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Wisconsin Assembly passes state constitutional amendment to limit diversity efforts in government


A proposed constitutional amendment supported by Republicans that attempts to limit diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by local and state government in Wisconsin has passed the Assembly, the first in several steps before it could be enacted.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A constitutional amendment supported by Republicans that attempts to limit diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in Wisconsin won approval on Feb. 15 in the state Assembly.

The measure is the latest effort targeting DEI efforts nationwide, but it is a long way from becoming law in Wisconsin. It must also pass the Senate in 2024 and then the full Legislature in the next session before it would go to a statewide vote to be added to the Wisconsin Constitution.

The Senate is only expected to be in session a couple more days before ending its work for the year in March.

Wisconsin Republicans have been proposing more constitutional amendments because they don’t require a sign off from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. He has vetoed more bills than any other governor in state history, serving as a block on the agenda of Republicans who have strong majorities in the Legislature....

The proposal passed Feb. 15 would prohibit state and local governments, including the Universities of Wisconsin and local school districts, from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to anybody on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. It requires hiring decisions to be based on “merit, fairness and equality,” a term conservatives have used as a counter to DEI.

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Ken Notes: The Michigan Amendment is "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."

Wisconsin`s proposed amendment seems more targeted and restrictive. and calls out, "the state, its political subdivisions including municipalities, the University of Wisconsin System, the Technical College System, any public college or university, any public school district, and any office, department, independent agency, board, commission, authority, institution, association, society, or other body in state or local government."

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West Side development already under construction violates ordinance, Dane County judge rules


Madison’s approval of a controversial development under construction on the West Side doesn’t comply with city parking ordinances, a Dane County judge has ruled.

The $7 million project on Speedway Road near Glenway Golf Park is nearly three-fourths done, and city officials said they don’t know what the judge’s ruling means for the project.

The four-story housing and commercial project includes underground parking, but the court ruled that ordinances require parking to be at the rear or side of such a “commercial block” building...


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Ken Notes: WOW this is interesting. Conditional Use Permit passed 17-0. Also scroll to the bottom of the article to see Photos: The transformation of St. Bernard Catholic Church into a cathedral.

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New state program aims to give rural communities resources to thrive economically


WEDC`s Thrive Rural program offers grants, technical assistance to 10 rural communities

A new state program will give 10 rural communities across Wisconsin access funding and resources to help meet their economic development goals.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. this week announced that the communities participating in the Thrive Rural program will have access to up to $25,000 in grants, as well as two years of technical assistance in planning and grant writing.

Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC, said the program aims to help level the playing field for rural communities seeking state and federal grants. She said small communities often face disadvantages competing for grants due to lack of staffing at the local government level...


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Wisconsin judge rejects attempt to overturn factory farm regulations


Ruling allows DNR to continue requiring pollution permits for large-scale livestock operations.

A lawsuit filed by industrial agriculture advocates that sought to eliminate environmental protections in Wisconsin state law has been defeated in court. A Calumet County judge ruled on January 30 in favor of state statutes that empower the Department of Natural Resources to require pollution permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The suit was opposed by groups working to protect Wisconsin’s water, including the Wisconsin Farmers Union, Midwest Environmental Advocates, and Clean Wisconsin.

“This ruling not only upholds critical clean water protections, but also reinforces the imperative of responsible practices in agriculture,” said Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden. “The current rules create transparency and ensure that CAFOs are accountable, not only to regulators, but also to their neighbors, who have a right to know that CAFOs are operating responsibly.”

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Ken Notes: Good news, but just the beginning of this issue. Watch for appeals, legislative agendas, and lobbying at all levels of government to support factory farming. While CAFO`s could digest and heat the effluent, it is cheaper to use lots of water to dilute manure and then pump it onto our fields. The DNR tries to keep this out of our watershed but has little enforcement, few inspectors, and no ability to require better treatment. We need sound policy based on great models that we know work.

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Nate Helbach is a fresh face in Madison’s development scene with big ideas


It’s early on a sunny June morning at the corner of East Washington Avenue and South Paterson Street, where the sound of cement mixers and other construction equipment is competing with a country band running through a soundcheck at Breese Stevens Field.

Nate Helbach is standing among rebar and lumber on the second floor of the hollowed out Gardner Bakery building, part of the ambitious Bakers Place residential development, which secured over $73 million in financing a year ago, delivering a quick lesson in urban real estate economics.

“Do you know the metric real estate investors are looking at?”

This reporter did not.

“Take your total NOI — net operating income — divided by your total cost. That equals some sort of percentage and typically you want like 6%. At least they did before people started raising rates,...


