Ken Notes: "Ken Notes" may be reprinted in context without permission. Attribution should be Ken Harwood, Editor Wisconsin Development News or Ken Harwood Advocate for Wisconsin.
B1G Tournament: #9 Wisconsin vs #8 Maryland... ...more
We met two decades ago — a Republican
governor from the small town of Elroy, Wisconsin, and a Democrat
University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of biochemistry from New York.
It might have first appeared we had
little in common, but we bonded over the Wisconsin Idea — the belief
that the wealth of knowledge and research at the University of Wisconsin
should be utilized to improve people’s lives across the state.
Now we’re joining together again to
support a new Wisconsin Idea, one that builds on our state’s great
history while addressing specific 21st century challenges...
Ken Notes: I have to agree we need to bring the UW, WARF, the Tech System and public schools back to the table and talk about ways to move Wisconsin Forward. I remember working with Tommy on issues when he would actually bring the opposition into the room and lay the cards on the table. I miss this, we need this...
MADISON (WKOW) -- The city of Madison is hoping to get help from the
state to get the former Oscar Mayer site ready for the future.
There`s a proposal to apply for a $500,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
If granted, Madison would give the money to the new owners of the site
to help rebuild the electrical, water and sewer systems.
The common council still needs to sign off on the proposal before the city applies for the grant.... ...more
Ken Notes: Here is an outside the box idea. What if we had a Wisconsin Meat marketing Board working with the Milk Marketing Board and the World Dairy Council plus Animal Genetics in addition to a global distribution center for beef, dairy, produce, cheese, semen, whey and more -- all operating out of a renovated new facility. All the producers could work together to provide protein to the world. Small Wisconsin farms could piggy back on the distribution power of our national producers. Using rail, truck, and air we could ship anywhere... What do you think? P.S. Toss in organics for good measure...
BOULDER, Co. - According to a release from the Brewers Association, four Wisconsin breweries ranked in the top 50 producing craft beer companies and overall brewing companies based on sales volume.
The release said out of the top 50 brewing companies, 40 were small and independent craft brewing companies.
Monroe`s Minhas Craft Brewery was No. 12, New Glarus Brewing Co. was No. 16 and Stevens Point Brewery was No. 23 in the Top 50 Craft Brewing Company category... ...more
Ken Notes: With a fall election on the horizon we need to make Tourism, Wisconsin Products, Manufacturing, Distribution, and other issues front and center in the discussion. We are guilty of letting politicians control the debate -- and if we do we get politicians who craft messages for select populations without addressing any real issues.
When Madison closes three tax
increment financing districts, it will create nearly $15 million in tax
revenue for affordable housing.
city kept the districts, one located downtown and two on the south
side, open an extra year by using a 2009 state law that allows
municipalities to extend the closing deadline if most of the tax
revenues from growth are used for affordable housing...
Ken Notes:OK so now get creative in how you provide housing. Micro units in addition to mixed use and mixed income projects. Require neighborhoods to get on board. Try coop housing and rent to own programs. Theme units with parks, day care facilities, charter schools, school to work programs, etc. Build bridges out of public housing instead of profit centers perpetuating the problems we have now.
Seven Dane County projects that will encourage development of housing
for low-income individuals and families received millions in state tax
credits this week.
The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development
Authority, which awarded a total of $13.4 million to projects across the
state, announced Tuesday that it will give $3.4 million in low-income
housing tax credits for these projects.
The Tree Lane Senior Apartments, located on Madison’s west side, received over $660,000 in tax credits.
The development will include 51 housing units intended for
“seniors and homeless individuals who have special needs.” The
development will also assist residents with income tax preparation and
financial literacy education.... ...more
MILWAUKEE -- Real estate experts say it`s an exciting time to be in the business in Wisconsin.
"If someone`s thinking about selling real estate, now is a fantastic time to buy something," said Jean M. Stefaniak, Wisconsin Realtors Association.
At the 6th annual Wisconsin Residential Real Estate Summit in Milwaukee, the message was clear: people want to move in, and to, Wisconsin.
But there`s a problem...
"So there`s a lack of housing for the amount of buyers that are out there today," said Stefaniak.... ...more
EBI takes the time to get to know you and your business. We’ll provide
you with options so that together we can make the most of your space and
stay within your budget. ...more
Let me tell you a story. It’s a story people don’t like to tell, because it’s about secrets.
upon a time (2005-2008), we at the county were a member of Progress
Lakeshore. At that time, it was called the Economic Development
Corporation of Manitowoc County. Times were tough financially, yet we
were able to contribute more than $325,000 and be members of the
EDC/Progress Lakeshore. But then in 2009, we again appropriated $65,632
for membership. But this time, they didn’t pick up the money we had for
How come? Well, there’s more to the story... ...more
Ken Notes: Good read. Economic Development is tough, hold your meetings in the open and know when to go into closed session to discuss the things that aren`t ready for public knowledge. Talk to a real reporter who knows what off the record means so when you are accused of something wrong you have some cover. If you really feel there is too much that can not be discussed in public you do not have an Economic Development Corp...
U.S. cities vying for Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters risk facing an unexpected consequence to victory: Other companies will demand the same hefty tax breaks conferred on the online retail giant.
Already, some companies with a presence in the finalist cities are calling for similar tax breaks from elected officials. It is a pitfall that often accompanies large tax incentive packages used to lure employers to a state... ...more
Ken Notes: I did suggest Wisconsin use this as a marketing tool by offering benefits to Amazon we would be willing to offer ANY new or expanding company in the state. I like:
10% local TIF assistance(Pay as you go)2K tax credit per employee for 10 yearsOmbudsman to walk you through the permitting process.
But hey I am, but a guy with a newsletter....
On his final night as Wisconsin governor 17 years ago, Tommy Thompson
danced the polka in front of a packed Assembly chamber and proposed a
$75 million “world-class history center” to be built in Downtown
Ken Notes: It is visionary...
While most government incentive
deals offer public money in exchange for jobs or private capital
spending, a Milwaukee 7 official floated a different concept for
Amazon.com for its second headquarters... ...more
Ken Notes: Hmmm, Milwaukee may be paying attention!
Irving Shain, a chemistry professor and UW–Madison chancellor
emeritus who advanced the university’s interests in China and
established University Research Park, died peacefully Tuesday, March 6,
in Madison after a brief illness. He was 92.
