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Developer drops bid to redevelop Essen Haus block

Facing a redevelopment wrecking ball, Downtown’s venerable Essen Haus German restaurant has been spared for now.

Developer Lance McGrath has dropped plans to buy the Essen Haus, the Come Back In and another building on the 500 block of East Wilson Street, a large parking lot behind them, and four houses from 110 to 120 S. Blair St. for a mixed-use project...

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Ken Notes: Too bad, this is a great site but it will require the perfect project... You might keep the corner and wrap a project around it with some great terrace views of the lake....

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Madison Finance Committee strongly objects to plan for separate affordable units in JDS building

The Madison City Council has chosen Gebhardt Development to build a tower on the block of Judge Doyle Square with the municipal building. Gebhardt`s plan is a $52 million, mixed-use project with 196 apartments, 78 of which would be deemed as affordable.

In June, the Madison City Council selected Gebhardt Development out of three proposals to develop a downtown block for the massive Judge Doyle Square project.

Gebhardt delivered an update before the city’s Finance Committee on Monday night, and committee members were visibly frustrated that the proposal would place affordable units on separate floors than mixed-rate units, something alders had previously spoken specifically against...

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Ken Notes: Wow I am confused here, same building, great developer, great design, I like this project. If we want to address issues lets talk Madison neighborhoods, no sighting options for micro housing, no sub 150K homes being built in the city, cherry picking who gets affordable housing, not finding real solutions that are affordable, perpetuating the hand out rather than hand up model. If we want to fix a problem we need to work together, we can ask for a mix of properties on each floor, but please remember Gebhardt IS a business so pointing finger accusing them of being a business just seems strange. I am guessing ALL the residents of the property will be treated well because it is a great place to live...

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Gov. Evers to lead trade mission to Japan
Governor Evers will lead a trade mission to Japan as the state continues to search for new and expanding markets for Wisconsin-made goods, the Wisconsin Economic Development Council announced.

Evers will visit Tokyo, Yokohama, and Chiba City. WEDC says it selected the cities because it believes those areas are places to develop or increase trade.

“Japan represents a market that cannot be ignored for Wisconsin, especially in the areas of medical and scientific instruments, industrial machinery and electrical machinery,” Katy Sinnott, vice president of international business development for WEDC wrote in a prepared statement. “Wisconsin’s leadership in these areas and our well-known manufacturing and research capabilities create exciting export opportunities for globally minded companies in our state.”....

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Ken Notes: Interesting!

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OPINION: It`s time for Madison to give up on the hotel dream for Judge Doyle Square

Way back in 2010, city officials had an idea: sell the parking lot behind the Madison Municipal Building, tear down the 50-year-old parking garage on East Wilson Street and build a big hotel connected to Monona Terrace (which might help reduce its annual multimillion-dollar deficits), along with an office building, apartments and lots of parking...

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Downtown Madison needs more hotel rooms

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Ken Notes: We can solve many of the issues addressed here with one solution - Transit. Create a system to get people from: airport to downtown, terrace to terrace, SunMidVer to city via BRT, Parking at AEC to a downtown via a small rubber wheel shuttle system, and more. I can name ten cities that have these options NOW. Here is one of them!

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Madison Public Market Plan design incorporates feedback from the public

There should be green spaces, as well as “green” infrastructure throughout. Make room for plenty of public art, and public spaces where artists can work. Make it easily accessible from all forms of transportation — even kayaks! — and put a BCycle station right out front.

And, of course, it should be dog-friendly.

Or, maybe not.

These were among the suggestions visitors made at the first public unveiling of plans for the new Madison Public Market on May 8. The city plans to turn the Madison Fleet Service Division headquarters at 200 N. First St. into the market — a small-business incubator and public gathering space — by the latter part of 2021...

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Ken Notes: I still think we should visit some of the great markets in other cities. There are a lot of ideas that I have seen that have not even been mentioned in Madison...

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Drug company to build new plant in southeastern Wisconsin
Gov. Tony Evers says an Illinois pharmaceutical company plans to build a drug manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin.

Evers announced Wednesday that Lincolnshire-based Nexus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., plans to build the $250 million, 100,000-square-foot facility in Pleasant Prairie.

Construction is expected to begin in August with production starting in 2022. The company expects to hire 77 workers at an average salary of $70,000.

Evers says the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has authorized up to $1.5 million in state income tax credits over the next four years for the company contingent on the number of jobs actually created and the amount of capital investment during that period...

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Nexus Pharmaceuticals to build sterile injectable production facility in Wisconsin

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Ken Notes: Average 70K, I want to see the details here. Also note they are talking 10 years out regarding the 250 Million. This is why we need a comprehensive tracking system at WEDC because a year from now no one will remember the details....

