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Business Partnerships Spur Growth in Wisconsin

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A southeast Wisconsin business alliance says more than financial incentives and support services are needed to lure companies to the area.

Gateway Technical College, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Kenosha County Job Center and other private companies have created a partnership with the goal of growing the local business community, the Kenosha News reported.

The partnership has found that training workers to fill specialized and technical jobs is important in attracting companies.

Gateway has provided training for more than 50 companies since 2011. Training has included areas such as robotics, die cast and computer numeric control operation.

Kenall Manufacturing decided to move from Gurnee, Illinois, to Kenosha County more than three years ago....

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Ken Notes: I agree. I love the attention Wisconsin is getting with Foxconn, but it is the small businesses and growing companies, not to mention agriculture and education that is the backbone of the State. If we offered 250,000 dollars for every new employee these businesses provide we would have the fastest growing economy in the world.

I have suggested a corporate tax credit for creating jobs of just 20K (2K per for 10 years) and it has fallen on deaf ears because it would involve rewarding the liberal EPIC`s as well as the conservative Menards, my contention is that both have done much to grow Wisconsin in fact with a few others that I would add to the list -- they have done far more than Foxconn every will...

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The Foxconn deal Trump championed won’t make Wisconsin money for 25 years, report says

The deal President Trump called “incredible” and Gov. Scott Walker hailed as a “once-in-a-century” opportunity to bring the electronic manufacturing giant Foxconn to Wisconsin wouldn’t generate profits for the state until 2042, a new legislative analysis projects.

The state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a nonpartisan agency that analyzes proposed economic investments, looked at Walker’s bid last month to bring a new flat-screen-display factory to the state in exchange for a roughly $3 billion-incentives package...

Other Stories:

WMC CEO: Foxconn is Validation of Pro-Growth Reforms

Foxconn expected to announce Wisconsin location within two weeks

Report: Foxconn Deal Would Take 25 Years for Wisconsin to Recoup $2.85 Billion It Wants to Pay Taiwanese Company

Wisconsin Senate might reject Trump-backed Foxconn deal as concerns escalate, report says

Foxconn plant puts Wisconsin on global stage: Gov. Scott Walker

Senate Republican leader raises questions on Foxconn deal, says he doesn`t have votes yet

Senate leader says Foxconn should get deadline to create jobs

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Ken Notes: This may be true, but building roads have no direct payback so we may need to consider how this Analysis is being done. I agree with Kurt R. Bauer, president/CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce who Said, “I have said repeatedly that Wisconsin is the best kept secret in the Midwest. Today, the secret is out. WMC looks forward to learning more details in coming weeks. But in the meantime, WMC welcomes Foxconn to Wisconsin!”

I wish we were as focused on existing businesses and smaller startups, but bringing a large multinational is most likely good for the state and clearly puts Wisconsin on the international map. I also want other businesses to weigh in on this subject, so I encourage the press to make a few calls to actual employees in your region and get some feedback on the States role in bringing Foxconn to Wisconsin.

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UW-Madison at odds with developer over proposed 12-story apartment building near Union South

University of Wisconsin-Madison officials aren`t on board with a 12-story apartment building proposed for the southwest side of campus, near Union South.

At Madison Urban Design Commission (UDC) meeting Wednesday, a UW-Madison planner voiced concerns over the plan, pointing to problems in the design and saying that it conflicts the university`s Master Plan.

The apartment building is slated for 222 N. Charter St, and would sit on a triangle of land bordered by North Charter Street, East Johnson Street and railroad tracks.

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Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says less oversight will speed Foxconn review

State Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp said Wednesday her agency supports removing regulatory hurdles for Foxconn Technology Group`s massive electronics plant, but she said environmental standards won`t be compromised.

Stepp also said she has hired a project manager — a former DNR attorney who is an expert on water use and the Great Lakes — to oversee regulatory responsibilities for the $10 billion project....

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Ken Notes: I hope she is correct, and as I have said before I can not believe Foxconn will take chances that would put them at risk if the legislative majority changes. I also asked for a project ombudsman, and the DNR seems to have done just that. So thanks and lets proceed with caution.

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MATC redevelopment aims to start construction next summer

Madison Area Technical College (MATC) students will vacate the downtown campus at 211 N. Carroll St. at the end of the spring 2019 semester to make way for a new hotel.

But in 2018, before they leave, construction on a 10-story office and retail building will begin on the campus parking lot.

The developers of the project gave an overview of their plans at a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday night. They’re calling for a two-phase project, beginning with the office building in the summer of 2018 and following with a hotel in the summer of 2019.

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Foxconn eyeing secondary site in Dane County

The Madison area is under consideration for a Foxconn development, separate from the huge, $10 billion flat-screen display factory the company plans to build in southeast Wisconsin, several sources with knowledge of the discussions said.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has asked for information about possible sites in Dane County and a project proposal could take shape within the next six weeks, one source said, adding that project plans are very fluid at this point. The source said, though, a specific site will take longer to choose.

Another source said Foxconn’s development here could involve a health-related business, such as a wearable product, a medical device or a research and development facility...

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Transformation Into `Wisconn Valley` May Be Realistic Goal of Wisconsin`s Foxconn Win

"Wisconn Valley" -- the vision Gov. Scott Walker expressed for the southeastern part of his state after Wisconsin snagged Foxconn`s pledge to build a massive flat-panel-display plant there -- will never compete in economic impact, technological heft or overall importance with Silicon Valley.

But the deal could indeed be transformational for the economy of the western elbow of Lake Michigan, as Walker has claimed. And it`s certainly going to be expensive...

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Foxconn considering a second Wisconsin facility

Wisconsin and Foxconn Sign $3 Billion Assistance Agreement
Great Read!!

