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This Weeks Articles for 12/1/2022 ...

  1. Report: Public development subsidy deals should guarantee better jobs, working conditionslink
  2. Madison chamber VP touts strength of region’s economylink
  3. Mayor and Alders Propose to Allow More Development Near High Capacity Transit link
  4. Dane Co. pledges $7.8M for 500+ housing units; Madison pitches new ruleslink
  5. Dept. of Workforce Development: Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council hosting public hearing Dec. 15link
  6. New Fox Valley manufacturing facility will focus on renewable energylink
  7. Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics to expand in Madison with new headquarterslink
  8. PRICE COUNTY ROUNDUP for DEC 1, 2022 link
  9. Hub aims to expand dairylink
  10. West CAP, Gerrard Companies honored in Washington D.C. with housing awardlink
  11. Milwaukee Public Museum names owner’s representative team for future museum construction projectlink
  12. Meet the UW-Green Bay professor behind decades of work advancing LGBTQ+ rights...link
  13. La Crosse Center Wins 2022 BUILD Wisconsin Awardlink

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National design teams offer striking initial concepts for Lake Monona waterfront

Three finalists who have designed public spaces around the globe offered striking initial concepts Monday in a competition to reshape the Lake Monona waterfront between Olin Park and Williamson Street.

Agency Landscape + Planning of Cambridge, Massachusetts; James Corner Field Operations of New York; and Sasaki of Denver shared concepts during an in-person and online meeting from Monona Terrace to forge a master plan to better connect Capitol Square and neighborhoods to the lake, improve water quality and aquatic habitat, celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural legacy and preserve the lake’s cultural history.

The concepts offered on Monday showed potential for a dramatic transformation of the waterfront, including marsh and wetland restoration, expanded park space, far better separation of motor vehicles, bikes and pedestrians, raised boardwalks, bridges and underpasses, a cap over John Nolen Drive, and railroad tracks, an amphitheater, a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired boathouse off King Street, beaches, fishing piers and more...

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Ken Notes: Lots of details in the article. All are pretty special projects, I was surprised that none include a deck over John Nolen. I do love the Frank Lloyd Wright boathouse and marina idea but if the two lakes remain separate Mendota has more potential.

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‘It would delay the project even further’: Dane Co. Executive Parisi vetoes jail amendment in 2023 County Budget
MADISON, Wis. — Dane County Executive Joe Parisi signed the 2023 County Budget on Wednesday, setting aside more than $850 million for work around the area.

“The past few years of a pandemic, and more recently poverty exacerbated by inflation, serve as frank reminders of the need to always plan for tomorrow,” Parisi said. “The 2023 Dane County budget builds upon the work we’ve done over the past decade.”

Not everything on the budget passed, however. Parisi vetoed an amendment to abandon a proposed six-story jail in favor of a five-story building.

“It was pretty much universally agreed upon, you know, between folks in law enforcement and others who are looking at it, that it would not close the City-County Building jail, and it would delay the project even further,” he told News 3 Now Wednesday. “The concern was just that the version that was passed was too small, and would be obsolete the day it opened.”...

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Report: Public development subsidy deals should guarantee better jobs, working conditions

A proposed development that would bring a new soccer stadium to downtown Milwaukee should include guarantees of good wages and a path to union representation for workers in the stadium district in return for public subsidies, a new report recommends.

The report, “Worker Power Levels the Playing Field,” was released Tuesday by COWS, a think tank at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It says taxpayer-funded support for the proposed Milwaukee soccer stadium project, dubbed the Iron District, should come with strings that ensure local hiring and strong job standards even after the project is built out...



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Ken Notes: Love the "idea" but would urge some caution on the implementation. Businesses are in business to be successful and should then share that success with employees, mandates that impede the opportunity for success can, while sounding good, be bad for development in the long run. We need to focus on a business being able to succeed first then focus on that business lifting employees with them. In the case of the Deer District the business was not as dependent on the employees at the service level but rather the "employees" at the Giannis Antetokounmpo (39.34 million USD) level. Clearly not a fair comparison...

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Fromm Nieman Brands plans Foxtown Brewery development on vacant Third Ward riverfront site

Mequon-based pet food company also announced as title sponsor of Downtown Dog Park

MILWAUKEE — Mequon-based Foxtown Brewing is hoping to add a 28,000-square-foot development next to a proposed dog park in downtown Milwaukee.

