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This Weeks Articles for 5/22/2024 ...

  1. Madison is a boon for housing developers, but they decry excessive hurdles ...
  2. Boldt Real Estate and Partners Close on More Than $200 Million in Major Senior Living Investment...
  3. Wisconsin unemployment fell below 3 percent last month for the first time since mid-2023...
  4. Madison`s Neighborhood House, other low-income projects, win state tax credits ...
  5. UWM to House Nation’s First Microsoft AI Lab Focused on Manufacturing...
  6. City Funds Will Boost Walker’s Point Development...
  7. De­vel­opment work planned for former De Pere Shopko...
  8. New 50-unit apartment complex development on Grand Ave. moves forward, plans to open summer 2026 ...
  9. Four Milwaukee Affordable Housing Proposals Secure Critical Tax Credits...
  10. Wisconsin awards $32.6M in grants to housing developers ...
  11. Evers administration requests release of $25 million for child care and tourism...
  12. Council in review: Road work, development updates ...
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Madison is a boon for housing developers, but they decry excessive hurdles


To try to keep pace with its unrelenting population growth, Madison has made unprecedented investments in subsidized housing and aggressively pushed through policy changes meant to spur development.

But developers say they are still frustrated by a city they say often gets in its own way.

“Many in Madison city government continue to view developers as a threat and their job to be to protect the city from that threat,” said Bill Connors, executive director of Smart Growth Greater Madison, which advocates for the development community.

“This has been the culture in Madison for a long time, and it needs to change if Madison is to have any hope of meeting its housing needs.”

Among the issues developers cite: Unduly complicating and delaying projects and raising costs, which can drive investment elsewhere...

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Madison developers to receive millions of dollars in tax credits from WHEDA for affordable housing



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Wisconsin’s 11 Workforce Development Boards collaborate for statewide event series


‘Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce’ event series to provide talent strategies, apprenticeships and valuable resources for communities

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), in partnership with Wisconsin’s 11 regional Workforce Development Boards, has launched the 2024 Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce event series. These statewide events aim to provide talent attraction strategies, apprenticeship opportunities and other valuable resources for employers, education professionals and community leaders.

The Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce event series, scheduled to run through June 30, will focus on empowering and employing young workers. Highlighting strategies such as Youth Apprenticeship and other work-based learning programs, these events are designed to equip participants with the tools needed to navigate the ever-evolving job market....

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Milwaukee World Festival Looks to Expand Use of Summerfest Grounds


Over the next year the company will consider expanded opportunities for programming and improvements at Henry Maier Festival Park.

Milwaukee World Festival Inc. is exploring increased public use of Henry Maier Festival Park, which hosts Summerfest and various ethnic and cultural festivals.

The park, located on 75 acres on the shore of Lake Michigan, has seen a significant increase in activity since the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing an 83% boost in events in 2023 compared with 2019.

Milwaukee World Festival announced Monday the release of a request for proposals to consider expanded opportunities for future programming and improvements at Henry Maier Festival Park, which is owned by the city of Milwaukee and leased to Milwaukee World Festival under a long-term agreement.

Milwaukee World Festival, which maintains and develops the park, has, along with its sponsors, invested more than $160 million in capital improvements since 2003.

The land was designated for public use and has provided the public with recreational opportunities and cultural celebrations for decades...


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Boldt Real Estate and Partners Close on More Than $200 Million in Major Senior Living Investment


MILWAUKEE, Wisc., May 14, 2024 – Boldt Real Estate, a leading real estate development and investment firm, is thrilled to announce the closure of a landmark deal exceeding $200 million in capital to facilitate the acquisition and financing of six senior living communities in partnership with New Perspective, and Fengate.

This strategic funding, comprised of a bridge loan, preferred equity and common equity, marks the commencement of a programmatic relationship aimed at channeling $500 million towards the future acquisition and development of senior living communities across the United States.

Jake Garro, President of Boldt Real Estate, said, “We are excited to partner with New Perspective, and Fengate on this transformative initiative. This joint venture not only signifies a substantial financial investment but also underscores our collective commitment to enhancing the lives of seniors and the communities they live in.”...


