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This Weeks Articles...

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway pushes bus initiatives, including BRT, as Metro Forward
Report: Milwaukee Used More TIF Money Than Any Other City To Fund The Hop
Foxconn selects construction manager for two facilities
Mortenson seeking subcontractors for new Foxconn project
Governor will toast Wisconsin Craft Brewery Day with state tour
WI Watchlist: MSI Data, Cellular Dynamics, WARF, Redox, & More
Get an early look at Wisconsin`s first Wahlburgers restaurant: Slideshow
These Are the Highest-Paying Jobs in the U.S.
A riverway runs through it
Tsai completes purchase of Nets, arena, hires Levy as CEO
Midwest Energy Research Consortium: Economic Development Administration announces $1.67 Million for M-WERC
Gov. Evers announces $500K for 13 projects to reduce homelessness
Foxconn pledged $100 million to UW-Madison
OPINION: Rethinking State Economic Policies
Johnson-Sabir, Kirgues among appointees to new WEDC committee focused on startups
Yes, lemonade stands are illegal in Wisconsin — but a new bill could change that
Plan Would Redevelop Johnson’s Park Site
River Prairie Project wins prominent economic development award
700-mile bike network planned for Milwaukee and surrounding Southeastern Wisconsin counties
New headquarters for Angelus Corporation expected to be ready in Pewaukee in summer 2020


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Organic Valley exec Melissa Hughes tapped to lead the state`s jobs agency
A top executive at the billion-dollar dairy cooperative Organic Valley will lead the state`s jobs agency, Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday.

Melissa Hughes, who has worked as general counsel at the Vernon County organization for 15 years, said in her application to Evers that she helped grow the number of participating family farms from 500 to 2,000 and from $150 million in annual sales to more than $1 billion.  

"With her background helping small businesses and family farms, coupled with her experience navigating complex governmental, regulatory, trade, and business matters, Missy Hughes will be an incredible asset to our team as we work to grow an economy that works for everyone,” Evers said in a statement...

Several Articles Here are a few:

Gov. Evers: Announces appointment of Missy Hughes to serve as CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Organic Valley`s Melissa Hughes appointed to head WEDC

Gov. Evers Announces Appointment of Missy Hughes to Serve as CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

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Ken Notes: WELCOME! This is very interesting. Supports family farms check... Southwest Wisconsin Check... Home grown growth check... Environmental interests check... Energy check... Regional / Local commitment check... She is a lawyer -- we will see...

Some immediate questions?

  • Can we get a current accounting breakdown on Foxconn?

  • Will WEDC track payback on investments and grants?

  • Will WEDC share this info?

  • Will the Millennial add campaign continue?

  • Will WEDC work with schools and business to strengthen our workforce?

  • How political will WEDC be moving forward?

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    WEDC Secretary Announces Resignation

    Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. secretary and CEO Mark Hogan will step down from his position on September 3. Hogan joins us to talk about his time with WEDC and his goals for the future of business in Wisconsin. 

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    Ken Notes: First Thank You Mr. Hogan as the captain of a ship headed in the wrong direction you pointed it back toward center. While your ship was being bombed you kept it moving forward. When it took on water you pumped better than most. WEDC was and unfortunately still is a political vessel. Thus WEDC made some political decisions like, Foxconn and you inherited others like Kestrel.

    I will say one thing using these examples, Kestrel got a lot of money up front and we will never see it again while Foxconn has much of there support tied to future job creation and building value. In this case while we offered far too much we at least do not have to pay it all out until they deliver, so again Thank You.

    Moving forward I still suggest we create a bipartisan organization that recognizes all business growth in the State by offering smaller affordable tax credits to ALL growing companies, I suggest we allow communities to invest in job creating companies by restructuring TIF laws to offer property tax credits to expanding companies where development agreements are in place.

    Under Hogan`s leadership WEDC has worked hard to make far more communities recipients of funds but who and what you know still helps. To continue this and level the playing field going forward, I suggest we educate every community on how to work with WEDC, the State, and the hundreds of other opportunities they have to help grow business in Wisconsin.

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    Civil Discourse: High Speed Rail Would Have Been Better Bet Than Foxconn
    Wisconsin turned down more than $800 million in federal stimulus money in 2010 that would have created high-speed rail corridors between Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Minneapolis. Turning down that money will cost Wisconsin far more than it will ever gain from Foxconn....   ...more

    Ken Notes: I know, this is old news and it suggests the finger pointing I detest, but he is so correct it hurts. Wisconsin`s potential as a hub for distribution, new corporate and manufacturing centers, as well as removing many of the cars and trucks from our roadways is (and was) amazing.

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    Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway pushes bus initiatives, including BRT, as Metro Forward

    Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway really wants Madison residents to ride the bus, and on Wednesday she announced a more than $200 million initiative to make public transportation a better option for more people.

    Named Metro Forward, the initiative includes a number of investments in Madison’s transit system, including greater weekend service, more routes to south side educational institutions, additional subsidized bus passes, electric vehicles and improved bus garages.

    It also includes Bus Rapid Transit, a hallmark of the mayor’s campaign and a stated priority of her administration...

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    Ken Notes: This will be interesting to watch. Another real challenge will be to change the "image" of transit in Madison, one thing to build it -- another to get business people and tourist / visitors on board. I will gladly lead tours to:

    Brisbane, Australia
    Curitiba, Brazil
    Bogota, Colombia

    Three of the best, Google it...

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    Madison City Council signs off on switch to Stone House for Judge Doyle Square apartments

    Madison officially parted ways with Gebhardt Development on the downtown Judge Doyle Square project Tuesday and will move forward with another local developer to build an apartment complex that includes affordable units.

    After negotiating with Gebhardt for 11 weeks, the city’s Finance Committee recommended after a closed meeting Aug. 26 to terminate negotiations and open them with Stone House Development, one of the three original applicants that included Gebhardt and the Milwaukee-based Mandel Group.

    Angie Black, an attorney representing Gebhardt, said the Finance Committee’s decision came as a surprise...

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    Ken Notes: I just want to be on record in suggesting Stone House will bring a vastly different project to the site. I would ask anyone interested in this project to tour a ten year old Stone project and a ten year old Gebhardt project. This is vastly different brick and mortar catering to vastly different markets. This is not a negative reflection on Stone, they do affordable housing better than most and have some nice market rate units, I just thought the goal was an iconic mixed use project.

