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  1. Apple supplier Foxconn halts EV project with China`s Byton - Nikkei
  2. Hydrogen, Renewable Energy and a Low-Carbon Pathway to Decarbonization in the U.S.
  3. Interim University of Wisconsin President Tommy Thompson is heading into surgery after a water skiing accident
  4. $100 million available for Wisconsin workforce innovation grants
  5. Rural policymakers, leaders look for long term answers for economic growth
  6. Fond Du Lac Program Offers Workers Up To $15K To Relocate
  7. UWO reports results of 17-month COVID-19 economic impact survey
  8. James Beard Award-nominated chef joining Merchant, Lucille
  9. Noon Wednesday: The High Cost of Housing
  10. SCORE: Celebrates accomplishments of Wisconsin businesses partnering with the U.S. SBA during pandemic
  11. Tourism Officials Explore Seasonal Housing Project Potential; Developer Identifies Possible Sites
  12. Voting begins for Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin
  13. WED AM News: USDA official discusses strategies for rural development; Gundersen relying on telehealth amid pandemic
  14. Connecting Wisconsin to Africa
  15. Public-private partnership explored to move Job Center to Sun Plaza

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A big idea to improve internet access in Wisconsin

If you live in rural Wisconsin, you know how bad the internet service can be. More than 40 percent of rural residents lack access to high speed internet, according to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

Nationally, about 31 percent of rural households lack access. Actual percentages might even be higher due to poor FCC mapping, experts say.

The Wisconsin government has done relatively little to help. From 2013 to 2019, while Republicans had total control of government, the state funded a total of about $20 million in grants for expansion of broadband...

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Ken Notes: I will try this one more time. We must immediately begin negotiations with the cell and fiber backbone providers to mandate rural service in exchange for access to our urban areas. There is more than enough profit to do this.

The state should not invest in rural access because they do not have enough money but they have more than enough leverage if they work with all the communities. Anita gets this, Colorado is doing this, there is an initiative established to do this, Homeland Security suggest it is imperative we do this, Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel supports this -- yet Wisconsin is doing nothing excepting gifting money to the infrastructure developers for cable they have to lay anyway. Call your state rep or the governor and ask for the state to join the 5G Securing Rural Engagement Initiative NOW. Tomorrow is too late....

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GE Healthcare moving jobs to new $50M site in West Milwaukee

The company said it intended to create a "world-class, industry-leading product development and manufacturing campus for medical imaging."

GE Healthcare announced Wednesday it is investing $50 million in its West Milwaukee facility.

The company said it intended to create a "world-class, industry-leading product development and manufacturing campus for medical imaging."


GE Healthcare said it will consolidate it`s 1,500 Waukesha employees to the facility on West Electric Avenue and Research Park in Wauwatosa in the coming years.

The company also intends to sell parts of its Waukesha campus and move jobs to other locations.

The Magnetic Resonance buildings and teams will remain in Waukesha...


Ken Notes: Great news for Wisconsin!

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120th U.S. Open Championship
Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y., Sept. 14-20, 2020    ...more

Ken Notes: Of course if you are working from home it is on the golf channel and NBC...

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Madison to apply for federal grant funding for public market
n an attempt to secure $3 million for the public market project, Madison will apply for a federal grant to replace a stream of funding that has declined in value because of the pandemic.

Madison’s City Council signed off Tuesday on a resolution that authorizes the city to apply to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for a grant to help fund the construction of a $13 million public market. ..

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ONLINE: Lieutenant Governor`s Conference on Small Business Development
Wisconsin small business owners are invited to register for the Lieutenant Governor’s Small Business Academy conference. This event will run from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 -7 and from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Oct. 8.

This multi-day virtual conference focuses on providing Wisconsin entrepreneurs and startups with an opportunity to connect with financial and technical resource providers, learn the tools needed to start and grow a business, and network with their peers.

Information about the agenda and program details will be added later, and an update will be sent to anyone already registered. Contact info@sbeacademy.com with any questions.

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Company developing 5-minute COVID-19 test partners with Wisconsin lab
MILWAUKEE - Until a COVID-19 vaccine is readily available, the fight against it takes the form of virus testing.

There`s a unique approach one company is taking in the search for answers, and it involves your mouth.

