic homes to their original look.
They started with one house in 1978. Keith, a local attorney, and
Lori have now expanded Wessel Properties to five homes, totaling 13
apartment units. Their properties are located on the near east side on
the isthmus and in downtown Madison. ...more
A new initiative aimed at helping Door County employers meet the
current and future demand for qualified workers is getting a boost from
the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
WEDC has awarded the Door County Economic Development Corporation
(DCEDC) a $50,000 matching grant for its Grow Door County initiative, a
four-year plan focused on attracting and retaining employees... ...more
MADISON - Door County communities and
organizations were awarded state grants totaling more than $140,000 for
projects that protect and improve resources along Lake Michigan and
The Bay-Lake Regional
Planning Commission, which includes Door and Kewaunee counties, also was
awarded two grants. The commission was awarded a $25,161 grant for a
coastal recreation study of Kewaunee, Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties
and a $20,000 grant towards providing technical assistance to local
governments in the Bay-Lake region. ...more
SUPERIOR, WI. June 27, 2017 – The City of Superior
has received a $109,877 state grant to help redevelop an old beer
distribution warehouse into a new craft brewery – a project expected to
spur further development downtown.
The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
(WEDC) will be used to renovate the former Leamon Mercantile warehouse
on Superior’s North End to the 16,000-square-foot Earth Rider Brewery.
The redevelopment is the second phase of a plan to create a $2.5
million campus in the North Tower Avenue area that would include the
brewery and office/retail space in one building, and a beer tasting room
in a second building...
More Here: State grant aids Superior`s first brewery in 50 years ...more
A year-long process for the
city of Black River Falls has come to an end and officials are able to
call their industrial park a Certified in Wisconsin site.
a business wants to come and do any sort of building, there is a slew
of studies and things to look into from electrical systems to
transportation options. Becoming a certified site takes care of a lot of
those issues for businesses.
a certified site is a notice to companies that the area is ready and
open for business and provides them with independent verification that
the site is ready for development....
Dozens of winery owners voiced
support for a bill Wednesday that would extend their operating hours, a
move they say would significantly improve business.
A bipartisan bill
is making its way through the state Senate that would extend operating
hours for wineries from 9 p.m. to midnight. Supporters say the current
limitation, which dates back to 1989, according to the Legislative
Reference Bureau, is curbing small business growth statewide. ...more
Ken Notes: This is a lot better than the other bill that would limit sales...
The city and a developer are
addressing a newly surfaced environmental problem that will add costs to
the long-delayed, $19.8 million redevelopment of the landmark Garver
Feed Mill on the East Side.
exact amount of contaminated soil at the site is still undetermined,
but removing or capping materials could cost in the hundreds of
thousands of dollars or more than $1 million, city officials said. The
city has budgeted $1.95 million for the redevelopment, but that doesn’t
cover the environmental problem....
CHS Inc. and the Madison-based American Society of Agronomy signed
an agreement to collaborate in creating a dynamic, online-learning
program focused on improving sustainability practices and standards in
production agriculture. The curriculum will be
designed for agronomists and agribusiness professionals and will
establish a recognized, industry-wide standard of education to help
agronomists and other agriculture professionals truly implement
sustainable practices in the field... ...more
So you’re looking for employment? Here are some facts, figures, and projections to keep in mind
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2. BE THANKFUL
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4. ON THE OTHER HAND …
5. USE YOUR DEGREE ...more
Ken Notes: Good read...
BELOIT - Plans have been submitted for a 102-room extended stay hotel in Beloit.
have been submitted to the city to build a Home2 Suites hotel by Hilton
adjacent to the Hampton Inn on Reynolds Drive, officials confirmed
The hotel is expected to have site preparation work
start this summer, with a projected opening set for the spring of next
year, according to Beloit Hotel Group associate Lance Schaefer. ...more
CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) --
James Tinjum, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison`s Department of Engineering Professional Development
(EPD), will travel across four Midwestern states by bicycle in July to
visit wind turbines and bring attention to wind energy.
