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This Weeks Articles for 1/26/2023 ...

  1. Gov. Evers, Dept. of Workforce Development: Launch Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce initiative...
  2. Evers focuses on mental health, infrastructure, tax reform in his fifth State of the State address ...
  3. Wisconsin`s estimated state budget surplus hits $7.1 billion...
  4. Milwaukee, Madison, & Minneapolis By Train: What We Know, What We Don’t, & What’s Next...
  5. ABC of Wisconsin members recognized for excellence in construction...
  6. Most Wisconsin businesses think a recession is coming, but it`s still too soon to tell...
  7. Federal CHIPS Act could ease supply woes for Wisconsin manufacturers...
  8. The Do’s and Don’ts of Tax Increment Financing...
  9. Gov. Evers: Announces workforce, economic development plans to maintain economy’s momentum...
  10. Foot Locker will close its Oshkosh call center, affecting almost 100 people...
  11. Developer`s submission beats Madison City Council decision on landmark status ...
  12. Knuth purchases former American House: Brewing company will move all of its operations to the new location ...
  13. Milwaukee trying to take ownership of Northridge Mall through lawsuit over demolition order...
  14. Report: Wisconsin farmland better suited for solar than ethanol ...

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Housing shortage in Wisconsin expected to get worse over the next decade


APPLETON (WLUK) -- A new study shows the housing shortage in Wisconsin is expected to get worse over the next decade.

The study by Forward Analytics says the state needs to build at least 140,000 housing units to keep up with those entering their working ages.

Click here to view Forward Analytics` full study on the housing shortage...

WisconsinDevelopment.com (this publication) has partnered with Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) to create a new Weekly Newsletter, Website, and resource Database on this issue. WWHNews.com is online NOW and we need your help


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Ken Notes: We are currently using this email list to launch this publication but will eventually switch to a separate email list so please >subscribe here.

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Gov. Evers, Dept. of Workforce Development: Launch Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce initiative


MADISON — On the heels of his 2023 State of the State address announcement of more than $190 million in investments to bolster Wisconsin’s workforce, Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Amy Pechacek today announced a new “Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce” initiative to continue building on the administration’s groundbreaking workforce development efforts. The initiative includes a statewide series of forums designed to highlight workforce development investments, available funding, resources to aid competitiveness, and local successes with worker recruitment and retention...


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Wisconsin Technology Council: Gov’s Business Plan Contest open online to vets, other entrepreneurs through Jan. 31


MADISON, Wis. – At a time when more military veterans are expressing interest in becoming entrepreneurs, the 20th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2023 competition through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Over a dozen veterans have made it to the finalist rounds of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest in recent years, including a category winner in the 2016 competition: Nick Mastronardi, a former Air Force officer, won the Information Technology category with POLCO, a civic engagement platform in widespread use across the United States today.

A free webinar on how to prepare to enter the contest will be held Jan. 18. Click here to register...

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Wisconsin solar projects get a boost after federal omnibus bill sends more than $255.7M to the state


Wisconsin communities will see investments in solar, clean energy solutions

Communities across Wisconsin are funding a variety of solar projects after the $1.7 trillion bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Act earmarked more than $255.7 million for Wisconsin.

Sun Prairie is receiving a hefty $3.2 million in federal funding that will go toward a solar radiation water pollution control facility. Leaders describe it as a more sustainable process for treating wastewater.

Jeremy Cramer, Sun Prairie’s wastewater treatment director, said the system cleans water using bacteria before it`s removed and digested in an anaerobic digester — a material that becomes "biosolids," or sewage sludge...



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Ken Notes: We really need to sit down with the utilities and develop a plan for integrating all of this is to a comprehensive system. Also the Sun Prairie system is very cool!

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U.S. Growth Cities of 2022: Madison WI #3 U-Haul Top 25 List


Ocala is the top growth city in America based on the net gain of one-way U-Haul® trucks during the past year, and four Florida destinations are among the top 25 on the annual U-Haul Growth Index...

...The Sacramento-Roseville (Calif.) market and Madison (Wis.) rank second and third on the 2022 growth cities list, respectively. Both have held the No. 1 ranking in recent years...


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Evers focuses on mental health, infrastructure, tax reform in his fifth State of the State address


His speech garnered applause from his own party, but Republicans in attendance stayed silent and did not offer a response.

Gov. Tony Evers declared a “year of mental health” during his fifth State of the State address Tuesday evening in a speech outlining a flurry of investment in education, workforce development and state welfare programs.

Evers opened Tuesday’s State of the State with his usual grandfatherly excitement as he announced “It’s good to be back!” to the crowd gathered in the Assembly chambers. The rest of his speech focused on the success of his administration over the last four years and ambitious proposals for Wisconsin’s record budget surplus of approximately $7 billion...


