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This Weeks Articles...

  1. Madison commission asks for three-block `Summer on State` proposal
  2. Scott Resnick: Fetch shows potential for high-growth technology companies in Wisconsin
  3. Plan Commission halts Raemisch Farm development over F35s, environmental impacts
  4. Titletown Development welcomes Miron Construction at Titletown Office
  5. Madison firm developing lab-grown seafood raises $1.6M in pre-seed round
  6. Kimberly-Clark to move 250 jobs from Neenah, will open Chicago location
  7. Milwaukee area beer gardens are growing. This summer`s lineup is to include new sites in downtown Milwaukee, Bayshore and Waukesha.
  8. Foxconn talks continue in Wisconsin
  9. New development proposal would mean a tear down of an old Madison icon
  10. Wisconsin legislators, ag groups push expanded ag export funding bill
  11. Wisconsin communities receive $90 million from HUD to address homelessness, develop affordable housing
  12. Affordable housing in high demand as Milwaukee approves $7M for efforts
  13. Newly Proposed Plan Aims to Address Madison’s Housing Crisis
  14. Report: Milwaukee housing leaders say affordable housing developments should be located near job hubs, suburbs
  15. OrthoIllinois withdraws proposal for Wisconsin ASC after controversy
  16. BMO Tower: Project of the Year — Milwaukee Business Journal 2021 Real Estate Awards
  17. Wauwatosa advances development with up to 525 apartments for site near village area
  18. Building a Gaming Industry Ecosystem in the Madison Region
  19. Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative Lends Helping Hand to Sheboygan County Restaurateurs
  20. This bird seed benefits more than just birds
  21. Hospitality industry struggling to hire

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In Business Commercial Design Awards 2021
In Business magazine invites your participation in the 14th annual Commercial Design Awards. The award honors the best commercial design projects built in Wisconsin. The winners will be featured in the April 2021 issue of In Business magazine with the 2021 Project of the Year gracing the cover of this anticipated issue...

2021 CDA Project of the Year, Best Renovation–Office: Exact Sciences Discovery Campus–Customer Service Center Office + Amenities Building

2021 CDA Best New Development–Office: Bell Laboratories Headquarters

2021 CDA Best New Development or Renovation–Health Care: Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hillsboro Clinic

2021 CDA Best New Development or Renovation–Education: Beloit College Powerhouse


Ken Notes: Congrats to all the winners! GREAT photos at the link and in the articles! Amazing projects this year...

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The Masters
Official home of The 2021 Masters at Augusta National. Get scores, player information, patron information, watch live.

The 85th Masters begins Thursday with innumerable storylines entering the year`s most thrilling major championship, which is thankfully returning to its normal April spot in the golf calendar. The azaleas are in full bloom, the Augusta National course is set to play tough, and an absolutely stacked field is ready to roll at the first major of the season...

...Once again, Lee Elder has made history at the Masters.

Forty-six years ago, in 1975, Elder broke a longstanding color barrier when he became the first Black man to play in the Tournament. On Thursday morning, with the sun just starting to climb above the Georgia pines, he served as an Honorary Starter for the 2021 Masters Tournament, joining his good friends and old rivals Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player on the first tee...

Video of start!


Ken Notes: A sign that life is returning to normal and if you are back at the office here is a link you can use to return to the normalcy of wasting time while there. I teared up a little watching the start, I love life!!!

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Wisconsin to award $5,000 grants to small businesses
More than 9,000 Wisconsin businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are slated to receive grants of up to $5,000, Gov. Tony Evers announced.

The grants are for businesses who applied for pandemic relief through Wisconsin’s “We’re All In” program, an initiative aimed at supporting small businesses throughout the state.

“Our small businesses have had to innovate to stay afloat this past year and that’s why it’s critically important we make sure they have the resources to recover and bounce back from this pandemic,” Evers said in a statement...

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: Releases report outlining state’s economic recovery strategy
MADISON, WI. APRIL 6, 2021 — A new report from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) sets out a comprehensive strategy for investing in people to help Wisconsin recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes announced today.

The report, Wisconsin Tomorrow: Building an Economy for All, is intended to help guide the state’s use of federal American Rescue Package (ARP) funds as well other public and private sector investments, Hughes said.

“A strategy for investment, for economic recovery and for growth must draw upon the authentic Wisconsin ideal – that everyone deserves an opportunity to prosper. Central to this strategy is a comprehensive approach that promotes economic well-being for every person in our state, which must focus on removing obstacles, valuing all individuals, and understanding their needs and their dreams,” she said...

he complete report can be found at: https://wedc.org/wisconsin-tomorrow-report-pdf.