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Wisconsin Battery Company Announces $5 Million Investment


PORTAGE, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wisconsin Battery Company (WinBat™) has received an investment of $5 million from Infinite Power Systems (IPS), a private equity fund. With this investment, 87.5% of WinBat’s seed round has been funded. The company said it will use the funds for development of prototypes for its hemp carbon battery, produced in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and for construction and buildout of its new manufacturing facility in Portage.

“IPS’s portfolio offers us many opportunities for partnering with companies that are aligned with our goal of bringing products to market that are both better performing and better for the planet.”...


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Ken Notes: Perfect, if the battery fails you can just chop it up and smoke it and not care...

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Chippewa EDC: Feeding the Fire of Economic Development


for decades of change, the Chippewa Economic Development Corp. has been been boosting the Chippewa Falls area

For more than 30 years, the Chippewa Economic Development Corp. has kindled the fire of capital and talent investment in the greater Chippewa Falls area. Through all phases of the economic cycle, the CEDC has focused on helping entrepreneurs by attracting, retaining, and expanding businesses in Chippewa County – and that remains its focus today.

“We just want to reignite the flames,” explained CEO and President Charlie Walker, citing the theme of the organization’s annual meeting, which will be Friday, May 17. That theme serves as a reminder that public and private leaders in Chippewa County have a history of working together to solve problems, and that the same can-do spirit can be brought to bear today as the region addresses the closure of two hospitals, including HSHS St. Joseph’s in Chippewa Falls...


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UWM to House Nation’s First Microsoft AI Lab Focused on Manufacturing


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Connected Systems Institute, as part of Microsoft’s $3.3 billion investment in southeast Wisconsin, will house the nation’s first manufacturing-focused AI Co-Innovation Lab. Lubar graduate students Soumya Katukam and Deepak Tandra talked with Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President of Microsoft, during a tour of the Connected Systems Institute.

The lab will strengthen UWM’s education and research mission while connecting Wisconsin manufacturers and other companies with Microsoft’s artificial intelligence experts and developers.

Brad Smith, vice chair and president of Microsoft, made the announcement Wednesday at a news conference at the company’s data center complex in Racine County that featured remarks from President Joe Biden and Gov. Tony Evers. UWM Chancellor Mark Mone, UWM Chief Innovation and Partnership Officer Brian Thompson and CSI Director Joe Hamman were in attendance to personally receive the good news.

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Ken Notes: This is cool...

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Wisconsin unemployment fell below 3 percent last month for the first time since mid-2023


State continues to outperform the country on unemployment, labor force participation

The unemployment rate in Wisconsin dipped below 3 percent in April for the first time since mid-2023, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development. 

Last month, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate declined to 2.9 percent, a full percentage point lower than the national rate.

The state also added 900 nonfarm jobs and its labor force participation rate remained at 65.6 percent, nearly 3 percentage points above the national rate...


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Website to help with area workforce presented to chamber


EAU CLAIRE — Among the many topics related to economic development discussed at an Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce event on Thursday, one important focus was a dwindling amount of people in the workforce.

The Eau Claire Chamber Eggs and Issues: Economic Development Update meeting hosted many speakers from municipalities and other organizations involved in the area’s economic development.

One of the topics discussed was workforce, which is a “significant challenge for our employers,” according to Chamber Vice President Governmental Affairs Scott Rogers...

...French said they also have been advertising Wisconsin through many avenues including a website called lookforwardwisconsin.com...

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Madison`s Neighborhood House, other low-income projects, win state tax credits


The expansion of Madison’s Neighborhood House Community Center, which will add 60 units of mostly low-income housing to the Greenbush neighborhood, was one of five affordable housing developments in the city awarded financial support this year by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.

Together, the projects in Madison will qualify for over $100 million in federal and state tax credits over a number of years. They will provide 457 housing units throughout Madison, WHEDA records show. Of those units, 240 will be dedicated to renters earning 60% or less of Dane County’s median income, according to city officials.