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Outdated zoning makes addressing Wisconsin`s housing shortage more difficult


Wisconsin’s housing shortage is expected to worsen by the end of the decade, and outdated zoning codes could make it harder for municipalities to address the issue.

A new report from Forward Analytics, the research arm of the Wisconsin Counties Association, found the state needs to build at least 140,000 housing units by 2030 to keep up with current demand. If Wisconsin hopes to increase its working-age population by the end of the decade, the number of housing units needed jumps to 227,000...

...One of the barriers to providing affordable housing is restrictive zoning codes that often favor single-family homes.

In the Fox Valley’s city of Neenah for example, a developer planned to redevelop a 27-acre middle school property into a mixed-use housing development that consisted of apartments, single-family homes, duplexes and townhouses. But the property needed to be rezoned to accommodate the development.

In early December, the Neenah City Council voted against rezoning the property after pushback from neighborhood residents. The developer has been given more time to garner city approval, and has proposed reducing the number of apartments and eliminating duplexes and townhomes from the project....
"That need is going to be there, and a major down cycle in terms of housing will really put us behind the eight-ball in terms of building sufficient housing, We have to make sure that a significant component of that housing is affordable to middle class families."

Forward Analytics Director Dale Knapp




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Notes: Please remember to read and subscribe to WWHNews.com, our new newsletter on Wisconsin Workforce Housing!

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Progressive NIMBY-ism on display in Madison debate over proposed zoning changes


Residents should support transit-oriented development, which encourages the kind of dense housing that the city needs

Madison residents love to tout their progressive city. Folks in my neighborhood — University Hill Farms, on the west side — are no different. Our yards are dotted with signs that have become a ubiquitous signal of inclusive thinking: “No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” My neighbors and I know that Madison suffers from stark economic and racial divides. We know that climate change is an existential threat. We know that there is an enormous amount of work required to achieve equal rights for every part of our society including women, the queer community and the poor.

That’s why I’m saddened by the debate that has developed around transit-oriented development zoning in our neighborhood. I fear that the vocal members of the area are putting the worst of progressive NIMBY-ism on full display...

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Ken Notes: A great read. I was unaware until I started publishing News.T1W.org on Diversity and Inclusion and more recently WWHNews.com on Wisconsin Workforce Housing just how segregated our zoning codes and building covenants make our state. If your barista can`t afford to live in your neighborhood you should not be able to afford to drink coffee.

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Wisconsin`s estimated state budget surplus hits $7.1 billion


The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau reports the largest budget surplus in Wisconsin history, and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican-controlled Legislature disagree over what to do with the money.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin`s projected state budget surplus is forecast to reach $7.1 billion by July, up more than half a billion dollars from the previous estimate just two months earlier, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported Jan. 25.

It is the largest budget surplus in Wisconsin history...


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Ken Notes: Imagine taking one or two billion and buying 100,000+ acres and and giving it to developers and communities to build 1 Million smaller homes for retail, service and entry level workers across the state. Challenge architects to create beautiful smaller dwellings of say around 1,200 Square feet or less. Develop shared resources like parks, community centers and access to transit and retail. Even some micro homes on permanent foundations. It is time we got creative and started to solve our problems rather than blame each other for them.

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From hot dogs to housing, first developments on former Oscar Mayer plant


MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - After operating on Madison’s north side for almost 100 years, the Oscar Mayer plant closed its doors for good in 2017. Now, for one of the first times since its closure, developers are breaking ground on the Oscar Mayer campus to create affordable housing.

Located on the former parking lot and green space of the Oscar Mayer plant at 2007 Roth Ave., Lincoln Avenue Capital Regional Project Partner Kevin McDonell is constructing two new affordable housing developments. The price of rent is based on household size and income; McDonell said incomes will range between $40,000 to $100,000 per year. One building is a 250-unit senior development called The Victoria at Huxley Yards which will include a senior community center...


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Ken Notes: We can get this done! Since these are still rentals we have an equity issue. We need to develop a way for people to acquire ownership so they can move into homes of their own in the future.

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Milwaukee, Madison, & Minneapolis By Train: What We Know, What We Don’t, & What’s Next


Roads and bridges matter. So do trains, buses, and bike paths. But for being a world leader in many ways, the US still trails many countries in terms of public infrastructure.

In Germany, for example, 23% of commuters bike to work and another 26% use public transportation. In America, those numbers are 10% and 11%, respectively.

Fortunately, that’s changing.

More than 160 specific infrastructure projects have already been earmarked to receive funds in the Badger State, thanks to Biden’s once-in-a-generation Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. One of the biggest is Wisconsin’s proposed Amtrak expansion...

