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MATC to begin negotiations with development group of Downtown campus

Almost exactly a year after starting the process, the Madison Area Technical College’s Board of Trustees Wednesday approved a development team to turn the college’s Downtown campus into a hotel and office tower.

Trustees voted unanimously to begin negotiations for a ground lease with Hovde Properties and hotel developer Drury Southwest on a $132 million project that would renovate Madison College’s Downtown Education Center into a 197-room hotel and construct a 10-story office tower that would have retail and a grocery store...

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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. Again thumbs up! ...but keep reading no good deed goes unpunished...

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GOP bills target `dark store` big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Rep. Rob Brooks, R-Saukville, and Sens. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, and Roger Roth, R-Appleton, announced the legislation at a Capitol news conference Wednesday. At least one Democrat, Oshkosh Rep. Gordon Hintz, also supports the measures....

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Ken Notes: A VERY good idea!

Even better would be a negotiated property valuation at the start of a project. The commercial assessment process is flawed at best. Walgreen`s and other take the best corners and build the best buildings and then fight the valuations. We have no real way to asses the EPIC`s or AM FAM`s because the resale value is pennies on the dollar compared to what they spent. Factories are even worse and since the equipment is tax free we are not excited to site them.

We should create a program that allows a development agreement for commercial projects over one million dollars regardless of whether they are in a TID or not. It is a win win for communities and developers. We could even apply it to nonprofits at very low rates like payment in lieu of taxes...

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Goodman Community Center set to move ahead with Brass Works renovation after parking nod

The Goodman Community Center is one of east Madison`s most active gathering places. Its programming is varied and popular. And it needs more space. The center recently purchased a second building, the old Madison Brass Works facility, which offers 30,000 additional square feet.

But there’s no room on the property for a city requirement: a parking lot. Thanks to a favor from the city’s Plan Commission on Monday night, that`s no longer an issue...

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Wisconsin economic development agency double-counts some jobs, cites others from closed firms

MADISON - Wisconsin`s flagship jobs agency continues to double-count some jobs in its online data and tout others from firms no longer operating in the state, although it has improved its financial controls, a new audit has found.  

The new Legislative Audit Bureau report released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau recommended that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. get more reliable data on how many jobs are being created or retained by the state`s tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded awards to businesses.

Separately Wednesday, WEDC officials said they are gradually addressing millions of dollars in tax credit errors in which some companies were overpaid and others underpaid in recent years....

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Ken Notes: They did find improvements made elsewhere but the money remains an issue.

I did suggest a tax credit based on jobs might be easier than the systems in place. If the jobs go away so do the incentives, you can`t miscount without double paying income tax for your employees. The dollars are about the same.

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Boutique hotel proposed for long-vacant Mautz Paint building on East Washington

The 900 block of East Washington Avenue has been subject to over a decade of development ups and downs, with several projects never making it past the proposal stage. Now, developer Curt Brink has a new plan to redevelop the property, starting with a boutique hotel...

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Downtown`s new AC Hotel: European flavor, dramatic Wisconsin views

Madison’s newest hotel is intended to immerse guests with a European experience.

Pastry dough is flown in from France and baked fresh daily into croissants as part of the $15 continental breakfast on the 10th floor. The sleek rooms have state-of-the-art amenities, floating beds and rain-style shower heads. Artwork includes imported crystal from the Czech Republic. Some of the public spaces even have a signature scent — black leather and white musk.

The views, however, are all Madison — and prolific...

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Wisconsin lawmakers reinstate economic development loans
Gov. Scott Walker`s jobs agency would be able to issue business loans again under provisions in the state budget the Legislature`s finance committee approved Tuesday in a sign that Republicans` faith Walker`s troubled flagship economic engine is growing again.

The 2015-17 state budget prohibited the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation from originating new loans totaling more than $10 million in fiscal year 2015-16 and $5 million in 2016-17. The budget also prohibited WEDC from issuing any new loans other than loans to develop technology after this June 30.

WEDC has faced frequent scrutiny over its operations since Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers created the agency in July 2011 to replace the Department of Commerce. The agency hasn`t recovered loans made to troubled companies, gave out $126 million without a formal review and has experienced high turnover in top positions. Republicans included the loan prohibitions in the budget in response to the problems. They have allowed WEDC to continue issue tax credits and grants, however.

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Ken Notes: If they had a system to track the loans and the outcomes this would be a great program. I will even create it for them for free. We just want to know what was lent, to whom, to create how many jobs, and what is the current status of the project...

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`It`s a part of us`: As quitting time approaches at Oscar Mayer, Madison assesses the loss

For 43 years, Mary Lou Lottes showed up for work at the Oscar Mayer plant on Madison’s north side.

She started at the production facility most famous for producing hot dogs, bologna and other lunch meat in 1970, 11 years before General Foods acquired the company and nearly 20 years before Kraft bought it. In today’s economy, with young professionals bouncing from gig to gig, 43 years spent working for one company is an eternity....

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Ken Notes: I want to meet Mary Lou...

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Pleasant Prairie buys land to lure more jobs over Wisconsin border

The Village of Pleasant Prairie in nearby Kenosha County was preparing to close Monday on its $37.5 million purchase of nearly 460 acres of land from Lake County-based Abbott Laboratories, setting the stage for the creation of a new corporate park in a community that has already lured dozens of businesses across the Wisconsin state line...

