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This Weeks Articles...

  1. Fall Parade of Homes
  2. ‘Monumental’ Capitol Square project gains City Council approval
  3. Molson Coors CEO moving to Milwaukee area and Bringing Jobs With Him
  4. `Symbol of ongoing harm`: UW committee votes in favor of removing Chamberlin Rock
  5. New partnership to increase tech apprenticeships in Milwaukee
  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Tommy Thompson
  7. 2 Madison-area startups, 1 from Minnesota, win prizes in state business competition
  8. `This is home`: Madison Youth Arts Center will be a mecca for children, families
  9. Dane County groups announce $11.8 million raised for new housing development fund
  10. Viking Masek Builds U.S. Operations & Headquarters in Oostburg, Wisconsin
  11. Developer seeks zoning change for 577-unit housing project on Far East Side
  12. How investing in itself led to Orfordville`s downtown revitalization
  13. The Rural Rebound: Or­fordville Breaks Ground on First New Res­i­dential De­vel­opment in 20 Years
  14. Developer Exploring Other Funding Avenues
  15. NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks racing to satisfy star Giannis Antetokounmpo and finish economic development plans
  16. WEDC Acknowledges More Wisconsin Business Woes, Prepares To Distribute More Grants
  17. Apple Supplier Foxconn Starts Making Displays In Vietnam While Wisconsin Plans Remain Unclear
  18. Affordable apartments pitched in Racine historic rehab
  19. SPEARity™ Finalist in Governor`s Business Excellence Competition
  20. New website offers entrepreneurs access to local resources, events and networking connections
  21. Ashwaubenon in talks with developer on senior housing, townhouses on Mike McCarthy Way
  22. Marinette County selected for WHEDA pilot program
  23. Travel the State With Wisconsin Hometown Stories
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Fall Parade of Homes
The Fall Parade of Homes is a scattered-site parade, featuring individual homes across Dane County and the surrounding area with a variety of price points. View the 22 featured homes organized into three price ranges at the link...
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Ken Notes: Great idea and maybe one of the best "Virtual" events I have seen.

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‘Monumental’ Capitol Square project gains City Council approval
Madison’s City Council signed off on an estimated $130 million redevelopment on Capitol Square despite concerns from a neighboring downtown restaurant that it will restrict their panoramic views of the Capitol.

Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, lauded the project’s potential to encourage major Madison employers to stay downtown, expand the employment base and provide a boost to downtown retail.

“This absolutely is a monumental development for the downtown, indeed, for the entire city,” Verveer said.

The project still requires final approval from the Urban Design Commission, which is expected to occur Dec. 2. It received unanimous approval from the Plan Commission Nov. 9.

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Ken Notes: This one will get noticed and has meaningful density.

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Retailers Large And Small Adapt To Compete This Holiday Season
Large Retailers Push Online Deals Early While Small Businesses Offer Curbside Pickup, Other Options

Nancy Boebel, co-owner of the Wallflower Market, feels very fortunate to have a loyal customer base during the coronavirus pandemic. 

But the Lake Mills store, like many others, has had to adapt to changes in light of the virus and restrictions after Gov. Tony Evers directed health officials to issue a stay-at-home order for non-essential businesses in March...

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Ken Notes: Before making Amazon even more wealthy, please consider local businesses this Holiday Season. The best gifts come from Wisconsin! I added a link to Wisconsin`s cheese companies above check it out or better yet use it as an excuse to get out of the house....

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Wauwatosa Residents Oppose Luxury Apartment Building

The Wauwatosa Plan Commission voted 6-0 Monday night to recommend against a zoning variance that would allow a luxury tower to be built.

WAUWATOSA, WI— A luxury tower proposed was met opposition from residents and some city officials. One resident called the proposed building an "eyesore."

The Wauwatosa Plan Commission voted 6-0 Monday night to recommend against granting a zoning variance that would allow a luxury tower to be built. The Common Council will review that recommendation at a Dec. 15 public hearing.

