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An office of Rural Prosperity for Wisconsin could do a lot for small businesses and towns to become more successful.
Governor Tony Evers has proposed such an office, and the idea is
being endorsed by the secretary of the WisconsIn Economic Development
Both the governor and WEDC secretary Melissa Hughes spoke on Monday
at the 48th annual meeting of LADCO, the La Crosse Area Development
Evers said the state is in ‘an excellent position’ to start the
2020’s in a ‘good place,’ if there’s cooperation, but he said the
governor cannot “wave a magic wand” to make things happen....
...Hughes, a former executive with Organic Valley of La Farge, says like
WEDC, a prosperity office could be a ‘one-stop shop’ to steer a project
toward completion.... ...more
Ken Notes: Sure he can, he just needs a senate and assembly to make the trick work. An office of Rural Prosperity would work well with bipartisan support so the question is how do we get there and for the record many of the pieces are already in place. Most counties already have ED Directors and staff and are a "one stop shop". There are also regional ED offices that cover the entire state. The state could match the local and county contributions to these existing efforts add some state benefits and task them with your Rural Agenda.
PRESTO! An office of Rural Prosperity for Wisconsin...
he Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s fourth CEO, Melissa “Missy” Hughes, said Monday her first four months have been spent developing a new direction for the state’s top economic development agency.
The shift in direction, which Hughes and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers have said entails a greater focus on small businesses and rural communities, rather than on controversial deals like the one for the massive Foxconn project, is reflective of Hughes as a departure from previous leaders of the embattled WEDC since its 2011 creation...
Ken Notes: Read this... READ THIS... If you read nothing else read this article. Share this article. You can comment on, argue about, even blame WEDC but not if you have not read this article.
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) – In a wide-ranging interview, Melissa
‘Missy’ Hughes, the new CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development
Corporation, told CBS 58 that the Evers administration is, “absolutely”
rooting for Foxconn’s success and that the state is ready to help the
company achieve its goals.
Hughes took over the position in 2019
following the departure of her predecessor, Mark Hogan. The former
Organic Valley executive inherited the Foxconn project and hit the
ground running when it came to the development.
“My goal is to
come in and understand it,” Hughes said in an interview with CBS 58 at
WEDC’s Madison headquarters. “To learn what Foxconn’s vision is and to
help them as their business plans evolve, to make sure that the project
and the contract that WEDC is responsible for are all aligned and
Ken Notes: Let me know if I am wrong here, but Hughes seems to be bringing a business mindset to Foxconn and WEDC. I hope this continues and gets some bipartisan support (I can dream can`t I). Can I also mention that Foxconn just entered into partnerships with automotive and tech giants to manufacture new products. I included a few of these articles even though none mention Wisconsin.
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The newly created Office of Rural Prosperity can boost economic opportunities outside of Wisconsin`s big cities — if it helps advance issues like housing, broadband and other challenges faced by workers and entrepreneurs in small communities.
That`s according to those who work in economic development for small cities, who this week offered reactions to the announcement of the new office by Gov. Tony Evers in his State of the State speech
As part of a slate of policies aimed at helping Wisconsin farmers and rural communities, the governor said he`d work with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) to establish the office, which he called a "one-stop shop for folks to navigate state programs and resources tailored to rural communities, businesses and workers."
Speaking on WPR`s "The Morning Show," WEDC CEO Missy Hughes said her agency`s role will be "to be the funnel for those communities, so that they can access all the different resources" that exist for rural communities. ...more
Ken Notes: Also regarding the loss of dairy farms in the state please remember we are now milking MORE cows than ever before. You cannot talk about loosing dairy farms without talking about the factory farms that are replacing them...
residents will have the chance to weigh in on the future of the former
Oscar Mayer property and surrounding area on the north side at a public
nearly 100 years, the Oscar Mayer plant at 910 Mayer Ave. was in
operation on the north side and served as an integral part of the
its closure had a devastating impact to many, it created an opportunity
and was the catalyst for reconsidering the future of an entire
industrial corridor in close proximity to downtown, equipped with a
strong regional transportation network, and significant building
infrastructure assets,” according to a draft of the Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan. ..