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Ken Notes: If a community has the funds, buying land can be a great investment. You can attract the businesses you want, provide incentives, and work with developers a businesses.

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Madison City Council approves additional funding for Capitol East garage on second vote

The Madison City Council agreed Tuesday to allocate additional funding for a new parking garage in the Capitol East District at South Livingston and East Main streets — the first city parking structure outside of the core downtown.

The Capitol East parking structure will provide spaces for office and retail tenants in Gebhardt Development’s nearby eight-story Cosmos building, which includes a 2,500-person capacity music venue, and the Spark building, which will house American Family Insurance and StartingBlock Madison offices...

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Ken Notes: I still suggest we rethink transit options for the area. Business friendly options for park and ride, park and bike, carpooling, hotel and airport shuttles and expresses to the burbs....

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Creamery`s expansion creates 14 new jobs

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which produces 80 tons of cheese curds a day, is getting a boost from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the expansion of its facility in western Wisconsin.

The creamery, which was founded in 1910, has been authorized by WEDC to receive up to $175,000 in state tax credits for the 28,500-square-foot expansion of its plant in Ellsworth. The expansion project is expected to create 14 new jobs...

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Ken Notes: Their plan 14 jobs $175,000. My plan 14 jobs 2K per for ten years $280,000. But trackable, no need for claw-back, and it flexes wit the growth, timing and quantity of jobs.

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Madison extends TIF districts to help fund affordable housing

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts are meant to help a city turn blighted areas into desirable development zones. But once they’ve run their course, they can also be used to fund affordable housing projects.

Madison extends TIFs as a way to supplement its Affordable Housing Fund, an initiative created in 2014 by Paul Soglin. The fund encourages developers to pursue Section 42 tax credits for affordable housing with the goal of creating 1,000 affordable apartments over five years, 250 of those for homeless populations...

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Johnsonville Expanding Global Corporate HQ In Wisconsin

Johnsonville, the sausage company, is expanding its global corporate headquarters in Sheboygan Falls, WI. Construction on the 49,000-square-foot addition, which will feature a member development center, additional workstations and an expanded fitness center, is already underway and expected to be completed by the end of the year. The company plans to add nearly 100 new jobs over the next five years.

“This project will provide much-needed capacity to support the tremendous growth we’ve experienced over the last 10 years,” said Ralph Stayer, owner and chairman of Johnsonville. “Thanks to the state’s favorable business climate, we can keep growing right here in Sheboygan County.”

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Ken Notes: Too bad they don`t need an old production facility in Madison. Congrats on the growth though....

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Rebecca Blank: UW needs stable state funding to develop other revenue resources

Since the state budget will not be the main source of funding to the University of Wisconsin anytime in the foreseeable future, it’s up to UW to be entrepreneurial and build other resources, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Wednesday.

“It’s on us,” Blank said at a luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Madison at the Park Hotel downtown.

Such initiatives at UW-Madison include a strategic mix of students — who pay different amounts of tuition — an expanded summer program that attracts more students and enhanced professional training and career development programs to draw nontraditional students....

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Ken Notes: She is right, we need to provide a fixed % of tax revenue to the UW System and step back and let them manage their own priorities on a budget. My guess is that they will do a better job that us micro managing from on high. We can review the outcomes....

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Madison City Council denies increased funding for Capitol East parking garage

By one vote, the Madison City Council rejected a measure to provide more funding to built a new public parking garage in the burgeoning Capitol East district.

Due to higher construction costs, the city needed $1.9 million more for a total cost of $18.67 million to build the new garage at South Livingston and East Main Streets. The council voted 14-4, just missing the 15-vote threshold to amend the city’s capital budget.

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Madison Community Foundation celebrates 75 years by seeding projects for the future

The Madison Community Foundation is celebrating the past by thinking about the future.

The charitable trust that administers more than 1,000 funds and awards millions in grants throughout the Madison area marks its founding 75 years ago with 12 months of anniversary grants that will total approximately $1 million. The theme for many of the grants is to challenge the community to consider where it might be in another 75 years.

The first grant helps move forward a project that has created a conundrum for the city for decades — the development of the downtown shore of Lake Monona. A $27,500 grant to the Madison Design Professionals Workgroup will help fund an engineering study for the group’s design for an expanded Law Park and infrastructure improvements around the park and John Nolen Drive...

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State Journal editorial: Think big about Madison`s waterfront

A bold and exciting plan for Downtown Madison’s lakefront is getting a boost, with the Madison Community Foundation announcing a $27,500 grant Tuesday to study its feasibility.

The money and momentum for the Nolen Waterfront Plan are most welcome.

A team of Madison design professionals has been working for free on the proposal in recent years, based on the vision of famed city planner John Nolen more than a century ago. The Nolen Waterfront Plan would transform the Lake Monona shoreline from Monona Terrace to Machinery Row into a nine-acre park built over John Nolen Drive, a boardwalk, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed boathouse, expanded Monona Terrace meeting space, and much better public access to the lake from Downtown.

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Ken Notes: I agree!!!

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Blue Jean Nation Writer Says Wisconsin Has Lost Its Ambitious Spirit

Wisconsin’s official motto is "Forward," but according to Blue Jean Nation founder Mike McCabe, "backward" might be more appropriate these days.

In a recent blog post, McCabe — who describes Blue Jean Nation as "a grassroots citizens group that advocates to get regular people in control of the government" — contends Wisconsin has lost its drive to be first or best. As a result, he says the state is now satisfied being average or even below average in areas it used to lead...