    Also looking at all the Stone House projects, it looks like "qualifying" rents will still be north of $1,000.00 a lot for a service worker in Madison. So less units (40 vs. 80) more expensive - what am I missing?? We still need affordable rather than "Affordable" housing in Madison...

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    City to show off more detailed renderings of Madison Public Market, ask for feedback

    At a public meeting Thursday, the City of Madison will ask for feedback on new renderings of the Madison Public Market, which is set to come to the East Side in 2021.

    The colorful visualizations show a market that is “fresh, very local and Madison-centric,” said Hannah Mohelnitzky, spokeswoman for Madison’s Engineering Division.

    “For the first time, the public is really going to be able to visualize what the space is going to look like,” Mohelnitzky said....

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    Ken Notes: I still suggest a bus tour of some of the more successful existing markets out there, I took a group to Milwaukee. Just a thought...

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    Report: Milwaukee Used More TIF Money Than Any Other City To Fund The Hop

    Wisconsin Tax System Gave City No Other Option, According To Wisconsin Policy Forum

    Milwaukee’s reliance on tax increment financing (TIF) to fund its streetcar system is unusual compared with how other cities have funded their streetcars, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

    The report by the nonpartisan organization compared The Hop to nine peer cities that have developed streetcar systems in the last 20 years.

    Of the 10 cities studied, Milwaukee is the only one to use TIF as its primary local revenue source for streetcar development, the study found...

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    Ken Notes: The good news is this means they have healthy TIF`s. The bad news is that cities in Wisconsin really have no other way of using property tax funds for projects.

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    Another setback for Judge Doyle Square, as city calls for new developer for portion of project

    A city committee recommended Monday that Madison terminate negotiations with the developer it had picked for part of the Judge Doyle Square project Downtown and instead go with the developer staff originally recommended.

    The Finance Committee voted to end negotiations with Gebhardt Development, which was chosen over two other suitors to develop the mixed-use building that will go above the parking garage nearing completion on the Madison Municipal block.

    Gebhardt was picked in June in large part because its plan for the building offered the largest number of low-cost housing units in the apartment complex that would go above the garage.

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    Ken Notes: I am saddened by this. Gebhardt has done great projects and would have been a great developer on Judge Doyle Square. Stone house is a section 47 developer who understands low income housing credits far better than most and can clearly get this built. BUT this is the face of Madison and we need to decide what we want Madison to look like moving forward. Do we work together to solve problems or do we further one agenda over another. In this case we picked an agenda and will lose money doing so. Finally I encourage all the powers that be to tour existing projects from the developers they want to work with...

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    Property Disputes And Foxconn Development In Mount Pleasant
    Foxconn development is humming along in southeastern Wisconsin. The Village of Mount Pleasant has used eminent domain to acquire land for the industrial project. WPR’s reporter has been following the story and hearing from homeowners about their experiences and concerns...
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    Ken Notes: I would not exactly say humming along, and I remain concerned that the cost of eminent domain and infrastructure was "up front" and will require substantial property value increases to get paid back. This project still has great potential but we need a scorecard to know what we have spent and what we have in the dirt, not to mention the potential job count. Also watch for WEDC to claim no harm no foul at the State level while local governments have made much of the investment and have much to lose. There is a reason the "agreements" were mot allowed to be reviewed at the time and today there is no real investigative reporting able to track the real costs. Finally we are allowing national media like the Verge nad NYT to come in and tell their version of the story for their own political motives.

    Here are my questions for the record:

  • What has been spent or committed to so far on property acquisition including eminent domain, roads, sewer, and other infrastructure?

  • Who has paid these costs to date?

  • What is the revised future value of the project(s)?

  • Is this amount guaranteed through a revised development agreement?

  • Is the State or WEDC making or "guaranteeing" any of the up front costs?

  • How are they getting paid back?

  • While we know that Foxconn has not hit it`s hiring numbers are we still offering partial income tax credits now or in the future?

  • Where do I find project updates and who is responsible for the over all accounting and project tracking?

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    Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Hires Derrick L. Smith as Director of Development

    The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has announced that Derrick L. Smith is their new director of development.

    Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) fosters unlikely collaborations, catalyzes new ways of thinking and generates unexpected scientific discoveries by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and a broad range of disciplines. Smith, who also currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Greater Madison and as a member of the Agrace Hospice Foundation Board, will be responsible for all aspects of the institute’s development efforts including strategic planning, donor relations and stewardship of major gifts....

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    Derrick Smith brings community engagement experience to WID

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    Ken Notes: I am firm believer that the UW, WARF, and the Institute remain the keys to our development future. We will continue to grow great businesses like EPIC and Promega from great ideas into great businesses...

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    Foxconn selects construction manager for two facilities
    MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group announced Wednesday that it has selected Mortenson to serve as construction manager (CM) for upcoming projects at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park (WVSTP). Mortenson’s Wisconsin team will work with Foxconn to build both a Smart Manufacturing Center (SMC) and a High-Performance Computing Data Center (HPCDC)...


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    SmartCode version 9-2 - Linked fixed...
    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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    Developing a workforce through apprenticeship

    Recruiting, educating and upskilling our workforce is a cornerstone of the U.S. construction industry, and an essential component to supporting our most important asset – our people – who live in communities all over Wisconsin. In 2018 alone, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) contractor members across the country spent $1.6 billion – up from $1.1 billion in 2013 – to develop employees, which equates to more than 980,000 courses taught on craft, leadership and safety education...

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    Ken Notes: I soooooo wish we would talk about this and share ideas more...

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    Mortenson seeking subcontractors for new Foxconn project

    Mortenson is seeking subcontractors for the construction of a so-called smart-manufacturing center at Foxconn’s factory complex in Mount Pleasant.

    Mortenson has released an invitation to bid seeking subcontractors to help build the core and shell of the new center, which will be used mainly to make components for server racks. The types of work being sought relate to site utilities, asphalt, site concrete, landscaping, roofing, overhead doors, masonry and skylights, among other things. To learn more about this opportunity, click here...

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    Ken Notes: I do love the smell of dirt...

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    Editorial: A fresh start for state economic development
    MadREP president Paul Jadin called Governor Tony Evers’ choice of Organic Valley executive Melissa Hughes as the new head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, an agency Jadin himself once headed, refreshing. We agree, in more ways than one.