...During his tenure as chancellor, Shain oversaw the establishment of
the School of Veterinary Medicine and the development of the health
sciences complex on the west end of campus. He was instrumental in
establishing University Research Park, the 260-acre business incubator
located on Madison’s west side.... ...more
Findorff, builders of Wisconsin`s finest projects...
STURTEVANT — A Real Resources for
Manufacturers event is scheduled to be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Boulevard.
the event, business owners can learn more about local and state
low-interest loan programs and a new productivity tool available from
the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Wisconsin
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) called the Transformational
Productivity Initiative (TPI). TPI helps benchmark a company`s
performance and provides a roadmap to improving the factors that could
March 21, 2018 ...more
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Gateway Technical College`s SC Johnson iMET Center
2320 Renaissance Blvd
Sturtevant, Wisconsin, 53177
Ken Notes: Great idea!
Wisconsin`s Department of Workforce Development now officially recognizes a youth apprenticeship program began last year by the Wisconsin chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce... ...more
Ken Notes: I sooo want to write about this weekly and promote the efforts of our businesses, schools and tech system in Wisconsin. We still only toy with this concept on the edges, Germany places 40 to 50% of their students in programs. WisconsinApprentice.com could be a great independent voice for our youth...
that would clear the way for a Georgia company to build a $70 million
frac sand processing plant in western Wisconsin that environmentalists
oppose hit a snag Wednesday in the state Senate.
The Republican chairman
of the Senate Natural Resources Committee said he had no intention of
taking up the amendment with the exemptions added to a largely technical
bill in a late-night vote by the state Assembly last week. While state
Sen. Rob Cowles said it wasn`t his plan to consider it, "there`s always
forces above us that can override this guy."
The bill before the Senate committee does not yet include
the provision meant to benefit Meteor Timber. Even if Cowles doesn`t
pass it, the full state Senate could decide to take up the Assembly
version of the bill when it meets on its last planned session day March
Ken Notes: Watch for this to pass under the cover of darkness on the 20th. I will bet a beer on it for any takers....
United Alloy Inc., a serial production metal fabrication and powder
coating company, will invest $15 million to expand its operations in
. The project is expected to create up to 66 jobs over the next three years.
The new 100,000-square-foot facility will be located on a 17-acre lot
adjacent to the company’s existing building on Kennedy Road. The $15
million project also includes a 7,500-square-foot addition to the
current facility and the installation of new equipment at both
“We made our final decision to locate in Janesville because of our
proven successful track record of attracting Wisconsin employees capable
of building a world class organization,” said Tom Baer, Founder &
Owner of UAI......Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is supporting the project by authorizing up to $560,000 in state income tax credits...
...up to $10 million in Industrial Revenue Bonds...
...city also sold UAI 17 acres of land for the expansion for $1...
...city provided the company with $394,000 in forgivable loans...
Ken Notes: Now this is economic development! They are growing, retooling and hiring the trifecta of real growth... P.S. Almost no local coverage because this is is not as sexy as Foxconn or K.C.. As for me this is REAL news..
With a planned total investment of $32
million, Milwaukee Tool is proposing another major expansion at its
global new product development center in Brookfield, Wis. ...more
With a planned total investment of $32 million, Milwaukee Tool is
proposing another major expansion at its global new product development
center in Brookfield, Wis. A 114,500 sq.-ft., multi-story building
would be built on an existing 3.5 acre lot owned by Milwaukee Tool,
bringing its global headquarter space from 190,000 sq. ft., originally,
to a proposed total of 504,500 sq. ft.
Ken Notes: As is this!!!
Appleton Coated in Combined Locks filed for receivership in 2017,
closed, was sold and has restarted some manufacturing but only about 150
of the company`s 620 employees have been called back, in Combined
Locks, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The company is among those in the
Fox River Valley feeling the impact of contraction in the state`s paper
making industry. In the late 1990s, about 51,000 people were employed in
paper and pulp mills in Wisconsin but that number fell to about 30,600
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The Atlas Paper Co. mill was
constructed a year before Thomas Edison created the first commercially
viable incandescent light bulb.
Located along the Fox River just a few blocks from
Lawrence University and near a portage used by fur trappers decades
earlier, the mill was the creation of the founders of Kimberly, Clark
& Co. and investors from Minnesota. It has evolved since the first day it began making paper in 1878.
Early products cranked out by its two machines and 30
employees included wallpaper. Later, the mill turned pulp from stands of
Northwoods timber into fine writing paper. It produced wax paper that
could hold color printing for frozen vegetable boxes and, when the plant
was converted to a research and development facility in 1956, it
created KAYCEL, material used for hospital gowns and bibs for dental
Ken Notes: The industry needs to retool, lots of water, skilled labor, training help, and shipping for foreign pulp. South American wood has replace northern US and Canadian pulp because it makes softer products and grows faster.
Corrugated product is still in high demand but must be made cheaply to compete with foreign product. Rip a box from China and one from the US and you will instantly get the idea.
We need to know something about the industries we want to help and most know very little about paper.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments Friday in a lawsuit challenging a common tool cities use to spur development.
group of taxpayers is challenging Eau Claire’s use of tax incremental
financing (TIF) districts to provide a cash payment to the developer of a
$45 million public-private downtown redevelopment known as the
Confluence Project. They argue the $1.5 million cash payment to the
developer violates the state constitution’s uniformity clause, which
requires all property within a taxing jurisdiction to be treated the
MADISON - Sheboygan and Manitowoc both received national recognition for economic development in Site Selection magazine`s annual ranking of top metro areas in the U.S. for corporate facility investment projects in 2017.
Sheboygan area, which had 11 projects last year, is ranked No. 6
nationally among metro areas with populations of less than 200,000, a
jump from its No. 31 ranking in 2016.
which had eight corporate investment projects in 2017, was tied for
seventh in the magazine’s 2017 ranking of the top micropolitan areas in
the U.S. A micropolitan statistical area is one or more adjacent
counties that have at least one urban core area of at least 10,000, but
less than 50,000 population.... ...more
Ken Notes: We should focus on this, the I39 corridor is also huge as well as Milwaukee Madison routes. It is too bad we did not explore rail from a freight perspective because Wisconsin could have been the Mecca for U.S. Distribution....