Foxconn shows off products at Waukesha County Technical College

Foxconn steers clear of Trump`s $30 billion investment claim

Ken Notes: I stay out of political opinions, but I am frustrated that I have to fact check statements from our President to see if they are accurate. Also is the development agreement a public record??



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Developer targets housing to `grandfamilies` at Union Corners

In a first for Madison, a developer is proposing to build housing aimed at grandparents and other extended family members raising children as part of the emerging Union Corners redevelopment on the East Side.

Gorman & Co. and Lutheran Social Services’ proposed $12.5 million “Union Corners Grandfamily” housing would offer 59 lower-cost and market-rate units in two, three-story buildings in a long-vacant field at 2507 Winnebago St. The site is across the street from other pieces of the multi-phase Union Corners redevelopment rising at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street....

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Ken Notes: I have been suggesting this for downtown for 10 years now> imagine the grandkids seeing the Overture, Children`s Museum, Capitol, Lakes and UW among so much more...

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Apple Store moving to Hilldale Shopping Center from West Towne Mall

In a major retail coup, Hilldale Shopping Center has wooed one of the region’s busiest retailers away from the city’s largest shopping mall.

Apple has announced that it will move its Apple Store out of West Towne Mall to the south end of Hilldale. The store, believed to be between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet and scheduled to open Saturday at 10 a.m., is between University Book Store and a 15,000-square-foot L.L. Bean store scheduled to open in spring 2018....

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Ken Notes: I believe Hildale will continue to be a destination retailer and Apple will help. I hope with the other development in the area we can attract millennials and boomers alike to both visit and live in the area. Now transit from Hildale to State street is back on the radar screen. At least my radar screen...

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Dane County committee hears vision for Alliant Energy Center, sets stage for master plan

Armed with initial recommendations and a vision for the future of the Alliant Energy Center campus, Dane County’s committee overseeing the process of planning a renovation of the site is poised to consider approval at its next meeting in September.

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved a master planning process for the 164-acre county-owned south side expo and convention center campus in 2016. Since then, Chicago-based Hunden Strategic Partners completed a study of the campus and suggested renovating the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, investing in private development elsewhere on the campus and adding exhibition and commercial space....

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Ken Notes: Did they consider using the parking for downtown and bike park and ride?

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State Journal editorial: Happy ending to hotel saga good for Madison

When city officials rejected a taller hotel across from Camp Randall Stadium last spring, they urged the hotel’s owners to scale back their proposal.

And they did.

Now this week, after several months of refinement and compromise, plans for expanding HotelRED on Madison’s Near West Side are moving forward, thanks to flexibility on the part of city officials and the developer....

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Middleton looks to revitalize historic area near Stamm House, Pheasant Branch

In 2015, after two years of expensive and labor-intensive renovations, the historic Stamm House on Century Avenue in Middleton reopened as a restaurant.

The new Stamm is drawing people to the area, according to Middleton officials, and the city wants to encourage similar revitalization. The city recently released a concept plan for the area around the Stamm House, a historic settlement known as Pheasant Branch. The plan aims to play up the settlement`s rich history and draw pedestrian and bike traffic.

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Recession over, but concerns remain

Make it official: Waupaca County has rebounded from the Great Recession, but some concerns still linger.

“All I can say is that we’ve recovered from the recession. So I don’t know if I can definitely say the county and the region are in the best shape they’ve ever been in,” said David Thiel, executive director of the Waupaca County Economic Development Corporation. “I haven’t seen numbers that would make me say that’s true, but it’s clear that we’ve recovered from the recession.”

John Koskinen, the chief economist for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, released an article this past month titled, “Wisconsin Economy: Best in 15 Years.”...

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UW-EXTENSION: A deep dive into entrepreneurial development system

In a research paper titled “Social Capital and Start-Up Motivation: Deepening Trust in the Entrepreneurial Development System” Diana Hammer Tscheschlok, Steven Deller and Tessa Conroy find that, nationally, minority and immigrant business owners start businesses at higher rates than white business owners and they are a major contributor to the future of business growth in Wisconsin....

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Ken Notes: This needs to be a team effort. I see Entrepreneurial Development and a real apprenticeship program in the secondary schools being the key to moving Wisconsin forward.

Wouldn`t it be amazing if we spent just a few thousand dollars per student on school to work transitions. This would be pennies on the dollars when compared to Foxconn, but would impact thousands more employees, generate income while learning a skill, benefit all our trades and manufacturing industries, and insure a more stable economy in the state.

There are 250,000 plus secondary students with around half entering post secondary education. This suggest that we allow many for our HS grads to enter the workforce with little or no job skills. So for comparison we create 13K great jobs with Foxconn but fail 100K plus graduating seniors. I like Foxconn but love the potential of our secondary students. We can do both...

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Ryan talks small business, health care reform in Mukwonago
MUKWONAGO — It’s no secret that Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan is an advocate for tax reform, especially when it comes to the percentage of taxes on small, family-owned businesses. On Wednesday, the Janesville Republican continued his trend of visiting businesses across southeastern Wisconsin to discuss that and other issues.

He toured Banker Wire, a manufacturer of woven wire and mesh, and later had a Q& A session with the company’s workers. The upcoming Wisconsin Foxconn plant and how it will change the outlook of the rustic belt was one of the first issues brought up....

...He also pointed out that a major point in the new proposed health care bill for him is to make sure citizens are able to find out medical costs up front and shop around. He says our current system just doesn’t work.

“I want to go to Travelocity for health care —let’s do that,” said Ryan...

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Ken Notes: I can not believe that the nation has not looked at the health plan used by Wisconsin Employees. A generic coverage plan is drafted, all insurance companies bid to provide the basic coverage, Wisconsin takes the lowest bidder in each region in the State and funds it for employees. Want to stay with you current provider, no problem, just pay the difference.