    We don’t know Hughes, but her resume is impressive and her experience seems appropriate to lead Wisconsin’s economic development operation. Like Jadin we like Hughes’ background in agriculture and what that says about a truly 72-county approach to Wisconsin economic development. 

    But this also feels refreshingly non-partisan. Evers picked Hughes not because she contributed to his campaign but because she is qualified for the post and has a vision for economic growth and health throughout the state. WEDC can use a little more light and little less heat … and a lot less drama. We need a strong, respected and effective economic development agency. We’re betting Hughes can get us there...

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    Ken Notes: I agree and said much of this seven years ago -- I would add that systemic change is needed in the organization. We also need to realize some new businesses fail and we need to own this and not place too many eggs in one basket. Is this a vague reference to Foxconn - I hope not...

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    Wisconsin’s Millennial Marketing Campaign To Continue, Despite Funding Change

    Former Gov. Scott Walker Called For Campaign Aimed At Increasing Workforce

    A state-run marketing campaign aimed at getting more millennials to move to Wisconsin will continue, despite Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and state lawmakers not funding it in the state budget. 

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) requested $10 million over the next two years to cover the costs of continuing the campaign, which began in 2018 under former Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

    Evers did not meet that request and GOP lawmakers who control the state Legislature also declined to push the funding during budget negotiations for the campaign aimed at people ages 21 to 35.

    However, according to WEDC officials, the organization has identified $4 million within other parts of its budget to fund the program during this fiscal year and expects to do the same in 2020-21...


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    Ken Notes: I am not a fan of this program, why not invest the 10 or even the 4 million in community programs to grow jobs. We live is a social media society -- Imagine the value of our current millennials tweeting about tuition interest tax credits, good paying jobs, great housing, recreational opportunities, Entrepreneur support, great schools and more. You just can`t put that on the subway wall...

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    Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway prioritizes Metro Transit, housing in first capital budget
    After vowing to “take a look at everything,” Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway on Tuesday proposed $170.6 million in new spending in a capital budget for 2020 that moves up the timeline for Bus Rapid Transit, increases spending for low-cost housing and changes the timing for some big projects.

    Rhodes-Conway, who took office in April, used a new approach in crafting the budget that ultimately accelerates the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit and more quickly improves and expands Metro Transit facilities than envisioned under former Mayor Paul Soglin, with a goal of reaching 18 million annual riders, far above the record 15.2 million set in 2015...

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    City of Madison gives cost estimates, travel times for Bus Rapid Transit options

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    Ken Notes: I want to see more details in a BRT rough draft before committing big money. I do love that many of my ideas from a decade ago were included it the rough draft. Now you need dedicated lanes, housing development sites at the ends, station facilities, and local transit to complete the trip. What does all this look like and it will not cost millions to develop the "final" vision... Cart horse???

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    New study warns Wisconsin facing workforce housing shortage
    A new study from the Wisconsin Realtors Association indicates that while more people are flocking to the state for jobs, the housing availability has not kept up with the workforce increases.

    The author of the study, Kurt Paulsen, noted that the number of building permits and new housing lots never came back up after the Great Recession nearly a decade ago.

    “Our fastest-growing counties, such as Dane, Brown, and Waukesha, have collectively under-produced 15,000 housing units in the past decade,” Paulsen wrote...

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    Ken Notes: In Madison we are building for the wealthy because it is profitable. That leaves us with virtually no sub 150K homes and escaping to the burbs is not offering much relief.

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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corps to continue despite lack of funding

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corps was started in 2018 by former governor Scott Walker and aims to attract young workers to the Wisconsin workforce...

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    Ken Notes: This program has a significant flaw in that it has no way to track or benchmark results. It is mostly an add campaign to attract millennials to the state. It is interesting to see WEDC moving in a direction not in line with the Governor`s office. The Wisconsin business initiatives seems to ignore the executive office on many fronts.

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    Darling whiffs on claim about Evers and state jobs agency

    Wisconsin’s economic development agency has been a lightning rod for years.

    The public-private partnership — officially the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. — oversees grants and loans given to businesses in exchange for the creation of new jobs. It has drawn criticism for bad loans, failures to verify created jobs, negative state audits and most recently its role in bringing the Foxconn Technology Group plant to Racine County...

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    Ken Notes: Politifact creates an interesting read, but I would point out that WEDC is "failing" because it FAILS to communicate and is very political in it`s structure and offerings. We need to create an organization that creates jobs, supports growing businesses, works with communities, and is fair in it`s offerings. We need to see the new leadership make real changes, openly communicate WEDC`s successes and loses, and educate the communities and public as to exactly what is available, how you get it, and how it helps Wisconsin. I would even go one step further and ask for an across the board tax incentive program based on job creation for all businesses in the state.

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    Community event to celebrate UniverCity partnership with Pepin County

    Pepin County and the UniverCity Year program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invite community members to attend an information session and celebration on August 28 to learn more about the three-year partnership between UniverCity Year and Pepin County, which will seek to find practical solutions to economic development and environmental sustainability challenges in Pepin County...

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    Ken Notes: Perfect partnership!!!

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    Governor will toast Wisconsin Craft Brewery Day with state tour

    Thursday, Sept. 26 is Wisconsin Craft Brewery Day and to celebrate, Gov. Tony Evers announced today that he, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Deputy Secretary Tricia Braun and other officials from around the state plan to visit seven craft breweries.

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    Ken Notes: WOW a governor pub crawl! When I was in the Capitol only the governors staff staff did this... Actually thanks for bringing attention to Wisconsin`s emerging marketplace. We need to turn "Craft" into a destination for tourists...

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    Evers Hopes To Name New Economic Development Leader Soon

    Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Leader Mark Hogan To Step Down Next Week

    Gov. Tony Evers says he hopes to name a new leader for Wisconsin`s economic development agency within two weeks.

    Evers told reporters Thursday that he is conducting interviews and reviewing applications now. He said "we have a good mix of people" to replace retiring Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. leader Mark Hogan.

    He is stepping down next week. Hogan was appointed by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, but he stayed on the job after the Legislature prevented Evers from naming a successor until after Sept. 1...


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    Ken Notes: As of Tuesday - Change the details to past tense.

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    Foxconn pledged $100 million to UW-Madison. The school has so far received $700,000.