Planned for a vacant site at the northeast corner of St. Paul and Plankinton avenues along the Milwaukee River, Foxtown Landing will include a multi-story building housing a taproom, distillery and restaurant, according to a press release. There will also be pet-friendly outdoor spaces overlooking the river, as well as a rooftop patio and balcony.

In addition, Fromm Family Pet Food, which is also owned by Fromm Nieman Brands, was announced to be the title sponsor for a future-off leash dog park adjacent to the Foxtown Landing development, and planned for a vacant site under the I-794 freeway between the Milwaukee River and Plankinton Avenue...


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A bit of architectural self indulgence
I love great architecture, and this is the coolest new project I have seen in a while. Steve Holzhauer was the architect on this project converting an old cottage on a 30 foot rock cliff overlooking a lake into this beautiful home! I saw the project on Linkedin and fell in love. I built my current home on the Sugar river in Albany and am now jealous of what real talent and, I am assuming, more money than I will ever have can do... WOW!

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An inside look at the former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel building apart­ments
MILWAUKEE — A historic building that once revolved around telling the stories of Milwaukee will soon become a place for residents to start a new chapter of their lives.

On Tuesday, developer J. Jeffers & Co., the City of Milwaukee and other partners unveiled the new Journal Commons historic luxury apartment building downtown. It was formerly the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel building. About 141 residences are inside the property that was originally constructed in 1924.

“It’s an exciting day to officially debut the Journal Commons property to the community,” said Josh Jeffers, founder and CEO of J. Jeffers & Co. “This building and its rich history are part of the fabric of Milwaukee. We worked hard to preserve that history and are so proud to be part of its next chapter.”...


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Madison chamber VP touts strength of region’s economy
The vice president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce says “the value of the ecosystem is as strong as ever” despite business challenges like inflation and the labor shortage.

In an interview yesterday, Kevin Little offered an optimistic perspective on the future of the region’s economy and the industries that fuel its growth.

“Despite the challenges we face, despite the gaps that still exist … I think there’s reason for encouragement and optimism with what’s going on in our economy right now and how we’re positioned for the future,” he told WisBusiness.com...
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Ken Notes: I agree and I am NOT paid to say so. I would like to address some issues though - like the lack of workforce housing, and good wages at the service level.

Here is my observation, for our new tech workers to be truly happy they need great coffee, good restaurants, entertainment, and stores in which to spend their new found wealth.

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East side to get public plaza, other traffic calming changes under $3.9 million city plan
A stretch of East North Avenue that is a popular nightlife area ? and a site of many car crashes involving pedestrians ? would get a public plaza and other traffic calming improvements under a new proposal from Mayor Cavalier Johnson`s administration.

The plan, which needs Common Council approval, calls for $3.9 million to be spent within and near a tax incremental financing district centered on North Avenue between North Cambridge and North Oakland avenues.

That cash would be generated by three new apartment developments that are in the works for a portion of North Avenue just east of the Milwaukee River...


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A developer has proposed turning the former Everbrite site in South Milwaukee into nearly 600 residential units
A new proposal could bring 587 residential units, a mix of multifamily and single-family homes, to the former Everbrite property in South Milwaukee.

The proposal from Fresh Coast Development could be constructed in multiple phases on just over 31 acres of brownfield at 315 Marion Ave. north of the city’s water treatment plant.

“A project cost estimate is still being calculated,” said Assistant City Administrator and Economic Development Director Patrick Brever. “TIF support is likely going to be targeted toward infrastructure needs for the site.”...


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Mayor and Alders Propose to Allow More Development Near High Capacity Transit
At the November 22 Common Council meeting, Alder Heck, Alder Foster, Alder Vidaver and Mayor Rhodes-Conway introduced legislation to promote transit-oriented development along high capacity transit corridors in Madison. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a pedestrian-oriented, compact, mixed-use development style focused along high quality public transit. It typically includes a mix of housing, office, retail, neighborhood amenities and other uses within walking distance of a transit station.

The legislation would create a TOD overlay zoning district, based in the policy direction of the City’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan, Imagine Madison, to focus much of our future population growth to areas best equipped to serve it – along public transit corridors. Madison has grown by nearly 70,000 people since 2000, and is expected to grow by another 70,000 people in the next two decades....