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Wisconsin`s Minimum Wage Workers Locked Out Of Affordable Housing

2-Bedroom Apartments Out Of Reach For Those Earning Minimum Wage In Wisconsin

Wisconsin is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis, so much so that someone earning the minimum wage can`t afford a basic two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the state.

Wisconsin`s minimum wage is $7.25, whereas the housing wage — the cost for comfortably affording a home — is $16.77 an hour, on average, for a two-bedroom apartment. That number increases to $17.65 in Milwaukee County and $21.02 in Dane County.

"They might have a job, they might have a decent job ... and they can`t afford to live in the community where they work," said Kathy Kamp, executive director of the nonprofit Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development...


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Ken Notes: $21.02 in Dane county, we must fix this or we will see our restaurants, retail, and service businesses fail in the region. We need smaller more creative spaces with shared amenities, better transit from the burbs, and new zoning to allow higher density developments...

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Partnership to restore tributary in Foxconn development
The American Transmission Company (ATC) is working with Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) to help restore a portion of the Lamparek Ditch, a critical tributary of the impaired north branch of the Pike River in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. Restoration efforts along this historically degraded riparian corridor will aim to promote regional clean water and ecosystem goals. 

ATC will provide funds to purchase and plant native vegetation along a new 1.2-mile transmission line corridor between County Trunk Highway (CTH) H and 90th Street, pictured below. Enhanced seeding and plantings of native, floristically diverse vegetation will help reduce runoff of pollutants, create wildlife habitat, and increase floodwater storage capacity for the watershed....

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Ken Notes: I have suggested that we could make Foxconn a model for environmental friendly development. this is a nice first step. I hope if ATC gets permission for the "Driftless" line we see prairie restoration under the lines. Oh and a lot more...

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The Current version is at the link...

The original SmartCode was released by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) in 2003, after two decades of research and implementation. It has been continually updated with input from scores of practitioners from numerous disciplines. Since 2004, the model code has been completely open source and free of charge....

SmartCode is a unified land development ordinance template for planning and urban design. Originally developed by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, this open source program is a model form-based unified land development ordinance designed to create walkable neighborhoods across the full spectrum of human settlement, from the most rural to the most urban, incorporating a transect of character and intensity within each.

It folds zoning, subdivision regulations, urban design, and basic architectural standards into one compact document. Because the SmartCode enables community vision by coding specific outcomes that are desired in particular places, it is meant to be locally calibrated by professional planners, architects, and attorneys....



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Ken Notes: I included a link to this last week but it was broken -- this one works and I will keep it at the bottom of WDNews for a while as a resource.

If there is enough interest I can put together a seminar on this and bring in some experts to explain it. Fitchburg is using SmartCode for an new subdivision in the community.

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Proposed apartments on Madison`s east side would provide over 200 units of workforce housing

An Indiana-based development company is proposing a major workforce housing project on Madison’s far east side.

Some neighbors have expressed concerns about the project, citing issues at nearby affordable apartments, with others upset that they just recently found out about the plans.

KCG Development is behind the project currently known as the Meadowlands Multi-Family Project, which would create seven townhouses and 216 apartments. All of the units would be affordable workforce housing, said Matt Gilhooly, vice president of development at KCG...

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Ken Notes: and you still need 42K to qualify???...

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Effort to replace South Side neighborhood center moving ahead

No standard, affordable Madison apartment is designed to handle dozens of children. Actually, an entire four-unit affordable apartment building probably isn’t up to the task.

But that’s the reality Elsa Caetano confronts as the children’s program coordinator for the South Side’s Bridge-Lakepoint-Waunona (BLW) Neighborhood Center, which this summer is running programs for some 70 children per day out of a 1970s-era apartment building that’s been only modestly reconfigured for the purpose.

Two years from now, if all goes according to plan, the facilities there could be dramatically improved....

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Wisconsin`s Proposed Senate Bill Can Have Far-Reaching Implications for Wisconsin Municipalities Creating Tax Incremental Financing Districts

What is a Tax Incremental Financing District?...

What Are The Proposed Changes?

While there are many advantages to TIDs, there is concern that TIDs increase the tax burden on citizens within the community. Governor Tony Evers` proposed budget, introduced as 2019 Senate Bill 59 on March 1, 2019, attempts to address this concern by proposing three changes to future TIDs. Those changes are:

  1. Capping the developer allocation to 20% of the NIR (currently, there is no statutory limit to the amount of NIR that can be allocated to a developer),

  2. Requiring TID project plans to include "stress tests" to test the "TID`s finances and feasibility under different economic situations, including a slower pace of development and lower rate of property value growth than expected in the TID," and

  3. Allowing cities and villages to transfer TID money to its general fund if the "city or village erroneously report a higher value increment for its TID by an aggregate amount of at least $50 million."...

