Almost exactly a year after starting
the process, the Madison Area Technical College’s Board of Trustees
Wednesday approved a development team to turn the college’s Downtown
campus into a hotel and office tower.
voted unanimously to begin negotiations for a ground lease with Hovde
Properties and hotel developer Drury Southwest on a $132 million project
that would renovate Madison College’s Downtown Education Center into a
197-room hotel and construct a 10-story office tower that would have
retail and a grocery store...
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. Again thumbs up! ...but keep reading no good deed goes unpunished...
Republican state lawmakers have
unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail
stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax
burdens to small businesses and homeowners.
Rep. Rob Brooks, R-Saukville, and
Sens. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, and Roger Roth, R-Appleton, announced
the legislation at a Capitol news conference Wednesday. At least one
Democrat, Oshkosh Rep. Gordon Hintz, also supports the measures....
Ken Notes: A VERY good idea!
Even better would be a negotiated property valuation at the start of a project. The commercial assessment process is flawed at best. Walgreen`s and other take the best corners and build the best buildings and then fight the valuations. We have no real way to asses the EPIC`s or AM FAM`s because the resale value is pennies on the dollar compared to what they spent. Factories are even worse and since the equipment is tax free we are not excited to site them.
We should create a program that allows a development agreement for commercial projects over one million dollars regardless of whether they are in a TID or not. It is a win win for communities and developers. We could even apply it to nonprofits at very low rates like payment in lieu of taxes...
The Goodman Community Center is one
of east Madison`s most active gathering places. Its programming is
varied and popular. And it needs more space. The center recently
purchased a second building, the old Madison Brass Works facility, which offers 30,000 additional square feet.
there’s no room on the property for a city requirement: a parking lot.
Thanks to a favor from the city’s Plan Commission on Monday night,
that`s no longer an issue...
MADISON - Wisconsin`s flagship jobs agency continues to double-count
some jobs in its online data and tout others from firms no longer
operating in the state, although it has improved its financial controls,
a new audit has found.
The new Legislative Audit Bureau report released
Wednesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau recommended that
the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. get more reliable data on how
many jobs are being created or retained by the state`s tens of millions
of dollars in taxpayer-funded awards to businesses.
Separately Wednesday, WEDC officials said they are gradually
addressing millions of dollars in tax credit errors in which some
companies were overpaid and others underpaid in recent years.... ...more
Ken Notes: They did find improvements made elsewhere but the money remains an issue.
I did suggest a tax credit based on jobs might be easier than the systems in place. If the jobs go away so do the incentives, you can`t miscount without double paying income tax for your employees. The dollars are about the same.
The 900 block of East Washington
Avenue has been subject to over a decade of development ups and downs,
with several projects never making it past the proposal stage. Now,
developer Curt Brink has a new plan to redevelop the property, starting
with a boutique hotel...
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Madison’s newest hotel is intended to immerse guests with a European experience.
dough is flown in from France and baked fresh daily into croissants as
part of the $15 continental breakfast on the 10th floor. The sleek rooms
have state-of-the-art amenities, floating beds and rain-style shower
heads. Artwork includes imported crystal from the Czech Republic. Some
of the public spaces even have a signature scent — black leather and
The views, however, are all Madison — and prolific... ...more
Gov. Scott Walker`s jobs
agency would be able to issue business loans again under provisions in
the state budget the Legislature`s finance committee approved Tuesday in
a sign that Republicans` faith Walker`s troubled flagship economic
engine is growing again.
The 2015-17 state budget
prohibited the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation from
originating new loans totaling more than $10 million in fiscal year
2015-16 and $5 million in 2016-17. The budget also prohibited WEDC from
issuing any new loans other than loans to develop technology after this
WEDC has faced frequent
scrutiny over its operations since Gov. Scott Walker and Republican
lawmakers created the agency in July 2011 to replace the Department of
Commerce. The agency hasn`t recovered loans made to troubled companies,
gave out $126 million without a formal review and has experienced high
turnover in top positions. Republicans included the loan prohibitions in
the budget in response to the problems. They have allowed WEDC to
continue issue tax credits and grants, however.
Ken Notes: If they had a system to track the loans and the outcomes this would be a great program. I will even create it for them for free. We just want to know what was lent, to whom, to create how many jobs, and what is the current status of the project...
For 43 years, Mary Lou Lottes showed up for work at the Oscar Mayer plant on Madison’s north side.
started at the production facility most famous for producing hot dogs,
bologna and other lunch meat in 1970, 11 years before General Foods
acquired the company and nearly 20 years before Kraft bought it. In
today’s economy, with young professionals bouncing from gig to gig, 43
years spent working for one company is an eternity....
Ken Notes: I want to meet Mary Lou...