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Ken Notes: Madison may need to acquire some land to truly control their destiny. This also needs to be a regional effort to control sprawl. The new trend in development is to build communities not projects. I believe to accomplish this we need to take an "industrial park" approach -- acquire land, offer incentives, control development, build transit links, and allow for economic diversity. I love developers but would remind everyone they are in business to make money so if they control the land they will look at higher end projects to increase profits. Relying on federal assisted living programs will increase economic segregation and not be community focused.

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UW-Madison: Named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University
MADISON – The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has designated the University of Wisconsin–Madison as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. The APLU awarded UW–Madison this designation based on the university’s significant, sustainable and campus-wide commitment to economic engagement, including its past and future focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development and public service and community engagement...

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Dane Co. pledges $7.8M for 500+ housing units; Madison pitches new rules

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Dane Co. and Madison leaders took separate steps this week as they try to battle rising housing costs in the region. On Tuesday, the county pledged to spend nearly eight million dollars to facilitate the building of 557 affordable housing units across multiple cities.

County Executive Joe Parisi’s Office explained the money would come from the Dane Co. Affordable Housing Development Fund, which was created in 2015 to promote more economical homes in the region. Of the 2,429 units planned, the county lists 2,201 of them as counting as affordable housing...


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Wauwatosa wants more affordable apartments. Why do those projects face financing challenges?
A large Wauwatosa apartment development plan has been dropped — in part because its backers were unable to reach an agreement with city officials over their request for financing help.

Meanwhile, another development that city officials have agreed to help subsidize is now seeking a federal grant to supplement its financing. But there`s no guarantee the project will get that cash.

Both plans include apartments rented at below-market rates — part of Wauwatosa`s efforts to increase the number of affordable housing units...

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Ken Notes: It is about profit margins, zoning exclusion, and appreciating vs. depreciating assets. We need to rethink affordable and workforce housing. We must look for models in other regions that work, move away from subsidized housing and start buying land so we can control the type of development we want. We did this after WWII and we can do it again but the current political climate may prevent us from working together. I am hoping to put together a new newsletter and resource website on Workforce Housing and am seeking partners for the project. You can see a rough draft at http://wwhnews.com/...

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Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority: Robert Stafslien joins WHEDA as director of single family lending
MADISON – The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) announced that Robert Stafslien is the new leader of the Single Family Lending team.

In this role, Stafslien will utilize his lengthy mortgage lending experience to carry out WHEDA’s mission and vision through the development of new products, strategic planning, and legislative interaction emphasizing the importance of safe, secure homes for all Wisconsinites....
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Ken Notes: I know the feds are using increasing interest rates to slow inflation but does it not make some sense to use interest rates to stimulate the type of development we want? Specifically more affordable workforce housing, what if we offered a 2% loan on new homes or condos below 150K. Builders would enter the market, smaller first time homeowners would build equity, and we would offset some of the unemployment that we will start to see as the housing market stalls.

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WPR - Economic development planning in rural Florence County
Florence County in northern Wisconsin is home to more than 200 businesses. The county`s new director of economic development offers a local perspective on living in rural Wisconsin. We talk grocery stores, housing, downtown revitalization and more.
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Ken Notes: Rural Northern Wisconsin is another world economic development wise. We need to exponentially increase Wisconsin tourism opportunities and search for businesses looking for this type of location. If we do not get involved there are mining operations excited about the available minerals in the ground and our new electric economy is making these minerals very very profitable...

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Dept. of Workforce Development: Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council hosting public hearing Dec. 15
MADISON – The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) is seeking suggestions from stakeholders and the public for its next slate of recommended legislative changes.

The Council will host a hybrid public hearing from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, using WebEx web conferencing technology and in person at 201 E. Washington Ave, Madison, Wisconsin. In addition, written comments may be submitted through Monday, Jan. 16, 2023...

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  • TIME: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • DATE: Dec. 15, 2022

  • LOCATION: 201 E. Washington Ave, Madison, Conference Room H103

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New Fox Valley manufacturing facility will focus on renewable energy

Excellerate, Faith Technologies breaks ground on Little Chute facility

A technology company is expanding its footprint in the Fox Valley by building a new 385,000-square-foot facility with a focus on renewable energy.