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Ken Notes: I have been advocating for simpler TIF rules with stronger guarantees especially for smaller communities. These changes are anything but that. The stress test specifically would be both difficult and expensive for cities to complete. Also how do you develop infrastructure for a project with no specific project on the boards. We need a simple TIF program for smaller cities to help expanding or new businesses with a development agreement based incentive that is bank financed up front.

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Wisconsin governor says Foxconn is again likely to miss job targets
Key Points
  • In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Gov. Tony Evers said Foxconn is expected to begin production at its new factory next year with fewer workers than initially promised.

  • The Taiwanese contract manufacturer has promised to hire 13,000 people — including 1,800 by the end of 2020 — in exchange for more than $4 billion in incentives.

  • Evers said the company has told him it plans to employ 1,500 people when production begins next May.

  • Foxconn’s top executive in Wisconsin said the company is still committed to its long-term hiring goals.

The giant Foxconn manufacturing complex planned in Wisconsin is likely to continue falling short of the threshold required to begin receiving billions of dollars in state incentives, even after production begins next year. That is according to Gov. Tony Evers, who says his administration has now gotten “clarity” from the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer on its plans — which are much less ambitious than they were originally portrayed.

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Ken Notes: Remember Foxconn is still in the "reboot phase" while looking for new products to actually make in Wisconsin...

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Sub-Zero Group Investing $70M In Wisconsin Expansion
Sub-Zero Group Inc., an industry leader in premium refrigeration, cooking and dishwashing appliances, is expanding its operations in Fitchburg, WI with a new 350,000-square-foot research and development facility. The $70 million project is expected to create 100 jobs over the next three years.“

We are proud to call Wisconsin home for nearly 75 years, and look forward to bringing new investment, jobs and impact to the local community,” said Brian Jones, senior director of marketing for Sub-Zero. “The Fitchburg expansion is a perfect example of the astounding growth and opportunity that are possible when a company and a community work together.”...
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Ken Notes: I love these guys.

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Foxconn`s Wisconsin factory will begin production May 2020, create just 1,500 jobs

What you need to know

  • Foxconn`s Wisconsin factory is set to open up in May 2020.
  • The plant will employ 1,500 at first and ramp up to 1,820 by the end of the year.
  • It`s a far cry from the 13,000 jobs president Donald Trump promised last year, which Foxconn has until 2032 to actually fill out.

Foxconn`s long-awaited Wisconsin factory is finally opening in May 2020. Governor Tony Evers confirmed the news in an interview with CNBC, clarifying the murky situation regarding the plant.

However, the factory will only employ 1,500, below the company`s original goal of 1,800...

....The Verge published an expose back in April that outlined how slow progress was coming along, marred with empty building that were unoccupied or still inhabited by former tenants. Foxconn shot down the report, but given its tepid start next year, it seems this plant is as unorganized as the expose claimed it was....

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Ken Notes: The Verge does not know what it is talking because quite honestly Foxconn does not know what it is talking about. At least not yet -- they are still looking for the next big thing and I for one hope they find it...

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Foxconn still unlikely to reach 10% of its promise to Wisconsin tax-payers by hiring 15,000 workers

Governor Tony Evers predicted that Foxconn will continue to fall short of hiring goals at its Mount Pleasant manufacturing facility.

In an interview that aired July 9 with CNBC, Evers said his administration now has clarity on the project. Foxconn will likely hire 1,500 people next year. That was compared to 1,800 under the plan the company laid out, which would eventually hire up to 13,000 workers in the state, Evers said.

“You know for Wisconsin, 1,500 employees is important,” Evers told CNBC. “We’re looking forward to working with them. It is more concrete. In fact, I saw them pouring concrete.”...


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Notes: 1,500 hires vs 1,800 projected is great when they are still not sure exactly what they will make...

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Milwaukee Officials OK revised plans for Komatsu HQ

Milwaukee officials approved plans on Monday for Komatsu’s proposed $285 million waterfront headquarters in the city, in a step forward for a project that could break ground next spring.

Komatsu, a large manufacturer of mining equipment, announced plans last year to build a main office and manufacturing operation on a site in Milwaukee’s Harbor District. Komatsu Mining Corp. is a subsidiary of the Tokyo-based Komatsu limited, and chose Milwaukee for its North American headquarters in 2017 after purchasing Joy Global.

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Dane County growth helps communities well beyond its borders
If there’s a tangible sign of confidence in the opening of Exact Sciences Discovery Campus on Madison’s West Side, it’s the fact that a nearby parking ramp with spaces for 970 employees at any one time is also ready to go.