The Village of Pleasant Prairie in nearby Kenosha County was
preparing to close Monday on its $37.5 million purchase of nearly 460
acres of land from Lake County-based Abbott Laboratories, setting the
stage for the creation of a new corporate park in a community that has
already lured dozens of businesses across the Wisconsin state line... ...more
Ken Notes: If a community has the funds, buying land can be a great investment. You can attract the businesses you want, provide incentives, and work with developers a businesses.
The Madison City Council agreed
Tuesday to allocate additional funding for a new parking garage in the
Capitol East District at South Livingston and East Main streets — the
first city parking structure outside of the core downtown.
The Capitol East parking structure
will provide spaces for office and retail tenants in Gebhardt
Development’s nearby eight-story Cosmos building, which includes a
2,500-person capacity music venue, and the Spark building, which will
house American Family Insurance and StartingBlock Madison offices...
Ken Notes: I still suggest we rethink transit options for the area. Business friendly options for park and ride, park and bike, carpooling, hotel and airport shuttles and expresses to the burbs....
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.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
districts are meant to help a city turn blighted areas into desirable
development zones. But once they’ve run their course, they can also be
used to fund affordable housing projects.
Madison extends TIFs as a way to
supplement its Affordable Housing Fund, an initiative created in 2014 by
Paul Soglin. The fund encourages developers to pursue Section 42 tax
credits for affordable housing with the goal of creating 1,000
affordable apartments over five years, 250 of those for homeless
Johnsonville, the sausage company, is expanding its global
corporate headquarters in Sheboygan Falls, WI. Construction on the
49,000-square-foot addition, which will feature a member development
center, additional workstations and an expanded fitness center, is
already underway and expected to be completed by the end of the
year. The company plans to add nearly 100 new jobs over the next five
project will provide much-needed capacity to support the tremendous
growth we’ve experienced over the last 10 years,” said Ralph Stayer,
owner and chairman of Johnsonville. “Thanks to the state’s favorable
business climate, we can keep growing right here in Sheboygan County.” ...more
Ken Notes: Too bad they don`t need an old production facility in Madison. Congrats on the growth though....
Since the state budget will not be
the main source of funding to the University of Wisconsin anytime in the
foreseeable future, it’s up to UW to be entrepreneurial and build other
resources, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Wednesday.
“It’s on us,” Blank said at a luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Madison at the Park Hotel downtown.
initiatives at UW-Madison include a strategic mix of students — who pay
different amounts of tuition — an expanded summer program that attracts
more students and enhanced professional training and career development
programs to draw nontraditional students....
Ken Notes: She is right, we need to provide a fixed % of tax revenue to the UW System and step back and let them manage their own priorities on a budget. My guess is that they will do a better job that us micro managing from on high. We can review the outcomes....
one vote, the Madison City Council rejected a measure to provide more
funding to built a new public parking garage in the burgeoning Capitol
Due to higher
construction costs, the city needed $1.9 million more for a total cost
of $18.67 million to build the new garage at South Livingston and East
Main Streets. The council voted 14-4, just missing the 15-vote threshold
to amend the city’s capital budget.
The Madison Community Foundation is celebrating the past by thinking about the future.
The charitable trust that administers more than 1,000 funds and
awards millions in grants throughout the Madison area marks its founding
75 years ago with 12 months of anniversary grants that will total
approximately $1 million. The theme for many of the grants is to
challenge the community to consider where it might be in another 75
The first grant helps move forward a project that has created a conundrum for the city for decades — the development of the downtown shore of Lake Monona.
A $27,500 grant to the Madison Design Professionals Workgroup will help
fund an engineering study for the group’s design for an expanded Law
Park and infrastructure improvements around the park and John Nolen
A bold and exciting plan
for Downtown Madison’s lakefront is getting a boost, with the Madison
Community Foundation announcing a $27,500 grant Tuesday to study its
The money and momentum for the Nolen Waterfront Plan are most welcome.
team of Madison design professionals has been working for free on the
proposal in recent years, based on the vision of famed city planner John
Nolen more than a century ago. The Nolen Waterfront Plan would
transform the Lake Monona shoreline from Monona Terrace to Machinery Row
into a nine-acre park built over John Nolen Drive, a boardwalk, a Frank
Lloyd Wright-designed boathouse, expanded Monona Terrace meeting space,
and much better public access to the lake from Downtown.
Ken Notes: I agree!!!
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
Wisconsin’s official motto is "Forward," but according to Blue Jean
Nation founder Mike McCabe, "backward" might be more appropriate these
In a recent blog post,
McCabe — who describes Blue Jean Nation as "a grassroots citizens group
that advocates to get regular people in control of the government" —
contends Wisconsin has lost its drive to be first or best. As a result,
he says the state is now satisfied being average or even below average
in areas it used to lead... ...more
Ken Notes: I disagree, but partisanship has clouded the vision and made it much more difficult to stand out like we once did.