"The virus requires several things in order for it to be able to replicate once it infects a cell," said Gerald Commissiong, CEO of Todos Medical.

Commissiong said his company has developed a test that tells you if you`re infected with results in just 5 minutes.

Ken Notes: Game changer!

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Endless Frontier Act to revitalize, transform Midwest industries
U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher said a new bill he is pushing will not only revitalize industries, but transform them.

The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by the Green Bay Republican, calls for $100 billion to build resources in advancing science and technology research and development nationwide.

It also proposes expansion of the National Science Foundation and $10 billion for regional technology hubs. Those hubs would help to launch companies, revive U.S. manufacturing and create jobs that jump-start communities....

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East-side development proposal prompts debate over housing needs and retail space
Developer Joe Krupp is weighing how to move forward with his proposal for a four-story, 188-unit apartment complex on the city’s east side after the Plan Commission denied his application on Monday night. ...

Ken Notes: If the city wants to make a dent in housing, they need to acquire some land and do an RFP for some small/micro market rate units that have sub 1K rents...

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Governor Tony Evers announces $8 million TRAVEL grants program for tourism industry

WISCONSIN — Governor Tony Evers announced a new $8 million TRAVEL grants program in support of the tourism industry in Wisconsin.

The new grant program, Tourism Relief to Accelerate Vitality and Economic Lift (TRAVEL) stimulus grant program, is aimed at helping local tourism organizations navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The tourism industry is among the hardest hit by COVID-19,” said Gov. Evers. “The TRAVEL grants are designed to sustain local operations, staffing, and relief stimulus activities to drive immediate spending and reinforce safe travel in support of local businesses across the state.”...


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After 12 News investigation, state explains unemployment backlog

After WISN 12 News Investigates helped a West Allis veteran get his unemployment benefits after waiting six months, the newsroom has been inundated with requests to help dozens of other people who are still waiting for their benefits.

Secretary Caleb Frostman told WISN 12 News since March, they`ve "paid about 510,000 people about $3.6 billion. There are 96,000 claimants in Wisconsin still waiting on at least one payment in our adjudication area, so we`re making progress week over week, continuing to grind through those oldest claims first, but obviously we`ve got continued work ahead of us, as we continue to grind down the mountain of claims that have piled up since COVID hit Wisconsin."

Frostman said unemployment jumped from 3% in March to 13% in April and they weren`t prepared.

They hired 1,300 extra staff members to handle the claims and could hire even more.

WISN 12 News asked why some workers have heard anything about their claim in weeks or even months....


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U.S. Department Of Commerce Invests $35 Million To Fuel High-Growth Entrepreneurship Across America
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced today that 52 organizations — including nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and entrepreneurship-focused organizations — from 36 states will receive grants totaling $35 million to support entrepreneurship, acceleration of company growth, and increased access to risk capital across regional economies....

University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Platteville, Wisconsin, $538,426

Ken Notes: Congrats!

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City of Platteville finalist for state economic development award
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- The City of Platteville has been named a finalist for a state award for its collaboration with the private sector in the construction of a $14.1 million residential and commercial development project.

Wisconsin Economic Development Association will name the winner of a Community and Economic Development award in the public-private partnership category on Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to a press release....

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Madison native subject of stirring memoir of life with Down syndrome

David Egan benefited as one of first preschoolers at UW-Madison`s Waisman Center

When David Egan was born, 43 years ago this week – Sept. 17, 1977 – his parents, John and Kathleen Egan, doctoral students at UW-Madison, saw apprehension on the faces of the medical professionals who delivered the baby at St. Mary’s Hospital. The sense of unease was punctuated when a doctor said, “Your son has Down syndrome. I am so sorry.”...   ...more

Ken Notes:READ THIS! What an inspiring story and individual. Doug Moe wrote the article and brought this to my attention and I am better for it, thank you....

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New technology to convert cow manure into clean water in Dane County
New technology that transforms cow manure into water clean enough to be discharged into local waterways is now at work in the town of Springfield.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the $1.6 million Nutrient Concentration System, which is likely the first of its kind in the United States, aims to preserve farm families’ way of life while also cleaning area lakes.

“By partnering with farmers and industry leaders, we are able to explore new technologies to manage manure while improving farmers’ bottom line and protecting our local water resources,” Parisi said in a statement Tuesday. “In order to continue to make progress toward our water quality goals, we need to address these challenges head on as a community.”...