    Roughly a year since Foxconn Technology Group pledged $100 million to help fund a new UW-Madison engineering building and company-related research, the university said it has received $700,000, less than 1% of the original commitment.

    Foxconn’s partnerships with University of Wisconsin System campuses have seen mixed success so far.

    A UW-Milwaukee program drew more student participation in its first year than originally announced, and Foxconn launched the second year of its “Smart Cities-Smart Futures” manufacturing competition Monday. Last year’s competition yielded 325 submissions from students, faculty, and staff from campuses across the state...

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    Ken Notes: No doubt Foxconn has slowed down to rethink many things. We need to be patient because it is the only real option we have. If we start pointing fingers at WEDC or the previous administration Foxconn could use the chaos to quietly slip out the back door.

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    WI Watchlist: MSI Data, Cellular Dynamics, WARF, Redox, & More
    MSI Data, a Milwaukee-based business that develops software for organizations in the equipment distribution and service contractor industries, said it received an investment from Luminate Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm. The amount was not disclosed. Launched in 2010, MSI Data’s products allow customers to schedule and dispatch technicians, manage inventory, and perform other tasks.The company says in a news release...

    GreenBay Technologies, a Madison-based startup developing data management software, said it has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Informatica, a large, Silicon Valley-based company that develops software for business users. AnHai Doan, a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s computer sciences department, is one of the co-founders of GreenBay Technologies, according to a news release...

    Redox, a Madison-based startup that develops digital tools enabling healthcare applications to exchange data with patient health records systems, said it has teamed up with Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) to simplify the process of installing new software at hospitals and clinics...

    Madison-based Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics is on the verge of opening a $21 million “cleanroom” facility to manufacture stem cells for use in human clinical trials, the Wisconsin State Journal reported...

    UW-Madison published a Q&A with WARF chief venture officer Mike Partsch in which Partsch discusses the $110 million investment fund he helps lead, as well as a separate program called WARF Therapeutics, among other topics...


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    OPINION: Why should Wisconsin drain Lake Michigan for Foxconn?

    The Great Lakes — five inland seas holding one-fifth of all the fresh water on Earth — are vast, but they are not limitless. So it is alarming that Wisconsin intends to send water out of the basin not because public health demands it but because a private company wants it. This cuts against the understanding of the lakes as a public trust and, in an era of nationwide water insecurity, sets a dangerous precedent.

    Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, is building a plant to make LCD screens in Mount Pleasant, Wis. The state that landed Foxconn with environmental waivers and about $4 billion in incentives decided that it was fine for it to have Great Lakes water, too. In 2018, Wisconsin granted a permit for Racine and Foxconn to use 7 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan, taking it outside the area where water naturally returns to the Great Lakes watershed....

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    Ken Notes: A number of half truths and confusion in this article. The Great lakes Compact was set up to prevent abuse of the greatest watershed on earth. So there are MANY checks and balances in place. We do need to hold Foxconn to the highest standards of industrial water use and make them an example of how this can be done. We can do this moving forward. Anna is in the stop Foxconn camp, I am in the the fix Foxconn camp. She gets national attention I get you, so you need to speak out as well regardless of the camp you are in.

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    Louis Woo, a top Foxconn exec, stepping down to address `some personal matters`

    Foxconn executive Louis Woo has "relinquished his project responsibilities to focus on addressing some personal matters," the company confirmed to The Journal Times on Wednesday.

    Woo has been one of the major faces for the Foxconn Technology Group in Wisconsin and its development in Mount Pleasant. Woo also served as special assistant to Foxconn Founder and former-Chairman Terry Gou before Gou decided to step down from the day-to-day operations to run what ended up being an unsuccessful campaign to be president of Taiwan.

    In a statement released to The Journal Times, Foxconn stated:...

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    Notes: To quote Scoobie Doo, "ruh ro"...

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    Foxconn launches second year of "Smart Cities-Smart Futures" competition in Wisconsin

    Foxconn Technology Group has launched the second year of an initiative in which Wisconsin`s public and private universities compete to come up with the best ideas for developing "smart" cities and systems in the state.

    The "Smart Cities-Smart Futures" contest, a three-year competition that Foxconn said awards up to $1 million in cash and technical support to Wisconsin students, faculty and staff, last year drew 325 submissions representing 24 universities and colleges across Wisconsin, resulting in 12 final round winners.  

    Foxconn, which is building a manufacturing complex in Racine County, has said it wants to encourage efforts — smart cities, self-driving vehicles — that hold potential for using products the plant will produce here...

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    Ken Notes:See Foxconn has not yet abandoned ship, lets embrace the program and hope it grows as they find new products to develop and markets to sell them in.

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    A Midcentury Revolution In Farming Would Change Wisconsin Forever

    The first agricultural revolution, which began in the 1830s, saw the heavy draft horse breeds replace the sturdy oxen that had done the heavy work on the farm since colonial days. And then, for many Wisconsin farmers, farming methods remained relatively unchanged for a long time to come — nearly a century, for some...

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    Ken Notes: This is a GREAT read, but the real story is just developing. We are losing 20% of our farms each year yet we are milking more cows that ever before. The future is on the fast track and we are rapidly eliminating the family farm in favor of the corporate farm or CAFO. The writer talks about 100 years of progress I am worried about one decade of decline! Please write about and discuss this issue and let others know if you support that farms that made this such a great state...

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    OPINION: Where Will Future Jobs Come From?

    Those Labor Day think pieces offered few answers. Where do we go from here?

    Labor Day in Wisconsin prompted the usual, annual “think pieces” – from distinguished sources on the sorry state of economic progress in Wisconsin, and especially Milwaukee, notwithstanding the state’s lowest unemployment rate ever at 3%....
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    Ken Notes: This was a good read... I think we need to look at more apprenticeship, UW and Tech (even High School) / business partnerships, a more progressive wage structure, tuition income tax credits, incentives fro all growing businesses...

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    Get an early look at Wisconsin`s first Wahlburgers restaurant: Slideshow

    Chef Paul Wahlberg thinks of food as sensory.

    “It can put you in a very specific time and place in your life,” he said.

    Wahlberg said the chain of restaurants he runs with his brothers Mark and Donnie aims to transport people back to special places like their grandmother’s kitchen. The celebrity siblings debuted their Wahlburgers concept in October 2011 in Massachusetts.