If President Trump gets his wish for a “trade war,” Wisconsin’s economy stands to be among the early casualties.
must maintain a vigorous level of exports across a mix of sectors to
prosper. It is a manufacturing state, an agricultural state, a raw
materials state and a technology state — diversity that helps when trade
relations are strong and makes Wisconsin vulnerable when tit-for-tat
tariffs disrupt the global economy.
Those kinds of retaliatory
measures are what the markets and most economists fear now that Trump
has declared the United States will impose steep tariffs on steel and
aluminum imports.... ...more
Notes:Tom is sooo right. Wisconsin manufacturing relies on stable prices for raw materials. We use a great deal of domestic steel but even that is effected by import prices. It is a balance and upsetting the equilibrium without a plan is not good for the State...
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers reported recently on
their work to help physicians choose the best antibiotic to use in
treating a patient’s infection....
...Giving new life to that idea was suggested in a Tribune op-ed on Sunday
by former Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican, and a University of
Wisconsin-Madison professor of biochemistry, Michael Sussman, a Democrat...
...The Thompson and Sussman essay on the Wisconsin Idea is part of an
effort by The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) to collect
opinions from Wisconsin leaders in a new web series of articles called
“Innovation and the Wisconsin Idea.”
“The Wisconsin Idea is the
vision that our university’s positive influence can and should reach
every family of the state,” said Erik Iverson, managing director of
What a good idea..... ...more
Ken Notes: I agree... Good read...
A Dane County committee decided
Monday to move ahead with the original proposal for a low-income housing
project targeted at veterans amid concerns that setting aside units for
homeless families could slow the project down.
Personnel and Finance Committee voted to confirm Gorman and Co.’s plans
to construct a $15.1 million, five-story building — called Valor on
Washington — at the former Messner Inc. property, 1326 E. Washington
Ave. Of the 64 units, only 10 would be market rate and the rest would be
designated for veterans and their families making less than 30 percent,
50 percent and 60 percent of the county median income....
Ken Notes: While I am OK with this project, I wish we could get creative with micro units and other non traditional housing to address the true homeless, they do not want to stay in shelters and can not afford subsidized units. We could develop ultra small units with shared amenities that would get them off the streets and be cost effective. For the record the units in this facility will average 234,000 dollars. We can do better far than this...
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
The developments will create more than 1,000 affordable homes.
Thirty-one developments have been selected to receive $13.4 million
in low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) in Wisconsin. The properties
will create 1,162 rental homes, 1,066 of which are affordable.... ...more
Ken Notes: This is great news, I do wish WHEDA and other low income housing would ALSO consider stick built micro homes as a part of the solution... 13.4 million would build 1,340 10K 12X20 homes. We could partner with the FEDS and house EVERY homeless vet for pennies on the dollar. Milwaukee has a great program!!
Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb announced Wednesday,
March 7 a proposal for a new bus route linking workers in Milwaukee and
Racine to the new Foxconn complex in Mount Pleasant.
Lipscomb said he
would like to work with Racine County and the State of Wisconsin to
establish the new route. The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning
Commission (SEWRPC) conducted an analysis of the proposed route at Lipscomb`s request...
Ken Notes: I can see the bus adds now, "Wouldn`t you rather be on a train -- headed into Chicago."... Sometimes we don`t think things through...
While many high school students remain
uncertain about their career choices, thousands of juniors and seniors
annually participate in the Wisconsin Department of Workforce
Development`s Youth Apprenticeship program to explore and launch careers
in a variety of growing industries.
a recent graduate of Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, former Youth
Apprentice Eddie Gilmer split his time between high school academics,
vocational instruction at Lakeshore Technical College and paid job
training at LDI Industries. The program enabled Eddie to adjust his
school schedule for a few hours each morning to work with a company
mentor who taught him how to use tools and machines to precisely
measure, cut and bore metal... ...more
Ken Notes: Yep! I won`t even mention WisconsinApprentice because everyone want to read it but I can`t seem to sell it...
– Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
today announced the award of more than $13.4 million in Low-Income
Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to fund affordable housing developments
across Wisconsin. The tax credits, which are distributed by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
(WHEDA), will move forward 31 developments that will create 1,162 units of rental housing, 1,066 of which are affordable... ...more
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism debuted a new fun-focused ad campaign Monday at the Governor`s Conference on Tourism in Appleton.
The tourism department rolled out two new commercials at the conference, attended by roughly 900 tourism industry representatives. At the event, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker discussed the department`s wide reach with its campaigns.... ...more
As it competed for the Foxconn
Technology Group’s planned flat-screen factory, Wisconsin was helped by
the company’s twofold perception of the state — that it was trustworthy
and that it was politically influential.
attributes worked to Wisconsin’s advantage, memos written by a key
figure in the state’s successful effort to land the massive factory
“Founded in 1976 by George and Candy Gialamas, The Gialamas Company specializes in Class A Commercial Real Estate. Old Sauk Trails Park, is one of the most prestigious business parks in Wisconsin; containing numerous office buildings supplemented by restaurants, hotels, financial institutions, a childcare facility and a walking/jogging trail system.... ...more
FRANKLIN, WI — Franklin`s Ballpark Commons project at the Rock Sports
Complex has secured an independent minor league professional baseball
team, and developers are holding a contest to name the team....
...On the occasion of the American Association of Independent
Professional Baseball`s formal welcome, Mike Zimmerman, Chief Executive
Officer of ROC Ventures and its new development, Ballpark Commons,
invited the team`s future fans to give it a name in time for the 2019
"We`re offering a $2,500 prize to the person who contributes
the name we use," Zimmerman said. "There`s no better way to make this
team a part of the community than to have the people in the stands help
to define its image and style."...
Ken Notes: The voice at the website is the most obnoxious thing I have ever herd. I think the name should be the Wisconsin Cheeseburgers and they should hire Patrick Warburton (https://www.cheeseandburger.com/) to do the voice work. This is still the best website in the State!! ...more
After Taiwan-based electronics maker Foxconn chose Wisconsin as the home for its first U.S. factory, several reports said Central Ohio officials were trying to get Foxconn to build another facility here.