Tinjum will "bike the wind" in a 1,250-mile long
journey entirely by bike that will take him past more than 50 wind
energy sites in an educational journey that combines his passions for
bicycling, sustainability and energy.
His route will pass energy sites in Wisconsin,
Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa. With a plan to bike 75 miles or six
hours each day, Tinjum`s journey will last three weeks. He will be
joined parts of the way by his colleagues in the wind energy business.... ...more
APPLETON — The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators marked
this year’s Professional Development Conference June 25-29 in Appleton
as a centennial celebration of the Smith-Hughes National Vocational
Education Act, which established state boards of vocational education
and federal funding to develop high school agriculture programs
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Northern Steel Castings has given its employees
notice that it intends to suspend production at its two plants, Mayor
Zach Vruwink said Monday.
The company will keep its shipping operation going for some time, Vruwink said. He did not know how long.
The company has two foundries in Wisconsin Rapids — one on Ninth Avenue South, which had a major fire Dec. 12, and one at 80 Oliver St. The company had rebuilt the Ninth Avenue facility damaged by the fire, Vruwink said... ...more
Terri Urbanek is not one to work just for recognition.
when she received the 2017 Small Business Development Center State Star
Award from the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, she was
surprised to see her work being honored.
“It was really appreciated,” Urbanek said. “We work really hard here to help as many businesses as we can.”
At its July 5 meeting, Two Rivers City Council will consider an
initial resolution related to the issuance of industrial development
revenue bonds for the financing of a $7.2 million project by Riverside
Foods, 2520 Wilson St. ...more
CAMBRIA — Cambria-Friesland School District is the recent recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Technology Initiative.
local funds and the $25,000 Wisconsin Initiative Grant, the school
district will purchase 14 SMART Boards. The interactive boards will be
placed throughout the elementary, middle and high school classrooms... ...more
- 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...
Perhaps the notion of people with a wide variety of incomes living in
the same apartment building shouldn`t be considered exotic.
all, a typical office has people with salaries ranging from entry-level
to executive. And the redevelopment of downtown Milwaukee`s Germania
Building is creating apartments aimed at people who work nearby.. ...more
MILWAUKEE, WI – A new Sendik’s grocery store will open in the heart
of the Marquette campus on the northeast corner of 16th and West Wells
Streets, university officials announced Wednesday.
The store, which is anticipated to be a catalyst for additional area development, will open during the 2017-18 academic year.
my earliest days as president at Marquette, I told our students and our
partners in the Near West Side that bringing a top-quality grocer to
our community was the highest priority,” Marquette University President
Michael R. Lovell said in a prepared statement... ...more
Investment advisory firm Voit & Company will lease the newly
renovated Ruby Farmhouse at The Corridor in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a
mixed-use development owned by Irgens.
Voit & Company expects to move into the building by October.
contracted with Ruvin Bros. Artisans & Trades to have the Ruby
Farmhouse building’s exterior renovated during the past year. The
neighboring Ruby Barn has been renovated with a new roof and foundation
along with repairs made to its exterior siding... ...more
Ken Notes: Cool digs!!
A long-vacant school in Milwaukee`s
central city, built in the late 19th century, would be converted to 40
apartments under a new proposal.
& Co., which has redeveloped other local school buildings, is
seeking a zoning change for the former William McKinley School, 2001 W.
Vliet St., according to a Common Council proposal posted Wednesday.
zoning change would allow Gorman to convert the school into apartments,
the proposal said. It would need Common Council approval. ...more
By now, construction should be well underway on a development that would create 64 apartments on Milwaukee`s north side.
But that $13.7 million project is facing a funding gap tied to last November`s surprising election results.