With 2,300 employees today and immediate openings for 300 more, Exact Sciences cut the ribbon June 26 on a 169,000-square-foot clinical laboratory and warehouse space just south of Madison’s West Beltline....

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Ken Notes: So true and the development of hub technologies has revived states across the nation. Madison could be the bio and medical capital of the world. Let me predict that gene/DNA research will lead to the cure for cancer and many other problematic diseases.

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WI Startup Funding Hit Record in 2018 as VCs Cut Bigger Checks

A record $300 million was invested in Wisconsin ventures last year, as maturing businesses pulled in larger funding rounds. But a continued decrease in the number of firms raising their first outside capital could signal trouble for the state’s pipeline of budding startups.

Those are some of the key takeaways from the latest Wisconsin Portfolio, an annual report produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council in partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The publication, which was released this month, tends to provide a more comprehensive analysis of yearly Badger State venture capital activity than some national reports, although it’s not infallible. The data come primarily from news articles and other published reports, SEC filings, and company surveys. But since most of the companies involved in venture deals are privately held, they aren’t required to disclose information.

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https://www.ibmadison.com/Blogger/Open-Mic/November-2018/Can-Evers-avoid-same-blunder-with-WEDC-that-Walker-made-with-high-speed-rail/

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Ken Notes: This is great news. Now we need to restructure how the State supports new businesses. I offered a new plan 7 years and more recently had this advice for the Governor.

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A museum of our own

Does Madison’s history need its own space?

In the late winter of 1973, Judy Greenspan ran for the Madison school board and narrowly lost in the primary. That would be less than a footnote in Madison history if it were not for the fact that Greenspan was the first openly gay woman to run for public office in the United States.

“Early activists were presenting their own lives as a way to break down ignorance,” explains historian Dick Wagner. Greenspan was part of a group of openly gay people who appeared on panel discussions around town. But when they were invited by students to appear at West High School, the principal cancelled it. So, Greenspan ran for the school board....

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Madison seeks repairs on Downtown buildings as owner pursues demolition

Once a “high class shopping district,” four nearly century-old buildings with distinctive, terra cotta facades just off Capitol Square and State Street are best known these days for being rundown and mostly empty for decades.

But that may soon change.

The city is ordering Hovde Properties to make exterior repairs to the series of adjoining, one-story buildings from 119 to 125 W. Mifflin St. But Hovde is seeking to raze the buildings and landscape the area until a long-sought, much larger redevelopment, including a new Wisconsin Historical Society Museum and private development, occurs in coming years....

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A housing development with seven living options and a park could come to Sussex

The village of Sussex`s newest proposed housing development — south of Silver Spring, behind Kohl`s — is designed to appeal to a variety of lifestyles, whether homeowners want condos, a larger yard or even no yard.

Project Manager Bryan Lindgren of Neumann Developments Inc. said the development would have 291 units on 176 acres and would include seven kinds of housing: senior and multifamily housing; single family side-by-side units; townhomes with two-car garages; condominiums to target people who are downsizing; villas on 9,000-square-foot lots, medium-sized homes on 12,000-square-foot lots, and estates on 15,000-square-foot lots.

“These will have different price points and fit different lifestyles,” Lindgren said. There would be no rentals, he added...

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Ken Notes: Finally some smart planning, millennials have different lifestyles that retiring boomers, and those in between are looking for options. Every neighborhood should become a village.

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Wisconsin`s Proposed Senate Bill Can Have Far-Reaching Implications for Wisconsin Municipalities Creating Tax Incremental Financing Districts

What is a Tax Incremental Financing District?...

What Are The Proposed Changes?

While there are many advantages to TIDs, there is concern that TIDs increase the tax burden on citizens within the community. Governor Tony Evers` proposed budget, introduced as 2019 Senate Bill 59 on March 1, 2019, attempts to address this concern by proposing three changes to future TIDs. Those changes are:

  1. Capping the developer allocation to 20% of the NIR (currently, there is no statutory limit to the amount of NIR that can be allocated to a developer),

  2. Requiring TID project plans to include "stress tests" to test the "TID`s finances and feasibility under different economic situations, including a slower pace of development and lower rate of property value growth than expected in the TID," and

  3. Allowing cities and villages to transfer TID money to its general fund if the "city or village erroneously report a higher value increment for its TID by an aggregate amount of at least $50 million."...

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Ken Notes: I have been advocating for simpler TID rules with stronger guarantees especially for smaller communities. These changes are anything but that. The stress test specifically would be both difficult and expensive for cities to complete. Also how do you develop infrastructure for a project with no specific project on the boards. We need a simple TIF program for smaller cities to help expanding or new businesses with a development agreement based incentive that is bank financed up front.