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Madison-Milwaukee tech hub gets near-unanimous support in Legislature


The ongoing effort to make Wisconsin a nationally recognized technology hub could get a $7.5 million boost from state funds following the passage this week of a bill designed to help Wisconsin compete for up to $70 million in federal funds. 

The Biden administration selected Wisconsin from a pool of a few hundred last October, awarding it designation as one of 31 regional “tech hubs.” Submitted by a consortium of biohealth businesses, colleges and economic development agencies, Wisconsin’s successful application focused on the Madison and Milwaukee-Waukesha regions as hotbeds of innovation in personalized medicine, the growing field of tailoring medical treatments to a patient’s genes. 

The selected hubs are now eligible to apply for a second phase of the process, in which three to eight regional hubs will receive between $40 million and $70 million each to implement their plans, funded through the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022...



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WISCONSIN COMPANY TO DONATE ENTIRE WI-FI NETWORK FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CITY OF IRPIN, UKRAINE


Franklin, WI – Advanced Wireless, Inc. (AWI), a provider of industry-leading mobility solutions that utilize rugged computers, wireless LAN networking, and barcode scanning and printing technology, will announce the donation and pending shipment of more than 800 site survivable Wi-Fi access points to the city of Irpin, Ukraine.

The donation is being made through AWI’s “Wireless Schools Initiative” grant program. The bulk of the access points will be installed throughout the Irpin school district, with the remainder being utilized in local government facilities.

The donation is being made in partnership with nonprofit organizations Friends of Be An Angel, Wisconsin Ukrainians and the City of Milwaukee. Milwaukee is a Sister City of Irpin, Ukraine.

 Press Conference to announce the donation 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 at the Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda...

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Ken Notes: THANK YOU Advanced Wireless, Inc.

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Grafton native is National AIA Young Architect of 2023


MILWAUKEE — Cedarburg High School alumnus and Grafton native Matthew Clapper has been honored by the American Institute of Architects with the National AIA Young Architect of 2023 award. The award is given to individuals who, in an early stage of their architectural career, have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession and community at large.

Clapper was selected due to his efforts expanding the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) to be more inclusive in regard to gender and race and to represent all 50 states so small firm architects could readily share information and find support, according to the AIA...



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Gov. Evers hosts hospital shutdown discussion in Eau Claire


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Community leaders and business owners were brought together by Governor Tony Evers to look for solutions to the healthcare shutdowns.

Evers opened the conversation by saying the closure of HSHS and Prevea was handled badly.

“I am incredibly disappointed as Governor because of how this happened and how it was handled, frankly, is wrong. Employers did nothing to give their employees any warning and they did nothing to give my administration any warning,” said Evers.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development or DWD, spoke on wanting to help those who lost their jobs during these closures...

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UWM awarded $975,000 to expand its expertise in clean-energy workforce development


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is among 10 universities nationwide funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to launch a Building Training and Assessment Center. These centers will teach technical college students to identify ways to reduce carbon emissions and conserve energy in industrial facilities and commercial buildings that serve mainly disadvantaged communities.

Led by Ryo Amano, professor and Richard and Joanne Grigg Faculty Fellow in mechanical engineering, UWM’s Building Training and Assessment Center (BTAC) will work with five Wisconsin junior and technical colleges to facilitate the energy assessments: Milwaukee Area Technical College, Madison College, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University, a tribal college in Hayward.

The BTAC will help communities save money and energy while training students for clean energy careers that don’t require a four-year degree...


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GOP bill would create state tax credit for video game companies


Republican lawmakers recently circulated legislation that would create a tax credit aimed at attracting video game companies to Wisconsin. 

Rep. Clint Moses, R-Menomonie, and Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, sent a co-sponsorship memo to other lawmakers promoting the bill. In it, they note the video game industry dwarfs both movies and television, and is expected to grow 8.7% per year between 2024 and 2027. 

res“Many employers in the video game industry have expressed an interest in leaving California, the current hub of the industry,” the lawmakers wrote. “These companies wish to expand their base and bring in additional studios. This is quite the opportunity for Wisconsin.” 

Vancouver, Quebec and Austin, Tex. are considered “primary growth regions” for video game development due to their tax incentive programs, according to the memo. The bill authors say the proposed bill would create a similar tax incentive for video game companies...

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Ken Notes: I`d need to know more, but on the surface this makes some sense...

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Northwoods tourism groups ask state for help as warm winter hurts local businesses


Economic development officials say 7-county region lost $6.5M from lack of snow

A typical Wisconsin winter sees the seven-county Northwoods region come to life with visitors snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing.

But not this year. On the first day of February, it was nearly 40 degrees in Minocqua and normally snow-covered trails were bare.