The development, proposed by Mo`s Restaurant owner John "Johnny V" Vassallo, is at 10845 W. Bluemound, on the former Edwardo`s Natural Pizza site, in the southwest corner of the USH 18/STH 100 intersection....

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Ken Notes: Wow, we have to either go up or go out to find cheaper land. We need to work together on our economic future. We are going to have to deal with this in Madison as well...

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Molson Coors CEO moving to Milwaukee area and Bringing Jobs With Him

Molson Coors Brewing Co. is laying off 500 workers worldwide and restructuring its operations as it faces declining beer sales.

The company expects to save $150 million by closing offices in Denver and elsewhere and simplifying its structure. Its four business units — U.S., Canada, Europe and International — will be consolidated into North America and Europe, with other regions reporting to those two.

Chicago will be its North American headquarters. Support functions like finance and human resources that are scattered around the U.S. will now be based in Milwaukee.

Molson Coors says it will save approximately $150 million with the new structure. It will use those savings to improve its digital marketing capabilities and introduce new products more quickly, like the canned wine and hard coffee it unveiled this year. Molson Coors says it has been working on reducing the time it takes to bring new products to market from 18 months to as little as four months in the U.S....

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Gavin Hattersley, chief executive officer of Molson Coors Brewing Co., has purchased a home in the Milwaukee area, which will become his permanent residence. Hattersley, who took the helm at Molson Coors in 2019, recently…

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Kahler Slater to move headquarters to BMO Tower

Move will place architectural firm in Milwaukee’s Central Business District

MILWAUKEE, Wis. ?(?Nov. 9, 2020?) –?? Kahler Slater?, a renowned national architectural firm and one of Milwaukee’s most venerable companies, will move its headquarters to the new BMO Tower in the heart of the city’s Central Business District.Kahler Slater will occupy nearly 15,000 square feet of office space on the 17th floor of the new BMO Tower in downtown Milwaukee.

The firm will move from its Milwaukee Westown Neighborhood Location in August next year.

“We have enjoyed watching the resurgence of the Westown Neighborhood from our home at the ASQ Center for nearly 20 years, but we seized the opportunity to write the next chapter for Kahler Slater,” said Glenn Roby, executive vice president of Kahler Slater. “It was important to our people that we remain right in the heart of our city and all that it has to offer.”...

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Ken Notes: When Covid Passes I would like to take some economic development "road trips" and Milwaukee has a lot to offer. BMO, Grand Avenue Mall, and the new arena development would make a great day trip don`t you think. Congrats Kahler Slater, enjoy the view, I here it is spectacular...

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`Symbol of ongoing harm`: UW committee votes in favor of removing Chamberlin Rock

Pending approval from Chancellor Rebecca Blank, the University of Wisconsin-Madison may remove Chamberlin Rock from its current location, a response to demands from students who have highlighted the rock’s racist history.

The rock, which may be over 2 billion years old, is located within an archeological site on Observatory Hill near two Native effigy mounds. It was named in 1926 after geologist and UW President Thomas Chamberlin, honored with a plaque on the rock, but for years carried a racist nickname including the N-word....

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Ken Notes: I would leave the rock with another plaque containing an apology for the insensitivity of our past and a commitment to do better moving forward. Add the names graduates of Color or Native American who have made a difference in our society and rename it Foundation Rock. I`ll pay for the plaque as penance for using Eeny, meeny, miny, moe in my youth. We are ALL guilty of something it is now time to move forward, maybe another good name for the rock.

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New partnership to increase tech apprenticeships in Milwaukee
A new partnership among companies and organizations has formed to increase the number of technology apprenticeships offered in the greater Milwaukee area.