Neighborhood House — alongside its partner in the redevelopment, Alexander Co. of Madison — is eligible for $10.9 million in federal tax credits over the next 10 years and $4.9 million in state tax credits over the next six years. Madison’s oldest community center, Neighborhood House was established in 1916 to serve a largely immigrant community. But it is struggling to expand its programming within the constraints of its current building...


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Developer opens 2nd built-for-rent community in Wisconsin


OAK CREEK, Wis. — Illinois-based developer Heyday on Monday announced a 130-unit build-for-rent project opened in Oak Creek after nearly a year of construction.

The development is located on a 47-acre lot with a range of one-bedroom and one-bathroom to three-bedroom and two-bathroom single-story homes near Puetz Road and 27th Street. The homes are grouped into 22 buildings, with each building holding four to eight units with a mix of floorplans. Madison-based Horizon Develop Build Manage was the primary contractor.

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A New Era: Wisconsin Leading The Future Biohealth Landscape



With a history of precision manufacturing, a thriving talent pool and high quality of life, Wisconsin has established itself as a biohealth hub.

FUJIFILM cellular dynamics has a lofty goal, says CEO Tomoyuki Hasegawa: “To be one of the top three cell therapy contract development and manufacturing organizations in the world. That’s the target.”

To achieve that, the company needs to be in a location that offers a solid pipeline of skilled talent, a reliable and efficient supply chain and a thriving biohealth ecosystem to support growth. But it didn’t look to the coasts; instead, Japanese parent company FUJIFILM Holdings, which acquired Cellular Dynamics in 2015, opted to keep the company where it was founded—in Madison, Wisconsin. In fact, in December, it announced a $200 million investment to, in part, fund a brand-new 175,000-square-foot headquarters in Madison’s BioMidwest hub of life science companies and academia...


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Wisconsin Union, Bucky’s Varsity Meats debut new beef snack sticks


The Wisconsin Union and Bucky’s Varsity Meats teams have developed and launched a brand-new product, called the Wisconsin Union Beef Snack Sticks, which supports hands-on student learning and leadership opportunities.

Customers can purchase the Wisconsin Union Beef Snack Sticks at the following Wisconsin Union dining locations: Badger Markets in Engineering, Ingraham, Memorial Union, and Union South; Capital Café in Grainger Hall; Carte in Memorial Union; the Chazen Café; and Sett Recreation in Union South.

The Wisconsin Union and Varsity Meats began a collaborative beef snack sticks development process in spring 2022. Together, they developed beef sticks that combine 100% Angus beef with the nutty, earthy, slightly sweet flavor of mustard seeds, the tanginess of ground mustard and the subtle sweetness of garlic. The recipe development process included the teams taste-testing several batches before arriving at the final flavor combination.

Bucky’s Varsity Meats crafts the beef sticks on campus with meat sourced from campus-run farms and local businesses..

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Ken Notes: The UW Freshman 15 is fueled by Babcock Ice Cream game day brats and now Wisconsin Union, Bucky’s Varsity Snack Sticks. I would mention beer but none of the Freshman drink...

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New Bayview community center takes novel low-income development strategy public


The community center at the heart of the Bayview affordable housing redevelopment on “the Triangle” Downtown has opened its doors to the public.

Bright and airy, with big windows and a beachy blue-and-tan color scheme, the $9 million, 11,500-square-foot center was created by and for the people who live there as part of the second phase of the Bayview Foundation’s $60 million affordable housing redevelopment. The foundation is now turning to the third and final phase of the project, which will add a playground, more green space and the last 44 of the development’s 130 total housing units. The expansion is aimed at low-income families who do not currently live at Bayview and is scheduled for completion in February.

As Madison confronts rapid growth and rising rents, those who directed Bayview’s resident-led transformation hope it will serve as a model for what affordable housing can be...

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Ti­tle­townTech working with AI In­no­vation Lab in Milwaukee


ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Microsoft is investing more than $3 billion in Wisconsin for artificial intelligence (AI) innovation.