Now the new Wisconsin factory is raising concerns about water being pulled from the Great Lakes.... ...more
Ken Notes: Simple - Make foxconn return the water cleaner that they get it... Steam, micro filtration, sand filtration, retention systems...
Despite evidence that southeast
Wisconsin is violating new and tougher emissions standards for smog,
state officials are asking the Trump administration to set aside a
recent federal finding and conclude the state is complying with the law.
short of that, the state Department of Natural Resources is
recommending federal officials carve out narrow strips of land of a few
miles along the Lake Michigan shoreline as violating the new standard
for ozone pollution and declare the rest of the state in compliance... ...more
Ken Notes: Again we should smooth the path for development while still requiring compliance in the end.
ASHLAND – If you scan through the 20 or so customer reviews on the
website for Superior Sauna & Steam, a company near the northern
Wisconsin city of Ashland, you’ll notice something right away: Few of
the people who thanked the firm for its products and service are from
That’s because Superior Sauna & Steam, founded in
2004 as a business that once seemed destined to be confined to northwest
Wisconsin, has found customers all over the United States and the world
through its robust broadband connections to the internet... ...more
Ken Notes: This is half true, the company has to be good and if no brodband is available you can do that part of the business in an area that can accommodation. And to be honest you will need to do this to some degree anyway because you will need talent that is not available in rural areas. Density is an issue in ANY product and broadband is but one component, but so is employees, ancillary services, shipping, marketing, equipment, infrastructure, water....
Landscape Architecture, Planning, Architecture, Engineering...
Ken Notes: This could be win win for the state...
Consumer Products Company Still Mostly Silent On Proposal
head of Wisconsin’s economic development agency says consumer
products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has been "receptive" to tax
incentives aimed at averting job cuts at two of their Wisconsin plants.
Hogan, CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., testified in
support of the proposal before a Senate committee Tuesday.
"They know what Wisconsin has to offer," Hogan said. "They’ve been receptive to the idea, receptive to the proposal."...
Ken Notes: Time is money and money is time... They will consider the value of the incentives vs. the time and cost of closing the plants. It is math to the corporations and votes to the officials. What we need is incentives for Wisconsin companies to retool as new technology improves the way their products are made...
For the record, Foxconn is coming to Wisconsin because there is a demand for next generation technology and next generation technology is making it more affordable to produce. For Foxconn an automated plant in the heart of their largest marketplace in a good idea --- mathematically.
MADISON — Northern Wisconsin leaders are frustrated by the lack of progress on broadband internet access in the area.
Corbin, the chairman for the town of Summit, told Wisconsin Public
Radio that residents in areas of Douglas County and the city of Superior
have yet to see expanded broadband services.
lucky enough where I live I have the 25-megabit service," Corbin said.
"It`s very good, but you don`t have to get very far from there and that
service goes down to 0.1 megabits."... ...more
Ken Notes: We need to work with providers and technical experts to resolve this - and for the record it is a tech not a money problem. Many are proposing solutions based on the profit in it for them. We need a distributed solution that addresses the issue. I think the solution lies in the next generation (What 5G Will Mean for You
) cell service and we can trade rights is high density areas for towers in rural areas. We need a next generation solution on the table BEFORE we build the next generation...
Ken Notes: This is too bad, but I have to think Wisconsin`s lack of focus on mass transit weighed in here.
For years, the GE Healthcare manufacturing plant at 2930 Ohmeda
Drive, on the Southeast Side, has made anesthesia machines and
ventilators that are part of the basic, life-saving tools that equip
operating rooms worldwide.
Now, the Madison factory, built in 1970, has begun turning out machines to help the very youngest patients survive... ...more
Ken Notes: It is all about the tooling... This is very good news...
Andrea Van Nest and her husband,
Matt, are determined to grin and bear the Monroe Street reconstruction
project, with an emphasis on grin.
own Brasserie V at 1923 Monroe St., and on Monday they "celebrated" the
beginning of the massive project that will remove much of the car
traffic in front of their restaurant for months with special pours of
Alesmith Speedway Stout to welcome the construction company, Speedway
Sand & Gravel...
Ken Notes: I will get to TJ`s, Orange Tree, and others if I have to walk with a helmet on....
Miron’s comprehensive range of construction services are designed to meet the unique and diversified needs of our clients. Contact Us. ...more
Madison’s loss appears to be Columbus’ gain.
Restaurant and Pub, a Wisconsin-based eatery, announced earlier this
week it’s closing its location on the west side of Madison, but plans to
open in Columbus. The Madison pub’s final day of business was scheduled
for Feb. 23.
from Sprecher’s said specific details of the future Columbus location
haven’t been formalized but the company did confirm on its Facebook page
it will open a “new concept” pub and restaurant in Columbus. Attempts
to reach Operations Director Sue Getgen for comments were unsuccessful...
Madison College president Jack Daniels and gift development director Steve Goldberg were my guests on the most recent For The Record...
SHEBOYGAN — The Sheboygan County Economic
Development Corporation (SCEDC) was named the recipient of the
Organizational Excellence Award at the Wisconsin Economic Development
Association’s (WEDA) “Governor’s Conference on Economic Development” in
Forged in the heart of the great recession, in eight years the SCEDC
has registered nearly 100 successful projects catalyzing $239 million of
investment. These projects impacted 4,000 jobs and utilized $38 million
in nontraditional financing and incentives. These projects created
economic opportunities for thousands of Sheboygan County residents... ...more
Unemployment down to 3.1 percent
Wisconsin added 8,000 private sector jobs in January and the state’s
unemployment rate dropped slightly to a seasonally adjusted 3.1 percent,
according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The state’s nonfarm employment increased by 9,200 overall with job
gains led by durable goods manufacturing, up 2,100 and wholesale trade,
Other sectors with gains included construction, up 800, health care
and social assistance, up 800, and leisure and hospitality, up 900.
The largest decline was in professional and business services, which
lost 2,300 jobs. Nondurable goods manufacturing lost an estimated 100
jobs statewide, the information sector was down 400 jobs and the
education sector was down 600... ...more
Manufacturing growth in Portage could
redefine how some people think of their hometown, says the city’s
director of business development.
people think of Portage they’ll sometimes say, ‘Why can’t we get a new
Target store?’ or, ‘Why can’t we be more like Baraboo?,’” Steve Sobiek
said to about 40 business representatives attending the Portage Area
Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Tuesday at Dino’s Restaurant....