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Developer wants to raze Coliseum and Wonder bars for $40 million, 18-story project

A developer is proposing to demolish two popular, adjacent, South Side bar-restaurants for a $40 million-plus, 18-story housing project with first-floor commercial and office space near the Alliant Energy Center.

McGrath Property Group hopes to raze the Coliseum Bar & Banquet, 232 E. Olin Ave., and The Wonder Bar steakhouse, 222 E. Olin Ave., for the 18-story structure, which would offer 291 apartments and 12,500 square feet of commercial space and parking.

The building would likely be the city’s third-tallest behind the state Capitol and UW-Madison’s Van Hise Hall, and certainly the tallest building with a residential component, city officials said.


Ken Notes: Interesting...

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Promega Opens New Research & Development Facility Supporting Science at the Edge of Innovation

Promega Corporation today announced the opening of Kornberg Center, the biotech company’s newly constructed research and development facility on its Fitchburg, WI campus. The three-story, 280,000-square-foot building, named for Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Arthur Kornberg, will support core product and technology development in life science research, cellular and molecular biology, genetic identity, clinical diagnostic and scientific applications and training....


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Ken Notes: I love this company....

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Wisconsin Business Owners Say Federal Stimulus Can Help Them Build Post-Pandemic Futures

Hard-Hit Restaurant, Hospitality Sectors Will Receive Grant Funds Beginning This Month

Leaders of Wisconsin businesses in hard-hit sectors say the millions in federal aid set to be distributed is a chance to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic`s effects and make lasting changes in their industries.

Restaurant and hospitality business owners spoke Wednesday at a virtual listening session convened by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The session included businesses from urban and rural parts of the state, who discussed how funds from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package can help them in the short term and set up Wisconsin businesses for success after the pandemic.

"We have been hit very hard financially," said Michelle Tressler, co-owner of Green Bay`s Hinterland Brewery....

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Innovation One completes at University Research Park in Madison, Wis.

Valerio Dewalt Train designed the project.

University Research Park (URP) recently partnered with Valerio Dewalt Train (VDT) to produce a master plan meant to enliven and densify the office park’s existing facilities. A master plan was created with the intention of carving a new road from a bordering main artery street and adding below-grade parking to leave the ground level open for public space and amenities accessible by foot.

The master plan caught the eye of Exact Sciences, a molecular diagnostics company, which led to the company committing to working with URP and VDT to design an office building to serve as its headquarters. The new facility would bring together their executive and R&D teams into a single, collaborative, amenity-such space...


Ken Notes: Wow!!!

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Business owners tell Lt. Gov. Barnes to expand BadgerCare, broadband
At a Wednesday listening session, small business owners from across the state told Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and the state’s economic development agency about the policy changes they believe will help businesses like theirs recover from the pandemic and thrive in the years ahead. High on the list: expanding access to broadband internet and BadgerCare.

The event comes as the Legislature begins its budget process, choosing which measures from Gov. Tony Evers’ $91 billion two-year spending plan to toss and which to keep. Already, the state has spent more than $370 million in federal dollars allocated through the CARES Act to support Wisconsin small businesses, farms and the hospitality and tourism industry. And just yesterday, Evers announced that the state would use more than $46 million in remaining CARES Act dollars to provide $5,000 grants to an estimated 9,300 small businesses across the state that applied for pandemic relief...

Ken Notes: Interesting, why not make badger care or the government insurance option available to everyone. Wisconsin cold lead the nation in health care reform.

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UW-Madison hires former Foxconn official to build business relationships
 The University of Wisconsin-Madison has hired a former official with Foxconn Technology Group to lead the university`s Office of Business Engagement.

John Garnetti will lead the office as managing director, UW-Madison said Thursday. He starts April 26.

In his new role, Garnetti will support and execute the Office of Business Engagement`s strategic vision, lead and grow the office`s team of engagement directors, and expand existing and cultivate new business relationships across all UW schools and colleges. Garnetti will report to Christopher Kozina, assistant vice chancellor for industry engagement....

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WED AM News: Distillers find opportunity, innovation in pandemic; Packers CEO highlights success off the field
Wisconsin distilleries Driftless Glen and Wollersheim see opportunity and innovation amid the global pandemic. 

Baraboo’s Driftless Glen made a conscious effort about four years ago to push its bourbon to off-premise consumption, such as in liquor stores. When the pandemic hit, that decision paid off with 2020 wholesales surpassing those in 2019...

Ken Notes: Please remember to look at our new WisCraftNews.com and subscribe to follow the Craft Beer, Wine and Spirits in Wisconsin...