    On Tuesday, Wisconsin’s first Wahlburgers restaurant is scheduled to open as part of The Corners of Brookfield...

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    Ken Notes: I will remain a Dotty Dumpling`s Dowry fan for life but this look pretty cool. We may need to road trip to "The Corners" though. Can we get Mark Wahlberg to meet with us???

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    Stella Hotel and Ballroom selected as economic development finalist

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Association has selected downtown Kenosha’s newest gem, the Stella Hotel and Ballroom, as a finalist for its Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse award.

    The award, part of the Community and Economic Development awards program, is to be presented today at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison.

    The Stella, 5706 Eighth Ave., is one of three nominees for the award...

    Others from WEDA:

    • Real Estate Development and Reuse – The Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse award honors innovative real estate redevelopment or reuse projects that have had a positive impact on a community’s economy, including job growth and increased tax base.

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    ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meeting provides farmers a platform for conversation

    STRATFORD, Wis (WSAW) -- Dozens of people in Wisconsin are talking about the current status of Wisconsin agriculture and the future for the rural communities. For one week, four family-owned farms across the state will open their doors to the community as part of the 2019 ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings.

    “We meet regularly with our partners of Wisconsin Counties Association and Wisconsin Towns Association, but once a year we do a series of these meetings across Wisconsin,” explained Shelly Mayer who is the Executive Director of Professional Dairy Producers. “We think it`s really important that dairy farmers are at the table especially as others are talking about what they want the community to look like.”...

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    Innovation is the engine for economic growth

    Economists’ understanding of economic growth and development processes has evolved with the times to an appreciation, in 2019, that the engine of growth and development is innovation.

    New products and services, novel approaches to social issues, and an entrepreneurial spirit of collaboration and creativity to implement new ideas, are vital now — perhaps more so than ever due to the increasingly competitive global market.

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    Ken Notes: See...

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    Trade mission emphasizes exports, connections with Japanese-owned businesses in Wisconsin
    Gov. Tony Evers participated in the first full day of the Midwest U.S.–Japan Association (MWJA) Conference in Tokyo on Monday, Sept. 9, and met with corporate leaders from Kikkoman, Komatsu, and Toyota to discuss their companies’ investments in Wisconsin.

    The governor is in Japan on his first international trade mission to meet with corporate and government leaders, highlight Japanese investments in Wisconsin businesses and promote the state’s exports. He is leading a 28-member delegation that includes 12 officials from nine Wisconsin businesses.

    In his first address to the MWJA, Gov. Evers emphasized the longstanding ties and deep relationships between Japan and Wisconsin...

    See Also:

    Gov. Evers Hosts “Opportunity in Wisconsin” Networking Breakfast in Tokyo

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    These Are the Highest-Paying Jobs in the U.S.

    Many people make career decisions based on how much they can earn. If you faint at the sight of blood, it`s probably not a great idea to become a doctor because it pays well. But if you`re equally enamored with being a physician and being a social worker, you might lean toward the better-paying job.




    1 Physician               $193,415
    2 Pharmacy manager        $144,768
    3 Dentist                 $142,478
    4 Pharmacist              $126,438
    5 Enterprise architect    $122,585
    6 Corporate counsel       $117,588
    7 Software manager        $114,163
    8 Physician assistant     $113,855
    9 Corporate controller    $113,368
    10 Software dev mgr       $109,809

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    StartingBlock unveils `last piece of the puzzle` with larger, later-stage startups

    Fifteen months after its opening, the Madison entrepreneurship center StartingBlock has announced that it will soon have “the last piece of the puzzle” in place: a previously empty floor occupied by six of the city’s more promising later-stage startups and tech companies.

    StartingBlock, a nonprofit within American Family Insurance`s Spark building at 821 E. Washington Ave., has been in development since 2012, when a group of community business leaders unveiled their plan to take Madison’s startup economy “to the next level” with a hub of entrepreneurship. Since its soft launch in June of 2018, the eastside center has hosted a mix of mentorship groups, accelerators, startups and entrepreneurs in a shared office space over two floors.

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    Ken Notes: I love the grow your own philosophy...

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    Mortenson Development Begins Construction 176-Room Hilton Garden Inn Madison Adjacent to University of Wisconsin – Madison

    Madison, WI – (August 19, 2019) – Mortenson Development has announced that it has completed the land purchase and hotel brand negotiations and that construction has started on the seven-story, 176-room Hilton Garden Inn Madison development project, located at 770 Regent Street. The site is strategically positioned adjacent to both the Southwest Commuter Bike Path and East Campus Mall, which connect pedestrians to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, providing convenient access to campus facilities including the Kohl Center, an arena and athletics center; Memorial Union, the student union on Lake Mendota; and Camp Randall Stadium, home to the Wisconsin Badgers football team.

    The Hilton Garden Inn Madison, designed by Wisconsin-based Kahler Slater architects with interior design by Design Force Corporation, will include a bar, restaurant, junior ballroom for events, fitness center and a 200+-stall parking garage...

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    Updated: Kmart closing three more Wisconsin stores

    Three of the last five Kmart stores in Wisconsin are expected to close by the end of the year and a fourth will close in November...

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    Ken Notes: Communities need to look at big box adaptive reuse options...

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    Streetcar`s financing options limited locally, study finds

    Rob Henken said a Wisconsin Policy Forum study into how Milwaukee finances its streetcar system discovered a potential dilemma regarding the goal to build track to city neighborhoods that aren’t experiencing new development...

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    Ken Notes: I remain a fan of the program and would point out that it would be short sighted to only serve corridors that are underdeveloped. It is a system and as such it must serve the greater community.

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    Colorado developer `impressed` with Oak Creek, plans two Howell Avenue projects

    Colorado developer Bradbury Properties is planning two large developments along Howell Avenue in Oak Creek to make its entry into the Wisconsin market, including self-storage units and a to-be-determined project near the airport...

    ...“As we studied various new acquisition and development opportunities, we have been very impressed with how Oak Creek is emerging as a high-level community with its impressive new town center and the area’s solid job base,” Bradbury wrote.

    For Ken`s Note...

    All Oak Creek Articles From WDN Here...

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    Ken Notes: We should look at what communities like Oak Creek are doing to attract business and jobs and share this with other communities in the state. A simple best practices data base makes sense, I should point out that WisconsinDevelopment.com is searchable and has a decade or more of articles in our archives see the link above for an example.