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Ken Notes: I disagree, but partisanship has clouded the vision and made it much more difficult to stand out like we once did.

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Wisconsin schools push students to consider careers earlier, but does it make sense?

PEWAUKEE - It could be an office anywhere. Four colleagues are convened on a bank of sleek sofas, laptops open, critiquing a PowerPoint in advance of an upcoming presentation.

It is an office, in a business park off Highway F in this Waukesha County suburb.

But these are Pewaukee High School students tweaking the final project for their global business class, which they`ll present to their client, a Waukesha-based dental technology firm, the following week...

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Ken Notes: Yes it does and experience in a field through apprenticeship and other experiences can work in more ways than you think. A student may find he does NOT have the aptitude or skills for a certain career early enough to return to academia or check out another path to employment. When I cam home from college my father an exec in the foundry industry got me a job pouring iron. My interest in college and my studies improved exponentially...

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Madison startup center StartingBlock announces search for leadership

StartingBlock, a startup hub slated for Madison’s near east side, appears to be at a crossroads with its leadership. The nonprofit announced earlier this week that it’s openly searching for an executive director and a head of operations.

The organization, which a cadre of Madison investors and entrepreneurs have been developing since 2013, will occupy three floors of The Spark, an office building under construction on the 800 block of East Washington Avenue. The mission will be to help early-stage companies and entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to high-tech tools and working space....

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Wisconsin startup accelerator gener8tor signals continued expansion at `premiere night`

gener8tor, the Wisconsin startup investment and mentorship program, held its 10th “premiere night” Thursday evening at the Barrymore Theater to show off its latest class of graduating companies. They include everything from handbag subscription services to Lyme disease screening regimens.

However, gener8tor itself also took the spotlight with news that it would continue to ascend as a Midwestern entrepreneurial institution.

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APPLETON - Gov. Scott Walker said here Tuesday there is a "legitimate concern" tied to the dark-store tax loophole that has led local leaders to raise alarms.

Two bills were introduced in Madison last week after communities in Wisconsin — including Appleton and Outagamie County — passed resolutions calling for legislation to ensure commercial properties are assessed similarly, regardless of whether the properties are filled or vacant....   ...more

Ken Notes: Yep, or just allow development agreements for valuation...

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Milwaukee Innovators: Be Present To Revitalize Our Communities

In 2006, Diane De La Santos sold her condo in the Milwaukee suburbs and moved to the center of the city to be closer to work — much closer to work. The organization she helped found, City on a Hill, was rehabilitating an abandoned hospital in central Milwaukee for new office space. De La Santos decided to move into the rehabbed hospital.

"You can’t solve a problem you don’t understand, and you can’t understand from a distance," the City on a Hill executive director said of trying to end the cycle of poverty in Milwaukee while living in the suburbs....

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Ken Notes: Yep...

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Plans proceed for Wisconsin IKEA store expected in summer 2018

OAK CREEK, Wis. - Ikea store leaders said the plan to put an Ikea in Oak Creek next year is on track.

Home furnishing retailer Ikea said in a news release Wednesday that it chose Pepper Construction to manage the development project. 

The store in Oak Creek will feature 50 inspirational room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties, like meatballs with lingonberries, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a Children`s IKEA area in the showroom, baby care rooms and play areas throughout the store.

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Ken Notes: ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... P.S. Madison!!!!!

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Wisconsin, 15th in manufacturing job growth, to Illinoisans: Come on up

New employment numbers show Wisconsin surpassed many of its Midwest neighbors in creating new manufacturing jobs over the past year, prompting one Wisconsin business leader to put out the welcome mat to Illinois workers.

Wisconsin added 3,000 manufacturing jobs between March 2016 and March of this year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That amounted to a 0.6 percent gain in manufacturing employment, the 15th highest gain among the 50 states...

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Can Sand Valley Make Wisconsin the Next Golfing Destination?

Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac” is an environmental classic. First published in 1949, a year after Leopold’s death, it chronicled and celebrated the natural life amid the changing seasons around his scruffy weekend retreat and family farm, in a dirt-poor region of Wisconsin that starts an hour’s drive north of Madison, the state capital....

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Sand, golf and hopes for economic boom in central Wisconsin

Also check out the Website... WOW!!

Coore & Crenshaw’s Sand Valley is big, bold and pure sand. Front 9 hilly back 9 mostly thru valleys. Could become a public Pine Valley.

– Ron Whitten (Golf Digest Architecture Editor)

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Ken Notes: This could be HUGE (sorry I hear voices) for Wisconsin... The area is perfect... We need to Welcome Mike Keiser to Wisconsin and see how we can help him... Also wouldn`t an economic development research trip be in order here???? Finally can I mention you first read about Erin Hills in this publication and now they are hosting a PGA Major!!! Thank yo Mr. Lang I hope you get the recognition for the vision you had for Wisconsin!

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Historical redevelopment roundup: demolition, rehabilitation and awards

Madison became a city in 1856, so there`s no shortage of history, with over 160 sites and buildings designated as landmarks and five historic districts. 

This week, several properties on historic sites around Madison were approved for rehabilitation, are on their way to demolition or received preservation awards...