PEWAUKEE - It could be an office anywhere. Four colleagues are
convened on a bank of sleek sofas, laptops open, critiquing a
PowerPoint in advance of an upcoming presentation.
It is an office, in a business park off Highway F in this Waukesha County suburb.
these are Pewaukee High School students tweaking the final project for
their global business class, which they`ll present to their client, a
Waukesha-based dental technology firm, the following week... ...more
Ken Notes: Yes it does and experience in a field through apprenticeship and other experiences can work in more ways than you think. A student may find he does NOT have the aptitude or skills for a certain career early enough to return to academia or check out another path to employment. When I cam home from college my father an exec in the foundry industry got me a job pouring iron. My interest in college and my studies improved exponentially...
a startup hub slated for Madison’s near east side, appears to be at a
crossroads with its leadership. The nonprofit announced earlier this
week that it’s openly searching for an executive director and a head of
The organization, which a cadre of Madison investors
and entrepreneurs have been developing since 2013, will occupy three
floors of The Spark, an office building under construction on the 800
block of East Washington Avenue. The mission will be to help early-stage
companies and entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to
high-tech tools and working space.... ...more
the Wisconsin startup investment and mentorship program, held its 10th
“premiere night” Thursday evening at the Barrymore Theater to show off
its latest class of graduating companies. They include everything from
handbag subscription services to Lyme disease screening regimens.
gener8tor itself also took the spotlight with news that it would
continue to ascend as a Midwestern entrepreneurial institution. ...more
APPLETON - Gov. Scott Walker said here Tuesday there is a "legitimate
concern" tied to the dark-store tax loophole that has led local leaders
to raise alarms.
Two bills were introduced in Madison last week after communities in
Wisconsin — including Appleton and Outagamie County — passed resolutions
for legislation to ensure commercial properties are assessed similarly,
regardless of whether the properties are filled or vacant.... ...more
Ken Notes: Yep, or just allow development agreements for valuation...
In 2006, Diane De La Santos sold her condo in the Milwaukee
suburbs and moved to the center of the city to be closer to work — much
closer to work. The organization she helped found, City on a Hill,
was rehabilitating an abandoned hospital in central Milwaukee for new
office space. De La Santos decided to move into the rehabbed hospital.
"You can’t solve a problem you don’t understand, and you
can’t understand from a distance," the City on a Hill executive
director said of trying to end the cycle of poverty in Milwaukee while
living in the suburbs.... ...more
Ken Notes: Yep...
OAK CREEK, Wis. - Ikea store leaders said the plan to put an Ikea in Oak Creek next year is on track.
furnishing retailer Ikea said in a news release Wednesday that it chose
Pepper Construction to manage the development project.
store in Oak Creek will feature 50 inspirational room settings, three
model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat
restaurant serving Swedish specialties, like meatballs with
lingonberries, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly
features include a Children`s IKEA area in the showroom, baby care rooms
and play areas throughout the store. ...more
Ken Notes: ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... P.S. Madison!!!!!
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New employment numbers show Wisconsin surpassed many of its Midwest
neighbors in creating new manufacturing jobs over the past year,
prompting one Wisconsin business leader to put out the welcome mat to
Wisconsin added 3,000 manufacturing
jobs between March 2016 and March of this year, according to the federal
Bureau of Labor Statistics. That amounted to a 0.6 percent gain in
manufacturing employment, the 15th highest gain among the 50 states... ...more
Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac” is an environmental classic. First
published in 1949, a year after Leopold’s death, it chronicled and
celebrated the natural life amid the changing seasons around his scruffy
weekend retreat and family farm, in a dirt-poor region of Wisconsin that starts an hour’s drive north of Madison, the state capital....
Coore & Crenshaw’s Sand Valley is big, bold and pure sand. Front 9
hilly back 9 mostly thru valleys. Could become a public Pine Valley.
– Ron Whitten (Golf Digest Architecture Editor)
Ken Notes: This could be HUGE (sorry I hear voices) for Wisconsin... The area is perfect... We need to Welcome Mike Keiser to Wisconsin and see how we can help him... Also wouldn`t an economic development research trip be in order here???? Finally can I mention you first read about Erin Hills in this publication and now they are hosting a PGA Major!!! Thank yo Mr. Lang I hope you get the recognition for the vision you had for Wisconsin!
Madison became a city in 1856, so there`s no shortage of history, with over 160 sites and buildings designated as landmarks and five historic districts.
week, several properties on historic sites around Madison were approved
for rehabilitation, are on their way to demolition or received
It will be held Nov. 6 to 12, with programming at a variety of
locations. Startup Milwaukee founder Matt Cordio and startup consultant
Ed Javier are again organizing the event. Communities exploring hosting
events during the week are: Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, Madison,
Oshkosh, Wausau, Green Bay, La Crosse and Stevens Point.