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    A riverway runs through it

    Thirty years ago government worked and the lower Wisconsin was protected

    In the summer of 1959, Bud Jordahl set his canoe in the Wisconsin River somewhere below the dam at Prairie du Sac and dipped his paddle into the water pushing toward Prairie du Chien roughly 90 miles away.

    That was the start of three decades of an often bitter fight for the soul of the lower Wisconsin, but it culminated in landmark legislation protecting the riverway from development and assuring that anyone following in Jordahl’s wake would experience almost exactly what he did that summer 60 years ago..


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    Ken Notes: Great read and a great place.

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    Tsai completes purchase of Nets, arena, hires Levy as CEO
    The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO.

    Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday, then announced that he had hired former Turner Broadcasting President David Levy to oversee both.

    Tsai`s purchase of the Nets was unanimously approved Wednesday by the NBA`s board of governors. He spent nearly $3.5 billion for the team and the arena, a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise....

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    Ken Notes: WOW!

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    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... and... A sponsor of Wisconsin Development News   ...more

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    Tourism grant to help Florence County promote its ‘wild rivers’

    FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County Economic Development will use a $3,800 Wisconsin Department of Tourism Joint Effort Marketing grant to promote its “wild rivers” — the Pine and Popple.

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    Ken Notes: Jem is GREAT TOOL!

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    Gov. Evers announces Beaver Dam Commerce Park is ready for development
    Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that the Beaver Dam Commerce Park has been certified as ready for development by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) Certified In Wisconsin Program.

    The commerce park is located between Madison, Milwaukee and Fond du Lac. Situated along U.S. Highway 151 at Hemlock Road and county highways A and W, it is one of Wisconsin’s largest available industrial sites.

    According to Evers, business located in the park can reach more than half of the U.S. population within one day’s truck delivery time and 75% within two days...

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    Ken Notes: I like the distribution comments and the size of this park...

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    Alliant Energy Among Tops in Economic Development
    Alliant energy has been chosen by Site Selection magazine as among the top 20 US utilities based on the company’s contribution to the local economies and communities in its service area.  Alliant, which provides electricity for most of Sheboygan County, was noted for collaborating with local, regional and state partners for delivering more than $1.4 billion in new capital investment and more than 36 hundred new jobs in its Iowa and Wisconsin service areas last year.  The Beaver Dam Commerce Park was noted among projects that help Alliant make Site Selection’s top-20 list for the first time.  Alliant was selected from a field of around 3,300 electric utilities across the country, including around 900 cooperatives.   ...more

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    Wisconsin roundup: AG Kaul warns hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in lawsuit settlements; more news stories

    Wisconsin`s attorney general says tens of millions of dollars are at stake in lawsuit settlements held up now by a dispute between his office and state lawmakers.

    Josh Kaul says if the stalemate continues the at-risk figure could grow to hundreds of millions of dollars. Kaul spoke about the situation at the Marquette University Law School Tuesday. A law passed during last December`s lame-duck session requires the AG to get the approval for settlements from the Joint Finance Committee — but there is no process in place determining how that would work...

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    Midwest Energy Research Consortium: Economic Development Administration announces $1.67 Million for M-WERC

    Investment will fund equipment to train electrical assembly workers

    MILWAUKEE – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will help drive economic growth in Wisconsin with the investment of $1.67 Million in the Midwest Energy Research Consortium’s Energy Innovation Advanced Training & Development Center. The investment (including a $835K grant from EDA) will be used to purchase state of the art training and development equipment for the M-WERC Center..
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    Report from investigation into Dane County Jail construction to remain confidential for now

    The results of an investigation into the construction of the downtown Public Safety Building remain confidential until two Dane County committees can vote on whether to make the information public.

    The Dane County Board of Supervisors asked for the investigation because original plans indicated the building was built to support additional floors, which is not the case today. Because of this, Dane County is pursuing a $148 million renovation plan for the jail that is nearly twice the cost of the original plan to expand the Public Safety Building. 

    “I do believe the public should have a right to see the secret report and to see what`s in it,” Supervisor Tim Kiefer, District 25, said. “I think it does have information in it that is important for the public to know.”...

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    Ken Notes: We should see this and more importantly we should revisit the problem and potential solutions from the ground up. While transit is an issue the cost of a facility downtown vs, a few miles out could be eye opening.

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    Gov. Evers announces $500K for 13 projects to reduce homelessness

    MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Gov Tony Evers on Wednesday announced grants for 13 projects around the state to combat the homeless problem.

    The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority released $500,000 in state funds for programs that help people who are homeless. More than half of that grant money -- $281,500 -- is going to agencies in Northeast Wisconsin.

    • Oshkosh: $100,000 to Advocap to help purchase a building for a permanent supportive housing project with 13 apartments;

    • Appleton: $70,000 to Community Outreach Temporary Services (C.O.T.S.) for renovations and HVAC upgrades to their transitional housing facility;

    • Brown County: $70,000 to NEWCAP to help buy a duplex to provide two permanent supportive housing units;

    • Shawano:: $25,000 to Shawano Area Matthew 25 (SAM-25) for rehabilitation and accessibility upgrades to their emergency shelter;

    • Green Bay: $16,500 to House of Hope for security upgrades at their emergency shelter;

    The governor`s office says 44 agencies in 25 counties applied for the grants. They added up to more than $3 million.   ...more

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    Dispute Over Bull-Semen Technology Continues in Wisconsin
    More than five years of litigation over bovine technology that converts raw bull ejaculate into sex-specific semen for cattle breeding continued in Wisconsin federal court Tuesday, as a Wisconsin bull-stud and a Texas semen-sexing firm delivered opening statements in their latest round of legal beefing.

    The fracas began in July 2014 when ABS Global, a cattle breeder based in DeForest, Wisconsin, sued Inguran LLC, a Texas-based company that processes bull semen into sexed samples, for allegedly violating antitrust laws by boxing out marketplace competition for chromosomal sorting technologies...

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    Ken Notes: Just a note software companies have gotten around this for decades by blindly recreating the technology. UW???

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    Foxconn pledged $100 million to UW-Madison

    It`s been about a year since Foxconn Technology Group pledged $100 million to help fund a new UW-Madison engineering building and company-related research. According to the university it has received $700,000, less than 1% of the original commitment.

    Foxconn`s partnerships with University of Wisconsin System campuses have seen mixed success so far.