A new multi-billion dollar plan from Microsoft is designed to make Wisconsin a national leader in advanced manufacturing.

Craig Dickman said TitletownTech in Ashwaubenon will have a hand in helping make that happen through an innovation lab for manufacturing...

What You Need To Know

  • Microsoft is investing more than $3 billion in Wisconsin for artificial intelligence innovation

  • The plan includes a AI innovation lab focused on manufacturing

  • The lab will be located at the Universities of Wisconsin- Milwaukee



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Ken Notes: TitletownTech is growing exponentially! Not to mention the 2025 NFL Draft...

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Milwaukee is building 42 homes for child care providers. That will help them keep their jobs


A plan to build more than 40 affordable houses for Milwaukee child care workers ? helping them stay in that low-paying field while building wealth through home ownership ? is taking a big step forward.

A roughly $11 million development, funded mainly through a $4.5 million federal grant along with $4.2 million from low-income home buyers, will finance houses built near five early childhood education centers: COA Goldin Youth & Family Center, 2320 W. Burleigh St.; Malaika Early Learning Center, 125 W. Auer Ave.; Next Door, 2545 N. 29th St.; Growing Tree Children’s Center, 3940 W. Lisbon Ave., and United Community Center Ricardo Diaz Early Learning Academy, 2130 W. Becher St...

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UWM to House Nation’s First Microsoft AI Lab Focused on Manufacturing


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Connected Systems Institute, as part of Microsoft’s $3.3 billion investment in southeast Wisconsin, will house the nation’s first manufacturing-focused AI Co-Innovation Lab. Lubar graduate students Soumya Katukam and Deepak Tandra talked with Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President of Microsoft, during a tour of the Connected Systems Institute.

The lab will strengthen UWM’s education and research mission while connecting Wisconsin manufacturers and other companies with Microsoft’s artificial intelligence experts and developers.

Brad Smith, vice chair and president of Microsoft, made the announcement Wednesday at a news conference at the company’s data center complex in Racine County that featured remarks from President Joe Biden and Gov. Tony Evers. UWM Chancellor Mark Mone, UWM Chief Innovation and Partnership Officer Brian Thompson and CSI Director Joe Hamman were in attendance to personally receive the good news...



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Couleecap approved to administer $3.5M in community development grants


LA CROSSE (WKBT) -- La Crosse nonprofit Couleecap will once again administer millions in state funding earmarked for community and housing development. 

Federal funding comes to states like Wisconsin through community development block grants. Organizations then apply to administer those funds at the local level.

La Crosse nonprofit Couleecap has been awarded a $3.5 million block grant.

It will oversee that spending over the next two years to address critical housing needs in the counties around the La Crosse area...


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City Funds Will Boost Walker’s Point Development


Corner of 1st and National would see new affordable apartment building.

A proposed affordable apartment building planned for a key Walker’s Point intersection would receive a $2 million boost from a new tax incremental financing (TIF) district.

The subsidy package aims to close a financing gap at a site that has long eluded real estate developers.

Kenosha-based Bear Development plans to construct a five-story, 140-unit apartment complex at the northeast corner of S. 1st Street and W. National Avenue.

The Department of City Development is proposing to provide $2.17 million via a developer-financed TIF district to the $54.6 million development. The structure, effectively a property tax rebate, would incrementally provide the funding plus 6% interest, over a period of no more than 19 years. Bear would receive the funding faster if the assessed value of its development yields larger property tax payments...


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UWM to house nation’s first Microsoft AI lab focused on manufacturing


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Connected Systems Institute, as part of Microsoft’s $3.3 billion investment in southeast Wisconsin, will house the nation’s first manufacturing-focused AI Co-Innovation Lab.

The lab will strengthen UWM’s education and research mission while connecting Wisconsin manufacturers and other companies with Microsoft’s artificial intelligence experts and developers.