After attendance at the first Milwaukee Startup Week more than doubled
organizers’ expectations at 2,600, and attracted people from other
cities, the co-founders decided to expand the week to include other
Ken Notes: Good move!!
Major renovations at Dane County`s Henry Vilas Zoo and the Frank
Lloyd Wright-designed Meeting House of the First Unitarian Society on
Madison`s near west side are major beneficiaries of grants announced
today by The Capital Times` charitable arm, The Evjue Foundation.
The foundation`s directors approved a $150,000 grant to the zoo to
redo Anna Vilas Hall to create a visitor`s center and $100,000 to the
Friends of the Meeting House to repair Wright`s signature glass "prow," a
major feature of the building on the National Register of Historic
CHICAGO – Urban planning expert and educator Lawrence P. Witzling,
PhD, has received the American Planning Association’s 2017 National
Excellence Award for Planning Pioneers. For more than 40 years, Witzling
has been a national authority on urban planning and design, inspiring
hundreds of students and aspiring professionals to produce innovative,
high-quality urban design.... ...more
Ken Notes: Congrats...
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has nominated an ex-congressman
and former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania to lead the United States Agency
for International Development... ...more
Ken Notes: Mark is a great guy and will serve us well...
Five Milwaukee projects were awarded $3.3 Million in Low-Income
Housing Tax Credits by WHEDA, during an announcement on May 16 in front
of Old Main on the Milwaukee VA grounds.
Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the
award of more than $13.6 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits
(LIHTC) to fund affordable housing developments across Wisconsin. The
tax credits, which are distributed by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic
Development Authority (WHEDA), will move forward 26 developments that
will create 1,367 units of affordable rental housing...
Once again, the Kauffman Foundation has pegged Wisconsin as the worst state in the nation for startup activity.
And it’s not even close.
state has received the worst scores in the U.S. for new business
creation from the foundation since 2015. The last-place rankings have
been a source of hand-wringing for policymakers and other figures in the state’s entrepreneurial economy, and have spurred forums and panels about what the state can do differently.... ...more
Ken Notes: This is wrong. WEDC should focus on startups and growth as well as maintaining existing employers. Job based Tax credits should guarantee help and reward success on the financial side. Also other states have mentorship programs pairing a successful business with new startups...
A sweeping Republican proposal to
fund transportation and cut taxes would flatten income tax rates, lower
the gas tax and raise new funding for roads by applying the sales tax to
Ken Notes: I have always liked a segregated fund for transit, I am not sure if this is the plan here but sales tax on gas if the 30.9 is reduced to offset it make sense as it is directly related to use of our roads... Read the article Todd Berry`s comments are spot on!
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When tackling a real estate
development project, discovering contaminated historic fill is an
unwelcome surprise, but with the proper guidance, you can avoid project
delays and cost increases.
Historic fill is common on properties that were once rural and have
become prime redevelopment sites as communities expanded. The fill may
include contaminated materials like foundry sand, ash, demo and
construction debris, and even municipal waste. In the past, these
materials were used to fill wetlands or change the grade of the property
before initial development. Today regulations have evolved, and state
agencies require property owners to manage these materials appropriately
during redevelopment. Also, particular types of historic fill are often
not robust enough to structurally support your new building....
...Historic fill on a property is no longer the impediment to
development that it once was. Take these steps to get ahead of
potentially contaminated historic fill, and keep your project on time
and budget.... ...more
Ken Notes: Some great ideas here to deal with these issues... Save and share this link because if you are not dealing with this now you will be in the future...
Assembly Also Approves Penalties For Low-Income Student Truancy
The state Assembly has approved a bill that would require some able-bodied adults to work in order to receive housing vouchers in Wisconsin.
The bill that passed the state Assembly on Wednesday would authorize
the Wisconsin Economic Development Authority to seek a federal waiver
that would allow the agency to put the work requirements in place.
The bill doesn’t specify what the employment, training, and/or other "self-sufficiency requirements" would be...
In Appleton and Watertown, they’re squeezing increasing income out of
one of the biggest trends in years to hit the once-sleepy mattress
In Milwaukee, they’re working to grab their share too, and trying not to get pinched by the new competition.