As an affiliate of McMahon Associates, Inc., IPR provides Public/Private Partnership (P3) opportunities for a vast array of projects in small to medium-sized communities, as well as offering Municipal Administrator Services to local governments on an as-needed basis.
Chippewa Valley businesses urged to educate themselves on group so they can offer services
CHIPPEWA FALLS — While questions still loom about what type of
services the Foxconn Technology Group factory will need and when as it
constructs a massive complex in southeastern Wisconsin, state officials
have a clear message to businesses across the state to get ready.
“Get smart about the process of LCD (liquid crystal display)
manufacturing and where you might be able to plug in,” said Jela Trask,
director of business and attraction for the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corp... ...more
Ken Notes: Good advice, I wish we had been given the same advice on the Paper industry 20 years ago...
Wisconsin could offer paper company
Kimberly-Clark tax incentives similar to the ones given to electronics
manufacturer Foxconn under a bill approved Thursday evening by the state
is an effort to keep the company from shuttering two plants in the Fox
Valley, which would result in the loss of about 600 jobs. Kimberly-Clark
did not ask for the incentives, but has said it will consider the offer
as it moves forward with its restructuring plan.
the bill, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation could give
Kimberly-Clark refundable tax credits equal to 17 percent of the
company`s payroll at its Neenah and Fox Crossing facilities... ...more
Ken Notes: This will NOT work, at best it will defer the inevitable. Unless KC retools tissue will move to newer plans with less restrictions on water and production. These options will allow KC to close the plants through attrition rather than all at once. We need to work with the industry on keeping research, sales, management, distribution, and technology in the state. P.S. I know why they moved to Dallas, I dare someone to ask...
As dairy farmers have seen many times
in the past, a glut of milk has flooded the market and dropped farm pay
prices to the point that some farmers will be forced out of business.
Generally it is the smaller farmers that go first. For them, credit, to
try and ride out the storm, is harder to come by.
(concentrated animal feeding operations) seem to be the preferred
method of dairy production in the U.S. Processors and retailers like the
model, sort of a one-shop stop to get as much milk as you need.
Consistent volume of production pretty much year-round makes sourcing
easy, and no pesky farmer co-ops complaining about low prices need be
Ken Notes: This is not good for our farms. We need a NO CAFO campaign addressed to the consumer to offset this now! Small farms produce better milk and beef, CAFOs are bad for our children....
Stay up to date by reading our MadREP Report, a bi-monthly newsletter that features regional economic development news, events and opportunities.
Find older issues here.
The Grove Apartments might have lost
out on coveted affordable housing tax credits, but the development
proposal sailed through a crucial step in the city approval process
On Monday night, the
Madison Plan Commission granted land use approvals for the project
slated for 208 Cottage Grove Road, the site of Pinney Library...
The numbers are record-setting.
There are 3,402 entries of
cheese, butter and yogurt in 121 categories from 26 foreign countries
and 32 U.S. states while the 55 judges hail from 20 countries and 15
And by Thursday night, the 66,000 pounds of cheese entered in the World Championship Cheese Contest
will be pared down to a single entry. The contenders could include
Gouda, Appenzeller, a 3- to 9-month-old hard sheep’s cheese, Gorgonzola
or a Brie. There are cheeses that can be spread and others that have
been smoked, are low-fat or feature less sodium. Most are made with
cow’s milk but sheep and goat categories are growing.... ...more
The ads are on el platforms and 15 Brown Line cars. They`re on social
media, in downtown health clubs, and on beer coasters in local bars. A
typical placard juxtaposes dejected-looking young straphangers with
shiny, happy people drinking beer on a terrace above Madison`s Lake
Monona, playing Frisbee golf or competing in beach volleyball. The
accompanying texts pose dilemmas such as "Rush hour or happy hour?," "An
hour commute or an hour with friends?," and "Bump elbows or bump on the
court?" The tagline? "Wisconsin: It`s more you."
They`re all part of a $1 million marketing campaign to entice Chicago
millennials to move to the Badger State. The message is clear: the el`s a
drag, so move to Wisconsin, where you can drive everywhere instead...
Ken Notes: This is a rerun -- but it sure generated a lot of buzz. We should be selling Wisconsin as a great place to start and grow a business, not avoiding the train.....
The state`s $1 million marketing effort
to lure young Chicagoans to live and work in Wisconsin is grabbing
attention on both sides of the border.
The question is whether the message is hitting home — literally.
Critics say the six-month campaign launched in January puts down Chicago — sometimes subtly, sometimes bluntly. ...more
Wisconsin`s Department of Natural
Resources is taking steps to determine safe levels of two toxic
chemicals found in groundwater.
new safety standards, which would establish a specific threshold for
how much of the contaminants are safe to drink, come as the two toxic
compounds polluted at least 11 residential wells in Marinette from
activity at the Tyco Fire Protection Products testing ground...
Ken Notes: I get a little nervous whit the answer to new contaminants is "to determine safe levels" ... I`m just saying...
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has received layoff notices for two companies.
Foremost Farms USA has notified the state it plans to sell its Rothschild facility to Kerry Biofunctional Ingredients Inc.
The sale is expected to affect 110 workers beginning May 7, 2018 or within 14 days after that date.
Senior Management Incorporated has notified
the state it will be permanently closing its Skilled Nursing Facility,
Care and Rehab location in Dallas.
The closure is expected to affect 49
employees, with separations expected to commence on or before May 1,
2018 and continuing in phases until complete closure on or before May
30, 2018, pending discharge of all residents.... ...more
A growing number of Kenosha County companies are signing up to become
suppliers to the Foxconn Technology Group facility that is expected to
become fully operational in Mount Pleasant within the next two years.
Foxconn has said it expects to make $1.4 billion in purchases from
Wisconsin companies as it develops and operates facilities on an
approximately 32-million-square-foot campus east of Interstate I-94
between Highway KR and Braun Road.