Around half of its financing is coming from federal tax credits given to developers of affordable apartments.
throughout the country are paying less for those tax credits because
they believe President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled
Congress will likely cut corporate income tax rates. Such tax rate cuts
would make the tax credits, which are used over a 10-year period, less
valuable to banks and other firms that buy them from developers.... ...more
Columbia St Mary’s Hospital is proposing to move its downtown
Milwaukee health clinic into a nearby apartment development for
low-income tenants,according to zoning documents filed with the city.
St. Ben`s Clinic primarily serves uninsured or under-insured patients
from the downtown Milwaukee area and is staffed by the hospital`s
trained personnel... ...more
A proposal for a nine-screen movie theater at the new The Corners of
Brookfield retail-residential development is scheduled for review next
week by Town of Brookfield officials.
The town’s Plan Commission is expected to consider the theater plans at 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 645 N. Janacek Road. ...more
Outdoor apparel retailer L.L. Bean made its
Wisconsin debut Friday with the opening of a store at The Corners of
See the slideshow for a look at the new store. ...more
FINANCING & GRANTS
Brownfield Grants: Grants to local governments,
businesses, non-profits and individuals for developing commercial and
industrial sites that have been adversely affected by environmental
Brownfield Site Assessment Grant: Grant funds to
approved projects to assist local governments with conducting initial
environmental assessment and demolition activities on an eligible
abandoned, idle or underutilized industrial or commercial site.
Business Opportunity Loan Fund: Financing options ranging from loans to loan guaranties for businesses making investments to expand in or relocate to Wisconsin.
Capacity Building Grants: Grants to assist local and regional economic development groups to create an advanced economic development network within Wisconsin.
Capital Catalyst: Matching grants to seed funds
managed by local communities and other eligible entities to provide
capital to high-growth startups and emerging growth companies.
Community Development Investment Grant: Financial
support for shovel-ready projects with particular emphasis on downtown
community driven efforts that deliver significant, measurable benefits
in job opportunities, property values, and/or leveraged investment by
local and private partners.
Global Business Development Grants: Grant funding to support the growth and expansion of exports by Wisconsin companies.
Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment: Highly competitive program offering grants to Wisconsin
communities for the implementation of redevelopment plans for large
industrial sites that have been idle, abandoned or underutilized for at
least five years.
Industrial Revenue Bonds: A unique type of revenue
bond organized and issued by a state or local government, the proceeds
of which are directed to a private, for-profit business.
Seed Accelerator: Provides grants to eligible
communities and other organizations to support a pre-seed business model
program that incorporates training, mentoring and financial assistance
to entrepreneurs in their area. Grant funds may be used as seed capital
for companies in the accelerator, as well as for costs associated with
initiating the accelerator program.
Special Project Loan Fund: Loans or loan guarantees
to eligible companies preparing for future growth; diversifying
operations, markets or product lines to increase competitiveness; or
preparing a project site for future commercial development.
Technology Development Loans: Flexible lending
program designed to assist high-tech startup and emerging growth
companies in financing the development and launch of innovative products
Business Development Tax Credit: Provides refundable
income tax credits that can be earned based on jobs, capital
investment, training and the location or retention of corporate
Capital Gains Investment Incentives: Capital gains on funds invested in qualified Wisconsin
businesses are completely exempt from the capital gains tax after the
investment has been held for five years. Capital gains on existing
investments which are sold in order to generate funds for investments in
qualified Wisconsin businesses are deferred so that they are not taxed at the time they are invested in the Wisconsin businesses.
Development Opportunity Zones: Non-refundable tax
credits for new and expanding businesses in the cities of Beloit,
Janesville and Kenosha to assist with capital investment and the
creation and retention of new, full-time jobs.
Enterprise Zone Tax Credit: Refundable tax credits
for new and expanding businesses that can be earned based on job
creation, job retention, training, investment and Wisconsin supply chain expenditures.
Historic Preservation Tax Credit: State income tax credit for 20% of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures for eligible buildings.
Job Creation Deduction: Companies can take an exclusion from income if they create jobs in Wisconsin of $4,000 per employee for small businesses and $2,000 per employee for larger businesses.