Now extend that to a national platform. The US drafts a CORE CARE plan outlining required coverage with set co-pays and deductibles including out of plan emergency benefits. Everyone (insurance companies and health care administrators) bids it by region regardless of borders, the government selects the lowest bid in each region. They can then offer incentives to companies and low income individuals to offer this coverage or another plan offering at least this level of coverage (paying the base rate). The whole plan law could be drafted in a few pages. All the players would participate and, Paul we would have the Travelocity for health care.

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Wisconsin would offer Fiserv $12.5 million incentive to stay in state

The state of Wisconsin would provide up to $12.5 million in tax credits to Fiserv Inc. if the Brookfield-based financial technology firm decides to keep its headquarters — and more than 600 jobs — in the state...

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Fiserv narrows Wisconsin HQ search to three spots


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Ken Notes: Just an FYI my 2K per employee for 10 years would offer the same 12 million with no need for clawbacks or other agreements and would not require tracking in the future.

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Madison considers building $17M library, community center at Reindahl Park

Despite concerns about new capital spending, Madison is considering a $17 million, 40,000-square-foot facility at Reindahl Park that would combine a new library and other city services in a new way for underserved neighborhoods on the Far East Side.

The proposed “Reindahl Imagination Center” would include a library, community center and a presence for other agencies, including Parks and Public Health, at the 91-acre park near the intersection of East Washington Avenue and Portage Road....

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Ken Notes: Public/Private????

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Owner of Crandon`s Hometown Trolley invited to White House for small business roundtable
Two Wisconsin business owners, including one from Crandon, were set to visit the White House this week to participate in a roundtable on small business.

Kristina Pence-Dunow of Hometown Trolley, a third-generation family business in Crandon, and Jeff Dykes of Northern Star Fire, an Eau Claire startup and 2017 winner of the Governor`s Business Plan contest, were scheduled to participate in a discussion on "American Small Business - The Engine of the American Dream," Tuesday,?according to a press released issued by SBDC, Wisconsin`s Small Business Development Center....

Hometown Trolley Website is HERE!

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Ken Notes: This is a great little company right here in Wisconsin.

Madison should buy a couple of these powered by CNG and run a Terrace to Terrace shuttle for downtown employees and visitors. Dollar to get on or Five Dollar Day passes would cover much of the cost and it would draw tourists like flies. I can not believe we do not do this. Oh and MGE did you see the part about CNG I suggest naming the system MGE Delivers. Please share this idea, hell you may even steal this idea.

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Wisconsin announces new effort to connect workers with jobs

The state of Wisconsin is launching a new effort designed to match high school students with job openings.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced the development of a new statewide platform connecting local employers with students. All nine of the state`s regional economic development organizations are teaming up to develop an expanded version of the web-based platform called Inspire.

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Ken Notes: But the skill sets need to match up and they don`t!!! I love this idea I am just suggesting we have a lot more work to do!

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State could spend $20M on job training as part of Foxconn deal

Assembly lawmakers want the state to spend $20 million to train Wisconsin workers as part of a deal to convince Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn to build a $10 billion campus in southeastern Wisconsin to build LCD panels.

The proposal is part of a number of changes Assembly Republicans released Friday to a bill authored by Gov. Scott Walker moving quickly through their house...

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Appleton tries to lure developers through `State of Downtown`

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Appleton city leaders held their first ‘State of the Downtown’ Wednesday afternoon.

Appleton Downtown, Inc. invited business owners, potential developers, and residents into the Paper Valley Hotel to share its vision for the area.

A variety of city staff members took turns talking about recent studies on downtown development, mobility, parking, and parks.

“It`s nice that they stressed the implementation,” said Kathy Meyer of Appleton. “It`s not just do a study to do a study.”

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Ken Notes: The Fox Valley needs to take note of what Southeast Wisconsin is doing and strengthen it`s regional resolve. It takes a region to grow exponentially. I am a huge fan of the Valley and hope they are the next big thing!

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Madison City Council approves Garver soil remediation funds, passes moped parking restrictions

After several delays in the redevelopment of the Garver Feed Mill, the Madison City Council adopted an agreement late Tuesday for a private developer to renovate the East Side building and transform the surrounding property.

Just before midnight, the council voted 17-2 to approve a development agreement with Baum Development for its $19.8 million plan to turn the crumbling building into an artisan food production facility and build up to 50 “microlodging” units on the surrounding five acres that will be available for short-term rental....

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Finance Committee approves purchase of South Park Street building for homeless housing project

Madison`s Finance Committee approved purchasing a South Park Street building while a developer gets its financing in order to create a permanent supportive housing project for the homeless.

Ald. Mike Verveer, 4th District, said the committee voted unanimously to close on the 1202 S. Park St. property as Chicago-based Heartland Housing seeks to reapply for federal tax credits it missed out on earlier this year. The $640,000 to buy the building would come out of the $1.57 million the city set aside in this year`s budget for Heartland`s housing project...

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Wisconsin paying Foxconn $1 million per job possible, if not likely

When one Democratic lawmaker claimed Wisconsin is offering $3 billion to Foxconn for 3,000 jobs, or $1 million per job, the math didn’t work.

We rated the statement, by state Rep. Melissa Sargent of Madison, False. The full $3 billion would be paid only if the plant Foxconn plans to put in Wisconsin creates 13,000 jobs.

But is it possible that the Foxconn offer could end up costing Wisconsin taxpayers more than $1 million per job?

Perhaps....

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Ken Notes: I would love to tie the incentives to the actual jobs...

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Madison-based startup certified by state as Qualified New Business Venture

MADISON, WI. Aug. 8, 2017 – ThirdSpace, a Madison startup developing tools to improve employee engagement, has received Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV) certification from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

QNBV status allows investors in qualified startup and early-stage companies to receive a 25 percent state tax credit on the amount they invest in the business. The program, one of several WEDC initiatives aimed at supporting startups, helps early-stage companies secure new investment and accelerates their potential for growth and job creation in Wisconsin...