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Wisconsin`s Proposed Senate Bill Can Have Far-Reaching Implications for Wisconsin Municipalities Creating Tax Incremental Financing Districts

What is a Tax Incremental Financing District?...

What Are The Proposed Changes?

While there are many advantages to TIDs, there is concern that TIDs increase the tax burden on citizens within the community. Governor Tony Evers` proposed budget, introduced as 2019 Senate Bill 59 on March 1, 2019, attempts to address this concern by proposing three changes to future TIDs. Those changes are:

  1. Capping the developer allocation to 20% of the NIR (currently, there is no statutory limit to the amount of NIR that can be allocated to a developer),

  2. Requiring TID project plans to include "stress tests" to test the "TID`s finances and feasibility under different economic situations, including a slower pace of development and lower rate of property value growth than expected in the TID," and

  3. Allowing cities and villages to transfer TID money to its general fund if the "city or village erroneously report a higher value increment for its TID by an aggregate amount of at least $50 million."...

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Ken Notes: I have been advocating for simpler TID rules with stronger guarantees especially for smaller communities. These changes are anything but that. The stress test specifically would be both difficult and expensive for cities to complete. Also how do you develop infrastructure for a project with no specific project on the boards. We need a simple TIF program for smaller cities to help expanding or new businesses with a development agreement based incentive that is bank financed up front.

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Wisconsin establishes outdoor recreation office

The windswept beaches and cliffs of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The rolling hills of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The quiet waters of a stretch of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The 47-run Cascade Mountain ski area. These places, along with many more, will be promoted by Wisconsin`s new outdoor recreation office.

On July 3, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signed off on a budget that allocates money toward the office and the creation of three staff positions under the Department of Tourism. According to Outdoor Industry Association, Wisconsin generates $17.9 billion in consumer spending annually and supports 168,000 jobs...

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Ken Notes: This is a great idea! Now we need to promote economic development that returns the middle class to the great Wisconsin outdoors. Affordable hotels, camping, cabins, that allow Chicagoans to escape for a week or two. Transit options. from Spa to backpack sites Wisconsin needs to be a place to get away to...

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One man`s $40M cheese company is helping to transform a rural Wisconsin community
In 1991, Paul Scharfman quit his marketing job at Kraft Foods and took a leap of faith.

After a 12-year career at Kraft`s operation in Madison, Wisconsin, and six years at Oscar Mayer before that, Scharfman was itching to do something innovative and entrepreneurial, reported CNN.

Living in `America`s Dairyland,` he decided to start his own cheese business. But he knew he needed to corner a niche market that would set his business apart from the large cheese manufacturers and produce higher margin products....

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Ken Notes: This is an industry that is little known in economic development circles, like craft beer and wine Wisconsin could be home to more smaller craft cheese production facilities and with milk prices tanking smaller farms could develop coop production facilities. I san a lot of this in Lafayette County but the state was not in the loop which is also why I continue to advocate for WEDC to help counties to hire LOCAL economic development professionals.

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Foxconn exec says company `will meet every challenge` in Wisconsin project

A CNBC weekend segment on Foxconn Technology Group’s Mount Pleasant project generated yet another assurance from the company that it remains committed to meeting its original hiring and spending goals in Wisconsin.

Peter Buck, executive director of the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park, told CNBC that he checked with Foxconn corporate representatives and “they reiterated we are committed to 13,000 jobs and the investment in the state.”

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Effort To Transform Wisconsin Rapids Site Into Community Hub Gets $3M Boost In State Budget

Tribune Building Project Includes Plans For Brewpub, Job Training Programs

The building on the Wisconsin Rapids riverfront is distinctive for its circular shape on one side. Built in 1960, the 20,000-square-foot space is the former home of the city’s daily newspaper as well as two radio stations. 

But ever since the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune moved to different office space about a decade ago, it’s been vacant. In 2012, the Incourage Community Foundation bought the building and used it to launch an ambitious community engagement project they hope will transform the space, and even the city.

That project got a boost in the state budget signed into law by Gov. Tony Evers on July 3. The Tribune Building Project received a state grant worth $3 million that leaders say will help advance the project and make it easier to obtain new private grants...

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The health of Wisconsin`s lakes and what throws them out of balance

Wisconsin is home to an awful lot of lakes. Precisely how many of these freshwater bodies of water there are in the state depends on how they`re defined and, of course, is also the subject of a long-running squabble with neighboring Minnesota. Either way, lake lovers know that the number of lakes is trivial in comparison to their quality and whether they’re able to support healthy ecosystems and the ways of life that hinge on them.

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Foxconn Appears To Push Back Opening Of Mount Pleasant Plant

Foxconn Technology Group appears to have delayed the opening of its manufacturing plant in Racine County.