Calling Milwaukee the "Brew City" and "City of Festivals," Thrillist
named it one of the top 20 best places for a big trip in 2020... ...more
Ken Notes:What a stupid title, EVERY city in Wisconsin has more bars than grocery stores. Wait, that makes every city in Wisconsin a great place to visit -- which is true... Lets take a note from Iowa, when the DNC is in town we can not afford to make any mistakes and this will require a bipartisan effort. Let`s all pledge now not to vote for any politician who says anything disparaging about the State or Milwaukee during this time. Share this. #Wisconsinisforeveryone...
UW-Madison scientists have created a tool to improve the efficiency of microbial research, a quickly growing field that could lead to new medical therapies.
Interest in microbial interactions has risen in recent decades as clinical studies have illuminated the complex relationships between human health and colonies of microbes within the body. More than 100 trillion bacteria live in the human gut alone, and these microbes are involved with numerous diseases including inflammatory disorders, cancers, depression and diabetes.
The tool’s lead inventors, Ophelia Venturelli and Philip Romero, are both researchers in the university’s biochemistry department and have applied for a patent on their invention. In the meantime, WARF is looking for commercial partners to aid in the development process.
Late last year, their team was announced as winners of the WARF Innovation Award, which came with a $10,000 cash prize...
Ken Notes: WARF and the University Research Park will be my guests on Development Matters March 14th. These two independent extension of the UW are bringing world class research and development to Wisconsin. They are now focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and growing new companies (not to mention bacteria) as well.
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One of the reasons I — and I am sure some of my peers — chose UW as a primetime undergraduate destination was due to the university’s commitment to the impacts of education outside of the classroom, lab, and discussion section. Our thriving student org population, rapidly evolving city surrounding campus, and seemingly never-ending opportunities to do research or join unique projects was more than enough to pull my bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed freshman self to Madison.
These attributes are a partial reflection of the ‘Wisconsin Idea,’ a valued principle among the UW system that has been in existence since initially introduced by our school’s then-president, Charles Van Hise, in 1905.
“I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every family of the state.” This statement led to a greater relationship between UW and state government, and eventually a slew of initiatives, research and development, and statewide projects orchestrated by Badger students and faculty. ...
“I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every family of the state.”
UW President Charles Van Hise in 1905
Ken Notes: We are close. I have a very special radio show coming up on this topic March 14th, watch for details. I especially like the work of WARF, the Nelson Institute, URP, Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, and the UW Division of Extension. I should add that I am not a huge fan of the UW Extension name change but the work they do is great...
Federal Community Development Program Created To Spur Development In Urban, Rural Areas
President Donald Trump touted opportunity zones during the State of
the Union Address on Tuesday to improve low-income rural and urban
The community development program was established by Congress with
bipartisan support in 2017 to encourage long-term investments in
under-developed areas across the county.
In Wisconsin, a bill is working its way through the state Legislature
to make the program more enticing to investors. But critics say tax
incentives for the wealthy could lead to poorer people being displaced
from their neighborhoods.
Wisconsin has 120 opportunity zones that were chosen by former Gov. Scott Walker and certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
...Under state Senate Bill 440,
Wisconsin could become one of the first states to give even larger tax
breaks to the investors who are the primary beneficiaries of this tax
MADISON – Earlier this week, multiple bills were introduced by the state assembly created to help farmers, rural Wisconsin and the state’s stressed agricultural economy. These bills were passed out of the Assembly Ag Committee as a first step.
“As a general agriculture organization, we see a lot of potential in these bills,” said Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Joe Bragger. “We appreciate the attention that our legislators and our governor are directing toward rural Wisconsin. If we want our state to continue to prosper in agricultural commodities, we need the rubber to hit the road.”
Two of the bills brought forth by the state assembly originated from Gov. Tony Evers who requested a special session to address rural Wisconsin issues.
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Ken Notes: May be far too little far too late, and do not get me wrong I appreciate the effort. But without significant intervention, the small farm is not going to survive in Wisconsin. Currently small farmers are not making any profit, so a tax cut does nothing. Finally remember that many farm organization must advocate for CAFO and more industrialized agriculture because this segment represents a large sector of their membership and an even larger percentage of their revenue stream.
In Likely Final Assembly Votes For 2020, Lawmakers Will Attempt Another Gubernatorial Veto Override
State Assembly lawmakers are scheduled to use what’s expected to be their final day of work in 2020 to vote on a GOP-backed income tax cut and a package of bills aimed at helping Wisconsin dairy farmers. ...more
The tax cut proposal, which is passed the state Senate early Thursday morning, would cost the state about $248 million annually and save Wisconsin income tax filers an average of $106 per year. In addition to increasing the standard income tax deduction for all types of filers, the proposal would use about $45 million annually to exempt some items from businesses’ personal property taxes and pay down about $100 million in state debt.