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ILLINOIS EDITORIAL: Thank you, Wisconsin, for the beautiful gift

Friends in the Wisconsin Legislature, we beg you: Sign that bad deal with Foxconn.

It’s the neighborly thing to do.

Best we can tell, it’s a crap shoot as to whether luring the giant electronics company to Wisconsin would work out well for you, given the billions of dollars in tax breaks your governor has promised, but it would be terrific for Illinois. It would cost our state nothing, yet up to half of the new jobs could go to our residents, while O’Hare Airport would get the new international travel business.

The best thing that ever happened to Illinois might be losing Foxconn to you, Wisconsin. Much appreciated.

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Ken Notes: I pray this is sour grapes...

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Kasich confirms Ohio is on the hunt for Foxconn plant

The state has officially acknowledged for the first time that it is trying to land an investment from Asian electronics company Foxconn.

“We are pitching Foxconn. We hope they will make something here,” Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday in New Albany where Facebook was announcing its plans for a $750 million data center.

Foxconn, which makes Apple’s iPhone and other products for electronics companies, said in July that Ohio was one of several states that the company was considering for its first U.S. investment. Ohio economic-development and political officials have declined to comment about any negotiations with the company, nor would they confirm that talks are taking place...

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City Council leadership refines plan to study local government
The City Council`s executive committee fine-tuned the makeup of a task force that will study the structure of Madison’s local government prior to the 2020 Census when districts are redrawn.

Ald. Rebecca Kemble, District 18, drafted the substitute proposal that the committee approved at its meeting Tuesday as a compromise between proposals by Mayor Paul Soglin and Ald. Sara Eskrich, District 13...

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Ken Notes: I see us returning to the delays that slowed growth in the past. I think we should start with priorities and a standard timeline for moving projects and other proposals forward and then work backward from there. I love the counsel, commissions, neighborhoods and the historical society as well as those with great public ideas -- but development is a business and delays and unfunded unobtainable counter proposals have and will cost us great projects.

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Train proposal gathers steam

Train plan gathers steam

The effort to establish a second daily passenger train connecting La Crosse with Chicago and the Twin Cities is rolling ahead.

Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation officials determined in 2015 that there is demand to support another train on the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul corridor, which is currently served by Amtrak’s Empire Builder with one train a day each way between Chicago, Seattle and Portland...

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Ken Notes: This would be a GREAT idea. Get is close to Madison, and price it right!

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Consultants offer solution for `hairball` intersection at John Nolen, Williamson, Wilson, Blair

After a year of study, city engineers and a consultant have recommendations for a dangerous intersection at John Nolen Drive, East Wilson, South Blair and Williamson streets.

It is a crossroads where cyclists, pedestrians, drivers — and the occasional unicyclist and rollerblader — converge. A $3.4 million plan could improve the experience at the intersection. Loftier and longer-term ideas, such as a connecting bridge over John Nolen Drive, are being designed by others in the community....

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Ken Notes: Build a deck over John Nolen and let Willy cross at the top.

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Stanford is paying up to $160,000 for students to get their MBA—if they work in the Midwest after graduation

Silicon Valley`s most elite university is trying to support to the heartland.

Wednesday, Stanford University announced the three winners of its first Stanford USA MBA Fellowship. The scholarship, which was announced in the fall, pays the $160,000 for tuition and fees for up to three students over two years. Stanford already has similarly structured programs for students coming from Africa and India.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you have to have a connection to the Midwest. You can be a current resident of a Midwestern state, which Stanford defines as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin...    ...more

Ken Notes: Ken Notes: Wow thanks Stanford! I still believe that Wisconsin Should offer interest free student loans for graduates that remain in the State. This would be so easy to do, State employees get to deduct the interest paid in any given year from the amount due in State income tax. As in now stands we educate some of the best and brightest and ship them off to other States.

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Generac to invest $73 million in Wisconsin facilities, add 400 jobs

State offers up to $10 million in tax credits

Waukesha-based Generac Power Systems Inc. plans to invest $73 million in its Wisconsin facilities as part of a plan expected to create 400 jobs over the next five years.

The company will be making building renovations, equipment investments and expanding its corporate headquarters, research and development and production operations in the state.

Aaron Jagdfeld, Generac president and chief executive officer, said the project would help the company “realize efficiencies at our headquarters facility that will drive continued innovation.”...

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Ken Notes: More in line with my 2K tax credit per new employee for ten years or in this case $8 million.

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Wisconsin Continues Economic Support for Manufacturing

Fresh off approving a $3 billion tax incentive package that will lure Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group’s 13,000-job plant to the state, Wisconsin recently announced a deal with Generac for upgrading their facilities and creating new jobs.

Waukesha-based Generac is a leading provider of mobile power and generators, with five manufacturing sites in Wisconsin. The $10 million in tax breaks will help support the company’s $73 million expansion plans, but are dependent upon the creation of up to 400 jobs in the state. The company also has operations in Mexico, Brazil and Italy...

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Broadview University to reopen former Globe University location in Eau Claire

Minnesota/Wisconsin (WQOW) - The doors of a former university in Eau Claire will soon reopen under new ownership.

On Thursday, Broadview University (BVU) announced it is opening up in Eau Claire, located at the former Globe University location on Bullis Farm Road. The Utah-based university will also be located in Wausau, Appleton and Madison.

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UW Hospital COO named chair of economic development agency

The chief operating officer of UW Hospital and Clinics has been named the chairman of the board for a regional economic development agency headquartered in Madison.

Tim Gaillard is the new chairman of the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), an economic development agency for the eight-county region surrounding Madison....

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Lawmakers Look To Loosen Rules On Breweries, Wineries

Republican Bill Faces Opposition From Influential Tavern League

Supporters of a proposal that would relax restrictions on craft brewers and wineries in Wisconsin say it would boost tourism. The Wisconsin Tavern League says it upsets a longstanding system in which manufacturers, distributors and retailers are kept separate, and could potentially put small taverns out of business...