Excellerate, a division of the Menasha-based Faith Technologies Inc., recently broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Little Chute.

The project aims to create 200 jobs, ranging from entry-level manufacturing positions to engineers. The facility will also develop renewable energy products to support the growth of electrification in the United States. Another goal of the project is for the new building to be carbon-neutral by utilizing clean energy technology....

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In the competition for Milwaukee`s neighborhoods, out-of-state landlords remain a concern
This is a story about a growing competition for Milwaukee’s heart and soul: its neighborhoods. It’s a contest that pits working class residents against wealthy out-of-state investment firms in a race for the city’s most affordable houses. The Milwaukeeans` dream of becoming homeowners, of putting down roots in their community. The investors also dream of buying homes in Milwaukee but for very different reasons. They are distant landlords, often with little or no connection to the city. They see Milwaukee as a lucrative rental market, a place to make money...


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It’s Startup Chippewa Valley Week, So Get Those Business Ideas Buzzing

more than a dozen entrepreneurial events planned Nov. 14-18

Startup Chippewa Valley Week, the largest entrepreneurship event in the region, will return for a fifth year of programming Nov. 14-18. The weeklong series of events is aimed at increasing awareness surrounding the local startup ecosystem as well as inspiring and equipping the community to celebrate and support the local entrepreneurial spirit. In addition to all programming being in-person this year, all sessions that occurs at CoLab will be simultaneously streamed on Zoom, offering a larger reach and greater impact.

Startup Chippewa Valley Week will feature more than 15, free, in-person events focused on connecting, educating, and celebrating entrepreneurs of all types throughout the region...


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Ken Notes: What a great idea! Look at the list of events for ideas for your next meeting or conference....

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Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics to expand in Madison with new headquarters
Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics, the company founded 18 years ago by UW-Madison stem cell pioneer James Thomson, plans to triple its footprint in Madison by building a new headquarters on the Far West Side.

The company, now on Science Drive at University Research Park, plans to open a 140,000-square-foot facility about six miles to the northwest, on Excelsior Drive, in 2026. The expansion will involve increasing from about 200 employees now to about 400 by 2030, the company said.

“Now is the time for Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics to branch out and grow our capabilities,”...
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Milwaukee County Exec Crowley: Milwaukee County receives $15 million in Emergency Rental Assistance funds from U.S. Treasury
MILWAUKEE, WI – This month,Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)-Housing Services received $15 million from the U.S Department of the Treasury for the Emergency Rental Assistance program under the American Recovery Program (ERA2). The funds will continue Milwaukee County’s rental assistance program operated in partnership with Community Advocates.

“Thank you to the Evers Administration and U.S. Treasury for continuing to help Milwaukee County make investments in housing security. Housing is key social determinant of health and the Emergency Rental Assistance funds have helped keep thousands of residents in their homes since June of 2020,” said County Executive David Crowley...
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Germantown voters give green light to water service that could help big industrial development
A pending industrial development that could represent an investment approaching $300 million gained a favorable referendum vote from Germantown residents who on Tuesday OK’d extending new water and sewer service...

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Community Microgrid a First for Wisconsin
Until recently, the small village of Boaz, Wisconsin, U.S., with a population of 156, perhaps was best known as the location where a 12,000-year-old mastodon skeleton was found in 1897. Fast-forward 125 years and the small, picturesque community — tucked away in the Driftless Region of southwest Wisconsin — is once again drawing national attention, this time for serving as the location of the first community microgrid in Wisconsin...

...A microgrid is a small-scale utility grid with islanding capabilities, meaning it can be disconnected from the traditional grid and operate independently in the event of a power outage or service disruption. When disconnected from the central grid, microgrids serve customers in a defined area with power from one or more distributed generation sources, such as battery, wind, solar or a combination of these, to improve reliability....
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Ken Notes: This is a great project and could redefine power production and consumption in the US. The economic implications of these systems could be huge and provide jobs, industrial growth, and new opportunities for rural Wisconsin. I was a little disappointed not to see bio-digestors mentioned as a power source on the grid. Storage is also still a very pricey proposition but all good things in time...

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PRICE COUNTY ROUNDUP for DEC 1, 2022
The city of Phillips will be submitting a Vibrant Public Place Grant Jan 31, 2023.