If approved by the Assembly, the bill would move to Gov. Tony Evers’ desk for his signature. The fate of the plan with the Democratic governor is uncertain, as his office has issued statements critical of the deal...
Ken Notes: If school (i.e. Property) taxes increase are we really saving any money here. I like the idea of working on Dairy exports, but the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (Former Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board) has far more understanding and tools than WEDC and both are working with some of the CAFO`s that are driving small farms out of business. Finally the tax cuts on land and health insurance would actually help the CAFO`s more than the small farmer. Why you ask, because farmers are not making any profits to deduct expenses from, but you guessed it CAFO`s are.
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CRANDON, Wis. (WAOW) -- Several state officials toured rural businesses across Wisconsin on Friday.
This comes after Governor Tony Evers announced he was making a push to support and enhance rural communities and the rural workforce.
"Wisconsin only does well only when all of Wisconsin does well," said Joel Brennan, Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary. "Our competition isn`t amongst one part of the state versus another or necessarily amongst our region, we`re competing globally. We need to do what we can as a state to ensure that they can be as successful as possible."... ...more
Ken Notes: "Wisconsin only does well only when all of Wisconsin does well,", I agree and hope we can work together on solutions. I still wat to advocate for exponentially expanding our apprenticeship programs in the State. We have some real opportunity here...
It’s 2020, and the Madison Public Market is expected to open late next year.
“We made a lot of progress over the last year,” said Dan Kennelly, manager of the city’s Office of Business Resources...
MOUNT PLEASANT — Foxconn Technology Group and Mortenson, its construction manager for the Smart Manufacturing Center, announced Friday that “vertical” construction and steel placement is underway for the company’s nearly 260,000-square-foot SMC at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park.
Foxconn said the purpose of the SMC is to further attract business partnerships within the science and technology park, to drive job creation and economic development.
The SMC is planned to be a multifaceted manufacturing facility where components for enterprise servers and racks will be manufactured and assembled. In addition, the center will have a second-floor mezzanine to house support staff and meeting spaces... ...more
Ken Notes: So it is in the dirt, we are just not exactly sure what, but dirt is good!!
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and four other special interest groups opposed to bills
aimed at regulating so-called “forever chemicals” have spent more than
$13.3 million on lobbying and elections in the last five years.
The bills they oppose, Assembly Bills 842 and 843 and Senate Bills 772 and 773, would fund research, clean-up efforts, and create enforcement standards for PFAS, which are hazardous chemicals that do not break down in the environment or human body.
the five groups that oppose the bills have spent nearly $8.5 million on
electioneering activities and campaign contributions between January
2015 and June 2019 – all to benefit Republican legislative and statewide
candidates. In addition, they have spent more than $4.8 million on
lobbying between January 2015 and December 2019. Here’s a snapshot of
who they are:... ...more
Ken Notes: Read this article. There is a fear of costs and the "primary responsible parties" part of any cleanup. This cost us much of our paper industry in the past and PFAS may put many at risk in the future. Imagine what would happen if every local fire department were billed millions because they trained with foam not to mention the impact on communities that have no cost effective way to remove PFAS from the drinking water. We need to identify COST EFFECTIVE solutions as we continue to identify the problem. We can and should stop the use of PFAS now and work together on solutions for the future.
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The $650,000 redevelopment of a vacant building just north of downtown Milwaukee into co-working space is receiving a $300,000 gift from County Executive Chris Abele, and is to be completed this spring.
The Chris Abele Legacy Co-Working and Innovation Space, 1920 N. King Drive, will include a shared commercial kitchen and the new headquarters for the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.
Renovations at the two-story building, which includes a former storefront, started in 2019. The chamber will move its offices there from 633 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Abele "has gone above and beyond to ensure African American entrepreneurs have an inclusive and accessible space to find themselves in the work of innovation,” chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Ossie Kendrix, said in a Thursday statement... ...more
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Partnership has recognized the Racine County Economic Development Corp. (RCEDC) with its inaugural Excellence in Economic Development Award, M7 officials announced Wednesday.