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Milwaukee Startup Week expanding statewide

It will be held Nov. 6 to 12, with programming at a variety of locations. Startup Milwaukee founder Matt Cordio and startup consultant Ed Javier are again organizing the event.  Communities exploring hosting events during the week are: Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, Madison, Oshkosh, Wausau, Green Bay, La Crosse and Stevens Point.

After attendance at the first Milwaukee Startup Week more than doubled organizers’ expectations at 2,600, and attracted people from other cities, the co-founders decided to expand the week to include other communities...

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Ken Notes: Good move!!

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Cap Times` Evjue Foundation awards $1.5 million to UW, area nonprofits

Major renovations at Dane County`s Henry Vilas Zoo and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meeting House of the First Unitarian Society on Madison`s near west side are major beneficiaries of grants announced today by The Capital Times` charitable arm, The Evjue Foundation.

The foundation`s directors approved a $150,000 grant to the zoo to redo Anna Vilas Hall to create a visitor`s center and $100,000 to the Friends of the Meeting House to repair Wright`s signature glass "prow," a major feature of the building on the National Register of Historic Places....

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Noted Milwaukee Urban Planner Lawrence Witzling Receives Pioneer Award from the American Planning Association

CHICAGO – Urban planning expert and educator Lawrence P. Witzling, PhD, has received the American Planning Association’s 2017 National Excellence Award for Planning Pioneers. For more than 40 years, Witzling has been a national authority on urban planning and design, inspiring hundreds of students and aspiring professionals to produce innovative, high-quality urban design....

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Ken Notes: Congrats...

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Former Wisconsin congressman Green named to lead USAID

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has nominated an ex-congressman and former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania to lead the United States Agency for International Development...

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Ken Notes: Mark is a great guy and will serve us well...

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WHEDA awards housing tax credits for Soldiers Home rehab

Five Milwaukee projects were awarded $3.3 Million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits by WHEDA, during an announcement on May 16 in front of Old Main on the Milwaukee VA grounds.

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today announced the award of more than $13.6 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to fund affordable housing developments across Wisconsin. The tax credits, which are distributed by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), will move forward 26 developments that will create 1,367 units of affordable rental housing...

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Wisconsin once again ranks last in Kauffman startup activity index

Once again, the Kauffman Foundation has pegged Wisconsin as the worst state in the nation for startup activity.

And it’s not even close.

The state has received the worst scores in the U.S. for new business creation from the foundation since 2015. The last-place rankings have been a source of hand-wringing for policymakers and other figures in the state’s entrepreneurial economy, and have spurred forums and panels about what the state can do differently....

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Ken Notes: This is wrong. WEDC should focus on startups and growth as well as maintaining existing employers. Job based Tax credits should guarantee help and reward success on the financial side. Also other states have mentorship programs pairing a successful business with new startups...

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Assembly GOP transportation plan cuts gas tax, applies sales tax to gas, lowers price floor

A sweeping Republican proposal to fund transportation and cut taxes would flatten income tax rates, lower the gas tax and raise new funding for roads by applying the sales tax to gasoline...

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Ken Notes: I have always liked a segregated fund for transit, I am not sure if this is the plan here but sales tax on gas if the 30.9 is reduced to offset it make sense as it is directly related to use of our roads... Read the article Todd Berry`s comments are spot on!

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Property with a Past? Historic fill on a property is no longer an impediment to development.
When tackling a real estate development project, discovering contaminated historic fill is an unwelcome surprise, but with the proper guidance, you can avoid project delays and cost increases.

Historic fill is common on properties that were once rural and have become prime redevelopment sites as communities expanded. The fill may include contaminated materials like foundry sand, ash, demo and construction debris, and even municipal waste. In the past, these materials were used to fill wetlands or change the grade of the property before initial development. Today regulations have evolved, and state agencies require property owners to manage these materials appropriately during redevelopment. Also, particular types of historic fill are often not robust enough to structurally support your new building....

...Historic fill on a property is no longer the impediment to development that it once was. Take these steps to get ahead of potentially contaminated historic fill, and keep your project on time and budget....

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Ken Notes: Some great ideas here to deal with these issues... Save and share this link because if you are not dealing with this now you will be in the future...

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Assembly Approves Work Requirements For Some Housing Voucher Recipients
Assembly Also Approves Penalties For Low-Income Student Truancy

The state Assembly has approved a bill that would require some able-bodied adults to work in order to receive housing vouchers in Wisconsin.

The bill that passed the state Assembly on Wednesday would authorize the Wisconsin Economic Development Authority to seek a federal waiver that would allow the agency to put the work requirements in place.

The bill doesn’t specify what the employment, training, and/or other "self-sufficiency requirements" would be...

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Wisconsin mattress-makers aren`t sleeping on bed-in-a-box trend

In Appleton and Watertown, they’re squeezing increasing income out of one of the biggest trends in years to hit the once-sleepy mattress industry.

In Milwaukee, they’re working to grab their share too, and trying not to get pinched by the new competition.

Across the United States, a few internet-based startups and their scores of imitators have shaken up the bedding world.

Aided by machines – some of them made in Wisconsin – that can squish a king-sized mattress pancake-flat and roll it up like a sleeping bag, the bed-in-a-box business has emerged as yet another challenger to traditional retail...

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Ken Notes: As products are identified as on-line markets e-retailers will rise to supply them. Wisconsin needs to watch these trends for opportunities - Distribution and transit will be huge, packaging is a great market, call centers and online processing will thrive, and data technology will continue to grow. Also a move away from mass markets will be good for local beer, wines, produce, cheese, and other craft products. These now have a global marketplace.