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Tavern League: `We`ll continue to fight` bill to change Wisconsin liquor laws

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Ken Notes: We need to explore this. Also I will renew my request for a Milk marketing Board for Wisconsin craft beer. In fact what if we raised tax on beer a few cents a gallon across the board and then funded a brewed in Wisconsin marketing effort with the proceeds.

We also need to build a bridge between the breweries in the State and the local taverns. A great model may be New Glarus where the brewery both (indirectly) supplies and promotes the local taverns. One of the best deals in the State is to taste a flight at the brewery and walk away with a coupon for a beer downtown. Win win. The tourism market should not be underestimated here as well.

I also have a proposal that would put mom and pop taverns in Wisconsin on the global map. It could generate billions in revenue. Call me...

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Report: Income gap in Wisconsin remains wide

The income gap between rich and poor in Wisconsin remains near its highest level ever, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Budget Project and COWS at UW-Madison.

“Pulling Apart 2017” documents a “wide chasm between the very highest earners and everyone else (that) poses hardships for Wisconsin’s families, communities and businesses,” the authors said in a news release...

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Ken Notes: This is true across the nation, but if we work on quality jobs we can bridge the gap. I have been an advocate for apprenticeship especially for the non college bound high school student but we only play with the idea. Now Foxconn will be looking for bright trainable employees with an understanding of robotics and automation and we will have trouble delivering. Also my electrician is backed up several weeks and my wife wants to just dry clothes.

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Kwik Trip Reveals Transition Plans for PDQ

LA CROSSE, Wis. — The announcement of pending layoffs at PDQ Food Stores following the chain`s acquisition by Kwik Trip Inc. does not impact the possibility of PDQ employees joining the Kwik Trip team, the company stated.

The legal requirement known as the Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff notice was distributed regarding the acquisition, but the mandatory announcement does not mean PDQ employees will inevitably lose their jobs.

The filing with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development stated that the majority of PDQ Food Stores employees would be laid off in October, as CSNews Online previously reported...

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National economic development group
ov. Phil Scott will sit on a bipartisan commission of governors dedicated to commerce and economic development.

The National Governors Association has appointed Scott to its Economic Development and Commerce Committee for 2017 and 2018.

The co-chairs of the 11-member committee will be Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican from Arkansas, and Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat from Colorado.

Other members include Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican from Wisconsin; Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican from New Hampshire; and Gina Raimondo, a Democrat from Rhode Island.

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Tom Still: Thinking big on Foxconn will help entrepreneurs, not squeeze them
Joe Kirgues, the co-founder of the Wisconsin-based company gener8tor, captured the dynamic nature of a healthy startup economy when he sized up how many jobs are tied to “graduates” of the nationally acclaimed business accelerator.

Speaking Thursday to a Tech Council Innovation Network crowd in Appleton, Kirgues said “about 2,000 people woke up and went to work today” for a gener8tor alumnus company in Wisconsin or elsewhere....

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Monona riverfront to get facelift with city`s biggest development in 20 years

Monona is getting ready to begin its biggest development in 20 years, a riverfront project that will convert run-down or vacant buildings surrounded by unruly weeds to a park, shops, restaurants and apartments.

Galway Cos. will begin construction on the project in December, the first leg of a $36 million, 7½-acre project at Bridge Road and West Broadway that’s expected to be complete by early 2023. The redevelopment, called Yahara Commons, eventually will add valuable tax base to the city, which is landlocked by Madison on one side and Lake Monona on the other....

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Why Free Trade with Mexico is Bringing Wisconsin Unprecedented Economic Growth

Trade between Mexico and Wisconsin up 926% thanks to free trade policies

[Madison, Wis...] This past June, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch traveled south of the border to strengthen the economic relationship between Wisconsin and Mexico, a growing interest the Badger State has had for the last 20 years...

...With the adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, trade between Mexico and Wisconsin has grown by 926 percent thanks to low trade barriers including minimal tariffs and overall little government intervention...

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Ken Notes: This is great but I am not sure the new immigration proposals will help Wisconsin`s dairy industry which depends on Hispanic labor. Why are high wage jobs considered over the living wages our dairy industry pays. These employees are loyal, industrious, and needed. We need a program to formally recolonize them and keeps them here legally...

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Farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota are now recycling millions of pounds of plastic

Minnesota and Wisconsin farms generate 60 million to 80 million pounds of plastic each year but until now had no real options to recycle it. They had to make a choice of paying for it to go to a landfill, burying it on their own land or illegally burning it — none of them, they knew, good for the environment...

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Krones to build training and technology center in Franklin

FRANKLIN — Krones Inc. has announced it will build a new training and technology center in Franklin after considering other sites throughout the country.

The announcement was made to employees at an annual employee appreciation event on Aug. 11, held adjacent to the future site of the center — across the street from its U.S. headquarters in the Franklin Industrial Park, located west of 27th Street and south of Ryan Road (Highway 100). Krones designs and manufactures packaging systems, primarily for the food and beverage industry.

To help secure the project in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is providing the company with up to $300,000 in performance-based business development tax credits. The actual amount of credits awarded will be contingent upon the number of jobs created and the level of capital investment during that time....

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Wisconsin Wine Industry Is Growing, Thanks In Part To Cold-Hardy Grapes
Department Of Revenue: Wisconsin Triples Number Of Wineries In 10 Years

Early on a Monday morning, volunteers uncorked dozens of wine bottles on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, preparing 93 local wines for judging in the first annual "Wine is Wisconsin" competition.

"We`re here to prove that these are amazing wines and they`re available, using local fruit," said Nick Smith, the university’s enology outreach specialist. Enology is the study of wines and winemaking.

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Ken Notes: Yea!