The award, which recognizes outstanding economic development projects and partnerships that have contributed to the economic vitality of the Milwaukee region, was presented during M7’s annual meeting at Northwestern Mutual’s headquarters in Downtown Milwaukee. RCEDC President Greg Barron, Executive Director Jenny Trick and members of the RCEDC staff were present to accept the award... ...more
Ken Notes: Congrats! Local EDC`s are so important in Wisconsin. I would love to see all economic development entities in the State working together and we are very close...
Projects could bring "higher speed" rail to Wisconsin
A variety of railroad projects are coming together to greatly improve passenger service in Wisconsin, including “higher speed” rail. ...more
They include: doubling daily service between St. Paul and Chicago; increasing the number of round-trip Milwaukee to Chicago trains from seven to 10; express service between Minneapolis and Duluth-Superior; and, already underway, more than $5 million in improvements to the Milwaukee Airport Railroad Station at General Mitchell International Airport, with completion expected in 2023.
Funding for several of the projects is included in Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’ Building One Minnesota plan, announced Jan. 15. Walz proposes $2.6 billion in bonding to invest in education, environment, public safety and infrastructure....
Ken Notes: Just listened to a podcast, Derailed
, on WPR. This is very well done an should be required listening for any Wisconsin politician, rail advocate, or interested party. We were so close to a system that would have put us on the global map for distribution, economic development, and connecting Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and the Twin Cities. We missed the boat (or train as the case may be).
HARIBO, the world’s leading manufacturer of gummi treats, finalized the
acquisition of a 136.8 acre site from the Village of Pleasant Prairie on
Tuesday, February 4. The land is located in Prairie Highland Corporate
Park (PHCP), where the company plans to build its first-ever North
American manufacturing facility.
This final closing comes after the Village of Pleasant Prairie completed
land and infrastructure improvements inclusive of sewer systems, water
main and roadways. As these steps were underway, HARIBO has continued to
take key learnings from building manufacturing facilities around the
world and incorporate them with care into its site plans in Pleasant
Ken Notes: I see a tour in my future!!! May I add that it is a very nice touch to have "News Outlet" on you community page especially when it is setup for sharing on social media. I can help communities with this if they want...
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Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Monday afternoon that he
will convene a special session Tuesday to introduce bills regarding the
state`s dairy crisis. The special session bills will be introduced and
referred to committee. Public hearings will then be held, Vos said.
"Farmers are already telling us the governor’s package does more to
grow the size of government than actually help our rural areas," Vos
said in a written statement. "We’re open to amending the bills or
introducing our own proposals in order to do what’s best for rural
During the State of the State address last week, Gov. Tony Evers called on lawmakers to hold a special session. Wisconsin lost 10 percent of its dairy farms in 2019, breaking the previous year`s record high.
Vos said Monday during an interview with WPR’s "The Morning Show," that he agrees the state is undergoing an agriculture crisis, but Evers has gone about it the wrong way... ...more
Ken Notes: The State should explore restructuring its office inventory there are several opportunities to "trade up".
APPLETON — There are many reasons why people in Wisconsin and elsewhere can be skeptics when it comes to the global economy. Whether it’s the coronavirus outbreak, seemingly endless debates over tariffs and trade pacts, or worries over jobs being lost overseas, people can be tempted to think it’s time to crawl into a manhole and cover it from above.
If only it was that simple — or even possible.
The reality of today’s economy is that connections that range from digital to physical have transformed how people around the world work and live, usually for the better. Wisconsin’s geographic position in the middle of the United States may insulate the state from some trends, but the diversity of its economy means it can provide the goods and services the world needs while also attracting investment from abroad... ...more
Ken Notes: As always, Tom Still offers a great perspective on Wisconsin`s place in the global economy. I would add that we need to pair this with a positive political picture, and we are not very good at that part of the equation.
ADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Evers ordered lawmakers to convene for a special session to vote on a package of bills to address the state`s dairy crisis.
Republican leaders support finding ways to help farmers, but they doubt they`ll convene stating the timeline to review the bills is too short.
The governors initiatives include; creating a Wisconsin initiative for dairy exports with a goal increasing dairy exports to 20% of the country’s milk supply by 2024, provide research assistance to farmers at no cost, providing mental health services to support farmers, giving small dairy processing plants priority when issuing state grants, and a new program to connect local farms with more businesses to purchase their food.... ...more
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As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation`s plans to maintain and modernize the infrastructure of airports across the country, Wisconsin airports received $16.1 million in Wisconsin airport infrastructure projects, including $600,000 for the rehabilitation of Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport`s primary runway.