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Search for new prison site gets underway

ALLOUEZ – Though the project has yet to be funded, work has begun to identify potential northeastern Wisconsin sites to host a proposed replacement for the region`s maximum-security prison.

The search for sites of 60 to 100 acres within about a half-hour`s drive of Allouez is one of the initial steps being undertaken by people who hope to replace the aging Green Bay Correctional Institution, said Rep. David Steffen, R-Howard.

Steffen is the author of a proposal to have a private company build and own the prison.

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Festival Foods eyes Verona for grocery store next door to Farm & Fleet

A day after announcing that it would buy grocery stores in Portage and West Baraboo, Festival Foods submitted plans Wednesday with the city of Verona for a nearly 68,000-square-foot grocery store next door to Farm & Fleet.

If approved, it would become the second store in Dane County for the Onalaska-based retailer and continue the company`s growth into southern Wisconsin. The project also would offer direct competition to Miller & Sons in Verona`s downtown, the only other full-service grocery store in the fast-growing city of more than 12,000 people south of Madison...


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Between a Lake and a Hard Place

Decade-old Arboretum dispute shows conflicting interests in environment

An out-of-town real estate developer arrives in a beautiful, fragile ecosystem ready to tear up land and build mansions. The neighbors, frightened not only for the good of their neighborhood but for the principle of protecting their homeland, band together to fight off the developer.

At first glance, the 2006 development dispute in the town of Madison’s unique Arboretum Neighborhood fits this storyline, potential fodder for Pixar’s next feature..    ...more

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Ray of light for Wisconsin`s growing tech sector

KENOSHA - Next time you’re in a parking ramp or office building, take a look up. There’s a good chance the lighting above you is packed with energy-saving and data-collecting technology, and some it is made in Wisconsin.

Lighting is the backbone of  Kenall Manufacturing in Kenosha. The company moved here two years ago from Illinois and makes lights used in rugged locations like roadway tunnels and prisons, parking garages and operating rooms...

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Mill Road Library redevelopment gets low income housing tax credits

A plan to replace the Mill Road Library with a new branch inside a mixed-use building on Milwaukee’s northwest side took a step forward Tuesday after it was awarded federal affordable housing tax credits.

The project will receive $805,063 in low-income housing tax credits, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority announced.

The plan from Royal Capital Group and Maures Development Group calls for 65 mixed-income apartment units above a 17,500 square foot library at 7717 W. Good Hope Road. It’s expected to cost between $14 million and $15 million...

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Local entrepreneurs inspired to start small and dream big

To grow their companies city leaders hope to boost capacity of small businesses during weeklong celebration in May.

Milwaukee Small Business Week is a weeklong a celebration that recognizes and honors small business owners and entrepreneurs for their contributions to economic growth in the local community.

Hosted by the City of Milwaukee and Mosaic Communications and powered by NewsReleaseNow.com, will take place the week of May 1. A kick off news conference was held May 2 at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. This year’s theme “Start small. Dream Big.” aims to empower the city’s small business community with a series of workshops, presentations and networking events to boost the capacity of small businesses...


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Mayor Paul Soglin looks to generate `public pressure` to restructure Madison City Council

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said Wednesday he wants to generate "public pressure" to restructure the City Council and is looking to create a committee to recommend changes.

Pointing to recent pay increases for alders and a proposed City Council chief of staff position, Soglin said there has been a shift in alders’ expectations of what their job entails which has left the public “sitting on the sidelines.” Soglin said he would appoint 11 to 15 residents to a committee that would recommend changes, thereby giving the community a stake in what kind of City Council it wants.

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Special Report: Impact of Immigrant Labor in Wisconsin

President Donald Trump has made immigration reform and border security a top priority of his administration, vowing to increase deportations of people who enter the United States illegally.

“To be able to have milk on our tables, we need to have immigrant labor.”

The president’s tough stance on undocumented workers is concerning for some dairy farmers, like Daniel, who rely on immigrant labor.

“20 years I’ve been here, I haven’t had a single application to a white guy to apply [sic].” 

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Ken Notes: Yep, I asked a farmer friend why he employed Hispanic workers, his reply was, "We start milking at 4 AM and to work for me you have to be here every day at 4 AM. I will hire anyone that will do that"...

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Kmart site revamp on Fort’s radar
The City of Fort Atkinson is expected to take its first active step in assisting any redevelopment of the former Kmart site on the city’s northeast side.

W&A Distribution Services Inc. CEO Scott Housley, a member of the city’s Economic Development Commission, will be reaching out to Sears Holding Corp. for more information on pricing for the 9.49-acre site.

The commission took no formal vote on the issue Monday but Housley agreed to reach out to the corporation about the price of the site....

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Ken Notes: Can I mention once more for the record, when you site a big box development consider an adaptive reuse plan the facility from the onset. These properties become book assets for the parent companies and there is little motivation to sell or reuse them...

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Demand for nurses, educators strong in state

Wisconsin comes out on top in a ranking of "best and worst states for nurses," as heath care systems face challenges in hiring registered nurses and nursing educators say they need increased support.

A report released Wednesday by personal finance website WalletHub placed Wisconsin in the top slot of ...

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Ken Notes: Health care has the potential of becoming a destination commodity and Madison could be at the top of the list!!!