County firms are logging into
the Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace, an online site to help identify
Foxconn’s potential suppliers, as well as to help area companies find
suppliers of their own.... ...more
Residential - Commercial - Retail - Controlled Environments
FIRE / WATER / STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION
DESIGN / BUILD & REMODELING
“Located in the Madison region for over 30 years, Engineered Construction is an industry leader in commercial construction and the restoration of commercial and residential fire and water damage.” See comments from our clients here. ...more
Every 10 years, the city of Madison
updates its comprehensive plan, asking residents to help shape the
future of their neighborhoods and the city at large. When the plan was
updated in 2006, the Ho-Chunk Nation wasn’t a part of that conversation.
city is again updating its plan, and things are different this time,
said Missy Tracy, municipal relations coordinator at Ho-Chunk Gaming
A massive solar energy site
proposed just north of the Dane County Regional Airport could become the
largest solar energy project in south-central Wisconsin and the second
largest in Wisconsin, officials say.
project was announced Monday by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, as
requests for proposals went out to seek private partners in building on
the 41-acre site of airport-owned land.
project would generate 8 megawatts of electricity, over three times
more than the current biggest solar operation in the region in Beloit...
ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) --
After noticing a need while working at his family`s trash hauling
company, Miles Harter, with the help of his high school classmate Curt
Greeno, started Dynamic Recycling 11 years ago.
Today, the company does full service IT asset
dispositions, electronics recycling, scrap purchasing and data security
This week Harter, the CEO, and Greeno, the President, were announced as Wisconsin`s Business Persons of the Year... ...more
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.
OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV-TV) - The city has seen a development boom since
2017. These projects include The Menominee Nation Arena, home of the
NBA-G League Wisconsin Herd.
Other development plans include
renovations to buildings in the city`s Sawdust District. This includes
bringing new life to the Miles Kimball Building.
Watch the Newsmaker Sunday interview with Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff... ...more
The state is detailing sources upper Wisconsin River pollution, but
existing laws lack mechanisms to stop farm runoff that is the main cause
of Wisconsin`s most widespread water quality problem. Above, the
pea-soup waters of Petenwell Lake lap the shoreline in this photo taken
in Adams County on Aug. 19, 2011. The waters of both Petenwell and
Castle Rock lakes are prone to blooms of toxic bacteria called
Wisconsin has detailed the sources of
unnatural green growths of vegetation and bacteria that stink up long
stretches of the upper Wisconsin River amid cottages, homes and
campgrounds...The DNR’s study of the Wisconsin River basin is mandated by Clean Water Act provisions requiring states to list water bodies whose use is impaired by pollution, detail its sources and suggest limits on future pollution...
Ken Notes: We need to look at how Minnesota dealt with this issue. We can fix this by working together...
If confirmed, he would be 3rd on board with Eau Claire ties
With last week’s appointment of Market & Johnson vice president
Jason Plante to the UW System Board of Regents, Eau Claire will be
well-represented on the governing body of Wisconsin’s public university
Assuming he is confirmed, Plante will join RegentsPresident John
Behling of Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire student Regent Ryan Ring on the
board, giving the state’s eighth-largest city three of the 18 seats on
the panel.... ...more
For the past several months, members
of the Sawyer County/LCO Economic Development Corp. have been gathering
ideas to help resolve some of the employment gap issues in the
organizational meeting was held on Jan. 15, in which local community
school superintendents, representatives of area businesses large and
small, representatives of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical and LCO
Community colleges and key workforce-related community agencies were
present. Critical topics were identified and additional meetings were
scheduled to begin working on key areas: filling job vacancies and
training local workforce are foremost on the agenda...
Foxconn Technology Group
executives exercised surprising thrift during its staff`s visits to
Wisconsin in 2017, including a high-level meeting at the Hampton Inn.
Meanwhile, a state official issued a caveat that the Pfister Hotel was
Ken Notes: I have been at and held meeting at both, you get what you pay for and choice depends on the message you want to send. Both are great options...
613 Williamson Street - Suite 210
Madison, WI 53703
We are a team of commercial real estate experts devoted to ensuring commercial tenants receive conflict free, tenant-focused advice. Please Watch our video here.
Since graduating from high school,
Zach Dahl has earned a degree in communications and economics from the
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, served in the U.S. Coast Guard in
Alabama, worked in finance in Oregon and returned to Wisconsin to work
at the family business, Dahl Financial Group in Sauk City.
has a college education, gained work experience and is living in his
home state as a working professional. But he is part of a shrinking
group in Wisconsin, especially in rural counties...
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus will be overflowing with
employers and job candidates on Wednesday, March 7, for Career Fair on
The biannual event, held at the Kolf Sports Center, is the largest
one-day career fair in Wisconsin, said Jaime Page-Stadler, director of
UWO Career Services.
At the Career Fair, 700 to 900 students from all majors will connect
with more than 150 employers to learn about full- and part-time
positions, internships, co-ops, practicums, volunteering and networking
opportunities. They can explore educational opportunities available
through technical, undergraduate, graduate and professional programs... ...more
SEYMOUR – State and federal level
legislative agriculture-related policies at differing stages of
implementation were reviewed by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation`s
senior director of governmental relations Rob Richard at the 2018 annual
meeting of the Outagamie County Forage Council.
only from a regulatory standpoint, one item was the restoration of the
legal right to grow industrial hemp in Wisconsin, Richard pointed out.
He referred to the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer
Protection (DATCP) announcement of implementation rules on Friday, March
2. Titled ATCP 22, it requires a license (minimum fee of $150) for
which the application deadline is May 1... ...more
Ken Notes: I worked on the Hops issue and I can tell you farmers are resistant to change. They grow what they know sells and they no how to grow. Equipment will be another huge issue here. This will take time. P.S. I have started to use hemp oil on my woodworking projects and it is a pretty cool product...
A Cedarburg native will lead an effort to highlight Sauk County as an attractive place to live, work and visit.
Jared Pinkus, who currently
works as an associate planner in Denver, has accepted an offer to become
the county’s first community liaison.
The two-year project position
was created to implement a placemaking plan that a contractor developed
for the county last year. The Sauk County Board approved $90,000 for the
new position in this year’s budget....
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The La Crosse Workforce Development
Center is hosting a Mini Job Fair on Thursday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m.