In March, the tech manufacturing company announced construction on the Mount Pleasant Gen 6 fabrication facility would begin this summer and would be operational by the end of 2020....

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Ken Notes: Patience Required Here! Give them a chance to find the next iPhone so they will have something to build in the new plant.

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Westown Association moving to 310W office building

The Westown Association business group that has contributed to the ongoing revival of the west side of downtown Milwaukee moved to the 310W building, marking the first new lease announcement for the office property since a $30 million renovation started.

The Westown Association organizes events including the Wednesday farmers markets at Zeidler Union Square and the River Rhythms summer concerts at Pere Marquette Park. It also does advocacy work on topics such as the streetcar system and catalytic development efforts, said executive director Stacie Callies.

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Rural Wisconsin`s Profile Highlighted At Upcoming Meeting

There`s been some concern that rural America is slowly being lost in the modern landscape. A meeting coming up next month will give the public the latest data and efforts to help rural America.

Wisconsin Rural Partners, along with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, USDA, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Downtown Action Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation are hosting Small Community Forums throughout the state.

Oneida County Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator Myles Alexander says Wisconsin Rural Partners is hosting these meetings to assess the challenges and opportunities in small communities..

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Janesville trucking company ceases operations, leaving workers without pay
LME Trucking in Janesville has ceased operations, leaving some of their employees without their paychecks, NBC15 learned Friday.

The company announced Thursday that it was closing because of “unforeseen circumstances” and that it is now using an alternate freight carrier to make deliveries...

...LME Trucking made the announcement on their website....

We apologize for the inconvenience of the situation but effective July 12, 2019 LME Inc. will no longer be making pickups or deliveries of freight due to unforeseen circumstances and have ceased operations. Our plan is to utilize an alternate carrier to assist in getting all freight delivered and some staff are remaining to help with that. Freight handled by the alternative carrier will be billed by the alternative carrier but with your LME rates applied to the invoice. There will be some delays in the transits of these moves and they may be significantly delayed in some remote locations. LME Inc.

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Fanning recognized as one of the food industry`s best
Suzanne Fanning is the lead marketer behind the nation`s most awarded cheese brand and her efforts are being recognized by Deli Business Magazine as "the best of the best in the industry."

Fanning`s achievements earned her a People`s Award, reserved for professionals who have raised the bar in the food industry. With over twenty-five years of marketing experience, Fanning brings a unique approach to her work that has revolutionized how consumers think about Wisconsin Cheese.

Since taking her role in 2017, Fanning has built a fierce team of skilled marketers and leads efforts to elevate perceptions of Wisconsin Cheese. As Senior Vice President and CMO, Fanning focuses on branding, digital, advertising, public relations and consumer events, in addition to consumer confidence, farmer outreach and channel/retail marketing.



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Ken Notes: This is the old Milk Marketing Board and their brilliance continue. I once wrote an article comparing them to Apple Computers and I stand by my claim, they do more for the State than any other single entity. Bottom line they make us look "and taste" good...

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Medical College of Wisconsin therapeutic accelerator program receives WEDC grant

$400,000 grant will support collaborations with regional biohealth institutions, companies

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. recently awarded a $400,000 grant to a Medical College of Wisconsin program focused on accelerating drug discoveries.

MCW’s Therapeutic Accelerator Program, housed within the school’s Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology’s Drug Discovery Center, works with academic scientists to bring their drug discoveries from concept to commercialization.

The WEDC grant will support the program’s collaborations with other regional biohealth institutions and companies, according to MCW’s announcement.

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NWSCDC dedicating $1M toward loan to support Milwaukee startups

Milwaukee`s Northwest Side Community Development Corp., which provides mid-sized business loans to firms located on the northwest side of the city, is dedicating $1 million to a loan pool for startup companies and small businesses.

Half of the money is coming from a Capital Catalyst $500,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp, which will be matched by the community group...

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Stay up to date by reading our MadREP Report, a bi-monthly newsletter that features regional economic development news, events and opportunities.


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Converting paper Market Overview, Production Demand and Forecast 2026

Paper converting is a process that comes from taking the paper and converting it into another product. Converting paper finds use in various applications such as hygiene paper, writing paper, newsprint, printing paper, and others. Increasing demand for converting paper from various applications is expected to propel growth of the global converting paper market.

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Canada firm expands in Wisconsin to hire more farm-raised engineers
MacDon Enterprises, Inc., a Canadian maker of harvesting equipment, broke ground on a research and development facility in Sun Prairie this spring. The building will enable the company to double its Madison-area workforce to about 20.

MacDon set up shop in Madison in 2015 for a simple reason, says Neil Barnett, manager of Madison-area operations. “We moved here to increase access to engineering talent. We wanted engineers who had farm experience. We have found that this generally is a good recipe for product development.”...