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Deadline nears for WEDC exporting trip

MADISON - Wisconsin companies seeking to start or grow their exporting efforts are invited to join Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on a global trade mission to Mexico from June 11-16.

The registration deadline is May 12....

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“Located in the Madison region for over 30 years, Engineered Construction is an industry leader in commercial construction and the restoration of commercial and residential fire and water damage.” See comments from our clients here.   ...more

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Ron Johnson introduces bill to create state-run guest worker program

States could run their own guest-worker visa programs under a bill introduced Wednesday by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.

The proposal has backing from groups representing the dairy and tech industries, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Tax Reform and the libertarian Cato Institute.

Johnson previewed the legislation during a Cato Institute forum...

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Ken Notes: He must like milk because without "guest workers" the industry would shut down...

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Penrod receives 2017 Bubbler Award

MILWAUKEE, WI. May 5, 2017—NEWaukee, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) officials today presented Penrod with a 2017 Bubbler Award.

Every year, NEWaukee hosts the Bubbler Awards: Best Workplaces for Young Professionals in Wisconsin as part of YPWeek. The Bubbler Awards shine a light on the companies’ achievements in serving the interests and needs of younger workers.

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Trump nominee and former Wisconsin lawmaker Mark Green has broad support, but there`s a catch

WASHINGTON - Mark Green is a rare bird in Washington these days — a Donald Trump nominee with broad bipartisan support.

But there’s a catch to his potential posting as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The agency faces a starkly uncertain future, including potentially big budget cuts and the possibility of being folded entirely into a restructured State Department...

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Ken Notes: I know Mark and he knows value. He will either demonstrate the value of the department or facilitate it merger with another office.

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MGE CEO Jeffrey Keebler pledges to work toward cleaner energy

Madison Gas & Electric’s new CEO, Jeffrey Keebler, pledged to keep the utility headed away from fossil fuels as he addressed his first shareholders meeting Tuesday.

“We know renewable energy is important to many of our customers and to many of you, our shareholders,” Keebler told the 1,850 people gathered for the luncheon meeting at the Madison Marriott West hotel in Middleton.

Keebler said he is “committed” to the goals of MGE’s Energy 2030 plan that calls for 25 percent of the utility’s retail electric sales to come from renewable fuel projects by 2025, and 30 percent by 2030.


Ken Notes: Yes! I hope he reads WDNGreen.com.



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WI delegation attends China Dairy Expo

MADISON - A delegation of Wisconsin agriculture-related companies returned home last week from the 2017 China International Dairy Expo and Summit in Harbin, China, where they exhibited Wisconsin products in a Wisconsin Pavilion organized by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province, is a major dairy production and processing area, and Heilongjiang and Wisconsin have had Sister State ties since 1982.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Sister State relationship, and to celebrate the milestone, Troy Landwehr, a Freedom, Wis. resident and accomplished cheese carver, was a featured artist during the three-day expo (April 20-22). Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery donated several large blocks of aged cheddar, which Landwehr carved into unique shapes and figures...

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The Gialamas Company






 “Founded in 1976 by George and Candy Gialamas, The Gialamas Company specializes in Class A Commercial Real Estate. For 40 years, The Gialamas Company has brought its real estate development, brokerage, leasing and building management expertise to the City of Madison and the State of Wisconsin.

Our premier development, Old Sauk Trails Park, is one of the most prestigious business parks in Wisconsin; containing numerous office buildings supplemented by restaurants, hotels, financial institutions, a childcare facility and a walking/jogging trail system.

The Gialamas Company’s fully integrated in-house staff and maintenance team, combined with our distinct knowledge and experience, ensures the highest level of service in all facets of the company. We offer an unmatched commitment to our clients. It’s a relationship that begins with our first contact and continues beyond the life of the lease. Experience the Gialamas standard of service today.”
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Wisconsin transportation advocates point to Indiana, Georgia for way forward on roads

MILWAUKEE -- As Wisconsin lawmakers begin taking votes on the state budget, transportation advocates have a new message: If Republican states like Georgia and Indiana can raise the gas tax to pay for road improvements, why can`t Wisconsin?

Wisconsin lawmakers remain divided about how to plug a road funding shortfall, with Assembly Republicans advocating for a potential gas tax increase and Gov. Scott Walker threatening to veto it.

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Ken Notes: I ma always amazed when our legislature feels it has to reinvent every wheel at every turn...

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Business incubator breaks ground

With office and manufacturing space, the business incubator is designed to serve 10 new and existing businesses including start-ups and existing companies while also providing work spaces for freelancers and entrepreneurs. Its goal is to provide resources for the development of new businesses, jobs and growth.

“After countless meetings, grant applications and even a trip to Milwaukee we are proud to be in the construction phase of a 30,000 square foot facility that will support entrepreneurship, create jobs and enhance the regional economy in the St. Croix Valley,” River Falls Economic Development Corporation member Paul Schwebach said...