The MKE Tech Hub Coalition has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards as well as Apprenti, a Seattle-based apprenticeship program to build the region’s tech workforce....
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WARF Innovation Day to showcase top UW tech, Nov. 18, 2020
MADISON, Wis. – Industry, entrepreneurs and the community are invited to the first all-virtual WARF Innovation Day, November 18, 2020, at 2 p.m. CST. The 60-minute event will include four WARF Accelerator quick pitches and a live moderated Q&A session and will celebrate the UW experience with glimpses of cherished UW–Madison places, people and traditions.

“WARF Innovation Day has become a signature fall event. It celebrates UW-Madison’s research and development and connects tech insiders to high-potential opportunities. Attendees will hear directly from our researchers and will enjoy special appearances from Badger Athletics, the Med Flight team, university leadership and more,” said Greg Keenan, senior director of WARF Ventures and WARF Accelerator.

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Ken Notes: Four great presentations... I will once again state for the record that growing businesses from from the ground up is so important for the states economic health.

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Plan commission OKs Octopi TIF request
Waunakee’s Plan Commission has recommended amending a Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) District to include a plan for Octopi’s brewery expansion.

The recommendation came after a public hearing at the commission’s Nov. 9 meeting, when several members of the public with some affiliation with the company spoke in favor and one community members spoke in opposition.

Octopi is seeking to build a 200,000-square-foot warehouse and canning line on Uniek Drive, across the street from its current location on 14 acres to be purchased from Tormach. In addition, the company would expand its brewery by 100,000 square feet on a parcel it currently owns adjacent to the brewery. A TIF district had previously been created on the land owned by Tormach, and the proposal would amend that district to include Octopi’s land....
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Ken Notes: I am very interested in creating a weekly newsletter for the craft beer/wine/alcohol business in Wisconsin. Give me a call if you are interested...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Tommy Thompson
Politics has not always been divisive and negative in our country. Here`s a look at a former Wisconsin governor who knew that cooperation created better government than division.
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Ken Notes: I have always liked Tommy and the way he got things done. We need more public servants like him. Greg Jeschke, Owner, producer at JDog Productions put this piece together well worth 5 minutes of your time. Happy Birthday Tommy.

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Foxconn objects to WEDC denial of tax incentives
The tug of war between Gov. Tony Evers’ administration and Foxconn over billions in tax incentives has moved to a new stage.

Foxconn is now formally objecting to Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s determination that the company is ineligible for billions in tax incentives under a contract signed with former GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

In the objection letter to WEDC, Foxconn wrote it looks forward to continuing its discussions with WEDC in the coming weeks.

“Despite frustrations and disappointment with WEDC’s decision and the method chosen by the WEDC to inform the Recipients of its determination, it is the Recipients’ intention to continue to work with the WEDC in good faith to resolve this disagreement … in a manner that benefits interested parties, including Racine County and the Village of Mount Pleasant,” said the letter....
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Ken Notes: Just a word of caution, Foxconn may be looking for an exit strategy...

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2 Madison-area startups, 1 from Minnesota, win prizes in state business competition

Two Madison-area startups and one from Minneapolis took the top prizes Wednesday from the Wisconsin Technology Council at its annual competition of young companies.

Some of the newest startups in the Midwest had a chance to pitch their companies in 90 seconds — about the time it could take to ride an elevator — to a panel of seasoned venture capital investors during the Elevator Pitch Olympics at the Early Stage Symposium. The judges rated the businesses on a scale of one to five based on the business idea and the quality of the pitch...

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Ken Notes: Congrats...

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Daily Reporter recognizes J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. as the 2020 Green Builder of the Year
Thank you to the Daily Reporter for recognizing as the 2020 Green Builder of the Year! I would like to highlight Ben Austin, Findorff`s Sustainability Lead, as we celebrate this milestone. Ben has collaborated across Wisconsin with Focus on Energy incentive program to achieve 35 active and completed LEED projects. We are proud to partner with clients where sustainability is at the heart of building design...

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Notes: Congrats to all... A note The Daily Reporter is behind a paywall but the winners are listed...