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: Businesses invited to apply for November 2019 Australia trade venture
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is inviting Wisconsin companies seeking to establish or expand their exporting efforts to participate in a global trade venture to Australia from Nov. 15-23. The registration deadline is Sept. 6.

The trade venture will include visits to Sydney/New South Wales and Melbourne, which are markets of particular opportunity for Wisconsin companies. In each city, participating companies will be scheduled for customized business meetings with potential local partners handpicked for their companies by Wisconsin’s authorized trade representatives in the markets, based on the company’s needs....

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Ken Notes: I wonder if they need a reporter/blogger??

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Madison Area Chambers -- New!

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DirectHERy connects consumers to women-owned businesses

Business owners can find and support each other

On a trip to Nashville in 2017, Kate Fletcher Heaney was looking for a place to eat. She’d been trying to make a more conscious effort to support women-owned businesses and couldn’t find any resources to help with her search. 

Pretty soon she couldn’t stop thinking about it.

“I woke up one night, literally out of the blue, with DirectHERy in my mind and that’s when I decided I had to try it,” she says...

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Dept. of Workforce Development: Wisconsin Business Closing & Mass Layoff (WARN) Notice: Silgan Containers

DWD has received the following Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff (WARN) notice:

Silgan Containers Manufacturing Corporation (Silgan Containers) -- Silgan Containers has provided formal notice of a workforce reduction at its Waupun location: 505 Libby St., which is expected to occur on November 8, 2019. A total of 70 workers may be affected.  DWD and its regional partner, the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, will offer rapid response services to the company and the affected workers.
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Dairy Task Force 2.0: Group lays out a path to a stronger Wisconsin dairy industry

An increased focus on exports, funds to repair rural roads and even a mobile app for farmers are among the suggestions made by a group tasked with finding ways to bolster Wisconsin`s embattled dairy industry.

The group, known as the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0, approved a final report that lays out 51 recommendations to help a state dairy industry that has stumbled in recent years amidst an extended downturn in the price of milk.

The task force was created in June 2018 as a joint effort between the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the University of Wisconsin System.

The task force`s 51-page report outlines how the price of milk has become increasingly volatile over the last few decades, making it difficult for dairy farmers to pay their bills and plan for their farm`s future...

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Ken Notes: The real problem is we lost 700 farms last year yet are milking more cows. How you ask... CAFOS we no longer have farms we have factories. We will regret this in the future but since no one wants to talk about it we will learn this lesson the hard way...

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State Program Looks to Hire Veterans

“Hiring Our Heroes” fights state’s worker shortage by recruiting ex-military staff.

Last month five state officials went to Fort Gordon, the Georgia military base that is home for about 12,000 active-duty soldiers, armed with Gardetto’s snacks and this elevator-speech message:

“Your work ethic, loyalty and sense of mission are not things you just turn in with your uniform on separation day. These skills, and the character you developed in the military, can be put to good use in Wisconsin.

“We offer more federally recognized programs for veterans than any other state as well as an exceptionally high quality of life – including educational and career opportunities specifically geared toward honoring the sacrifices veterans have made on behalf of our country.”...

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Germany-Based Fresenius Kabi Plans Regional Distribution Hub in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Fresenius Kabi, a Germany-based global health care company, is establishing a regional distribution center in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The multimillion-dollar investment is expected to create 95 jobs over the next four years.

The company expects to invest more than $15 million to complete the project. The project includes a 590,000-square-foot facility at Stateline 94 Corporate Park in Pleasant Prairie that will serve as a regional distribution center for Fresenius Kabi’s Midwestern and Southern customers within the U.S.

“As part of a larger U.S. supply chain expansion that Fresenius Kabi is undertaking, the Pleasant Prairie location will serve as our flagship distribution center in the U.S. and allow us to better serve hospitals and other customers in the central part of the country,” said Brian Bulgarelli, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain with Fresenius Kabi USA. “All the supply chain enhancements we are making by being in Wisconsin, as well as South Carolina and Nevada, will support our continued growth...   ...more

Ken Notes: Wisconsin is becoming the distribution center for the midwest...

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Meijer Honored at WI 4-H Hall of Fame Gala

Meijer, Inc. is a family-owned company serving the needs of families at each of their stores throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. With the help from their Team Members and customers, Meijer strives to make the community a better place to live, work and play. Meijer has also been a major sponsor of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation’s annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction at the Wisconsin State Fair for the last 4 years. Find out more about Meijer at their website, www.Meijer.com.

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Ken Notes: I am a huge Mejier fan. Madison Soon???

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JSD provides complete services in Planning & Development, Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources, Landscape Architecture, Construction Services, Surveying & Mapping, and Environmental Services. Offices in Madison - Milwaukee - Kenosha - Fox Valley & Wausau.