U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao announced Wednesday at an event in Milwaukee that 247 airports in 40 states will receive a total of $520.5 million for infrastructure projects... ...more
Ken Notes: Airport funding has always been the litmus test of a strong economy and for those keeping track I said the exact same thing in 2006. I am just saying...
Conservation groups and counties in Wisconsin have
filed separate lawsuits to block construction within the state of a
proposed multistate transmission line intended to deliver electric power
from out-of-state wind farms to utilities in 12 states.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WPSC)
unanimously approved construction of the Wisconsin portion of a new
electric power transmission line known as Cardinal-Hickory Creek on
August 19, 2019. As conceived by the Midcontinent Independent System
Operator (MISO), which manages the open-access high-voltage transmission
system from Manitoba Canada through the midwestern United States to the
Gulf Coast, Wisconsin’s share of the costs of the 12-state, $492
million development is projected to be $67 million... ...more
Ken Notes: This is marketing at it`s best or worst. It is true that the west can produce more renewable power than they can use so they want to send it east where it is needed and states (Like Wisconsin) have quotas for renewables. The Highway east runs through Wisconsin and is currently small between Iowa and Madison. Thus an upgrade is needed and it cuts through the driftless. I personally would like to see it follow the actual highway between the two areas but it is cheaper to buy farm and woodlands in the driftless than to acquire the right of way near the existing road.
I wish we could get all the facts in front of us and get rid of the drama and make good decisions that are best for everyone....
The Wisconsin PFAS Action
Council (WisPAC) is currently developing an action plan to identify
priority responses to per-and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) spread in
The substances are
man-made chemicals used in a variety of products including non-stick
pans, fast food wrappers, and firefighting foam. They’ve been industry
staples for decades, and in that time have contaminated water supplies
across the country. In Wisconsin, over 30 such sites have been
identified by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Over 4,000
chemicals exist within the umbrella we call PFAS, and they might not all
have the same health effects.... ...more
Ken Notes: I will repeat my cautionary note, do not mandate solution we can not afford or prior to federal support being on line. Also do not forget other water issues in light of PFAS....
The Sauk County Board of
Supervisors has approved a four-year recreational plan, outlining the
future development and needs of the county’s park system and
is to provide an outline for development of the nine county parks and
recreational areas, by identifying four priorities the county will focus
on in the next five years, said Lisa Wilson, director of the county’s
Land Resource and Development department...
Ken Notes: We need to pair park and public land development with private sector tourism development. We rarely connect these two entities bu it would serve us well to do so.
Gov. Tony Evers on Monday, Feb. 10 announced his appointments to serve on the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, including District 13 State Senator Scott Fitzgerald.
The committee was created through Executive Order #55 and is tasked with educating Wisconsinites on the importance of completing the 2020 census, developing outreach strategies to reach hard-to-count communities, and identifying and reducing barriers that impede participation in the counting process.
Fitzgerald’s State Senate District includes portions of the Town of Bristol.
“In 2010, Wisconsin had one of the highest census turnouts in the nation and we need to make sure that we are a leader once again,” said Evers. “That said, we’ve got our work cut out for us. It’s estimated that Wisconsin’s hard-to-count population is over 600,000, so the work of this committee cannot be taken lightly. I look forward to working with these dedicated individuals to ensure Wisconsin has an accurate and complete count in the 2020 Census.”... ...more
Ken Notes: With the current national political climate it is going to be very difficult to get an accurate count of our farm labor in the State. To be honest we need to establish federal regulations to deal with this. I would like to see a farm labor adoption program that creates a "legal status" for farm labor.
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WEC Energy Group pledged $2 million
toward the Milwaukee 7’s next five years of economic development
efforts, continuing the power company’s hefty support of the
executive chairman of WEC Energy and co-chair of Milwaukee 7, announced
the financing during Wednesday’s annual meeting of the economic
development group. See the attached slideshow for photos of the
Milwaukee 7 event held in Northwestern Mutual’s downtown Milwaukee offices... ...more
HSA Commercial Real Estate
recently acquired a 68-acre land parcel at Wilmot Road and 136th Avenue
in Bristol, Wisconsin, near I-94 and the Wisconsin-Illinois border.
Commercial has already received approval to develop a large-scale,
multi-phase business park on the parcel consisting of three buildings
totaling more than 1 million square feet. The development team plans to
deliver the first two speculative buildings later this year — a
rear-load 157,300-square-foot warehouse building with 31 truck docks and
a cross-docked 471,950-square-foot distribution center with 72 truck
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MOUNT PLEASANT -- $42 million. That`s how much Ascension Wisconsin
just spent on a new health center off of Highway 20 in Mount Pleasant.