Manufacturing & Agriculture Credit: Available to
individuals and entities for taxable years that begin on or after
January 1, 2013, for manufacturing and agricultural activities in Wisconsin.
The credit is a percentage of “eligible qualified production activities
income.” The credit is calculated by multiplying eligible qualified
production activities income by one of the following percentages.
- For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012, and before January1, 2014, 1.875%
- For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013, and before January 1, 2015, 3.75%
- For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014, and before January1, 2016, 5.526%
- For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015, 7.5%
For individuals, the credit is limited to the amount of income tax
paid on the income from which the credit is based. For a corporation,
eligible qualified production activities income is the lesser of:
- eligible qualified production activities income,
- income apportioned to Wisconsin, or
- income taxable to Wisconsin as determined by combined reporting law, if the corporation is a member of a Wisconsin combined group
Property Tax Exemptions: Machinery and equipment
used in manufacturing is exempt from personal property taxes.
Manufacturer and merchant inventories are exempt from personal property
taxes. Certain waste treatment facilities owned by utilities,
manufacturers, and commercial businesses used for the treatment of
industrial waste materials are exempt from general property taxes.
Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV) Program: Helps drive investment to innovate early-stage Wisconsin companies by allowing investors to claim a 25% tax credit on the amount they invest into a QNBV-certified business.
Research and Development Tax Credit: An R&D
credit is available to corporations, sole proprietorships and
pass-through entities equal to 5% (10% in some cases) of the excess of
qualified research expenses for the current year over a base amount.
Sales Tax Exemptions: Wisconsin sales tax does not have to be paid on the following:
- Machinery and equipment used by a manufacturer in producing tangible personal property.
- Tangible personal property that becomes an ingredient or component of another product in the manufacturing process.
- Tangible personal property that is consumed or loses its identity in the process of manufacturing tangible personal property.
- Machinery, equipment and tangible personal property used in research
by companies that are engaged in manufacturing or biotechnology.
- Fuel and electricity used in manufacturing.
Apprenticeship Completion Award Program: Offers
employers, adult apprentices and sponsors a 25% reimbursement (up to
$1,000) for instruction costs, including tuition, books, materials and
other course fees.
ExporTech: Export acceleration program to help Wisconsin companies expand their global market reach through targeted export strategy development and execution.
Industry Development: WEDC’s Division of Business
and Industry Development delivers customized solutions—technical and
financial—to established business associations, consortia and industry
cluster organizations in order to create favorable conditions for
expanding existing Wisconsin industries and attracting new companies to priority industry sectors in Wisconsin.
The division also supports minority business development by working
with and providing resources for revolving loan funds and technical
assistance to minority business development groups.
Veteran Grant Program: Offers employers a state grant of up to $10,000 over four years for hiring and retaining eligible veterans.
Wisconsin Fast Forward: Makes $15 million in grants
available to employers to develop and implement innovative and
collaborative customized training solutions for skilled workers. ...more
Ken Notes: I ran across this and thought I would add links as time permits. Hope it helps...
Notes from Ken Harwood Editor WDNews and WisconsinDevelopment.com.
For several years I have suggested that WEDC create a database that lists all their loans, grants and other incentives and the current status of these investments. Now they do. Created for a report
they recently issued, the data base
is available online or as a spreadsheet
If you are a business or ED professional, study the list an a resource of what type of assistance may be available. Make sure you have your local ED professional and representatives from WEDC as well as other agencies that may have available funds in the loop as you plan your expansion.
I will continue to advocate for a new jobs based tax credit to level the playing field and streamline the process, but do applaud the efforts of WEDC. I hope local media reports on this data base as well as the report and available options for new and growing businesses...The Report is here...
All info is here...http://inwisconsin.com/inside-wedc/core-strategies/operational-and-fiscal-excellence#programoutcomes ...more
Ken Notes: I will keep this article as a permanent link in WDN.
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