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) received $66 million in federal funding to improve and expand Amtrak service.



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Ken Notes: I sat on Tommy Thompson`s rail advisory committee and I can not stress enough how difficult this will be. Tommy was able to reign in the rail owners, but that was a very difficult task and took more that a bit of arm twisting. I am not sure there is that type of leadership in place today. Bottom line, we do not own the rail corridors or the existing infrastructure for that matter, without support there this will be an uphill battle regardless of politics.

Also the amount we are working with is $66 million. Governor Walker turned away $810 million and paid Talgo $42 million plus a $9.2 Million dollar law suit and Talgo got to keep the trains. We need a plan and leadership. We have a dream.

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UW-Eau Claire: Small Business Development Center to offer Small Business Clinics this month


Registration is open for Small Business Clinics offered through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The events will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Eau Claire and Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Menomonie.

Both pop-up clinics are free of charge and offer confidential one-on-one consulting services and a Wisconsin Tax Seminar for New Businesses by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Attendees also can register for assistance in the following areas:

  • QuickBooks.
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  • General startup issues.
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Former AMS building in Howard sold for development


HOWARD – Middleton development firm T. Wall Enterprises has purchased the former AMS building at 3100 Ams Blvd. in Howard for $4.5 million.

One of the largest buildings in Brown County, it was constructed in 1993 to be the corporate headquarters of  American Medical Security Inc, which was acquired by UnitedHealth Group in 2004.
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Ken Notes: Nice get, Terrance is definitely branching out, and the 42 acres has to be attractive as well. I see an urban center in the future...

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New Land plans 25-story apartment tower on East Side


Milwaukee-based real estate development firm New Land Enterprises has plans to build another high-end apartment tower in the city – this time on the East Side.

Now known worldwide for constructing the 25-story mass timber Ascent Milwaukee apartment tower – the tallest mass timber building in the world – New Land managing director Tim Gokhman recently applied to the city to create a planned development on a 0.6-acre parcel at the southeast corner of North Farwell Avenue and East Curtis Place....
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Landmarks Commission recommends landmark status for building eyed for demolition


The city`s Landmarks Commission has recommended landmark designation for the two-story Filene House, 1617 Sherman Ave., dedicated by President Harry Truman in a speech in 1950. A developer has proposed to raze the structure for a large housing project at the site.

The Madison Landmarks Commission on Monday unanimously recommended that the City Council designate as a landmark a two-story building near Tenney Park that President Harry Truman dedicated in 1950 but is under threat of demolition for a big housing redevelopment.

The commission voted 4-0 to recommend landmark status for the Filene House, 1617 Sherman Ave., the first permanent location of the Credit Union National Association and dedicated by Truman in a speech that placed the credit union movement as a key component of the administration’s foreign policy...

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Ken Notes: A Landmark? I see a plaque at the sight but there is no plan for the building that make sense. Call the new units the Truman/Filene/CUNA Landmark Apartments. Save the Cornerstone and the photo of Harry...

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ABC of Wisconsin members recognized for excellence in construction


Wisconsin Dells, Jan. 19, 2023 —  ABC of Wisconsin members were recognized at the 2022 Projects of Distinction Awards Banquet in Wisconsin Dells.

There were 51 distinct projects recognized for safety, craftsmanship, execution and coordination; scheduling; difficult and unusual challenges; owner satisfaction; and overall distinctiveness. The distinct projects were evaluated by 25 judges who put their architectural, engineering, and construction knowledge to work with a tough set of criteria this past fall.

“The Projects of Distinction provides a great opportunity for merit construction firms to demonstrate breadth of skills and craftsmanship,” not to mention overall commitment to building safely and endorsements by their clients,” said John Mielke, president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin. “The level of professional performance and ability to overcome challenges are amazing.”...



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Most Wisconsin businesses think a recession is coming, but it`s still too soon to tell


Survey illustrates top concerns among the state`s employers, economic sentiments

A new industry survey shows the majority of Wisconsin businesses worry the state is headed toward a recession, but economists are less certain.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce released the results of a survey of 164 employers from various industries last week. The survey shows that 60 percent of businesses fear a looming recession, while inflation and the ongoing labor shortage are among employers’ top concerns...


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Pearlmark provides $21.2 million for development of 206-unit apartment development in Madison


Pearlmark closed on a $21.2 million mezzanine debt investment for the development of Bakers Place, a 206-unit mass-timber luxury apartment project in the heart of the Isthmus corridor in Madison, Wisconsin.

The property will consist of 206 units and 8,400 square feet of retail space.

The investment was made on behalf of Pearlmark Mezzanine Realty Partners V, L.P. The senior loan was provided by Bank OZK. Wisconsin-based sponsors The Neutral Project and Compass Properties are collectively the developer of the project.