The city of Phillips mailed survey questions to businesses and residents to help determine the needs and priorities that the city can focus on and will be used for the city’s Comprehensive Plan update. For residents who have not received a mailed survey, the Phillips Public Library website has an electronic version on their website along with paper copies at the library.

The Phillips Main Street and Connect Communities, a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation program, is surveying area businesses and residents regarding three selected public spaces: Bostrom Park, the south boat landing on Lake Duroy, and Elk Lake Park. One location’s proposal will be selected in order to apply for a matching between $25,000 and $50,000 for improvements to the chosen site...


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Hub aims to expand dairy
RIVER FALLS, Wis. – Dairy is big business in Wisconsin. The state has exported $462 million worth of dairy products so far in 2022. That’s according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s “2022 Export Highlights – Year to Date Quarter Three” report.

But Wisconsin’s dairy industry can’t rest on its laurels. That was one of the messages shared in a panel discussion Nov. 16 held by the University of Wisconsin-Dairy Innovation Hub...
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Milwaukee secures funding for new cruise ship dock

The South Shore Cruise Dock development is a bid to make the city a must-stop on the Great Lakes cruise circuit.

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Common Council has signed off on a $2 million investment in the South Shore Cruise Dock, in a bid to make the city a must-stop on the Great Lakes cruise circuit.

The city`s 2023 budget, which the council approved on Friday, includes $2 million in funding to redevelop the South Shore Cruise Dock. The dock is located next to the Lake Express ferry landing at 2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr...

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In a city known for its extensive public river walks, a new project provides another way for Milwaukee to embrace its waterfront.

The river walk coming to the harbor and the mouth of the Kinnickinnic River, which just won city approval, will be the largest new section of Milwaukee`s overall river walk system.

And, it will feature places that feel more like public parks ? including a large plaza as well as an area with fish and wildlife habitats where people can literally touch the water.

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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association: Calls for immigration reform to support industry growth

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) is calling for Congressional action to expand opportunities for legal immigration and to allow more immigrants to become permanent residents or citizens of the United States of America.

The $753 billion American dairy industry relies on immigrants as vital members of its supply chain, from the farm to processing facilities and beyond,” said WCMA President Steve Bechel of Eau Galle Cheese in Durand, Wisconsin. “The nation’s labor crisis will worsen in the years ahead, and legislative action is needed now to provide the workforce that dairy businesses must have to meet the demands of a growing global population.” ..

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Ken Notes: This is huge in the dairy and cheese industry and getting the cows milked at 4AM is a challenge for every dairy farm in the state...

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Wisconsin spent more of its pandemic relief money on business support than any other state
Wisconsin devoted a higher share of its federal pandemic relief funding to businesses and workers than any other state, according to a study by the Center on Budget Relief and Policy Priorities.

More than half of Wisconsin`s federal American Rescue Plan funds, $1.1 billion, went toward economic development initiatives, including $642 million in grants to businesses and $130 million for workforce development.

The Evers administration found that small businesses — especially those that served as community gathering spots — were struggling during the pandemic, said Missy Hughes, secretary and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp...


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Gov. Evers: Under Gov. Evers, Wisconsin top state for ARPA investments into economic development and business assistance

Gov. Tony Evers today highlighted a recent analysis of state allocations of federal aid under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The analysis showed that, as a share of federal aid received by states and directed by Gov. Evers, Wisconsin is the top state in the country for aid directed to overall economic development and the top state in the country in aid directed to assist businesses. 

Among investments directed by Gov. Evers to support Wisconsin businesses and economic development includes his popular Main Street Bounceback Grant Program, one of the successful small business assistance programs created by the Evers Administration to support Wisconsin’s economic recovery and help fill empty storefronts in all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties. Gov. Evers today announced that nearly 7,200 small businesses and nonprofits have been approved for $10,000 grants to fill empty storefronts through the Main Street Bounceback Grant Program...

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A generational opportunity: Design plans unveiled for extension of Milwaukee’s Harbor District Riverwalk


As economic development and progress continues to spur throughout the Harbor District, the Department of City Development (DCD) unveiled on November 4 the proposed design renderings for the Riverwalk extension planned for the growing neighborhood.