The clinic celebrated its grand opening Wednesday, Feb. 12 and aims
to be a one-stop shop for just about anything patients could need.
"Everybody expects things a lot quicker, and so, medicine has always
been one of those technologies that always lags behind," said Dr.
Amrinder Singh, an Ascension Wisconsin family medicine physician. ...more
Ken Notes: Congrats. I do want to point something out.. if we continue to build these high profit one stop shops which are actually very nice we remove some of the more profitable income from our traditional hospitals. The hospitals then have to provide emergency care and extended care which is not profitable with little sustaining income because the clinic does that stuff now. Just a thought let me know if I am wrong...
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The east side of New
Reflections-Pathway to Hope transitional housing off County Highway B in
the City of Hayward has been busy with a ªgroup of five men and a
supervisor building a 28-by-40 foot storage shed.
It’s obviously a construction site, but then again it’s much more.
Besides the sides of the building going on and up, there’s also learning and new opportunities.
five men are inmates of Sawyer County Jail and the supervisor is an
instructor for the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC)
Construction Foundations Mobile Lab.
Before they were pounding nails, the five had been in classroom training with instructor Ed Murray... ...more
The apartment complex is the first phase of a 94.6-acre, four-part development project being planned by the developer. ...more
Ken Notes: Story may be behind Paywall...
isconsin regulators unanimously approved construction Thursday of a 149-megawatt solar farm in Jefferson County to produce energy for Dairyland Power Cooperative.
Badger State Solar is the fifth large-scale solar farm authorized since April. Once completed, the new facilities will have a combined capacity of 750 megawatts, roughly six times the current total solar capacity.
Ranger Power plans to build and operate the solar farm on about 1,200 acres of land in the towns of Oakland and Jefferson, about 25 miles southeast of Madison. La Crosse-based Dairyland has a contract to purchase the power. ...more
Richland Center: Community Prosperity Alliance, a division of Southwest Partners, will host the second annual Richland Area Economic Development Summit on Wednesday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the Coppertop Theatre on the UW Platteville-Richland campus, 1200 US Hwy. 14 in Richland Center. This annual event is free and open to the public.
The Summit is an opportunity to bring together business, city and county leaders for an update on issues that impact local and regional economies. Participants will network with others about growth and improvement prospects for the greater Richland County Area. Hear from speakers who will reflect on 2019, provide updates on current activity, and share their vision for the future. WRCO’s Ron Fruit will serve as the event’s emcee... ...more
Ken Notes: Every community or region should hold one of these each year and local officials should be required to attend.
Downtown Madison residents are hoping the city`s Urban Design Commission will take into account their concerns when it once again takes up plans for a Langdon Street apartment building at its meeting Wednesday.
The Hub II is a seven-story, 124-unit apartment building proposed for 126 Langdon St. While Langdon is primarily home to UW-Madison students, the nearby Mansion Hill neighborhood includes a mix of residents. ...more
Ken Notes: I get neighborhood input but this goes too far.
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Amazon’s proposal to open a package
delivery center on Madison’s east side may be slowed after the city’s
Plan Commission denied plans for part of the project, including a large
online retail company wants to ultimately combine properties at 3630 and
3650 Milwaukee Street and reuse part of the former Swiss Colony
Building for an Amazon Hub package distribution facility. On Monday, the
Plan Commission denied plans for surface parking and stormwater
management proposed for the three-acre 3630 Milwaukee St. parcel.
The 6-2 vote to deny the plans does not mean Amazon’s vision for a Madison location is dead...
Governor Evers says between 2011 and 2018, Wisconsin lost about a third of its dairy farms.
At the State of the State address, Governor Evers
announced a three part plan and called for a special legislative
session next week to take up a package of bills that would address some
of the challenges faced by dairy farmers.
The package of bills include
legislation that would increase Wisconsin’s dairy exports to 20% of US
milk supply by 2024, increase staffing at UW Extension, increase
farmers’ access to mental health resources and initiate a Farm to Fork
program that will connect farmer’s food products with universities,
technical colleges, hospitals and local businesses.
Governor Evers says he is also working
with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to establish the
Office of Rural Prosperity and creating a blue ribbon commission. ...more
Ken Notes: Until CAFO`s are on the agenda the state will continue to lose smallers farms...