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Proposed location for men’s shelter causes controversy

District 17 alder says city has `out of sight, out of mind` mentality

In a quiet corner of the east side, adjacent to East-Towne mall, there is a struggle brewing that has thrown the mayor’s office, residents, advocates for the homeless and property developers into a showdown, with millions of dollars potentially on the line....

Ken Notes: We need to stop building shelters and start building micro units with shared amenities and mental health support. When will we learn this is actually a cheaper option...

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The St. Croix Crossing is fueling a Twin Cities-driven boom in western Wisconsin
Lift Bridge Brewery`s announcement last week that it is opening a second taproom in New Richmond isn`t the only sign of economic development in western Wisconsin.

The state of play: Yes, Lift Bridge chose Wisconsin in part because of its more lenient liquor laws that will allow it to sell more products from the brewery, but co-founder Brad Glynn told Axios the $690 million St. Croix Crossing was also a factor...

Ken Notes: Imagine what a great rail system could do...

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Public Hearing Set For 36 Condo Unit Development In Waukesha

The Aspen Overlook condominium development will be located on the west side of Tenny Avenue directly across from the Meijer store.

WAUKESHA, WI—The Waukesha Common Council will meet on Thursday for a public hearing regarding a 36-unit condo development.

The Aspen Overlook condominium development will be located on the west side of Tenny Avenue directly across from the Meijer store, on a currently vacant, 11 acre of land.

The project will be 9 four-unit buildings, for a total of 36 condo units. About five acres at the south end of the property will be left as green space, according to city documents.

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Associated Bank Announces Community Commitment of $3.37 Billion

Three-year Commitment Plan Designed to Help Communities Thrive

GREEN BAY, Wis., April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Associated Bank, N.A. today announced its $3.37 billion Community Commitment Plan (Plan) focused on helping the communities it serves across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. This is a 40 percent increase from the 2018-2020 Plan and the organization`s most significant commitment to date. The Plan sets forth the company`s three-year commitment to help communities grow and prosper through sound financial services, volunteerism and community investment.

Highlights of Associated`s commitments include:....

....A copy of the 2021-2023 Plan can be found at https://www.associatedbank.com/pdf/CommunityCommitmentPlan.pdf


Ken Notes: Thank you!

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Wisconsin GOP plans for spending federal stimulus may not be allowed
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The majority of Wisconsin Republicans’ plans for spending $3.2 billion in federal stimulus money either may not be allowed under the law or might have to be repaid, according to nonpartisan analyses of the bills that are moving quickly through the Legislature.

Republicans are moving to pass bills that would spend the federal money as they want, rather than as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers intends. The law gives the governor control over most of the money and he has provided few details on how he intends for it to be spent. Evers has signaled he will veto the Republican measures.

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Wisconsin unemployment rate ninth lowest in U.S., but officials are keeping an eye on vaccinations and worker shortage
Devonte Cunningham walked out of Wisconsin State Fair Park a happy man Friday after being hired for his second part-time job.  

Cunningham recently landed a part-time job at a grocery store, and after a successful interview at a job fair, he will join a crew to clean and sanitize the State Fair Park buildings before, during and after events.  

It`s been a difficult several months for Cunningham, who was out of work and called job hunting during the pandemic "very, very, very stressful.”

“With coronavirus, everybody closed, Jesus, I’m glad I got these two jobs. I thank God for that," he said...


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Sow’s Ear: Wins first Main Street Mini-Makeover contest

MADISON, WI. APRIL 5, 2021 – The Sow’s Ear, a yarn and coffee shop in downtown Verona, has been named the winner in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) inaugural Main Street Mini-Makeover contest.

An outgrowth of the popular Main Street Makeover contest, the Mini-Makeover was designed specifically to benefit retailers who want a new look in anticipation of welcoming customers back this summer. The larger makeover contest generally requires a full-scale remodel and has substantial costs, while the mini-makeover will provide a simpler merchandising refresh.

“For every business able and willing to undertake the commitment of a full makeover, there are many that would benefit equally from a simpler approach,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “Helping businesses refresh and update their look is one of the ways WEDC can help keep our downtowns vibrant.”


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Department Of Workforce Development Warns About Surge Of Fraudulent Activity

The state of Wisconsin is warning people about a surge of fraudulent activity concerning unemployment benefits this week.

The Department of Workforce Development says people were being contacted by email, social media, and phone calls.

A fake account called the “Wisconsin Department of Workforce” was trying to get personal information with the goal of intercepting the victims’ unemployment insurance benefits.


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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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