The Harbor District Riverwalk is a redevelopment project located south of Harbor View Plaza in Milwaukee’s Harbor District. At close to three quarters of a mile in length, the project is a generational opportunity to build the largest new section of Milwaukee’s overall Riverwalk system.

“Our waterways are a great natural resource, and as we add connections to the water, we celebrate this asset. Milwaukee’s Riverwalks have become centers of commerce and recreation that add to the vitality of the city,” said Mayor Cavalier Johnson. “I believe in the power of partnerships, and that’s what the Harbor District Riverwalk is all about. Through the efforts of City government, local businesses and organizations, and residents that call our waterfronts home, the Harbor District Riverwalk will add value to the neighborhood and city’s waterways for decades to come.”
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City Council adds $4.5 million to Madison Public Market
In passing the city’s 2023 capital budget Wednesday night, the Madison City Council added $4.5 million toward the Madison Public Market after a $5.2 million budget gap left the project’s fate up in the air.

Combined with Dane County’s commitment of $1.5 million, the new financing gets the project out of the red.

In August, the city withdrew its application for a $3.45 million federal economic development administration grant. Without the grant, and on top of growing construction costs, the project`s total cost estimate was $20 million, which left a $5.25 million financing gap...


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West CAP, Gerrard Companies honored in Washington D.C. with housing award
The 1300 Residences, one of West CAP’s newest affordable housing properties, was nationally recognized on Tuesday, September 20 as a 28th Annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award (Edson Award) recipient.  Winning in the Green and Healthy Housing category, this award recognizes affordable housing and organizations that have demonstrated impactful use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit).  The project’s co-developers were invited to Washington D.C. to accept the award at the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition’s annual Edson Awards.  U.S. Representative from Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District, Ron Kind, presented the award to West CAP Executive Director, Peter Kilde, Gerrard Companies’ Vice President, Paul Gerrard, and Cornerstone Architects owner, Brad Kortbein...
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Ken Notes: some very cool projects...

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Milwaukee Public Museum names owner’s representative team for future museum construction project
Wisconsin-based construction consulting services firm MC Group, LLC, along with Capital Projects and Milwaukee-based real estate firm Emem Group, have been selected to serve as owner’s representatives providing construction consulting services for the development of the future Milwaukee Public Museum, the museum announced Tuesday.

“Signing an owner’s representative brings expert oversight to the future museum construction process to ensure we remain on budget and on schedule as we deliver on our vision to bring this once-in-a-generation new museum to our community,” said Katie Sanders, chief planning officer for MPM.

The new 200,000-square-foot, $240 million museum is planned for a 2.4-acre site northeast of 6th Street and McKiney Avenue in the Haymarket neighborhood near downtown Milwaukee. With $110 million already dedicated to the creation of the new museum, including $40 million from the state of Wisconsin, $45 million from Milwaukee County, and $25 million in private donations, the museum this summer kicked off its a capital campaign to raise the remaining $130 million for the project...


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Market conditions leading to less favorable deals for entrepreneurs, investors
Shifting market conditions are leading to startup acquisition deals that are less favorable for entrepreneurs and investors.

Speaking yesterday during the Wisconsin Technology Council’s Early Stage Symposium in Madison, Health eFilings CEO Robert Hopton described the current startup landscape as “very much a buyer’s market.” He noted this trend has accelerated in the past six months or so.

“It’s not a U.S. phenomenon, it’s not a Midwest phenomenon … regardless of what part, what region of the world and so forth, in terms of how quickly the market’s changed,” he said. “And not to the advantage of the seller/entrepreneur.” ..


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Probiotic developer Synbiotic Health acquires new facility in Madison, Wisconsin
Probiotic developer Synbiotic Health (Lincoln, NE) has acquired a new facility in Madison, WI. The 43,000-sq-ft facility is expected to be operational in early 2023 and will focus on “scale-up and development of efficient commercial processes.”
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The new Epic

The tech star lost huge federal contracts, but emerged stronger for it

In early 2019, Epic Systems, Dane County’s premier tech company, got walloped. The Department of Veterans Affairs backed out of a $624 million contract for scheduling patient appointments at its 100-plus VA hospitals and awarded it to Epic archrival Cerner Corporation.