Krystal Westfahl, president of the Let’s Minocqua Visitors Bureau, said there’s very little snow on the ground in north-central Wisconsin, and none in the “foreseeable forecast.”...

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Circle K convenience chain plans to open 60 stores in Wisconsin, create 1.2K jobs


Stores coming to the state represent over 10 percent of locations the company hopes to open in next five years

The Circle K convenience store chain is expanding in Wisconsin, with plans to open 60 stores in the state and create 1,200 jobs.

Company officials discussed the plans Thursday at a ribbon cutting for the brand’s third store in the Green Bay area.

They said the new stores are expected to open in Wisconsin in the next several years. The expansion in the Badger State is part of a larger effort to open 500 stores across the globe, with the vast majority in North America...


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Wisconsin program turns office space into affordable housing


BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers announced a $1 million state loan to the Flats at Bishops Woods development in Brookfield. The loan is offered through the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority’s Vacancy-to-Vitality program.

Lincoln Avenue Capital proposed building a 203-unit affordable housing complex in the footprint of two office buildings at 250 and 350 Bishops Way. It’s one of three projects that will get $1 million each, or 20% of the cost, to turn vacant commercial buildings into affordable apartments.

The developer purchased a 3.7-acre parcel from the Wisconsin Robinson Family, according to the land sale deed. The project is set to break ground this year, Brookfield officials said...
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Oshkosh Business Leaders Hopeful for 2024 Amidst Job Vacancies, says Chamber Survey


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) — The confidence levels of business leaders in the Oshkosh area are growing, according to a recent outlook survey.

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce released its findings Tuesday in its annual Business Outlook Survey.

At the beginning of 2023, business leaders said they were optimistic, despite facing ongoing labor and supply chain challenges.

This past year, employment remained strong. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in December 2023, the unemployment rate for Oshkosh remains below the national unemployment rate of 3.5% at 2.4%. In April 2020, the Oshkosh unemployment rate was 14.3%. Oshkosh-based businesses employ more people than ever...


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New program bolsters state connections at Superior Entrepreneurship Center


SUPERIOR — The Superior Entrepreneurship Center has expanded its business startup toolkit with the addition of WiSys VentureHome.

The program connects statewide resources with local initiatives to provide entrepreneurs access to a wider menu of options. Superior is one of five VentureHome hubs in the state. The first was launched in Eau Claire in 2020. Other hubs are located in Green Bay, Oshkosh and Platteville.

Among the services VentureHome brings to the table are entrepreneur toolkits, access to research and technologies coming out of the University of Wisconsin System, legal strategy assistance and seed funding. The Superior hub also offers coworking space...
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Ushering in a new era of innovation and economic growth


At the Universities of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Feb. 9, experts gathered to discuss the university’s strategy for maximizing federal funding through burgeoning public-private partnerships, a crucial component of the national push for innovation and economic development.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, along with the state, is poised to drive a significant increase in innovation and economic growth, bolstered by new federal funding, strengthened partnerships between academia and industry, as well as nonprofits, tribal communities, civil society and communities of practice and lessons learned from previous grant applications. This was the message from industry and campus leaders to the Board of Regents, emphasizing the critical role of UW–Madison in spearheading statewide progress...


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Large-scale job fair to take place in Eau Claire


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - According to a press release from the West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, a large-scale career fair for healthcare-focused, and other careers is set to take place in Eau Claire.

The press release says the large-scale job fair is scheduled to be held Feb. 7, 2024, from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. at the Florian Gardens Conference Center 2340 Lorch Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

According to the press release, attendees can anticipate the opportunity to connect with employers in a variety of industries, access local resources to assist in their job search, find a career that’s right for them, and network with other job seekers....



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Wisconsin Department of Transportation Commits $138 Million to Infrastructure Projects



Wisconsin`s Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Governor Tony Evers, has announced a significant investment in the state`s infrastructure. The $138 million initiative covers a wide range of construction activities aimed at improving transportation facilities across various counties, including significant enhancements at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

Wisconsin`s Department of Transportation (WisDot), in collaboration with Governor Tony Evers, has announced a major investment in the state`s infrastructure network. Over $138 million has been allocated for a wide range of transportation projects, making the January 24 Highway Letting a significant event for Wisconsin`s future development. The initiative encompasses reconstruction, repairs, and upgrades across multiple counties, marking a major step forward in the state`s commitment to improving transportation facilities...


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Sheridan Wisconsin, formerly known as Webcrafters, to shut down


MADISON, Wis. -- Sheridan Wisconsin, formerly known as Webcrafters, is shutting down its facility on Madison`s north side and laying off more than 100 employees, according to a notice sent to the state`s Department of Workforce Development.