Brad Smith, vice chair and president of Microsoft, made the announcement Wednesday at a news conference at the company’s data center complex in Racine County that featured remarks from President Joe Biden and Gov. Tony Evers. UWM Chancellor Mark Mone, UWM Chief Innovation and Partnership Officer Brian Thompson and CSI Director Joe Hamman were in attendance to personally receive the good news.

Microsoft’s AI experts will help design and prototype AI and cloud solutions for CSI clients, improving and accelerating their work. The goal is to serve 270 Wisconsin companies, including 135 manufacturing businesses, by 2030. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has committed a $500,000 grant to assist with necessary upgrades to the CSI facility...


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Microsoft president speaks at Ozaukee Economic Development Outreach event


THIENSVILLE — Microsoft President and Vice Chairman Brad Smith, left, was in Ozaukee County May 1 for the Ozaukee Economic Development Outreach event.

Right, OED Executive Director Kathleen Cady Schilling said the event, held at Shully’s Cuisine and Events in Thiensville, had an "absolutely amazing turnout."

Smith shared insights into AI and how it is helping with economic development, both around the globe and in Wisconsin...

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Ken Notes: Wow!

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Secretary of Wisconsin DWD visits La Crosse for Youth Apprenticeship Week


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - La Crosse and Gundersen Health System welcomed Wisconsin’s Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development, Amy Pechacek as a part of National Youth Apprenticeship Week in Wisconsin.

Pechacek took a tour of Gundersen Health System, considered to be one of the leaders of apprenticeships.

“They have really embraced apprenticeship as a way to increase their workforce and create a pipeline of talent so that they can continue to provide wonderful services in this community,” Pechacek said.

Gundersen is one of more than 6,500 youth apprenticeship employers across America’s Dairyland. A program with a long history...

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Ken Notes: Health care is the Trifecta of youth apprenticeship. Public private partnership with schools and providers, immediate demand for workers, and great career path for students.

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De­vel­opment work planned for former De Pere Shopko


DE PERE, Wis. — Hours before the doors open for business at "Hey, Soup Sister" in De Pere, staff are busy preparing the days food.

That includes Kahlie Hill. She spent a recent morning slicing tomatoes and preparing cilantro at the custom soup cafe.


What You Need To Know

  • Local developers are proposing a multi-use development in De Pere’s downtown

  • It uses land occupied by a vacant Shopko store

  • The project envisions living, business, retail and plaza space 

Hey, Soup Sister opened four years ago and draws people from around Green Bay to its location at 115 N. Wisconsin St. in downtown De Pere.

“We’ll have people come down and they’ll say, ‘I’m from Suamico and I’ve wanted to try this,’” Hill said. “Most of our regulars live and work in the downtown area. It’s close for them, but we’ve got people who come in from everywhere.”

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Wisconsin puts 60 acres of state-owned land up for sale in CF


Mar. 3—CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Wisconsin`s Department of Administration has placed 62 acres of state-owned land for sale in the southeast corner of Chippewa Falls, along Seymour Cray Boulevard, that is part of the Northern Wisconsin Center.

Charlie Walker, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation executive director, said the land has been divided into five lots, with land on both the east and west side of Seymour Cray Boulevard, also known as Highway 178. It is generally southwest of the Wisconsin Veteran Home; the land is managed by the state`s Department of Health Services. The DOA is assisting DHS in selling the property, and has valued it at $35,000 per acre. Walker said his organization has been asked to help aggressively market the land and get bids to DOA and DHS.

"It`s real exciting. We`re taking land that hasn`t been on the tax rolls and moving it onto the tax rolls," Walker said. "We know there has been a lot of interest in that land from a variety of companies. It will be interesting to see what bids come in. Anytime you can get prime land on Seymour Cray, with those traffic counts, that is a valued location."...

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New 50-unit apartment complex development on Grand Ave. moves forward, plans to open summer 2026


WAUSAU (WAOW) — An apartment complex is moving forward on Grand Avenue and plans to be open by summer 2026.

The Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) awarded $32.5 million in competitive Federal and State housing tax credits to help advance affordable housing and economic recovery in Wisconsin last week, according to Commonwealth Development Corporation news release...