Chalk it up to a dramatic reversal in fed thinking, prompted by Cerner securing a huge no-bid contract to provide the full panoply of hospital software — clinical, financial and administrative — and not just patient scheduling...
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Ken Notes: Great read!!

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Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation: Annual fundraiser spotlights 70+ small businesses, 35 years of statewide impact and national indu
MILWAUKEE, WIS. – The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) will present its annual fundraising luncheon on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 15th at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in the Event Center and Legacy Ballroom.

The event will begin with the “Small Biz Market” vendor showcase at 10:30 am featuring over 70 of WWBIC’s small business clients. A luncheon and program will follow at 12:00 noon. This year’s program showcases three keynote collaborators: Donna Gambrell, President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital and board chair of the Opportunity Finance Network; Daniel Betancourt, President & CEO of the Community First Fund; and Connie Evans, President & CEO of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity....
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Ken Notes: The event is over, but the list of accomplishments is very impressive...

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Apartments, library advancing for $100 million-plus OneNorth project in Bayside
The OneNorth development in Bayside crossed a few milestones with recent completion of an office renovation and approvals advancing a new building with 98 apartments, and a public library that Marianne Lubar and Bud Selig are raising donations to support.
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Less expensive `workforce` apartments narrowly advance in Brookfield

Brookfield aldermen on Tuesday narrowly advanced a development proposal for 203 apartments in the Bishops Woods that would offer more affordable monthly rents than the city’s current average.

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Meet the UW-Green Bay professor behind decades of work advancing LGBTQ+ rights...
GREEN BAY ? When you walk into Stacie Christian’s office at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, you’re greeted by a short woman with wavy brown hair and a soft smile.

Her door is decorated with a Pride flag & UW-Green Bay Alumni and Supportive And Friendly Environment (S.A.F.E.) Ally stickers to show that all who come in are welcome.

As the assistant vice chancellor of inclusive excellence across the four UW-Green Bay campuses, Christian is all about impact ? what she can do to support students and make UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay community more inclusive of LGBTQ+ people and all other minority groups...

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La Crosse Center Wins 2022 BUILD Wisconsin Award
November 25, 2022 - The La Crosse Center received a 2022 BUILD Wisconsin Award for its recent renovation and expansion project.

The original building was more than 40 years old and long overdue for major renovations.

Designed by ISG Architects, the two-year project expanded the sports, entertainment, and event center into 120,000 square feet of multipurpose space.

The updated lobby now offers a more inviting place for visitors to gather, complete with high ceilings, large windows, and a mural highlighting two of La Crosse’s main attractions, Grandad Bluff and the Mississippi River...


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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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Wisconsin Development and WDNGreen newsletters are now emailed to over 12,000 brokers and agents, professionals, planners, developers, news outlets, and elected officials each week. We see over 1,000 opens within the first hour every week for each publication. The websites, WisconsinDevelopment.com and WDNGreen.com are always online and available to view and search where we maintain several years worth of articles. All of our rates are now less than in previous years.

"Our goal is to present a positive view of economic development in the State of Wisconsin”, Ken Harwood, Editor and Publisher.

WisconsinDevelopment is a positive look at economic development and commercial projects across the state. In WDNGreen we highlight pro-environmental developments and green issues that make economic sense.

We believe in the Wisconsin business community and believe that telling their stories will positively impact both growth and better legislation in the State. We are nonpartisan, pro business, pro positive environmental issues, and most importantly pro WISCONSIN...

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WisconsinDevelopment.com
&/or WDNGreen.com

Wisconsin Development and WDNGreen newsletters are now emailed to over 12,000 professionals, planners, developers, news outlets, and elected officials each week. We see over 1,000 opens within the first hour every week for each publication. The websites, WisconsinDevelopment.com and WDNGreen.com are always online and available to view and search where we maintain several years worth of articles. All of our rates are now less than in previous years.

"Our goal is to present a positive view of economic development in the State of Wisconsin”, Ken Harwood, Editor and Publisher.

WisconsinDevelopment is a positive look at economic development and commercial projects across the state. In WDNGreen we highlight pro-environmental developments and issues that make economic sense.

We believe in the Wisconsin business community and believe that telling their stories will positively impact both growth and better legislation in the State. We are nonpartisan, pro business, pro positive environmental issues, and most importantly pro WISCONSIN...

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