Across the United States, a few internet-based startups and their scores of imitators have shaken up the bedding world.
by machines – some of them made in Wisconsin – that can squish a
king-sized mattress pancake-flat and roll it up like a sleeping bag, the
bed-in-a-box business has emerged as yet another challenger to
traditional retail... ...more
Ken Notes: As products are identified as on-line markets e-retailers will rise to supply them. Wisconsin needs to watch these trends for opportunities - Distribution and transit will be huge, packaging is a great market, call centers and online processing will thrive, and data technology will continue to grow. Also a move away from mass markets will be good for local beer, wines, produce, cheese, and other craft products. These now have a global marketplace.
ALLOUEZ – Though the project has yet to be funded, work has begun to
identify potential northeastern Wisconsin sites to host a proposed
replacement for the region`s maximum-security prison.
for sites of 60 to 100 acres within about a half-hour`s drive of Allouez
is one of the initial steps being undertaken by people who hope to
replace the aging Green Bay Correctional Institution, said Rep. David
Steffen is the author of a proposal to have a private company build and own the prison. ...more
A day after announcing that it would buy grocery stores in Portage
and West Baraboo, Festival Foods submitted plans Wednesday with the city
of Verona for a nearly 68,000-square-foot grocery store next door to
Farm & Fleet.
If approved, it would become the second store in Dane County for the
Onalaska-based retailer and continue the company`s growth into southern
Wisconsin. The project also would offer direct competition to Miller
& Sons in Verona`s downtown, the only other full-service grocery
store in the fast-growing city of more than 12,000 people south of
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
Decade-old Arboretum dispute shows conflicting interests in environment
An out-of-town real estate developer arrives in a
beautiful, fragile ecosystem ready to tear up land and build mansions.
The neighbors, frightened not only for the good of their neighborhood
but for the principle of protecting their homeland, band together to
fight off the developer.
At first glance, the 2006 development dispute in the town
of Madison’s unique Arboretum Neighborhood fits this storyline,
potential fodder for Pixar’s next feature.. ...more
KENOSHA - Next time you’re in a parking ramp or office building, take
a look up. There’s a good chance the lighting above you is packed with
energy-saving and data-collecting technology, and some it is made in
Lighting is the backbone of Kenall Manufacturing
in Kenosha. The company moved here two years ago from Illinois and
makes lights used in rugged locations like roadway tunnels and
prisons, parking garages and operating rooms... ...more
A plan to replace the Mill Road
Library with a new branch inside a mixed-use building on Milwaukee’s
northwest side took a step forward Tuesday after it was awarded federal
affordable housing tax credits.
The project will receive $805,063 in
low-income housing tax credits, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic
Development Authority announced.
The plan from Royal Capital Group and
Maures Development Group calls for 65 mixed-income apartment units
above a 17,500 square foot library at 7717 W. Good Hope Road. It’s
expected to cost between $14 million and $15 million...
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To grow their companies city leaders hope to boost capacity of small businesses during weeklong celebration in May.
Milwaukee Small Business Week
is a weeklong a celebration that recognizes and honors small business
owners and entrepreneurs for their contributions to economic growth in
the local community.
Hosted by the City of Milwaukee and Mosaic Communications and powered
by NewsReleaseNow.com, will take place the week of May 1. A kick off
news conference was held May 2 at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. This
year’s theme “Start small. Dream Big.” aims to empower the city’s small
business community with a series of workshops, presentations and
networking events to boost the capacity of small businesses...
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said
Wednesday he wants to generate "public pressure" to restructure the City
Council and is looking to create a committee to recommend changes.
to recent pay increases for alders and a proposed City Council chief of
staff position, Soglin said there has been a shift in alders’
expectations of what their job entails which has left the public
“sitting on the sidelines.” Soglin said he would appoint 11 to 15
residents to a committee that would recommend changes, thereby giving
the community a stake in what kind of City Council it wants.
President Donald Trump has made
immigration reform and border security a top priority of his
administration, vowing to increase deportations of people who enter the
United States illegally.
“To be able to have milk on our tables, we need to have immigrant labor.”
president’s tough stance on undocumented workers is concerning for some
dairy farmers, like Daniel, who rely on immigrant labor.
“20 years I’ve been here, I haven’t had a single application to a white guy to apply [sic].” ...more
Ken Notes: Yep, I asked a farmer friend why he employed Hispanic workers, his reply was, "We start milking at 4 AM and to work for me you have to be here every day at 4 AM. I will hire anyone that will do that"...
The City of Fort Atkinson is expected to take its first active step in assisting any redevelopment of the former Kmart site on the city’s northeast side.
W&A Distribution Services Inc. CEO
Scott Housley, a member of the city’s Economic Development Commission,
will be reaching out to Sears Holding Corp. for more information on
pricing for the 9.49-acre site.
The commission took no formal vote on the issue Monday but Housley
agreed to reach out to the corporation about the price of the site.... ...more
Ken Notes: Can I mention once more for the record, when you site a big box development consider an adaptive reuse plan the facility from the onset. These properties become book assets for the parent companies and there is little motivation to sell or reuse them...