The share of Wisconsin high school students deemed to be
college-ready has declined since the 2014-2015 school year according to a
new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum. While the state leads most
others that test 100 percent of high school students, the data also
shows significant gaps in college-readiness based on race and economic
The Wisconsin Policy Forum analyzed ACT data collected by the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) since it began requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT.
The report shows that the state`s composite score — an average of all
results — fell slightly last school year to 19.6 compared to the
average of 19.8 from the 2017-2018 academic year. The state`s composite
ACT score during the 2014-2015 school year was 20. Those numbers are
important because ACT scores are one of the factors colleges use when deciding which students to admit.
For the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire an ACT composite score of
21-26 is recommended students. For UW-Madison an ACT score of 27-32 is
Ken Notes: May I offer a first hand opinion as to why, cellphone and computers have invaded our classrooms and are taking away a students ability to function without them. There is no doubt technology is a valuable tool but it is imperative we teach students to reason without it then and only then use it to enhance what they have learned. We think that providing every student with a computer or pad is a value and at home it may be but in the classroom they have become a tech nightmare....
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin continues to capture significant investment from global business leaders.
In just the past 12 months, companies such as Milwaukee Electric Tool, Oshkosh Corporation and Leonardo DRS have committed to constructing and occupying new corporate headquarters in Wisconsin. These three developments alone will create or retain over 2,500 jobs and add $75 million in local assessed property value. And Milwaukee Electric Tool just announced another massive campus in Menomonee Falls that could produce an additional 770 jobs in the area... ...more
Ken Notes: I have read the actual bill and am not too worried, but we really need to repeal and recreate the TIF legislation to mor align it with how it is actually used. Specifically we need to mandate development agreements, allow for single project TIFs, encourage multi-jurisdictional TIF developments, encourage pay as you go TIF funding, allow schools, tech, and counties to access partial funds from unused portions of deposits, encourage land acquisition for industrial, retail and housing developments in districts...
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The head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) says
there has been "tremendous" amounts of communication with Foxconn,
however she doesn`t have a sense of whether the company met its job
goals in 2019 to receive state tax incentives.
WEDC CEO Missy Hughes told WPR`s "The Morning Show"
that she will wait until Foxconn submits its job report to her office
April 1 before commenting further on the company’s job creation.
Foxconn had to create a minimum of 520 jobs in 2019 to be eligible
for state tax credits, according to the current contract with the state.
Whether that number will change is unclear.
In December, Gov. Tony Evers said he
thought the state and Foxconn would renegotiate its contract because
the company is no longer building the product it promised when they
agreed to the deal in 2017... ...more
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Village Board has approved a conceptual plan to build 300 upscale apartments south of Highway 50 near 104th Avenue.
The board voted 5-0 Monday night approving the plan that, along with the apartments, includes four zones of development, including senior housing and commercial businesses.
The entire development encompasses 95 acres between 75th and 79th streets from 104th to 115th avenues. Milwaukee-based Fiduciary Real Estate Development Inc. is developing the project... ...more
The Wisconsin Department of Administration awarded Racine County a $2 million grant from a Community Development Block Grant program to provide low- and moderate-income individuals with job training.
The grants are awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers made the announcement Feb. 13.
“Expanding access to affordable career training is critical to ensuring that folks have the opportunity to get ahead in our state with good paying jobs in high-growth areas,” Evers said in a press release. “Workforce development is about more than counting job creation, it`s about connecting the dots to make sure that Wisconsin is working for everyone and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these funds have on the Racine County area.”... ...more
RHINELANDER, WI (WSAU-WXPR) -- The Secretary of Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation says the agency will be working hard to use a
new office to help rural Wisconsin`s economy.
Missy Hughes tells WXPR Radio a key is Governor Tony Evers` creation
of the Office of Rural Prosperity which is inside WEDC. "The intent
behind that office is to be a one-stop-shop for rural communities as
they come forward with a project, we can help them leverage the state
resources through all the different departments and make sure that
project comes to fruition but also is as big and great as the community
wants it to be."...
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Ken Notes:Dairy farms will struggle as long as CAFO`s can make more profit on less land and dispose of their waste in ways that are cheap and may harm our water systems. Digestion is the answer but as of yet it is not even on the radar screen...
Port Milwaukee and the agricultural company DeLong plan to build a $31.3 million export center on Jones Island using a federal grant to cover half of the project cost.