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`This is home`: Madison Youth Arts Center will be a mecca for children, families

In a year defined by COVID-19, protests and a polarizing election, an ambitious plan for Madison’s children is quietly becoming a reality on the Near East Side.

As a massive construction crane swings above and crews begin to finish a colorful, playful exterior and intricate interior, the $35 million Madison Youth Arts Center, a 65,000-square-foot gem, is taking shape as part of a larger 11-story housing and retail project by Stone House Development on the 1000 block of East Washington Avenue...

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Ken Notes: This is a very special project...

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Dane County groups announce $11.8 million raised for new housing development fund
The United Way of Dane County and community partners on Thursday announced the first housing project that will come out of a new county fund for supporting the creation of apartments geared toward lower middle-class renters.

Lorrie Heinemann, president & CEO of the Madison Development Corporation, said $11.8 million has been raised for the new Dane Workforce Housing Fund, which will be used to develop apartments that would be affordable for those whose incomes fall between 40% and 80% of the county median income, or between $36,160 and $67,950 for a family of three. Madison Development Corporation is managing the fund...
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WiLL: Sees continued sales growth and reinvests in talent, infrastructure and product development
FOND DU LAC, Wis. –  As Wisconsin Lighting Lab, Inc. (WiLL), a company specializing in high-output LED lighting and professional-grade light poles, works to navigate the uncertainties of COVID-19 and the subsequent impact on the economy, the US-based manufacturer is proud to report growth in both sales and employee numbers despite the pandemic. Additionally, the company is committed to investing time and resources into the development of new talent, infrastructure and product lines. 

Over the first three fiscal quarters of 2020, WiLL saw revenue growth in the double digits and expanded product sales in both LED light fixtures and light poles. As sales continue to grow, so does WiLL’s catalog of professional-grade LED light fixtures and in-house research and development efforts and capabilities. WiLL is set to release a number of new products in 2021, including new LED sports products and software/control systems.

“At WiLL, we attribute our continued success, despite the pandemic, to our Midwest-driven supply chain, ability to react to market conditions quickly, strong industry partnerships, and dedicated team members.” said Adam Rupp, President of Wisconsin Lighting Lab. “Without our strong relationships and the WiLL team, we would not have been able to continue to thrive, grow and enhance development efforts over the past six plus months.”
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Ken Notes: LED tech is the next big thing, but the tech changes rapidly. WiLL seems to have kept up and then some. Congrats. My other favorite in this space is Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc. in Middleton. Imagine replacing every theatre light world wide with new tech.....

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Tech Hub Coalition creates partnership to build tech apprenticeships in Milwaukee
The coalition has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development`s Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards and Seattle-based apprenticeship program Apprenti to help increase the region`s tech labor force.




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Ken Notes: I would love to read more but article is behind paywall...

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Viking Masek Builds U.S. Operations & Headquarters in Oostburg, Wisconsin
Viking Masek, a leading manufacturer in the packaging industry, started a $4 million expansion of its U.S. headquarters in Oostburg, Wisconsin.

The major campus expansion will add approximately 33,000 sq ft. to the headquarters facility, increasing its total footprint by over 60 percent to 91,000 sq ft. Expected to be completed by next July, the project will add warehouse and production space plus office areas including 36+ new workspaces...
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Ken Notes: Please consider reading and subscribing to our new publication 5PNews.com (Paper Pulp Printing Packaging Plastic).

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Here’s what struggling Milwaukee County homeowners need to know about getting financial help
The Milwaukee County Housing Division has partnered with Housing Resources Inc. to provide mortgage assistance to homeowners facing mortgage delinquency or foreclosure due to financial hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds are provided through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.

Housing Resources, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families buy homes, received $2.7 million for the Milwaukee County Mortgage Assistance Program and has already distributed about $300,000 to 65 approved applicants.
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Developer seeks zoning change for 577-unit housing project on Far East Side
A developer is seeking major changes to allow far more density than what’s in city plans for a multi-family housing project with 577 units and parking on vacant farmland near Interstate 90/94 on the Far East Side.