Wisconsin comes out on top in a ranking of "best and worst states for
nurses," as heath care systems face challenges in hiring registered
nurses and nursing educators say they need increased support.
A report released Wednesday by personal finance website WalletHub placed Wisconsin in the top slot of ... ...more
Ken Notes: Health care has the potential of becoming a destination commodity and Madison could be at the top of the list!!!
MADISON - Wisconsin companies seeking to start or grow their
exporting efforts are invited to join Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and
the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on a global trade
mission to Mexico from June 11-16.
The registration deadline is May 12.... ...more
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States could run their own guest-worker visa programs under a bill introduced Wednesday by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.
The proposal has backing from groups representing the dairy and tech
industries, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Tax Reform and
the libertarian Cato Institute.
Johnson previewed the legislation during a Cato Institute forum... ...more
Ken Notes: He must like milk because without "guest workers" the industry would shut down...
WASHINGTON - Mark Green is a rare bird in Washington these days — a Donald Trump nominee with broad bipartisan support.
there’s a catch to his potential posting as administrator of the U.S.
Agency for International Development. The agency faces a starkly
uncertain future, including potentially big budget cuts and the
possibility of being folded entirely into a restructured State
Ken Notes: I know Mark and he knows value. He will either demonstrate the value of the department or facilitate it merger with another office.
Madison Gas & Electric’s new CEO, Jeffrey Keebler, pledged to
keep the utility headed away from fossil fuels as he addressed his first
shareholders meeting Tuesday.
“We know renewable energy is
important to many of our customers and to many of you, our
shareholders,” Keebler told the 1,850 people gathered for the luncheon
meeting at the Madison Marriott West hotel in Middleton.
said he is “committed” to the goals of MGE’s Energy 2030 plan that calls
for 25 percent of the utility’s retail electric sales to come from
renewable fuel projects by 2025, and 30 percent by 2030.
Ken Notes: Yes! I hope he reads WDNGreen.com.
MADISON - A delegation of Wisconsin agriculture-related companies
returned home last week from the 2017 China International Dairy Expo and
Summit in Harbin, China, where they exhibited Wisconsin products in a
Wisconsin Pavilion organized by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection. Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang
Province, is a major dairy production and processing area, and
Heilongjiang and Wisconsin have had Sister State ties since 1982.
year marks the 35th anniversary of the Sister State relationship, and
to celebrate the milestone, Troy Landwehr, a Freedom, Wis. resident and
accomplished cheese carver, was a featured artist during the three-day
expo (April 20-22). Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery donated several large
blocks of aged cheddar, which Landwehr carved into unique shapes 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
MILWAUKEE -- As Wisconsin lawmakers begin taking votes on
the state budget, transportation advocates have a new message: If
Republican states like Georgia and Indiana can raise the gas tax to pay
for road improvements, why can`t Wisconsin?
lawmakers remain divided about how to plug a road funding shortfall,
with Assembly Republicans advocating for a potential gas tax increase
and Gov. Scott Walker threatening to veto it. ...more
Ken Notes: I ma always amazed when our legislature feels it has to reinvent every wheel at every turn...
With office and manufacturing space, the business incubator is
designed to serve 10 new and existing businesses including start-ups and
existing companies while also providing work spaces for freelancers and
entrepreneurs. Its goal is to provide resources for the development of
new businesses, jobs and growth.
“After countless meetings, grant applications and even a trip to
Milwaukee we are proud to be in the construction phase of a 30,000
square foot facility that will support entrepreneurship, create jobs and
enhance the regional economy in the St. Croix Valley,” River Falls
Economic Development Corporation member Paul Schwebach said... ...more
Dozens of members of the state legislature are asking Wisconsin`s
congressional delegation to find a way to revise the state`s phosphorus
standards because they feel the rules are too strict and difficult to
comply with. Sen. Howard Marklein of Spring Green says
he circulated a letter to the state`s federal leaders in Washington
after small municipalities in his district complained that it was
`unreasonable` to meet phosphorus standards without making extreme
renovations to wastewater treatment facilities. ...more
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.
Last week, former Marco Rubio economic adviser Noah Williams
released a paper on the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit (MAC),
touting the success of the $654 million corporate tax giveaway that
mainly benefits Wisconsin’s wealthy. Under the MAC, 88 percent of the
multimillion dollar giveaway goes to people making more than $500,000,
with 11 multi-millionaires making more than $30 million each receiving
nearly $22 million in tax breaks. Wisconsin has consistently lagged
behind the national average in terms of manufacturing job growth,
sitting at 1.4 percent, compared to 2.1 percent nationally, and actually
lost 4,000 manufacturing jobs in the last year (September 2015 –
September 2016)... ...more
Ken Notes: Again Just The Messenger - I have suggest a tax credit based on JOB CREATION and if millionaires or even billionaires benefit so be it!