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Wisconsin economy seeing increase in international trade activity

Wisconsin’s economy sustained a big jump in imports from abroad and a modest bump in exports during the first five months of the year, prompting financial observers around the state to feel bullish about the remainder of 2017.

“I obviously think that anytime you have free trade, it is positive,” Joe Jurken, the senior at The ABC Group in Milwaukee, told Watchdog.org....

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Is Wisconsin offering to pay more than it will collect in taxes to land giant Foxconn plant?

Amid the euphoria over the announcement that a company promising $10 billion and 13,000 jobs will set up shop in Wisconsin, questions have been raised about whether the state is giving away too much in incentives in order to close the deal.

"Diligence Required on Foxconn Job," warned a headline on a July 28, 2017 blog post from One Wisconsin Now, a liberal advocacy group that claims 96,000 online supporters....

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Ken Notes: I like Foxcon, but it was low hanging fruit. The feds are part of the three billion as well as TIF so depending on the developers agreement we should be ok. I just wish we were more focused on the other businesses in the State...

I also saw this, "To give some additional perspective on the wage gap between suppliers and the wealthy consumers, it would take the average Foxconn worker more than 31 months, or about two-and-a-half years, to earn enough money to afford the $10,000 Apple Watch Gold Edition they are helping to build. That’s assuming a monthly base wage of 2000 Chinese yuan ($320), according to China Labor Watch." ... OUCH...

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Community development grants awarded

MADISON, WI (WSAU) -- Nearly 40 Wisconsin communities will benefit from development block grants announced by Governor Scott Walker`s office today.

In a press release, Walker said, “This funding will help small communities across Wisconsin continue to grow and thrive so future generations will continue to call Wisconsin home.”

$16.9 million in community improvement awards will be distributed to 38 cities, towns and villages from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, funding used to help communities improve streets, infrastructure and community buildings...

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Ken Notes: Right click and view image to see the list, also remember larger cities and counties administer their own CDBG programs with funds directly from the federal government. Milwaukee has close to 15 million for example...

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Bringing back a bicycling legacy

JEFFERSON COUNTY (WKOW) -- One man`s innovative idea is responsible for bringing back a Lake Mills legacy.

Andy Quandt grew up loving bikes and bought his own from Gib`s Bike Shop, which closed in 1990. But thanks to his tech-based bike shop, he was able to bring the small-town classic back to life.

He also got some help from the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, which has advice for small business owners on adapting internet trends...

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Funding questions remain as condition of Wisconsin bridges declines

As lawmakers continue to struggle over how to fund the state’s transportation budget, drivers are contending with bridges that have deteriorated to their worst condition since 2003, according to Federal Highway Administration data.

While the majority of Wisconsin’s bridges are still in perfectly acceptable shape, the average condition of the state’s bridges had declined during the past decade, as has the number of bridges earning the government’s top ratings, a trend highway officials and legislators attribute to stagnant funding that’s failing to keep up with aging infrastructure...

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HotelRED and State Street building seek approval for additional stories

Earlier this year, HotelRED on Monroe Street and a two-story building at 668 State St. both sought city approvals for additions.

Both plans were criticized, but developers took the feedback, made changes and are hoping for approval before the city’s Urban Design Commission this Wednesday.

The UDC will meet at 4:30 p.m. on August 2 in the City County Building at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd...

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Soldiers Grove Village Board discusses economic development
SOLDIERS GROVE - Economic development was top of mind for participants at the Soldiers Grove Village Board meeting on Thursday, August 3.

Vicki Campbell started the meeting out with a comment in the public input segment of the agenda expressing disappointment that the village had lost the Pulling for Preston event. The event is projected to remain in Gays Mills at the Crawford County Fairgrounds going forward.

“We had a flood, and there is nothing we can do about that,” Campbell commented. “It’s a shame for the village to have lost that event that brought so many people and dollars into the community.”...
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A look inside new Oshkosh Arena

The arena will be the home of the Milwaukee Bucks Development League, the Wisconsin Herd.

The new facility is expected to be complete by the fall, with the first game expected in November.

"From a timeline, we`ll have this building enclosed by the end of next week. So we won`t have to worry about the interior for weather. At that point in time we`re going to start doing painting, hanging lights, etc. It`s going to go quickly," said Bill Aubrey of Bayland Buildings, INC.

The arena will be able to seat 3,500 people, have multiple courts for youth sports and year round activity...

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Big changes looming — in rare sync — for area south of Downtown

In a city teeming with construction, tens of millions more in investment and big landscape changes — including a major project by SSM Health Dean Medical Group — are coming to an area just south of Downtown.

A taste of change has already occurred, but the city and residents are now preparing for a number of meaty projects that would dramatically transform the triangle-shaped 64 acres bounded by Fish Hatchery Road, South Park Street and Wingra Creek.

After two years, developer Terrence Wall is nearing final approvals for a major mixed-use project at the northern tip of the triangle, while SSM intends to replace and expand its 169,000-square-foot clinic surrounded by parking lots along Fish Hatchery Road. SSM could begin construction late next year...

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Wisconsin tech leaders weigh potential impact of a Foxconn plant

As the political debate over a Wisconsin-based Foxconn manufacturing plant ramps up, startup leaders are wondering what the development could mean for the state`s existing tech economy.

Gov. Scott Walker, President Donald Trump and Foxconn officials announced the decision by the multinational Taiwanese corporation to locate a $10 billion electronics manufacturing campus in southeastern Wisconsin. The Republican chair of the Assembly’s jobs committee, Rep. Adam Neylon, said Tuesday that the group would take up Walker`s Foxconn incentives package on Thursday...

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Five Pressure Chamber participants are selected

Five Madison startups have been chosen to make presentations in the Pressure Chamber pitch competition, a “Shark Tank-like” contest for young technology-based companies put on by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce...

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Ken Notes: Cool ideas...