Interstate Overlook is seeking a zoning change and conditional use to allow the project, which would include six four-story buildings with 577 housing units, a library, and community and event spaces, with 325 underground parking spaces and 286 surface spaces and bike parking on 11.3 acres, at 5422 Portage Road.

The proposal comes as Madison seeks to add housing to meet increasing demand. But the city generally plans for and approves more intensive development in areas near existing or planned transportation infrastructure and amenities that provide goods, services and parks.
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A developer wants to create around 30 affordable rental units, and a community center, in Milwaukee`s Harambee area
Around 30 affordable housing rentals, along with a community center, are being proposed for the Harambee neighborhood north of downtown Milwaukee.

Maures Development Group LLC, led by Melissa Allen, is seeking to buy 12 city-owned vacant lots on which the firm would build 13 single-family houses and duplexes for rent, according to a Department of City Development report.

Maures also wants to buy from the city four single-family homes and three duplexes. Those dilapidated properties would be extensively renovated to provide 10 rental units...
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Madison Office Lifestyle Portfolio is a portfolio of 16, Class A amenity-rich office properties ranging from 14,000 square feet to over 300,000 square feet in size, and is home to over 130 tenants.


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How investing in itself led to Orfordville`s downtown revitalization

There`s a notion that lot of smaller towns are fading away. That`s not the case in Orfordville, Wisconsin. In fact, the village board president is showing off how the community is thriving. That wasn`t always the case though. In the latest edition of Brady Meets Wisconsin, we`re showing you how investing in itself is helping Orfordville grow.

A building is more than a pile of bricks. For Molly Phillips, hers is a place to call her own. Inside, you`ll find her store Molly`s Creations. It`s a shop on the main drag of Orfordville that sells antiques, local products, and more.

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Gov. Evers encourages businesses to utilize WEDC resources as part of new executive Order
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - While many recommendations were made by Gov. Tony Evers and his new executive order Tuesday, one message was made very clear: “each day this virus goes unchecked is a setback for our economic recovery.”

One agency helping businesses survive and also highlighted by the governor in his address was the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Secretary and CEO of the WEDC Missy Hughes estimates 10 to 15 percent of businesses have “disappeared” due to the COVID-19 impact.

“The challenge is when [businesses] don’t have customers coming in,” Hughes said. “We want to make sure we find a balance between public health and economic health… and find a way for these businesses to stay open and be able to thrive. That means we have to get the virus under control.”...
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The Rural Rebound: Or­fordville Breaks Ground on First New Res­i­dential De­vel­opment in 20 Years

ORFORDVILLE, Wis.— As the coronavirus pandemic continues, low-interest rates and a desire to settle in small-town Wisconsin— offer the perfect opportunity for new development in one rural Rock County community. 

In Orfordville, a new 36 unit single-family site with multi-family lots is part of the Mill Valley Estates development. It`s the first shovel ready residential construction project— in 20 years...

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City of Platteville receives state award
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- The City of Platteville has received a state award in recognition of its collaboration with the private sector.

Wisconsin Economic Development Association presented the 2020 Community and Economic Development Award to honor the city’s efforts in its Pioneer Square project, a $14.1 million residential and commercial development, according to a press release.

The development features 71 apartment units and 2,500 square feet of commercial space and was constructed through a partnership among the city, General Capital Group and Movin’ Out Inc....


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Developer Exploring Other Funding Avenues
CUBA CITY, Wis. — A developer spearheading a regional housing project in southwest Wisconsin is exploring other funding avenues after it could not secure land commitments from participating communities in time to apply for state tax credits.

However, continued demand for rural housing has led staff at Dimension Development to consider selling units to homebuyers rather than renting.

“With these communities, the No. 1 thing everyone has asked for is homes for ownership,” said Development Director Jocelyn Borchardt...
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DWD to turn off Wisconsin unemployed extended benefits program
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is turning off its extended benefits program, which provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance payments.

