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SmartCode version 9-2 - Linked fixed...

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.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 120 Date: 2/22/2019 10:32:08 AM

A reader sent a report they developed...

Ken Notes: Remember WDNews is a great way to share your work with Wisconsin`s Development Community. No adds or promotional materials unless you are a sponsor...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 100 Date: 2/22/2019 10:50:43 AM

The Madison Commercial Brokers Group Deal of the Year

Ken Notes: Attention media -- Some great Madison stories here. Also if other communities have done similar awards please send or contact me...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 100 Date: 2/22/2019 10:57:44 AM

Foxconn confirms they will build Wisconsin plant despite considerations to pull out of deal

Ken Notes: Can we not get a State communications director who can address these issues and articles with facts and realities. We are becoming the laughing stock of the nation and most of it is not deserved! We should be using this as a platform to tout the States economic development opportunities.

We still need to watch this evolve as the Foxconn mission has changed and exactly what gets built and when is still up in the air. Since infrastructure goes in first and Racine county is fronting this based on projected TIF revenue I for one would be very nervous and cautious. On the other hand it does look like the hospitals and other development is moving forward. Trust but verify.

Speaking of trust our President, the one who said Foxconn would continue it`s project has "Deutsche Bank reportedly considering restructuring President Trump`s loans following the 2016 election over concerns he would default". I am just saying...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 10:55:10 AM

Developer proposes final phase of $80 million Union Corners project

Ken Notes: Can we applaud Gorman & Co. for hanging in there, this has been a challenging project from the onset and the city was often in the micro management position. Now we have a UW Health facility affordable housing a GrandFamily facility and more --- not bad....
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 10:40:18 AM

SCS Engineers
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years and ...A sponsor of Wisconsin Development News
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 5 - Wk: 125 Date: 1/17/2019 9:41:06 AM

After neighborhood battle, apartment development on track for approval in Middleton

Ken Notes: Just an observation - to support the current land prices in Middleton affordable housing will have to go up or be placed on much smaller lots. SmartCode has some interesting ideas...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 9:39:55 AM

Developer proposes six-story hotel near Kohl Center
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Dairyland Power Cooperative
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Negotiations extended for Eau Claire projects
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 9:54:04 AM

Conservative group urges Wisconsin lawmakers to embrace renewable energy

Ken Notes: Wow I have been pushing this agenda every week for seven years and was told by many I was nuts, now I am mainstream.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 10:06:16 AM

Miron Construction
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Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 5 - Wk: 125 Date: 1/17/2019 9:42:02 AM

Phillips-Medisize Builds Hudson, Wisconsin, Manufacturing Center

Ken Notes: Congrats Hudson, the quiet side of the State. Really a lot of opportunity for ED Growth and some great leadership over there...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 8:07:02 AM

Who speaks for the birds? Madisonians join movement to prevent bird collisions with buildings
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The Gialamas Company
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Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 5 - Wk: 125 Date: 1/17/2019 9:42:26 AM

DOT Leader Says Transportation System Declining

Ken Notes: We need a transit infrastructure scoring system and then prioritize projects based on need. The problem is that there are always those who are more vocal in advocating for their project. It will be interesting to see how Craig handles this because he was the one they hired to help them be heard.

At the end of the day we should be able to see all the projects, the scores, and who got funded. I will be happy to write the data base, I served on the state discretionary funding panel in the Thompson administration, and as Mayor of Neenah may have had one of the smartest public works directors in the state.

Also a new idea on the gas tax - add a small stabilization tax to gas designed to maintain a steady price for a period of time (like a budget cycle). This will allow business to budget more effectively and will provide additional tax revenue when it is most affordable to do so.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 10:54:43 AM

Findorff - Character Community Craftsmanship

Findorff, builders of Wisconsin`s finest projects...and ...A sponsor of Wisconsin Development News
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 125 Date: 1/17/2019 9:43:42 AM

Tony Evers vetoes Republican tax-cut bill, GOP leaders vow to `redouble our efforts`

Ken Notes: Try a tax incentive program based on new jobs and growth. I promise a person would rather make more dollars an hour that receive a small tax cut.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 10:26:20 AM

IPR (Integrated Public Resources) / McMahon Associates
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 5 - Wk: 100 Date: 2/7/2019 9:59:25 AM

How Wisconsin Is Investing in Housing

Ken Notes: The governor has suggested he want to tie economic development and affordable housing together. WHEDA would be the perfect place to start. Give them a way to partner with projects to provide affordable housing, they should also work with communities to look at more dense zoning options and smaller homes rather than subsidized housing that perpetuates the affordable housing dilemma....
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 9:51:44 AM

Madison, Milwaukee-area startups win $875,000 in innovation, tech grants

Ken Notes: A rerun but more details on how WEDC supports these companies. Another reason to keep WEDC and make it better...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 8:24:38 AM

MadREP Report
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Birds Eye plans expansion in Wisconsin
Ken Notes: This is only $7,500 per new job. I am still trying to figure out the magic WEDC formula. Again, I propose a uniform state tax incentive program available to all growing or new companies - Just a thought...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 8:52:40 AM

Economic Development Resources
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Maritime Museum tower could face same fate as failed hotel
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 10:50:22 AM

Engineered Construction Inc. / General Contractors
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Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 3 - Wk: 125 Date: 1/17/2019 9:44:03 AM

The Internet of Things: What it is, and how it`s changing Wisconsin

Ken Notes: A MUST READ. This technology will change the way we do business like quality control did in the 70`s 80`s and 90`s.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 8:57:40 AM

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Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 3 - Wk: 125 Date: 1/22/2019 11:33:40 AM

Wisconsin municipalities rely on property taxes far more than most other states, a report finds

Ken Notes: I like cause and effect taxes - property tax for public safety and infrastructure - income taxes for jobs and education - gas taxes for transit - utility taxes for utilities... Alas politicians would never stand for a public knowing where the money is coming from and how it is being spent...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 9:18:59 AM

Shopko puts a number to job losses from Wisconsin store closings

Ken Notes: I would love to see an investment group try and keep and restructure the Shopko brand I think these stores and locations have great potential if the shopping experience and product line changed.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 9:25:01 AM

Cresa
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Wisconsin expands workforce opportunities for military spouses of National Guard members
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JSD Professional Services
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Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 5 - Wk: 125 Date: 1/24/2019 9:09:57 AM

Wisconsin Dells continues prep for new high school
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DCMM to Seek Community Development Grant for Tower
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Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 100 Date: 10/18/2018 9:13:14 AM

Carthage College Will Begin Mandating Career Training In Fall

Ken Notes: A very good idea...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 8 Date: 2/21/2019 10:12:30 AM

Land and Space / Tom Daykin

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...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 3 - Wk: 100 Date: 11/1/2018 10:11:49 AM

Brothers Business Interiors
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Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 6 - Wk: 100 Date: 12/20/2018 11:25:34 AM