MILWAUKEE _ Finding and delivering cheaper, greener energy and
cleaner water. Advancing medical breakthroughs. Building and designing
stronger, safer roads, bridges and infrastructure. The Internet of
Things and “big data.”
These are among the topics to be addressed at the Milwaukee
Engineering Research Conference (MERC) on Thursday and Friday at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thursday and from 8
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing
Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Media are welcome to attend. ...more
labor commission would vanish and Gov. Scott Walker`s administration
would decide workplace disputes in its place under a budget proposal up
for consideration Thursday in the Legislature`s finance committee.
Walker`s plan to eliminate
the Labor and Industry Review Commission could create uncertainty in
applying Wisconsin labor law, raising questions about whether the
commission`s precedent-setting decisions would evaporate and whether his
pro-industry administration could fairly weigh cases...
The science behind the cranberry industry is about to get a significant boost.
Wisconsin Cranberry Research & Education Foundation announced
Monday that it will buy about 155 acres of land in Jackson County to
create a USDA-supported cranberry research station.
conducted at the facility, the first of its kind in the state, will
help develop and refine cranberry growing practices to improve crop
yield and quality, support the industry’s economic sustainability,
minimize environmental impact and determine how to best manage pests and
disease, said Bill Wolfe, president of the foundation’s board. The
facility will be located on part of an existing cranberry farm, Robinson
Creek Cranberry, about 10 miles south of Black River Falls.
The International Agribusiness
Center in Madison has a new director. Jack Heinemann will lead the
bureau, which is part of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture`s
Division of Agricultural Development.
In his new role, Heinemann
will oversee a staff of economic development consultants whose job is to
provide education, technical assistance and support to help Wisconsin
farms and agribusinesses reach new international markets...
The Beaver Dam-based United Cooperative has announced the names of
51 graduating high school seniors that will receive $1,000 scholarships.
The funds are being awarded to students studying an
agriculturally-based major, either at a technical or four-year
Dairyfood USA, headquartered in tiny Blue Mounds, is riding a new nationwide passion for smoked cheese.
“The general trend for smoked cheese is exploding,” said Daniel R. Culligan, president and CEO.
company processes about 10 million pounds of smoked Gouda annually, the
most of any producer in the country, Culligan said, and one of its
smoked Gouda spreads was a runner-up in its category at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in March in Green Bay... ...more
A $500,000 Wisconsin Economic
Development Corp. grant will help the owners of the former La Crosse
Plow Co. building reopen it to residential and retail use, after more
than two decades of standing empty.
contract was approved by the Finance and Personnel Committee during a
special meeting and approved by the Common Council afterward Thursday
The city applied for
the grant to help fund the estimated $32.8 million renovation the
property at 525 N. Second St. The money will be paid out to the
appropriate parties upon completion of the project...
Governor Scott Walker announced on April 25 that the Wisconsin
Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) will provide amended
loan guarantees to dairy farmers and processors with more favorable
The loan guarantees will help Wisconsin dairy producers and
processors access much-needed capital to address current market
conditions. The changes will provide more favorable repayment and
collateral terms to farmers and increased guarantees for producers at
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STEVENS POINT, Wis. – A crowded historic firehouse in Stevens Point
was the site of five business pitches on Wednesday, April 26th. The
winning pitch, Leak Siphon Flush Valve, took home $2,000 to advance
their business idea.
HATCH is a community-based startup pitch platform that aims to
convert strong “napkin” ideas into business plans that launch new
companies. Partnerships across the state made this first Hatch event a
success, bringing together the Portage County Business Council’s Ignite
Leadership Young Professionals Network, Brightstar Foundation, NEWaukee, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation... ...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...
I am excited to help shape a more collaborative economic region as
the newest co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 (M7) Economic Advisory Cou
I am excited to help shape a more collaborative economic region as
the newest co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 (M7) Economic Advisory Council.
this position means that, for the first time in M7 history, government
leadership from outside of Milwaukee will help provide strategic
direction for international economic development for our region. In
short, we have a chance to shake things up when it comes to thinking
about how to attract national and international businesses to our area
and how our regional partners are involved and can benefit...
Paul Farrow is county executive of Waukesha County. ...more
Prestige Metal Products, headed by Kenosha native John Annessi, has
chosen Bristol as its new home and will relocate from Antioch, Ill.
The company purchased an 85,630-square-foot building at
19241 83rd St., in the Bristol Business Park, several months ago for use
as its metal fabrication operations and company headquarters.