Ken Notes: You do not need to get this fancy, you just need to digest and heat the effluent, you are left with a product you can sell or use for bedding. This is cost effective and would work at EVERY CAFO in the state. Ultra filtration is cool but expensive and requires more energy. I get frustrated when we get too far ahead of the curve, especially when we have affordable tech that works!!!

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Ringhand, Spreitzer win economic development awards
Democratic state Sen. Janis Ringhand and state Rep. Mark Spreitzer both received the 2020 Champions of Economic Development Award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Association.

The award is presented to legislators who promote economic development through effective policies and are committed to making the state a better place, according to a news release...

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Milwaukee startup Steady Shot aims to ease the pain of insulin shots

A Milwaukee-based startup focused on easing the pain of daily insulin shots recently celebrated its best sales month after working for two years to take its needle-stabilizing product to the pharmaceutical market.

Steady Shot is an add-on for diabetes insulin pen needles. The device connects to standard pen needles and holds the needle steady during the injection process, offering users the ability to reach more injection sites and control their blood glucose levels...


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UW–Madison teams top national competition to help middle class

Two teams from the University of Wisconsin–Madison won a combined $1.5 million in provisional funding in a national competition to help boost the middle class.

The two teams, Connect Rx and Opportunity Calculator, competed in the final round of the Alliance for the American Dream Challenge on Sept. 10 against teams from three other universities. The alliance, sponsored by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, awarded Connect Rx $1 million and Opportunity Calculator $500,000 for their innovative ideas to help raise the net income of 10,000 Dane County families by 10 percent. The awards are provisional based on the successful completion of grant agreements and other requirements...


Ken Notes: Go UW...

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Bear Real Estate eyes large mixed use redevelopment in Harbor District
Kenosha’s Bear Real Estate Group could join the swell of development activity in Milwaukee’s Harbor District as it seeks a mixed-use rezoning for a large industrial property.   ...more

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Summary Table of 2020CDBG-PF Award
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a federal formula-allocated grant program under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The program was created when Congress passed the Housing and Community Development Act, Title 1 in 1974 and is governed by rules set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR Part 570).

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Whistling Straits sister project (also on Lake Michigan) again held up by lawsuit

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit challenging a deal that would trade part of Kohler-Andrae State Park for other lands so Kohler Company can build another golf course along Lake Michigan.

The state’s Natural Resources Board in 2018 approved a land trade Kohler had negotiated with the Department of Natural Resources — nearly 10 acres west of the park for 4.6 acres of the park, and easement over another 1.8 acres of the park.


Ken Notes:Can we please step back and look at the economic benefits this project would bring to the state! Kohler has done so much for the state, their offer is more that fair, they could develop the site they own with much more environmentally challenging options without approvals from the state, and they donated the land to the state in the first place.

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DWD Will Not Ask Unemployment Insurance Recipients To Repay $300 Supplement

Agency Is Removing Language Saying Some May Have To Repay The Money After Many Recipients Left Confused

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development said it will not ask unemployment insurance recipients receiving a new $300 weekly unemployment supplement to repay the supplement unless "otherwise required by law or based on future guidance from the federal government."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which funds the program, notified DWD Friday that federal guidance requesting the money be paid back is unlikely.

The benefit, created by the Trump administration under the Lost Wage Assistance program, supplements weekly unemployment benefits by $300 a week for six weeks in Wisconsin.

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Port Milwaukee welcoming ‘history-making’ investment

Situated on the western shore of Lake Michigan 75 miles north of Chicago, Port Milwaukee is looking to enhance its position as a Midwest transportation hub with development of a new agricultural export facility.

Under an agreement approved by harbor commissioners in August, The DeLong Co. Inc., headquartered in Clinton, Wisconsin, is to develop the facility on a 3.9-acre tract along Port Milwaukee’s inner harbor and lease it for at least 30 years...


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Southeast Wisconsin property values were rising strong heading into the pandemic

Southeast Wisconsin’s property values increased 5.6% last year, the highest rate in 10 years, and Kenosha and Racine counties were among the tops in the state for value increases from new construction.


Ken Notes: Article is behind paywall but the 5.6 checks out...

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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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