    A UW-Milwaukee program drew more student participation in its first year than originally announced and Foxconn launched the second year of its "Smart Cities-Smart Futures" manufacturing competition Monday. Last year`s competition yielded 325 submissions from students, faculty, and staff from campuses across the state.

    But developments appear to be progressing slowly at the flagship campus. Some UW-Madison officials visited company locations in Asia last spring, but a System-wide trip to Foxconn sites was postponed last fall and has yet to be rescheduled....

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    Ken Notes: Great Review and catch up article...

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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: City of Ashland receives $155,400 state grant to assist in renovation of community childcare center

    MADISON, WI.– The City of Ashland is receiving a $155,400 state grant to help finance the renovation of an existing commercial building into a brand-new child care facility.

    The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support a complete interior renovation of the future EverGrow Learning Center (EGLC) near the downtown area in order to serve the residents of Ashland and surrounding communities with adequate childcare options, thus allowing for increased participation in the labor force.

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    ROC Ventures in running for economic development award for Ballpark Commons project

    ROC Ventures of Franklin has been selected as a finalist for the Wisconsin Economic Development Association’s Public Private Partnership economic development award for its Ballpark Commons project.

    The award is part of the Community and Economic Development Awards program established by WEDA to recognize businesses, projects and organizations that are making significant contributions to Wisconsin’s economy...

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    OPINION: Rethinking State Economic Policies

    With a new administration in Madison—and the recent announcement of new leadership on the state development commission—this is a good time to rethink the role of economic development in Wisconsin. As a new report from the Upjohn Foundation‘s Tim Bartik suggests, “… governors and mayors … find it difficult to resist handing out large tax incentives to major corporations, ideally paid for by their political successors.”

    Certainly, that fits the Wisconsin experience. The Foxconn subsidy is an extreme example of where the conventional process leads. Bartik notes that “The Foxconn offer, as a percentage of the facility’s value-added, is more than 10 times the national average, and 10 times Wisconsin’s typical incentives.”...

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    Ken Notes: I have been saying much of this for 12 years now. I hope there is real positive change on the horizon but I have not seen any legislative ideas come to fruition and change must be bipartisan and systemic. Wouldn`t have been cool to work with 10 "Foxconn`s" across the State instead of just one. Some would fail some would thrive and Wisconsin would grow.

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    Gulfstream opens its new service center at Appleton International Airport, expects to create 200 jobs

    GREENVILLE - The long-awaited new Gulfstream service center is officially open at the Appleton International Airport.

    The nearly 190,000-square-foot building represents a nearly $40 million investment and is expected to create roughly 200 jobs. 

    State and local officials and business leaders came out to celebrate the ribbon-cutting at the Gulfstream hangar on Discovery Drive on Friday.

    Gov. Tony Evers said the expansion is a testament to Wisconsin`s ability to attract businesses...

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    Ken Notes: Close, we did not attract Gulfstream we grew them out of KC Aviation. It is the coolest production facility I have ever worked with. They take craftsmanship to new levels...

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    WEDC names members of new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee

    Lisa Mauer, the chair of the board of directors of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., has named 15 members to the new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee, which will meet later this month.

    The WEDC board created the committee in response to a request from Gov. Tony Evers earlier this year. The governor noted at the time that Wisconsin lags other states in small business creation. He said the committee would compliment WEDC’s existing programs to assist entrepreneurs...

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    Wisconsin’s Rural Broadband Access Gets $160M Boost From FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently awarded more than $160 million to support broadband internet access across Wisconsin. The funding will help providers maintain, improve and expand high-speed internet access for around 21,000 homes and businesses.

    The funding is being allocated through the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) program within the Universal Service Fund, which funds projects that expand access to communication services for all Americans...

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    Ken Notes: WOW 7K per home! I still think we should tie 5G to rural coverage. Less wire more speed and the fiber is just sitting there...

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    New production facility to bring 250 jobs to Century City Business Park on Milwaukee`s north side

    A company is bringing 250 jobs to Milwaukee`s Century City Business Park, providing a big boost for that lagging north side development.

    The name of the company, and other details, aren`t yet being released by the Department of City Development.

    But a Tuesday statement says it`s "a long-established Wisconsin company that plans to build a new, state-of-the-art production facility at Century City."...

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    Committee gives nod to Tony Evers` workforce development, tourism appointees

    Two more secretary picks by Gov. Tony Evers have received nods of approval — yet questions linger regarding if and when the Republican-controlled Senate will formally confirm the Democratic governor’s growing cabinet.

    A state Senate committee on Tuesday approved the nominations of Caleb Frostman as secretary of the Department of Workforce Development and Sara Meaney as secretary of the Department of Tourism.

    Frostman, a former Democratic senator from Sturgeon Bay, is the former executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corp. He was elected to the Senate in a 2018 special election, but lost that November to Republican Rep. Andre Jacque...

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    Ken Notes: I do think the Governor should have the respect of the Senate regardless of their political goals. His cabinet is his decision and the approval process should only evaluate the ability to serve not a political agenda.

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    Johnson-Sabir, Kirgues among appointees to new WEDC committee focused on startups

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. on Wednesday announced the names of Wisconsin business leaders who will make up the state`s new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee, which was created earlier this year to develop opportunities for startup companies in Wisconsin.

    The diverse list of 15 appointees includes JoAnne Johnson-Sabir, co-founder of Milwaukee`s Sherman Phoenix who recently joined a new outfit at American Family Insurance; John Miller, founder and principal at Arenberg Holdings; and Erik Iverson, managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the patent and technology licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

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    Ken Notes: Interesting mix...

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    Arts Wisconsin: Seeks nominations for 2019 Arts in the Community Awards
    Presented in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities
    nomination deadline 8-30-19


    The eleventh annual Arts in the Community Awards, presented by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, honor communities and civic leaders around the state for championing the arts, culture and creativity as integral to economic, educational and community vitality. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, August 30, 2019. Visit www.artswisconsin.org for full nomination information.
    The award winners will be recognized on Thursday, October 24, 2019 during the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ 121th annual conference, at the KI Center/Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, WI.

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    Sold to the highest bidder: one historic lighthouse sitting at the tip of Lake Superior’s Wisconsin Point.