Workforce representatives and community employers will be onsite offering information on job opportunities.
community employers are Blood Center of Wisconsin, Teleperformance,
Frank Beverage, APTIV, LHI, Fahrner Construction, GO
RITEWAY Transportation, ABR, USAJobs (Ft. McCoy) and Waste Management. ...more
Although they were introduced as "the fun
table" at the FLAG open house Wednesday at the Columbia County Law
Enforcement Center, Taylor Fournier, of Poynette, left, Grace Murray, of
Poynette, center, and Madelyn C., of Pardeeville, presented to county
officials on the topic of employment discrimination. ...more
Officials with the city of Portage,
Columbia County Board and area public school systems took a working
lunch Wednesday to hear pitches from students unveiling policy
prescriptions for current county issues...
Ken Notes: I like the new generation of involved kids now making a difference...
We manage your IT-- so you can focus on running your business
Know you need IT but not sure where to start? Let our technical experts designs an IT plan that works for your company. We`re your IT one stop shop.
Majestic Realty has signed a long-term, 166,620-square-foot lease
with its first tenant at the recently developed Majestic Badger
Logistics Center in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. The tenant, CTDI, expects to
hire 150 new employees in its new space in the park’s first building.
John Morrissey of Jackson Cross Partners acted on behalf of CTDI in the
Located at 8801 88th Ave., the 424,164-square-foot Chicago-area cross-dock warehouse
finished construction in December of 2016 and is situated two and a
half miles east of Interstate 94 and four miles north of the Illinois
border. The facility features clear heights up to 36 feet, 50-foot by
52-foot bay spacing with 60-foot speed bays, 76 loading docks and four
drive-in doors. The property also includes 292 parking spaces and 135-
to 235-foot truck courts, according to Yardi Matrix.
Future development plans
The company is planning to build an 801,444-square-foot build-to-suit
distribution center on the southern edge of the 91-acre parcel. Plans
for the industrial park’s second building include another cross-dock
facility with 135 loading doors, 185-foot fenced truck courts and 111
trailer and 260 car parking spaces.... ...more
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Northern Wisconsin businesses that are having
trouble finding employees are hoping to lure retirees to work or keep
people nearing retirement on the job longer.
Economic development experts say low unemployment rates, a lack of
new workers and a growing number of people on the cusp of retirement
have created a major demand for workers, Wisconsin Public Radio
Ken Notes: A great place to retire...
CHICAGO — Beating out four other collegiate teams, a group of students
from the University of Wisconsin won the American Society of Baking’s
(A.S.B.) 2018 Product Development Competition at BakingTech with
Sustain-a-Bites, a freeze-dried cake bite. Ohio State University took
second place with an elevated cake truffle, Purdue University received
third with a Turkish-inspired sandwich cookie, and Kansas State
University finished fourth with a ginger peach snack cake.
A.S.B. challenged competitors to create a futuristic sweet good that is
chemically leavened or yeast-raised, includes international flavors and
is shelf stable for 14 days.... ...more
Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT),
apprenticeship program in the Midwest for high-tech manufacturers and
companies with complex technologies or logistics, is now a registered
apprenticeship program with the Department of Workforce Development
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards in Wisconsin. Hermle Machine Co. LLC,
Krones Inc., and Basin Precision Manufacturing are the program’s
current participants in Wisconsin.
The ICATT Apprenticeship Program describes itself as combining
company-specific knowledge, theory and hands-on learning to train
WAUSAU - The head of the company behind a
housing and commercial development along Wausau`s riverfront was
charged in a fraudulent investment scheme in Colorado over a decade ago,
court records show.
But he says he also was a victim who lost money in the scheme, and the charges eventually were dropped... ...more
Ken Notes:Performance bonds, Review investor materials, pay as you go TIF, listed on the lean docs, invest in infrastructure....
About the only thing holding back
Wisconsin`s $20 billion a year tourism industry is a familiar refrain
facing state businesses: finding enough qualified workers.
That means employers are taking an approach not always associated with the hospitality field.
not just going to have competitive wages, we`re going to create a
culture of inclusiveness and support and our people, even the line
staff, are going to share the rewards," said Dennis Doucette, who is
aiming to hire 150 people at the newly renovated Hotel Retlaw in Fond du Lac... ...more
Ken Notes: I can think of many other things holding the industry back, but it is good to see that we are doing well...
As part of a national trend, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents recently approved outcomes-based metrics
for allocating some new state monies to UW System colleges and universities...
...This emphasis on STEM reflects a set
of assumptions, which has become entrenched in recent years, about a
supposedly declining STEM educational system and the economic disaster
that awaits the nation as a result... ...more
Ken Notes: Good read!
It took months of debate for Wisconsin legislators to reach a compromise on transportation funding in order to pass the 2017-2019 budget.
I go in the state, people are upset about it and they want something
done,” said Craig Thompson, executive director of the Transportation
Development Association of Wisconsin.
SHEBOYGAN – Gov. Scott Walker has
rescinded a nomination to implement a National Marine Sanctuary in Lake
Michigan that would have blanketed dozens of offshore shipwrecks with
In a letter last
week to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting
administrator, Walker said he was pulling the nomination over “concerns”
by citizens and elected officials about the proposal... ...more
- 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...
Construction for SEVEN04 PLACE, a new 60-unit affordable-housing
development in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee, started on
Developed by Impact Seven and Rule Enterprises, SEVEN04 PLACE will
feature one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, including 46 units of
affordable housing for individuals and working families. Fourteen units
will be dedicated to permanent supportive housing for military veterans
and other adults who have struggled with barriers to housing stability.
During Thursday’s groundbreaking event, UnitedHealthcare – the
largest investor in the new development – announced it is providing $6.3
million in equity through a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit partnership
with Cinnaire and Minnesota Equity Fund... ...more
A Milwaukee apartment development that
will include housing for homeless young people is among the projects
receiving financing help through this year`s federal tax credit awards.
Clarke Square Apartments will feature a
pair of three-story buildings, with 23 units at the southeast corner of
W. Vieau Place and S. 24th St. and 17 units at the northeast corner of
W. Mineral and S. 24th streets. Those sites are just south and north of
Clarke Square Park, on Milwaukee`s south side... ...more
Milwaukee, Wis., March 14, 2018
– The Greater Milwaukee Foundation
has selected a new senior leader with extensive experience in higher
education advancement as its next vice president of development and
will join the Foundation March 29, 2018, and will be responsible for
structuring, implementing and monitoring the development, stewardship
and donor relations activities of the organization... ...more
FINANCING & GRANTS
Brownfield Grants: Grants to local governments,
businesses, non-profits and individuals for developing commercial and
industrial sites that have been adversely affected by environmental
Brownfield Site Assessment Grant: Grant funds to
approved projects to assist local governments with conducting initial
environmental assessment and demolition activities on an eligible
abandoned, idle or underutilized industrial or commercial site.