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WHEDA grants tax credits for Wausau affordable housing project but funding gap remains

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What you need to know about Microsoft`s big investment in Wisconsin data centers and workers.


Microsoft`s quick movement in developing its Mount Pleasant data center and a newly unveiled plan to train more than 100,000 AI workers and create new resources for businesses adds up to billions of dollars in investment that the company`s president said can ensure Wisconsin`s role as a manufacturing power house for decades.

The company announced it will spend $3.3 billion by 2026 to build the initial phase of its data center development, but that`s merely the architecture for success, Microsoft President Brad Smith said...


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Governor’s Export Achievement Awards


Let’s celebrate our successes, together.

If you’re looking for a way to grow your company and are considering exporting, we can’t encourage you enough. More than 95% of the world’s population lives outside of the U.S., and 1 billion people are expected to join the global middle class in the next decade. This is an incredible opportunity for growth-minded Wisconsin companies. In fact, some are already taking advantage, achieving extraordinary results, and elevating Wisconsin’s competitiveness in the global economy.

Since 1981, the Governor’s Export Achievement Awards have recognized companies that have found incredible success abroad. These companies not only raise Wisconsin’s international profile but also pave the way for other companies, establishing best practices and providing tactics for success.

If your company—or someone else’s—excels at exporting, submit a nomination for the next Governor’s Export Achievement Awards. See our Frequently Asked Questions below for the submission deadline and nomination details...



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Certified In Wisconsin Program now open for new applications


The Certified In Wisconsin Program—which designates commercial development sites as being shovel-ready, making them attractive to developers and valuable to communities—will accept new applications through May 31, 2024.

“The program provides assurance for site selectors, expanding companies, and other attraction prospects that these properties and their communities are ready for new development,” says WEDC Business Attraction Manager Sarah Bownds. “It provides the key reviews, documents, and assessments that offer certainty to developers.”

WEDC’s program, offered in partnership with the Site Selection Group (SSG), partially subsidizes the cost to communities of obtaining site certification. The program’s goals including gauging the potential for corporate investment at the site, making recommendations for the community to consider, and gathering detailed site information to effectively market the property....

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Trade missions offer Wisconsin businesses the chance to grow globally


MADISON, WI. MAY 10, 2024 – Wisconsin businesses looking to extend their reach by entering global markets will be able to participate in international trade missions led by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to the United Kingdom, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, China, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland in 2024 and 2025.

Wisconsin businesses can attend one or more of these programs, which involve an introduction to each market specifically tailored for state companies, as well as a customized meeting schedule for each participating firm.

“At WEDC, we’re excited to provide a diverse selection of trade missions to Wisconsin’s key export destinations,” said Aaron Zitzelsberger, WEDC’s senior director of global trade and investment. “With our extensive range of opportunities, there’s bound to be something perfect for any Wisconsin company seeking to boost international sales. Our trade missions are crafted to nurture connections, offering personalized one-on-one experiences that pave the way for lasting success.”....

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Four Milwaukee Affordable Housing Proposals Secure Critical Tax Credits


Four proposed affordable housing developments secured pivotal low-income housing tax credits in an announcement Thursday from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).

Two of the winning proposals are located near the intersection of N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and W. Burleigh Street at the north end of the Harambee neighborhood. Another of the winning proposals, Historic Patterson Place, involves the redevelopment of a former Milwaukee Public Schools building at 4116 W. Silver Spring Dr. The fourth winner, Historic Mitchell Residences, involves new buildings being constructed just south of the intersection of S. 12th and W. Historic Mitchell streets....

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Wisconsin awards $32.6M in grants to housing developers


(The Center Square) – Wisconsin housing developers are set to receive $32.6 million in housing tax credits for 2024, part of $525 million in workforce housing in this year’s biennial budget, Gov. Tony Evers’ office said.

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority received $56 million in grant requests from developers with 23 developments in 14 counties that will create 1,383 affordable housing units being awarded the grants.