The operation would be the first and only “bulk agricultural transload” center on the Great Lakes to supply soybeans and animal-feed supplement. Supplies would be sent primarily by truck and rail to ships at port.
The project calls for demolishing abandoned structures that now sit at the site and building an operation to store products for shipping. Clinton-based DeLong, a food and grain supplier, would pay for part of the development and lease space there.
Port Milwaukee’s money for the project is coming from a $15.9 million Port Infrastructure Development Program grant from the U.S. Maritime Administration. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced this week that the money had been awarded... ...more
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Heather Ann Moody once spent two hours poring over
the pages of her daughter`s eighth-grade history book, looking for the
Sovereignty, the constitutional right of Native American tribes in
the U.S. to make and be governed by their own laws, is at the crux of
their identity. It`s what makes tribes their own political nations, not
just members of a cultural group. It`s the defining feature of
indigenous issues past and present.
So when her daughter told her that the book didn`t even mention the
word, Moody, a professor of American Indian Studies at the University
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an enrolled member of Wisconsin`s Ho-Chunk
Nation, didn`t believe her... ...more
Ken Notes: As a substitute teacher I often see technology abused in the classroom, here would be a place to use it effectively. I see a great opportunity for a series of videos on this subject that could stimulate classroom discussion on the topic.
Local Leaders Seek Support For Efforts To Grow Affordable Housing
Northern Wisconsin communities are joining forces on a study of housing needs in Ashland and Bayfield counties. Northern leaders met with state housing officials during the 35th annual Superior Days in Madison to seek support for efforts to grow affordable housing in rural areas.
The city of Bayfield was recently awarded a roughly $84,000 grant from the state Department of Administration for a housing study of Ashland and Bayfield counties, which would likely begin April 1. The study is set for completion by January.
Bayfield Mayor Gordon Ringberg said there`s a clear need for affordable workforce housing, especially for those working in the city`s hotels and restaurants. He said Bayfield is losing rentals regularly to owners who would rather list properties for short-term rental...
Associated Bank provided a total of $8,652,388 in three separate
loans to Bradford Real Estate for land acquisition and construction of
early childhood learning centers in three Wisconsin communities. SVP
Daniel Barrins of Associated Bank’s commercial real estate division
managed the loans and closings.
Each of the stand-alone, single-tenant 10,000 square-foot buildings
will be fully-leased by The Learning Experience (TLE) early childhood
education centers. All three will be completed and opened in 2020. ...more
BUFFALO, N.Y. — In spring of 1970, millions of people across the
United States took part in over 12,000 events to mark the first Earth
Day, heeding the call of a senator from Wisconsin who felt that
pollution and development were out of control and needed to be checked.
It was a sign of the times that so many Americans in so many
different places cared: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not
yet exist. Gasoline contained lead. Skies over Birmingham, Alabama,
were often brown, and smog clouded the streets of Los Angeles,
California. In Cleveland, Ohio, the Cuyahoga River was so polluted that
it burned in 1969, with flames lighting up an oil slick on its surface... ...more
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The $48 million project has been moved from one side of the Festival Grounds to the other. Here`s why:
RACINE, WI — After looking at the legal challenges of building a
hotel and convention center on land originally re-claimed from Lake
Michigan, city officials and a developer unveiled revised plans for the
proposed $48 million project.
Racine Mayor Cory Mason was joined
by Gatehouse Capital developer David Rachie, State Representatives Bob
Wittke and Tip McGuire, and members of the Racine Common Council to
unveil a complete redesign and location change for a hotel and expanded
convention center at the City`s Festival Hall.
Together, the city
and Gateway Capital figured out that it was better to opt for an
alternative development plan which takes all private development
entirely out of the historically-identified lakebed area and moves it
the development to the corner of Lake Ave and KipiKawi Causeway...
Any whispers yet about Mayo Clinic’s plan for the Onalaska, Wis., site next to Menards? Thanks, Scott of Onalaska
for the opportunity to focus my knowing gaze to the east ... and
possibly pick up some cheese curds and a six-pack of Spotted Cow.
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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!!!
- 1/1/2020 Journal Sentinel business reporter Tom Daykin talks about
commercial real estate and development, including stores, hotels,
offices, condos, apartments and industrial buildings... ...more
Ken Notes: Tom Daykin is the source for ED news in MKE. This is a permanent link to articles in his blog which is updated daily...
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