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Lawmakers Ask Feds to Allow Wisconsin Revise Phosphorus Standards
Dozens of members of the state legislature are asking Wisconsin`s congressional delegation to find a way to revise the state`s phosphorus standards because they feel the rules are too strict and difficult to comply with. Sen. Howard Marklein of Spring Green says he circulated a letter to the state`s federal leaders in Washington after small municipalities in his district complained that it was `unreasonable` to meet phosphorus standards without making extreme renovations to wastewater treatment facilities.   ...more

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Op Ed - Study on MAC Tax Credit Badly Flawed

Last week, former Marco Rubio economic adviser Noah Williams released a paper on the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit (MAC), touting the success of the $654 million corporate tax giveaway that mainly benefits Wisconsin’s wealthy. Under the MAC, 88 percent of the multimillion dollar giveaway goes to people making more than $500,000, with 11 multi-millionaires making more than $30 million each receiving nearly $22 million in tax breaks. Wisconsin has consistently lagged behind the national average in terms of manufacturing job growth, sitting at 1.4 percent, compared to 2.1 percent nationally, and actually lost 4,000 manufacturing jobs in the last year (September 2015 – September 2016)...

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Ken Notes: Again Just The Messenger - I have suggest a tax credit based on JOB CREATION and if millionaires or even billionaires benefit so be it!

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Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference begins Thursday at UWM

MILWAUKEE _ Finding and delivering cheaper, greener energy and cleaner water. Advancing medical breakthroughs. Building and designing stronger, safer roads, bridges and infrastructure. The Internet of Things and “big data.”

These are among the topics to be addressed at the Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference (MERC) on Thursday and Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Media are welcome to attend.

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Committee to consider axing Wisconsin`s labor review panel

Wisconsin`s 106-year-old labor commission would vanish and Gov. Scott Walker`s administration would decide workplace disputes in its place under a budget proposal up for consideration Thursday in the Legislature`s finance committee.

Walker`s plan to eliminate the Labor and Industry Review Commission could create uncertainty in applying Wisconsin labor law, raising questions about whether the commission`s precedent-setting decisions would evaporate and whether his pro-industry administration could fairly weigh cases...

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Cranberry research to get a boost in Wisconsin

The science behind the cranberry industry is about to get a significant boost.

The Wisconsin Cranberry Research & Education Foundation announced Monday that it will buy about 155 acres of land in Jackson County to create a USDA-supported cranberry research station.

Work conducted at the facility, the first of its kind in the state, will help develop and refine cranberry growing practices to improve crop yield and quality, support the industry’s economic sustainability, minimize environmental impact and determine how to best manage pests and disease, said Bill Wolfe, president of the foundation’s board. The facility will be located on part of an existing cranberry farm, Robinson Creek Cranberry, about 10 miles south of Black River Falls.

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Heinemann to Lead DATCP`s International Agribusiness Center
The International Agribusiness Center in Madison has a new director. Jack Heinemann will lead the bureau, which is part of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture`s Division of Agricultural Development.

In his new role, Heinemann will oversee a staff of economic development consultants whose job is to provide education, technical assistance and support to help Wisconsin farms and agribusinesses reach new international markets...
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United Cooperative Awards Over $50,000 in Scholarships
The Beaver Dam-based United Cooperative has announced the names of 51 graduating high school seniors that will receive $1,000 scholarships. The funds are being awarded to students studying an agriculturally-based major, either at a technical or four-year college...   ...more

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Life is Gouda as smoked cheese boom buoys Blue Mounds` Dairyfood USA

Dairyfood USA, headquartered in tiny Blue Mounds, is riding a new nationwide passion for smoked cheese.

“The general trend for smoked cheese is exploding,” said Daniel R. Culligan, president and CEO.

The company processes about 10 million pounds of smoked Gouda annually, the most of any producer in the country, Culligan said, and one of its smoked Gouda spreads was a runner-up in its category at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in March in Green Bay...

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Downtown La Crosse development gets $500,000 state grant; work on $32 million project to begin this year

A $500,000 Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. grant will help the owners of the former La Crosse Plow Co. building reopen it to residential and retail use, after more than two decades of standing empty.

The contract was approved by the Finance and Personnel Committee during a special meeting and approved by the Common Council afterward Thursday evening.

The city applied for the grant to help fund the estimated $32.8 million renovation the property at 525 N. Second St. The money will be paid out to the appropriate parties upon completion of the project...

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WHEDA extends financial lifeline to farmers amid dairy crisis

Governor Scott Walker announced on April 25 that the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) will provide amended loan guarantees to dairy farmers and processors with more favorable terms.

The loan guarantees will help Wisconsin dairy producers and processors access much-needed capital to address current market conditions. The changes will provide more favorable repayment and collateral terms to farmers and increased guarantees for producers at lower fees...

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BrightStar, WEDC and NEWaukee announce $2,000 pitch event winner

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – A crowded historic firehouse in Stevens Point was the site of five business pitches on Wednesday, April 26th. The winning pitch, Leak Siphon Flush Valve, took home $2,000 to advance their business idea.

HATCH is a community-based startup pitch platform that aims to convert strong “napkin” ideas into business plans that launch new companies. Partnerships across the state made this first Hatch event a success, bringing together the Portage County Business Council’s Ignite Leadership Young Professionals Network, Brightstar Foundation, NEWaukee, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation...

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Milwaukee Land and Space

 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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Making M7 work for all of southeastern Wisconsin

I am excited to help shape a more collaborative economic region as the newest co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 (M7) Economic Advisory Cou

I am excited to help shape a more collaborative economic region as the newest co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 (M7) Economic Advisory Council.

Taking this position means that, for the first time in M7 history, government leadership from outside of Milwaukee will help provide strategic direction for international economic development for our region. In short, we have a chance to shake things up when it comes to thinking about how to attract national and international businesses to our area and how our regional partners are involved and can benefit...

Paul Farrow is county executive of Waukesha County.