DWD was recently notified by the U.S. Department of Labor that Wisconsin has met the criteria for turning off the program, with Wisconsin`s insured unemployment rate falling below the 5% threshold necessary to remain on extended benefits. The program was triggered earlier this year for those who exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits....
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Cultural groups from Overture Center to WORT/FM receive crucial COVID-19 relief money
Dozens of local cultural organizations from Madison Symphony Orchestra to Forward Theater Company to WORT/FM 89.9, are being buoyed by recently-awarded COVID-19 relief funding.

In early September, Gov. Tony Evers announced a $5 million COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Program aimed at assisting Wisconsin cultural organizations that have been economically impacted by the pandemic. That amount was boosted to $15 million in October after the program got overwhelmed by requests...
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NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks racing to satisfy star Giannis Antetokounmpo and finish economic development plans

Key Points
  • The Bucks have gained fans across Europe with the help of Antetokounmpo’s success.

  • Superstars want championships, or they’ll look elsewhere.

  • The NBA returns on Dec. 22, a little more than 100 days from the Bucks’ elimination from the league’s bubble playoffs.
The clock is almost starting again for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The team co-owned by Avenue Capital CEO and chairman Marc Lasry has an international star on its hands with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was crowned league MVP of the National Basketball Association last season.

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WEDC: New website offers entrepreneurs access to local resources, events and networking connections
MADISON, WI. NOV. 11, 2020–A new website will help Wisconsin entrepreneurs connect with resources, events and experts tailored to their specific needs and based in their communities.

The site, Start In Wisconsin, allows entrepreneurs to access a comprehensive online directory of resources and a one-stop calendar of entrepreneur-focused events organized by geographic region.

The initiative, funded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and assisted by the state’s regional economic development organizations (REDOs), operates with administrative support from the UW System Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship and in collaboration with entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) in nine regions across the state.
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WEDC Acknowledges More Wisconsin Business Woes, Prepares To Distribute More Grants

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) says financial woes related to lost business because of the COVID-19 pandemic are deepening for some business sectors. The organization says tens of thousands of firms are seeking assistance.

WEDC secretary and CEO Missy Hughes told the agency’s board Tuesday that after a bad economic hit during the spring, restaurants saw some improvements during the summer...

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Apple Supplier Foxconn Starts Making Displays In Vietnam While Wisconsin Plans Remain Unclear
Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, Ltd (OTC: HNHPF), has finished making the first batch of display screens in Vietnam, something it had not done at its factory in Wisconsin as of last month.

What Happened: The Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) supplier churned out the screens from its $26 million manufacturing facility located in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, Reuters reported Wednesday (Hanoi Time).

Most of the screens made at the factory will be exported, according to a statement issued by Vietnam’s government...
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Wisconsin-based company receives highest U.S. honor for export success
Patriot Taxiway Industries has been honored with a 2020 Presidential “E” Award for exports, after the Lomira-based company demonstrated a sustained increase in export sales over a four-year period.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross honored 38 other U.S. companies and organizations, acknowledging their contributions to U.S. export growth at a recent event...
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Affordable apartments pitched in Racine historic rehab

Heartland Housing Inc. is bringing its affordable apartment playbook to Racine with plans to convert an industrial building into about 40 rental units...

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SPEARity™ Finalist in Governor`s Business Excellence Competition
The Governor`s Business Excellence Competition has named SPEARity a finalist for its Outstanding Business Award. The winners will be announced at the MARKETPLACE 2020 Virtual Award Ceremony on Tuesday, December 8th at 8:30 a.m., where winners and runners-up will be presented awards. The competition recognizes outstanding businesses owned by minorities, women, and service-disabled veterans.
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African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin is cooking up a record year in 2021
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin is poised to embark on its most impactful and successful year in 2021.

The AACCW reached its $1 million fundraising goal in October to build the new Legacy Co-Working and Innovation Space at 1920 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee.