The relocation and expansion represents a $25 million
investment for the company and is expected to bring 46 jobs to the area,
including some 26 from the Antioch facility. The new jobs will be added
as the company grows in its new Bristol home over the next few years.
“The support from the community has been overwhelming,”
Annessi said in a statement. “First, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance —
who then introduced us to the Milwaukee 7 and the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corp. Everyone treated us like we were the next Amazon. We
are very grateful and excited to be here in Wisconsin.”... ...more
many units are too many?
MEQUON — When
plans for the first phase of the Mequon Town Center
included 28 luxury apartments, many were skeptical there
was any market for rental properties in a community
dominated by four-bedroom homes and pristine lawns.
Much to their
surprise, the apartments with monthly rents ranging from
$2,500 to $5,200 are all occupied. Several other, larger
apartment complexes are under construction nearby.
Another project that dwarfs all of them is in the
planning stages. ...more
Free advanced registration through Friday, $20 admission at the door
The 13th annual BizExpo, a day-long regional business-to-business conference hosted by BizTimes Media, is just one week away.
BizExpo will be held on Wednesday, May 24, at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.
Advanced registration to attend BizExpo is free through end of day Friday. Admission at the door costs $20. Click here to register.
BizExpo features a full exhibit floor of booths occupied by local
businesses, plus 18 business strategy seminars throughout the day. Click here to see a list of the seminars.
BizExpo also includes three Main Stage Events: the Women in Business
Breakfast, the Bravo! Entrepreneur & I.Q. (Innovation Quotient)
Awards Lunch and the BizBash Cocktail Reception. There is an additional
charge to attend the Main State Events. ...more
EAU CLAIRE, WI – The Wisconsin Department of
Workforce (DWD) is collaborating with the West Central Wisconsin
Workforce Development Board and Eau Claire County Job Center partners to
host the Chippewa Valley Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday,
May 11 at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Seventy local employers
are anticipated to attend the premiere hiring event, offering more than
800 entry level through advanced job openings in customer service,
healthcare, human services, manufacturing, office/clerical, retail and
Will fund export development program
JPMorgan Chase has agreed to provide another $150,000 in grants to
the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development partnership for its Export
Development Grant Program.
The program was started in November 2015, and helps small and
medium-sized businesses enter new international markets or expand their
presence in existing markets abroad.
M7 matches funds up to $5,000 for each company selected in the grant
program. The company must submit an explanation of how the money will
help it increase exporting... ...more
Sculptures by artists including Santiago Calatrava, who designed the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum addition, will line Wisconsin Avenue this summer under a project led by Marcus Corp. chairman Steve Marcus.
Wisconsin Avenue, downtown’s main street,
will get 22 sculpture installations between O’Donnell Park at the
lakefront, and Sixth Street, said Matt Dorner, economic development director for Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District No. 21... ...more
Vote is victory for opponents of controversial master plan
A Wauwatosa Common
Council committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to put on hold the
controversial master plan for what is being called the Life Sciences
“We have been listening,” Kathleen Causier, chair of the council’s
Community Affairs Committee, told the packed room in the council
chambers. The size of the audience for a committee meeting indicated
once again the amount of concern and attention being paid to this issue
by the community. The outcome included a provision that seemed to
surprise nearly everyone in attendance.
Elm Grove-based Luther Group and Madison-based Horizon Development
were chosen by the Wauwatosa Community Development Authority in
December 2015 after a request for proposal to purchase and redevelop the
vacant city-owned property North of Harmonee Avenue and west of
Underwood Avenue. ...more
Four years ago, Uihlein, owner of Milwaukee-based Uihlein/Wilson Architects, purchased three adjoining buildings at 627-637 N. Broadway and the buildings at 227 and 225 E. Wisconsin Ave.
His plan is to attract retail or office tenants to the buildings that have been vacant for well over a decade, Uihlein said.... ...more
Bauman says troubled Water Street location makes more sense than Old World Third
Bauman, who represents the downtown area and has been a vocal critic
of previous proposals to open strip clubs at 770-772 N. Milwaukee St.
and 730 N. Old World Third Street, said he doesn’t object to the strip
club application filed April 28 by the owner of the Ladybug Club, 622 N.
Water St.... ...more
Waupaca Foundry returned from the 2017 Metalcasting Congress held in Milwaukee on April 25-27 with several national awards.
Individuals receiving awards from the American Foundry Society were
retired CEO Gary Gigante and Greg Miskinis, director of research and
process development at the foundry.
Waupaca Foundry also earned the Plant Engineering Award and the Best in Class Casting Award... ...more
MADISON, N.J., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sotheby`s International Realty Affiliates
LLC today announced that Mahler Real Estate Group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Mahler Sotheby`s International Realty. This is the first affiliate to operate under the current Sotheby`s International Realty® network in Wisconsin. ...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...
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