The federally funded 9% housing credit grants were worth up to $1.4 million with $16.6 million in total awarded. Compass Lofts (Milwaukee), Dodgeville Family (Dodgeville), Elllis Potter Apartments (Madison), Haven on Main (La Crosse), Park Lofts (Madison), the Conway (Madison), The Pines at Park Falls and Woods Hollow (Woodruff) all received at or near the $1.4 million credit...


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WEDC awards Deerfield School District $25,000 fab lab grant


Funds to equip new high-tech lab, create great space for students to learn

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield School District, on May 3, received a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to equip a fab lab in a new middle-high School addition that should be ready for tech ed students in the fall.

The grant, which is Deerfield’s first fab lab award, was one of 18 grants totaling more than $493,000 that Gov. Tony Evers and WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes announced on Tuesday. Deputy Secretary Sam Rikkers visited Deerfield on May 3 to congratulate the district on receiving the grant...



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Muskego-Norway among18 Wisconsin school districts to receive state fabrication lab grants


Thanks to a nearly $25,000 state grant, the Muskego-Norway School District will be able to furnish its new science, technology, engineering, art and math addition at Muskego High School.

In a joint news release April 30, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and school district announced that Muskego-Norway is among 18 Wisconsin school districts that are being awarded over $493,000 in Fab Lab grants this year.

For Muskego-Norway, the STEAM addition was one of several projects included in a $44.6 million referendum voters approved in 2022.

The WEDC`s Fab Labs Grant Program website said students need hands-on experience and training to practice what they have learned in science, technology, engineering, art and math courses to be prepared for 21st-century jobs. To provide that hands-on learning, equipment is needed, such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control (CNC) routers and plasma cutters. The Fab Labs Grant Program helps districts purchase such equipment...


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More details on Kikkoman’s incentives, including the state that Wisconsin beat out for project


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. staff review for Kikkoman’s expansion project offers new details on the company’s plans in the state. Osamu Mogi, representative director, senior executive corporate office with Kikkoman Corp., told BizTimes earlier this week that the company considered 64 Midwest locations before picking Jefferson. The WEDC staff review details just how close...   ...Full Story Here

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Madison`s building permit process can take over a year. Some suburbs take longer


A new study by Downtown Madison, Inc. and Smart Growth Greater Madison finds Madison`s reputation as a hard place to do development is a mix of myth and reality.

The study, which looked at mixed-use and multi-family developments with more than 60 units issued building permits in Madison and four neighboring cities over the last five years, found Sun Prairie with the longest median process at 461 days, and Madison fourth longest at 391 days. Fitchburg, at 236 days, was quickest.

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Evers administration requests release of $25 million for child care and tourism


Gov. Tony Evers’ administration is requesting that the Republican-led budget committee release $25 million in funds that would go towards supporting child care providers and tourism in Wisconsin.

It’s unclear whether lawmakers will release the funds. The requests come as Republican committee leaders and Evers have been in a stalemate over several funding release requests made by the administration, including for over $125 million to combat PFAS, $50 million to implement new literacy programs and $15 million meant to support hospitals in the Chippewa Valley. The disagreements about specifics on how the money for those initiatives should be spent has led to veto override attempts in the Senate and lawsuits from the Legislature and Evers...


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Council in review: Road work, development updates


East View Road construction underway, Country View Road projects aim to support Epic’s planned growth


It’s officially construction season.

At its past two meetings, the City of Verona Common Council has approved various resolutions regarding construction in the area. City Engineer Carla Fischer has also shared updates as to where projects are at in terms of progress.

The complete engineering report that details citywide construction projects is available online at ci.verona.wi.us/agendacenter in the May 13 council agenda and packet.
E. View Road/Court and Elm Street

Construction has commenced on East View Road (Green Meadow to Elm Street), East View Court and Elm Street. Fischer said paving is tentatively scheduled for the end of August...

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Land and Space / Tom Daykin


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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Each week WisconsinDevelopment presents a positive look at economic development, commercial projects and ideas that work from across the state. In WDNGreen we highlight pro-environmental development and issues that make economic sense.

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