In a letter sent to the state and the office of Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway on Monday, Sheridan cited a "significant downturn in business at the Madison location" at 2211 Fordem Avenue as a reason for the permanent closure.

In shutting down the Madison location, the company told the state it is laying off a total of 116 people. Of those, 12 are salary positions and 104 are hourly positions...


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ThriveOn King Drive development in Bronzeville opening soon. Here`s the latest.


ThriveOn King Drive, the $105 million mixed-use development in the former Schuster’s department store, is on track for a spring opening.

The development of the 350,000-square-foot building at 2153 N. King Dr. is a partnership between the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, both of which will be headquartered there.

Construction was initially delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising construction costs. But finishing touches are going into the building, including furniture and artwork, said Terrell Walter of Royal Capital Group LLC...


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Brookfield 203-unit affordable housing development gets $1 million state loan


The developer of a 203-unit affordable housing community in the city of Brookfield is getting a million-dollar boost from a state loan program.

Lincoln Avenue Capital`s Flats at Bishops Woods development is one of three projects in the state that`s been given $1 million from the state`s Vacancy-to-Vitality Loan Program in partnership with Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. Developers can get up to $1 million or 20% of the total project cost to convert vacant commercial buildings into affordable housing...

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Lawsuit freezes Hudson riverside development, while separate case challenges Osceola apartments


Residents of the two St. Croix River towns are concerned about building heights and impeded views

A proposed $50 million housing development along the St. Croix River in downtown Hudson hangs in the balance after a St. Croix County judge heard arguments Friday in a lawsuit challenging the scale of the building in proximity to the river.

During the past year, two groups of residents in two different Wisconsin towns along the St. Croix filed lawsuits against proposed developments that they say would violate environmental protections by imposing dramatic changes to views along the river.

While the legal actions are separate, the claims involved share similarities: residents are most concerned about proposed heights of the structures and how river views would be impeded by the new buildings....


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Wisconsin logistics company to lay off over 100 workers after decision to close facility


WAUKESHA, Wis. (WFRV) – A third-party logistics provider with two plants in Wisconsin has announced it will be closing one of the facilities, subsequently laying off over 100 workers.

ODW Logistics submitted a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) letter to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), stating its intent to close down its facility located at 1717 Pearl Street in the city of Waukesha.
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Centergy, Inc. Announces 2024 Central Wisconsin Days Issue Papers


MADISON, WI (OnFocus) – Centergy will be presenting critical area economic issues to state policymakers on February 13th in Madison for Central Wisconsin Days. This event is an opportunity for Central Wisconsin residents to speak to legislators on issues impacting our region. Centergy is committed to working with lawmakers to promote policies that encourage economic growth with private and public partnerships in Central Wisconsin. Centergy is Central Wisconsin’s voice on high-priority, public policy issues that impact economic development in Central Wisconsin.

The topics for this year focus on workforce challenges including business tax credits, childcare, and rural bridges...



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Wisconsin cheese goes global


In 1983, Wisconsin dairy farmers saw a need to come together and form an organization to help market their products, which earned Wisconsin a well-deserved reputation as America’s Dairyland. To get the job done, they agreed to use proceeds from the sale of milk to fund the marketing effort. Their foresight resulted in the nonprofit Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, today known as the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

For every 100 pounds of milk Wisconsin dairy farmers sell, 10 cents go to fund the Madison-based organization to promote the sale and consumption of dairy products. Another nickel goes to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board to bolster market-building efforts nationally....



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Manufacturer approved for up to $5.85M in state tax credits by WEDC


A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. has been approved for up to $5.85 million in state tax credits, which it can earn through a planned expansion in Grant County.

That’s according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which yesterday announced the WEDC Board of Directors had approved the performance-based tax credits. The Iowa-based company can earn them by hitting certain job creation and investment targets, WEDC notes.

The 167-year-old manufacturing business is building a new brass foundry in Dickeyville and expanding an existing facility in Kieler, according to the release. Those plans involve investing at least $340 million and creating 173 jobs over a five-year period. Construction on the project has begun, and it’s expected to be operational in 2026...


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WEDC awards more than $1 million to entrepreneurship groups


Grants to fund training, marketing and other support

MADISON, WI. JAN. 11, 2024 – Nine organizations working to support entrepreneurs have been awarded more than $1 million in the latest rounds of Entrepreneurship Partner Grants from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

“Wisconsin’s economy is strong and growing thanks in part to the efforts of entrepreneurs and businesses,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency. “Innovators need support as they bring new ideas and businesses to life. These grants allow WEDC partners to provide the training, technical assistance and other support to entrepreneurs and business owners.”..