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Economic impact of new bridge: Time will tell

As the St. Croix Valley celebrates the completion of the St. Croix Crossing bridge, the communities are already thinking of the next big question — how will a change in traffic affect local businesses?

While a major congestion problem in downtown Stillwater is being solved by moving traffic away from the aging, one-lane lift bridge, Stillwater’s community development director Bill Turnblad said the effects of the bridge will be seen in more than just downtown....

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Ken Notes: Like I said...

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groSolar farm goes online in Flambeau, WI

Vermont Business Magazine White River Jct-based groSolar (link is external)CMS Energy (link is external)Dairyland Power Cooperative (link is external), and Price Electric Cooperative (link is external), have begun commercial operation of the 3.4-megawatt (MW DC) Flambeau Solar project (link is external) in Flambeau, Wisconsin. The Flambeau Solar Project features single-axis trackers that track the sun from east to west throughout the day, greatly increasing the efficiency of the project. Throughout the design and construction of the project, groSolar utilized numerous local contractors and small businesses to assist in the development of the project.

The Flambeau Solar Project will produce approximately 5,000-megawatt hours (MWh) of clean, renewable energy in its first year of operation; enough electricity to power more than 600 homes. The project also provides significant environmental benefits including a carbon offset approximately equivalent to planting more than 90,000 trees or taking more than 700 cars off the road each year.

A project dedication, hosted by groSolar, is scheduled for August 3rd and will welcome partners from CMS Energy, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Price Electric Cooperative, and local stakeholders. “CMS Energy is pleased to support the development of new solar energy in the Midwest,” said Richard Mukhtar, Executive Manager – CMS Enterprises for CMS Energy, which owns the Flambeau Solar project. “We look forward to seeing this solar power plant create energy that will power homes reliably and sustainably.”...

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Ken Notes: Cool!

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Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce promotes business development

When Jason Rae was studying at Marquette University, he realized there were no Milwaukee organizations for the professional development of members of the LGBT community.

"I didn`t think it was true," Rae said, but despite the number of organizations with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender causes, none focused solely on the business needs of the community....

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Ken Notes: I like MLK before me wish that we "will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character"...

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Wisconsin Residents Worry Development Will Endanger Lake

FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) — Residents of a condo development in southeast Wisconsin fear a $43 million school complex will diminish their scenic setting and endanger the health of a local lake.

The Franklin School District has proposed a nearly 200,000-square-foot, two-story building near Tuckaway Shores, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported .

Residents said they worry the development will affect the lake`s water quality. The lake draws in a variety of waterfowl, such as loons, blue heron and kingfishers. Residents enjoy swimming, fishing and pedal boats during the summer....


Ken Notes: Why not work with the project to improve the quality of both the school and the lake. Plus a look at the aerial of the area suggest the condo mows to the shoreline, no doubt fertilizes, drains their parking lot into the lake, has a minimal setback...

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KTGY Architecture + Planning designing 140-bed student-housing development for University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

The Chicago office of KTGY Architecture + Planning last week unveiled the design for Annex 71, a 140-unit residential community developed by Indianapolis-based Annex Student Living. Currently under construction, the development is located a quarter mile from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus on the 400 block of Marion Road in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, overlooking the Fox River....

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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.”
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Barrett Acknowledges Streetcar Concerns, But Praises Project

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is trying to defuse criticism about the streetcar project underway in his city. 

Construction work that began this year along roughly two miles of streets in downtown Milwaukee and the city`s near East Side is noisy and has caused traffic delays and detours.

Even Barrett says he`s been delayed by some of the digging, while on the way to a meeting. "And of course, I started swearing, because the street was closed off, and then I thought, oh wait a minute, this is the streetcar. I can`t be mad at this. This is going to be good at the end of the day,"  Barrett told streetcar construction workers on Wednesday....

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Ken Notes: Retrofitting a system is an uphill battle, solution rubber wheel system - less cost, more flexible, can grow, units available for other uses.... Did you see Hometown Trolley above??

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Steele Solutions Expands Manufacturing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Steele Solutions Inc., the leading manufacturer of industrial mezzanines and other steel structures, is expanding its operations and will soon begin operations at the former Joy Global plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Franklin-based company is outgrowing its current facilities due to growing customer demand and will renovate the former Joy Global plant into a manufacturing and distribution facility. The 200,000-square-foot plant, located on West Orchard Street near Miller Park, has been vacant since early 2016. Construction on the project began in April, and the company expects to begin operations there by early fall...   ...more

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Walker to Lead Trade Mission to South Korea, Japan
Gov. Scott Walker announced he is leading a trade mission to South Korea and Japan next month to encourage foreign companies to keep investing in Wisconsin and to help state companies strengthen their business relationships. During the trip, scheduled for September 8-16, company executives will engage in targeted, one-on-one meetings with potential export partners.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is helping to coordinate the mission, which will include stops in Tokyo and Seoul. The governor will also meet with Japanese and South Korean government officials and industry leaders....
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Push continues for Better City

Business leaders have a plan to grow Superior`s economy and enliven the city`s downtown.

Now, it`s a matter of persuading the state Legislature and keeping the issue alive in the minds of legislators.

However, with the state budget stalled and Legislators busy with an economic development proposal for southern Wisconsin, local leaders continue to work to get the legislation that would give the city tools needed to make the project a reality by allowing the city to create an exposition district....

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Gov. Walker giving Onalaska business Foxconn-like incentive deal

Scott Walker was in La Crosse County again. 

The Wisconsin governor was Onalaska celebrating another business project that will be financed with incentives from the state.

Walker stopped at Dynamic Recycling to promote a $20-million expansion project for the company.

It`s not nearly as big as Foxconn might become, but Dynamic is getting incentives similar to what the Taiwanese company has been promised by Madison.