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Housing project would revive former Schneider maintenance site in Ashwaubenon
The village has laid the foundation for a plan to demolish the former Schneider maintenance facility and replace it with close to 150 owner-occupied condominiums and townhomes. 

Ashwaubenon`s Village Board rezoned the 22-acre property at 2661 and 2741 S. Broadway for residential uses on June 25, pushing the community closer to a redevelopment of prime riverfront property, something that village President Mary Kardoskee has hoped to see for years as a resident and elected trustee. 

"You only have so much waterfront and you can`t grow any more," Kardoskee said. "You have what you have and need to take advantage of it."...

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Why states and cities should stop handing out billions in economic incentives to companies
U.S. states and cities hand out tens of billions in taxpayer dollars every year to companies as economic incentives.

These businesses are supposed to use the money, typically distributed through economic development programs, to open new facilities, create jobs and generate tax revenue.

But all too often that’s not what happens, as I’ve learned after doing research on the use of tax incentives to spur economic development in cities and states across the country, particularly in Texas...

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Ken Notes: We are always talking Tax Cuts, better jobs, and social programs. Why not make this so simple - provide a tax plan offering significant tax incentives for jobs paying a good wage offering good benefits. I believe it is called practice what you preach...

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ADA docks spurs recreation and economy for NE Wisconsin towns
Accessible to all or `EZ Docks` canoe and kayak launches are popping up on lakes and rivers all over northeast Wisconsin.

The latest one was just installed July 3 on the Manitowoc River.

“You put your kayak down on the launch, you take this metal bench, and slide it out,” explains Curt Hall, parks planner for the City of Manitowoc.

The accessible kayak and canoe launch at Manitou Park is the first of its kind for the city.

“Then what you do is just brace, slide the bench back, put your butt in the seat and get ready to go,” Hall said.

The launch was made possible through funding from the city, the West Foundation and the family of Bill and Barbara Vorron, lifelong members of the Manitowoc community and avid outdoors people.

Bill passed away last year, but the family wanted to carry on his love for the water.

“In lieu of flowers and a memorial, we chipped in for that [the dock] along with the City of Manitowoc, because he was a big kayaker and canoer,” said Eric Shallue, Bill and Barbara Vorron’s nephew...

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Ken Notes: These are great projects for any community on the water and there is substantial federal funding avaialable!!!

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Treasurer Godlewski and BCPL loan over $14 million to Wisconsin communities
Today, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) chaired by Treasurer Sarah Godlewski approved over $14 million in financing to Wisconsin communities across nine counties.  

From the northernmost corners of the state, such as the town of Superior- which will be building a new fire hall with $1.8 million- to the coast of Lake Michigan in the city of Port Washington- which is financing a business development loan with $150,000- the BCPL is providing the funds necessary to support a variety of initiatives.  

The largest of the eleven loans approved today is to finance referendum projects for the Verona Area School District that is worth over $6 million. Additionally, the town of Lawrence in Brown County will be financing an infrastructure project for almost $4 million.   ...more

Ken Notes: I hope every community knows about BCPL and the funds available.

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Drift & Row aims to improve the value of play

...Drift & Row LLC is a Milwaukee-based startup focused on designing and creating handmade toys that support language and learning in children. It was founded in 2018 by owner Brenna Davis, a speech language pathologist.

“The meaning of ‘Drift & Row’ is a reminder about what play should be. ‘Drift,’ meaning freedom and unstructured time. ‘Row,’ meaning children need to work and fail in order for it to be play,” Davis said.  ...

...Drift & Row was among the top 25 contestants in the 2019 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, held by the Wisconsin Technology Council. This year’s contest culminated June 4-5 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference in Milwaukee.

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Innovation Square explores Jefferson County treasures

Come back to Jefferson County. That`s the message people visiting Innovation Square at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will walk away with. 

But first, as they walk through Innovation Square, they will be able to explore the history of the county and it`s agricultural development. A historical display made possible with support from several local historical societies and museums in Jefferson County follows the progression of agriculture from 600 AD Native American agriculture to today`s progressive farms.

Emphasizing the county`s rich agricultural history will be a Family Farm Honor Wall recognizing the centennial farms and sesquitennial farms in the county.

An 1800s wagon from a Jefferson wagon company is a great spot to grab a selfie to commemorate the FTD visit....

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

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

Milwaukee - 1/1/2020 Journal Sentinel business reporter Tom Daykin talks about commercial real estate and development, including stores, hotels, offices, condos, apartments and industrial buildings...

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Ken Notes: Tom Daykin is the source for ED news in MKE. This is a permanent link to articles in his blog which is updated daily...

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