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Sauk Prairie High School unveils new manufacturing lab


Workforce Innovation Grant funds community and student training

PRAIRIE DU SAC, WI. FEB. 6, 2024 – The Sauk Prairie School District today celebrated the opening of its new advanced manufacturing lab, a project funded in part by a $2.44 million Workforce Innovation Grant (WIG) from the Wisconsin Economic Development Organization (WEDC) in partnership with the Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

“WEDC is committed to building an economy for all where everyone has the chance to succeed,” said Missy Hughes, Secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s leading economic development organization. “This partnership not only supports students by preparing them for their careers, but it also helps community members get the training they need now to fill high-paying jobs with local businesses.”

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Helping rural residents build their future


MADISON, WI. FEB. 6, 2024 –Ten rural communities from around the state will get help meeting their biggest economic development needs and planning for their long-term goals.

Under the Thrive Rural program administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), each participant will have access to up to $25,000 in grants, two years of technical assistance in planning and grant-writing, and other services typically employed by larger communities.

“Building an economy for all means investing in our entire state, especially our rural communities,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s leading economic development organization. ”Many of our smaller communities have big goals and big ideas, but they don’t have the staff or the experience to connect to the resources that can make those plans a reality. The aim of the Thrive Rural program is to help them build their economic development muscles so their communities will thrive.”

WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity will partner with local economic development organizations to work with specific communities on projects related to community development, small business development, housing, and sustainable energy...

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Creativity gets a boost in Beaver Dam


Art on the Town studio undertakes a makeover

Art on the Town, a creative haven in the heart of Beaver Dam, needed a facelift as it grew to offer more services and expand its artistic and business capacity.

Opened in 2019, Art on the Town offers classes, paint-your-own pottery, drop-in artmaking experiences, exhibition space, and the use of its studio and materials for those looking to make art. But its look and physical layout made accomplishing that mission increasingly challenging...


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Developer Tom Vandeyacht buys Schwalbach farm in Grand Chute but won`t act for 5 years


GRAND CHUTE — Fox Cities developer Tom Vandeyacht has purchased the 72-acre property known as the Schwalbach farm at the northeast corner of Lynndale Drive and Northland Avenue.

Vandeyacht, operating as Versatile Real Estate Ventures, paid $3 million for the property, according to records kept by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. He intends to build apartments on the land, though not for at least five years while he focuses on Bridgewood Luxury Apartments, his multifamily development in Neenah.

The Schwalbach farm had been in Vandeyacht`s sight for the past four years.

"My plan is that it will be one beautiful apartment community with high-end apartments where people are moving out of their homes to move into the apartments," Vandeyacht told The Post-Crescent...


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Spectrum is laying off 173 Milwaukee-based employees with a call center closing


The company which operates Spectrum cable TV and broadband services is laying off 173 Milwaukee-based employees.

Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter Communications Inc. is closing a residential retention call center, according to a new layoff notice filed with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

That call center is part of the company`s operations at 1320 N. King Drive. The rest of those operations are remaining open, according to the notice.

The layoffs are to begin on March 28.

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Marshalls has a new sign at the former Shopko property in Wisconsin Rapids. Will the store open soon?


Marshalls will be the third retail store to open in the former Shopko building in Wisconsin Rapids, following Harbor Freight and Five Below.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Marshalls is getting closer to opening a new store in Wisconsin Rapids.

A company spokesperson told a Daily Tribune reporter Monday that Marshalls expects to open this spring in the former Shopko building on East Riverview Expressway. Marshalls has not yet set an opening date.

Marshalls is a department store owned by TJXZ companies – a group that also includes store brands like TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Sierra and Homesense...


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The latest on the region`s 10 biggest developments outside of Milwaukee


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Plan Commission backs 600 homes and apartments on Madison`s Far West Side


The Madison Plan Commission on Monday backed a zoning change to pave the way for a Veridian Homes development that would deliver a mix of 600 homes and apartments to a stretch of farmland on the Far West Side.

The sizeable development realizes many city plans for parks and new road projects, including a 40-acre expansion of Elver Park that is still being negotiated by the city and Veridian. The development, named “Midpoint Meadows,” largely sits to the south of Mid Town Road and to the northwest of Raymond Road on farmland historically owned by Marty Century Farm.

“We’re really excited to be here with a plat that really implements many of the goals that the city places on development teams: aspirational goals for park space, for road connections and for diversity of housing,” said Brian Munson, a principal with Vandewalle & Associates, a design firm working with Veridian...


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

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