Dynamic will build a 140,000-square-foot facility with help from $535,000 in tax credits over the next four years through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The actual amount of credits will be contingent on the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment the company makes during that time.

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Ken Notes: Not exactly Foxconn like....

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Focus on Energy Recharging Rural Wisconsin
When you save energy, you save money. It`s a simple premise for any farm, agribusiness or homeowner.

Wisconsin utilities have partnered to offer a statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program known as Focus on Energy since 2001. It offers technical assistance and financial incentives to help participants complete energy efficiency projects (that would not otherwise get completed) in homes, schools, and farms and businesses of all sizes.

Focus on Energy helps utility customers reduce energy waste through energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy technology. It`s also an economic development tool for rural Wisconsin....
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Ken Notes: I am just saying, a farm audit can save thousands....

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Senator Baldwin visits CDBG investments in Milwaukee’s workforce training

The Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership / Building Industry Group Skilled Trades Employment Program is a nationally recognized non-profit with a mission to build a qualified, skilled, and diverse Milwaukee workforce to create a competitive economy and a health community...

....Tammy Baldwin. “This is a smart investment that helps grow our economy and that’s why I worked across party lines to reverse President Trump’s proposal to eliminate CDBG funding, which would have left Milwaukee communities and job training programs like this behind.”...

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Ken Notes: I can not disagree...

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Leinenkugels look for innovation with craft brews
Notes:MILWAUKEE — The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. turns 140 this year and never has the small-town brewer with the Northwoods charm been so big.

Most of its beers are sold primarily in the Upper Midwest, but one of its newest brews, Sunset Wheat, is now in 42 states a year after its introduction. The beer — a wheat and pale malt with coriander — caught on faster than Leinenkugel anticipated...
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Ken Notes: Have I mentioned a Milk Marketing Board for craft brewed Wisconsin beers????

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Crawford County Community Fund starts grant cycle
CRAWFORD COUNTY - The Crawford County Community Fund is currently accepting grant applications for its annual grant cycle. The application deadline is October 1, 2017.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 1. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  To access the application, go to www.cfsw.org, choose grants available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Crawford County Community Fund.  Questions?  Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (Barb@cfsw.org) and CFSW grants and scholarships manager Jackie Ommodt (Jackie@cfsw.org) are available to assist...
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Legislators propose incentive to keep Fiserv in Wisconsin

Along with their vote next week on financial incentives to bring a gigantic Foxconn plant to Wisconsin, state legislators will consider a measure aimed at keeping Brookfield-based Fiserv Inc. from moving its headquarters out of the state....

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Manitowoc County fertile ground for Wisconsin startups

MANITOWOC - Manitowoc County may be known best for its maritime heritage and gorgeous lakeshore views, but water-related businesses aren’t the only game in town, local business advocates say.

Entrepreneurs looking for a place to launch a new company say Manitowoc is known for its reliable and hardworking workforce. A variety of programs and startup grants and funding also are available for those looking to launch a business in the county....

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Ken Notes: Good to know...

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Village Gets $4M From Federal Government To Address Struggles With Oversized Water Utility

The Village of Maine in Marathon County is getting $4 million from the federal government to overhaul a water utility that relied on a now-closed paper mill.

The Village of Maine absorbed the neighboring Village of Brokaw after the Wausau Paper Corp. closed its mill there in 2012, leading residents to vote to dissolve the community over financial difficulties.

The Village of Maine also took over Brokaw`s water utility, which, itself, was in a bind from the mill closure...

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Fiserv could get $10 million from state to keep HQ in Wisconsin

Brookfield-based financial services technology developer Fiserv Inc. could get up to $10 million in tax credits from the state to keep its headquarters in Wisconsin.

The company is currently considering moving its headquarters. A special session of the state Legislature, which began Tuesday, includes a review of a financial incentive to attempt to keep Fiserv from moving the headquarters out of state. That proposal allots up to $2 million per year for five years to Fiserv if it keeps at least 93 percent of its full-time employees and its headquarters in Wisconsin....

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 Milwaukee - 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...

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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...

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Developer buys downtown Milwaukee BMO Harris building, setting stage for new office tower

Downtown Milwaukee`s BMO Harris Bank building has been sold to a developer, setting the stage for construction to begin this year on a new office tower for the bank and other businesses.

The Irgens development firm has closed on its acquisition of the 20-story office building, 770 N. Water St., its adjacent seven-level parking structure and an adjoining parking lot, developer Mark Irgens said Tuesday....

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Local Institute Wins Bid to Host Health & Human Services Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Conference

Milwaukee, Aug. 9, 2017 – Milwaukee has been dubbed the “Heartland of BioHealth Innovation.” The Clinical Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI), a part of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was chosen by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to host the national 2017 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (HHS SBIR/STTR) conference in 2017. The event will take place Nov. 7-9 in downtown Milwaukee at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center...

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Westlawn housing development sparks other neighborhood growth efforts

?Milwaukee’s Housing Authority is prepping to start construction on 184 apartments and townhomes at its Westlawn public housing campus while also working to renew the surrounding neighborhood...

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Lumberyard launches phase 2

GRAFTON — Developers are preparing to kick off the second phase of the Lumberyard 1505 development in downtown Grafton.

The development was planned in three phases, the first of which is the building now standing off the corner of Beech Street and Wisconsin Avenue. That building includes 77 apartments, from studio to three-bedroom, and five retail spaces.

The second phase will go before the village of Grafton Architectural Review Board today. A single 54,000square-foot building, it will add 47 apartments to the development, with five studios, 21 one-bedroom units, two one-bedroom apartments with den and 19 two-bedroom units...

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Wisconsin Incentives and Workforce Development Guide

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 contamination.

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 and services.

TAX INCENTIVES

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 headquarters.

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.

 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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.

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Thumbs Up! WEDC creates Data base
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

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Ken Notes: I will keep this article as a permanent link in WDN.

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