The organization plans to celebrate the grand opening of the Legacy Space in early 2021.

Once open, the 4,000-square-foot Legacy Space will feature a commercial kitchen tailored for baking to help grow catering and other businesses, private offices, a coffee shop and retail space...
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New website offers entrepreneurs access to local resources, events and networking connections
MADISON, WI. NOV. 11, 2020–A new website will help Wisconsin entrepreneurs connect with resources, events and experts tailored to their specific needs and based in their communities.

The site, Start In Wisconsin, allows entrepreneurs to access a comprehensive online directory of resources and a one-stop calendar of entrepreneur-focused events organized by geographic region...
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Ashwaubenon in talks with developer on senior housing, townhouses on Mike McCarthy Way
ASHWAUBENON - A Milwaukee-based developer plans to build 75 new apartments for senior living and 15 townhouses on Mike McCarthy Way.

General Capital, which has offices in Chicago and Milwaukee, is seeking initial approval for a plan to build a three-story apartment building for seniors as well as three-bedroom townhouses available to rent.

The project would seek tax credits to fund construction that would come with a requirement that many of the units be made available to applicants who earn significantly less than the county`s median income...
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Comar Triples Manufacturing Footprint in Wisconsin
The supplier of specialty packaging and custom molded medical devices and assemblies will begin moving into a 160,000-square-foot former plastic molding facility next month.

Comar has announced the relocation and expansion of its West Bend, WI, manufacturing site. The supplier of specialty packaging and custom molded medical devices and assemblies is moving into a 160,000-square-foot former plastic molding facility less than five miles from the current location. It’s the third major site expansion announced by Comar in 2020...

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Ken Notes: You can follow this industry in the new 5PNews.com (Paper Pulp Printing Packaging Plastic) on line or weekly email...

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Marinette County selected for WHEDA pilot program
MARINETTE — Marinette County Economic Development Director Jennifer Short said Tuesday the county has been selected for a WHEDA pilot program.

A $10 million program from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) to address the state’s shortage of rural affordable workforce housing is moving forward with the selection of Marinette County as one of three pilot communities to be part of that effort.

According to its website, WHEDA has been working for more than 45 years to provide low-cost financing for housing and small business development in Wisconsin. Since 1972, WHEDA has financed more than 75,000 affordable rental units and have helped more than 133,000 families purchase homes...
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BizTimes Commercial Real Estate Conference to focus on 2020’s big issues
The two biggest issues that have dominated headlines in America during 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequality, will be the focus of the 18th annual BizTimes Media Commercial Real Estate and Development Conference.

The free, virtual event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 1-2:30 p.m.

 Click here to register.

The event will feature two panel discussions. The first will be about the impact that COVID-19 is having in the near-term, and will have long-term, on the Milwaukee area office market. The participants in that panel discussion will include:

  • John Coury, founder of Detroit-based Crestlight Capital, which is the owner of the Schlitz Park office complex near downtown Milwaukee.
  • Josh Jeffers, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based development firm J. Jeffers & Co.
  • Lyle Landowski, managing director and partner of commercial real estate brokerage Colliers International | Wisconsin.
  • Healther Turner Loth, practice leader – project development and workplace strategy leader for Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects.
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Ken Notes: Do not miss this one...

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Each story is a celebration of the evolution of a town, city or county in Wisconsin, its residents and the stories they have to tell.

Stories include Door County, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Janesville, Juneau County, La Crosse, Manitowoc-Two Rivers, Neenah-Menasha, Oshkosh, Sauk Prairie and Wausau.

Educational resources for elementary, middle and high school students are also available.
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Ken Notes: These are GREAT!!!

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Note: I changed the link here to Toms Twitter account. JS limits the number of articles I can read so I look at TD`s Twitter feed every week. I`ll Still include JS articles but after ten you need to subscribe.

I also updated the picture because, well Tom is getting old and development is taking it`s toll!!!

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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