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Prestige Metal Products relocating from Antioch, Ill., to Bristol

Prestige Metal Products, headed by Kenosha native John Annessi, has chosen Bristol as its new home and will relocate from Antioch, Ill.

The company purchased an 85,630-square-foot building at 19241 83rd St., in the Bristol Business Park, several months ago for use as its metal fabrication operations and company headquarters.

The relocation and expansion represents a $25 million investment for the company and is expected to bring 46 jobs to the area, including some 26 from the Antioch facility. The new jobs will be added as the company grows in its new Bristol home over the next few years.

“The support from the community has been overwhelming,” Annessi said in a statement. “First, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance — who then introduced us to the Milwaukee 7 and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Everyone treated us like we were the next Amazon. We are very grateful and excited to be here in Wisconsin.”...

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Town Center apartments a success story
How many units are too many?

MEQUON — When plans for the first phase of the Mequon Town Center included 28 luxury apartments, many were skeptical there was any market for rental properties in a community dominated by four-bedroom homes and pristine lawns.

Much to their surprise, the apartments with monthly rents ranging from $2,500 to $5,200 are all occupied. Several other, larger apartment complexes are under construction nearby. Another project that dwarfs all of them is in the planning stages.

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BizExpo is just one week away

Free advanced registration through Friday, $20 admission at the door

The 13th annual BizExpo, a day-long regional business-to-business conference hosted by BizTimes Media, is just one week away.

BizExpo will be held on Wednesday, May 24, at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.

Advanced registration to attend BizExpo is free through end of day Friday. Admission at the door costs $20. Click here to register.

BizExpo features a full exhibit floor of booths occupied by local businesses, plus 18 business strategy seminars throughout the day. Click here to see a list of the seminars.

BizExpo also includes three Main Stage Events: the Women in Business Breakfast, the Bravo! Entrepreneur & I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) Awards Lunch and the BizBash Cocktail Reception. There is an additional charge to attend the Main State Events.

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800+ Job Openings Available at Chippewa Valley Job Fair

EAU CLAIRE, WI – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce (DWD) is collaborating with the West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and Eau Claire County Job Center partners to host the Chippewa Valley Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Seventy local employers are anticipated to attend the premiere hiring event, offering more than 800 entry level through advanced job openings in customer service, healthcare, human services, manufacturing, office/clerical, retail and more...

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JPMorgan Chase gives another $150,000 to Milwaukee 7

Will fund export development program

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to provide another $150,000 in grants to the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development partnership for its Export Development Grant Program.

The program was started in November 2015, and helps small and medium-sized businesses enter new international markets or expand their presence in existing markets abroad.

M7 matches funds up to $5,000 for each company selected in the grant program. The company must submit an explanation of how the money will help it increase exporting...

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Calatrava sculpture will highlight major Wisconsin Avenue public art display

Sculptures by artists including Santiago Calatrava, who designed the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum addition, will line Wisconsin Avenue this summer under a project led by Marcus Corp. chairman Steve Marcus.

Wisconsin Avenue, downtown’s main street, will get 22 sculpture installations between O’Donnell Park at the lakefront, and Sixth Street, said Matt Dorner, economic development director for Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District No. 21...

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Wauwatosa Committee Makes Surprising Decision on County Grounds

Vote is victory for opponents of controversial master plan

A Wauwatosa Common Council committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to put on hold the controversial master plan for what is being called the Life Sciences District.

“We have been listening,” Kathleen Causier, chair of the council’s Community Affairs Committee, told the packed room in the council chambers. The size of the audience for a committee meeting indicated once again the amount of concern and attention being paid to this issue by the community. The outcome included a provision that seemed to surprise nearly everyone in attendance.

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Harmonee Square project to begin construction in Wauwatosa

Elm Grove-based Luther Group and Madison-based Horizon Development were chosen by the Wauwatosa Community Development Authority in December 2015 after a request for proposal to purchase and redevelop the vacant city-owned property North of Harmonee Avenue and west of Underwood Avenue.

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Uihlein wants to restore historic buildings on Broadway

Four years ago, Uihlein, owner of Milwaukee-based Uihlein/Wilson Architects, purchased three adjoining buildings at 627-637 N. Broadway and the buildings at 227 and 225 E. Wisconsin Ave.

His plan is to attract retail or office tenants to the buildings that have been vacant for well over a decade, Uihlein said....

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Downtown alderman backs Ladybug Club’s strip club request

Bauman says troubled Water Street location makes more sense than Old World Third

Bauman, who represents the downtown area and has been a vocal critic of previous proposals to open strip clubs at 770-772 N. Milwaukee St. and 730 N. Old World Third Street, said he doesn’t object to the strip club application filed April 28 by the owner of the Ladybug Club, 622 N. Water St....

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Waupaca Foundry wins national awards

Waupaca Foundry returned from the 2017 Metalcasting Congress held in Milwaukee on April 25-27 with several national awards.

Individuals receiving awards from the American Foundry Society were retired CEO Gary Gigante and Greg Miskinis, director of research and process development at the foundry.

Waupaca Foundry also earned the Plant Engineering Award and the Best in Class Casting Award...

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Sotheby`s International Realty Brand Enters Wisconsin
MADISON, N.J., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sotheby`s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Mahler Real Estate Group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Mahler Sotheby`s International Realty.  This is the first affiliate to operate under the current Sotheby`s International Realty® network in Wisconsin.
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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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