Business Opportunity Loan Fund: Financing options ranging from loans to loan guaranties for businesses making investments to expand in or relocate to Wisconsin.
Capacity Building Grants: Grants to assist local and regional economic development groups to create an advanced economic development network within Wisconsin.
Capital Catalyst: Matching grants to seed funds
managed by local communities and other eligible entities to provide
capital to high-growth startups and emerging growth companies.
Community Development Investment Grant: Financial
support for shovel-ready projects with particular emphasis on downtown
community driven efforts that deliver significant, measurable benefits
in job opportunities, property values, and/or leveraged investment by
local and private partners.
Global Business Development Grants: Grant funding to support the growth and expansion of exports by Wisconsin companies.
Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment: Highly competitive program offering grants to Wisconsin
communities for the implementation of redevelopment plans for large
industrial sites that have been idle, abandoned or underutilized for at
least five years.
Industrial Revenue Bonds: A unique type of revenue
bond organized and issued by a state or local government, the proceeds
of which are directed to a private, for-profit business.
Seed Accelerator: Provides grants to eligible
communities and other organizations to support a pre-seed business model
program that incorporates training, mentoring and financial assistance
to entrepreneurs in their area. Grant funds may be used as seed capital
for companies in the accelerator, as well as for costs associated with
initiating the accelerator program.
Special Project Loan Fund: Loans or loan guarantees
to eligible companies preparing for future growth; diversifying
operations, markets or product lines to increase competitiveness; or
preparing a project site for future commercial development.
Technology Development Loans: Flexible lending
program designed to assist high-tech startup and emerging growth
companies in financing the development and launch of innovative products
Business Development Tax Credit: Provides refundable
income tax credits that can be earned based on jobs, capital
investment, training and the location or retention of corporate
Capital Gains Investment Incentives: Capital gains on funds invested in qualified Wisconsin
businesses are completely exempt from the capital gains tax after the
investment has been held for five years. Capital gains on existing
investments which are sold in order to generate funds for investments in
qualified Wisconsin businesses are deferred so that they are not taxed at the time they are invested in the Wisconsin businesses.
Development Opportunity Zones: Non-refundable tax
credits for new and expanding businesses in the cities of Beloit,
Janesville and Kenosha to assist with capital investment and the
creation and retention of new, full-time jobs.
Enterprise Zone Tax Credit: Refundable tax credits
for new and expanding businesses that can be earned based on job
creation, job retention, training, investment and Wisconsin supply chain expenditures.
Historic Preservation Tax Credit: State income tax credit for 20% of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures for eligible buildings.
Job Creation Deduction: Companies can take an exclusion from income if they create jobs in Wisconsin of $4,000 per employee for small businesses and $2,000 per employee for larger businesses.
Manufacturing & Agriculture Credit: Available to
individuals and entities for taxable years that begin on or after
January 1, 2013, for manufacturing and agricultural activities in Wisconsin.
The credit is a percentage of “eligible qualified production activities
income.” The credit is calculated by multiplying eligible qualified
production activities income by one of the following percentages.
- For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012, and before January1, 2014, 1.875%
- For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013, and before January 1, 2015, 3.75%
- For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014, and before January1, 2016, 5.526%
- For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015, 7.5%
For individuals, the credit is limited to the amount of income tax
paid on the income from which the credit is based. For a corporation,
eligible qualified production activities income is the lesser of:
- eligible qualified production activities income,
- income apportioned to Wisconsin, or
- income taxable to Wisconsin as determined by combined reporting law, if the corporation is a member of a Wisconsin combined group
Property Tax Exemptions: Machinery and equipment
used in manufacturing is exempt from personal property taxes.
Manufacturer and merchant inventories are exempt from personal property
taxes. Certain waste treatment facilities owned by utilities,
manufacturers, and commercial businesses used for the treatment of
industrial waste materials are exempt from general property taxes.
Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV) Program: Helps drive investment to innovate early-stage Wisconsin companies by allowing investors to claim a 25% tax credit on the amount they invest into a QNBV-certified business.
Research and Development Tax Credit: An R&D
credit is available to corporations, sole proprietorships and
pass-through entities equal to 5% (10% in some cases) of the excess of
qualified research expenses for the current year over a base amount.
Sales Tax Exemptions: Wisconsin sales tax does not have to be paid on the following:
- Machinery and equipment used by a manufacturer in producing tangible personal property.
- Tangible personal property that becomes an ingredient or component of another product in the manufacturing process.
- Tangible personal property that is consumed or loses its identity in the process of manufacturing tangible personal property.
- Machinery, equipment and tangible personal property used in research
by companies that are engaged in manufacturing or biotechnology.
- Fuel and electricity used in manufacturing.
Apprenticeship Completion Award Program: Offers
employers, adult apprentices and sponsors a 25% reimbursement (up to
$1,000) for instruction costs, including tuition, books, materials and
other course fees.
ExporTech: Export acceleration program to help Wisconsin companies expand their global market reach through targeted export strategy development and execution.
Industry Development: WEDC’s Division of Business
and Industry Development delivers customized solutions—technical and
financial—to established business associations, consortia and industry
cluster organizations in order to create favorable conditions for
expanding existing Wisconsin industries and attracting new companies to priority industry sectors in Wisconsin.
The division also supports minority business development by working
with and providing resources for revolving loan funds and technical
assistance to minority business development groups.
Veteran Grant Program: Offers employers a state grant of up to $10,000 over four years for hiring and retaining eligible veterans.
Wisconsin Fast Forward: Makes $15 million in grants
available to employers to develop and implement innovative and
collaborative customized training solutions for skilled workers. ...more
Ken Notes: I ran across this and thought I would add links as time permits. Hope it helps...
Start Week: 8 - Query String:SELECT * FROM wdn WHERE `issue` > 8 and volume = 6 OR `issue` > 90 ORDER BY sortorder