    The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) auctioned off the red-roofed tower last week to Steven Broudy of California for $159,000. The Superior Harbor Entry Light was the latest property relinquished by the federal government under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, which seeks to find suitable stewards for lighthouses the Coast Guard and federal agencies no longer need.

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    Ken Notes: Do not know what it will cost to maintain and renovate but I see a very cool Bed & Breakfast...

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    Lakefront YMCA plans fall through; 401 Wisconsin plan doubtful
    A major, previously announced lakefront development plan for the former Racine Family YMCA has disappeared, and another would-be housing project at 401 Wisconsin Ave. currently looks doubtful.

    Cardinal Capital President Erich Schwenker said last week that his company decided not to do the YMCA tower project at 725 Lake Ave. He did not go into detail about that decision but said: “The mayor had a vision; we will not be involved in that.” ...

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    Ken Notes: I miss playing the development game.

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    UW-Madison is receiving more than $450,000 in federal funding for an initiative aiding farmers and businesses in Wisconsin to innovate and modernize the dairy industry.

    Rep. Bryan Steil announced Wednesday UW-Madison will receive $454,392 in funding through the Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives.

    “Wisconsin’s dairy industry is a vital part of our state," said Steil. "It’s important to support our farmers who are working hard to stay in business despite low milk prices and limited access to international markets."...

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    Ken Notes: Milk prices are up as well but this all amy be too little too late...

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    Yes, lemonade stands are illegal in Wisconsin — but a new bill could change that

    When life gives you lemonade, don’t plan on selling it at a lemonade stand. The lemonade stand, that nostalgic image of young entrepreneurship, is actually illegal in 35 states, including Wisconsin, without permit and/or license.

    Though you might roll your eyes, governments tend to cite food and drug safety laws for the bans. Current Wisconsin law requires any food retailers to obtain a food processing plant license. The license needed is meant to be purchased by food retailers who operate mobile or temporary restaurants and costs as much as $150...

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    Wisconsin`s Moore Construction hires business development manager

    Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based Moore Construction Services has hired Bridget Fritz as business development director. In this newly created position, Fritz’s will focus on growing brand awareness in Southeastern Wisconsin, while driving new business opportunities. Fritz will also be responsible for the development and execution of the annual company marketing plan.

    Fritz graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in business and marketing education. She comes to Moore Construction Services after two years in Human Resources at Kohl’s Corporation, holding positions as both a corporate and campus recruiter...

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    Plan Would Redevelop Johnson’s Park Site

    Developer Brandon Rule plans affordable housing and some "entertainment" at former mini-golf park.

    Developer Brandon Rule plans to redevelop the former Johnson’s Park entertainment center near N. 76th St. and W. Good Hope Rd.

    The developer, who just celebrated the completion of his first project, is seeking to develop affordable apartments on the city-owned site as well as a possible boutique hotel and “entertainment entity.”

    To finance the $18 million project, Rule Enterprises will first seek low-income housing tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). The competitive program requires Rule to have “site control,” which he appeared before the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Tuesday morning to secure...

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    New Health Center Planned for Menomonee Falls
    Delivering on a promise to expand access to healthcare in Wisconsin, Ascension Wisconsin today announced its plans to open a new health center in the Village of Menomonee Falls. The health center will provide access to primary, specialty, hospital and emergency services.

    The first floor of the two-story, 33,000-square-foot health center will house a 16,500-square-foot small-scale hospital with emergency services and eight inpatient beds. The hospital will be owned and operated by Ascension Wisconsin Emerus JV, LLC which is a joint venture between Ascension Wisconsin and Emerus Holdings...
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    Wisconsin lawmakers propose new bill to raise legal smoking age
    The legal smoking age in Wisconsin could be going up if a new initiative makes its way through the state legislature.

    Tobacco and nicotine use amongst Wisconsin’s youth is increasing at a staggering rate according to the American Heart Association, but a new bill is looking to protect Wisconsin’s youth from the dangerous habit.

    Representative Jodi Emerson says that the rise in youth smoking numbers is mostly attributed to vaping.

    "One of the things that we`re seeing a huge growth in children, adolescents, teens, is vaping,” Emerson said. “They`re thinking, I don`t want to smoke or use cigarettes, but vaping, in their mind, is a healthy alternative."...

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    Ken Notes: Not a bad idea but we really need to focus on getting tobacco away from those under 18....

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    The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) announced that May yer (pronounced “mine-za”) Thao was selected by Governor Tony

    In this leadership role, May yer will utilize her business development experience and strategic relationships to expand WHEDA’s mission in underserved communities. She will also represent WHEDA on the Governor’s Council on Mental Health.

    “I am very excited to utilize my experience to lead WHEDA’s efforts to reach more underserved populations,” said May yer. “I look forward to working with WHEDA’s dedicated employees and partners to help strengthen areas that are very much in need of new economic investment.”...

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    River Prairie Project wins prominent economic development award

    MADISON, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE) -- The River Prairie project in Altoona, WI won the Economic Development Initiative award at the annual Community and Economic Development Awards (CEDA) ceremony, held September 11, 2019, at The Edgewater Hotel in Madison.

    The CEDA Awards program was established by the Wisconsin
    Economic Development Association (WEDA) to recognize businesses, projects, and organizations that are making significant contributions to Wisconsin’s economy.

    The Economic Development Initiative award honors innovative community and economic development efforts that successfully promote growth and prosperity in Wisconsin communities...

    See Also:

    Acuity Receives New Honor From Economic Development Association...

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    700-mile bike network planned for Milwaukee and surrounding Southeastern Wisconsin counties

    After years of anemic bike trail funding, a group of lawmakers and bike advocates are looking to kick-start Wisconsin’s bike trail initiatives with a “catalytic” project in the southeast corner of the state.

    The Route of the Badger would create a more than 700-mile trail system by connecting a patchwork of existing trails in seven counties in and around Milwaukee. Backers say the project would enhance recreational opportunities, promote healthy lifestyles, boost commuter biking and inject millions of tourism dollars into local economies...

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    New headquarters for Angelus Corporation expected to be ready in Pewaukee in summer 2020

    The Angelus Corp., which provides aerospace and defense products and services, is moving its headquarters and manufacturing facility to the city of Pewaukee.

    Currently located in Sussex, the new Pewaukee facility will double the size of the existing facility, increasing from about 25,000 square feet to roughly 50,000 square feet...

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

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

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

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

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