Mike Brady and Phil Galligan with JLL represented the sponsors as advisors in the project capitalization...

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Urban spelunking: 1907 Schlitz tied house for sale at 27th and Lisbon


If the former Hall of Fades barbershop building at 27th and Lisbon in Midtown has a familiar look, it’s no surprise.

The brick building at 2700 W. Lisbon Ave. is one of at least three designed by architect Charles Lesser that were built for Schlitz Brewing Co. as tied houses in 1907.

Tied houses – of which Schlitz built many in Milwaukee, Chicago and beyond – were saloons built by breweries and leased to operators who would sell only that brewery’s beer, typically in settings doused with company logos and signage.

The City of Milwaukee Department of City Development recently listed this building for sale for $25,000 after acquiring it in 2020 as a tax foreclosure. The barbershop had closed a few years earlier....

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Ken Notes: Attention Developers! This property is 25K from the city of Milwaukee. The listing sheet is here.

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Federal CHIPS Act could ease supply woes for Wisconsin manufacturers


Wisconsin is unlikely to get a semiconductor fabrication site

Wisconsin`s manufacturers have been dealing with the global shortage of semiconductors, but the federal CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 could change that.

Semiconductors, or microchips, can be found in just about every electronic device from cell phones to cars, and have become essential for both the U.S. and state economy.

"In 90 percent of technology we rely on every day in our life, you can find at least one of those simple microchips," said Behzad Bahraminejad, an instructor of electrical engineering at Fox Valley Technical College...


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Ken Notes: We have Plexus and others but we are not focused on the CHIPS industry, but hey Foxconn your still looking for a plan aren`t you?

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Sheboygan County Economic Development Center: City of Plymouth buys back cheese counter and dairy heritage center from SCEDC Foundation


SHEBOYGAN, WI — The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is a public-private partnership leading economic, community, and workforce development efforts in Sheboygan County, including partnerships through the SCEDC Foundation that help the redevelopment of historic buildings like the Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center in Plymouth, WI. After a successful six-year partnership, the City of Plymouth is again the owner of the Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center building at 133 E. Mill St....
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11-story hotel proposed at Brady and Farwell. It would be the east side`s first hotel.


An 11-story hotel with about 130 rooms is being proposed for a site just off East Brady Street ? the first such development for Milwaukee`s east side.

It would be constructed at 1709-1723 N. Farwell Ave. by developers Michael Klein and Jeno Cataldo.

Details about the hotel, including its brand name, are still being worked out, Klein told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Tax Increment Financing


In Wisconsin, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is THE most powerful local tool to guide investment and growth in ways that benefit the community.


Wisconsin’s TIF law is in some ways very rigid and in other ways very flexible regarding how communities can set up and utilize TIF districts. And it is complex, with many types of amendments and enhancements. Getting the most out of your tax increment district (TID) opportunities means being smart about when and how you open, manage, amend and close your districts.

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When Wisconsin’s TIF law was adopted in 1975, it was created as a financial tool for municipalities and towns to promote tax base expansion, job growth, economic development and urban renewal. The TIF mechanism allows for the costs associated with economic development of a specific defined geographic area (the tax increment district or TID) to be funded with any increase in property tax revenue or “tax increment” generated from increased property values or “value increment.”...
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Ken Notes: A must read! I would add one thing... Development Agreement, Development Agreement, Development Agreement!!

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Five stores to open by Thanksgiving in former Onalaska Shopko building


Ulta, T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Sierra and Five Below are the five retailers expected to open by Thanksgiving in the former Shopko department store at 9366 State Road 16 in Onalaska, a developer involved in the project told the La Crosse Tribune.

Three of those stores will move from nearby locations – Ulta from Valley View Mall in La Crosse and T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods from the Crosseroads Center in Onalaska. Sierra and Five Below will be new to the area....
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Ken Notes: What is your community doing with Shopko brick and mortar. My favorite is the Farm and Fleet in Monroe but I am curious what others are doing...

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Wisconsin companies are rethinking office spaces amid the rise in remote work


Office spaces are becoming more flexible, collaborative

While workers are slowly returning to the office after the pandemic forced many to work from home, companies are rethinking how they invest in their workspaces.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the jobs that were traditionally done in a physical office space have been done remotely. And while there are no longer pandemic restrictions limiting the ability to gather at work, many people have continued to work from home...


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Gov. Evers: Announces workforce, economic development plans to maintain economy’s momentum


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers tonight, during his 2023 State of the State address, announced more than $190 million in investments that will be included in his 2023-35 executive budget proposal to bolster Wisconsin’s workforce, including the healthcare, education, and clean energy sectors, as well as his plan to continue investing in small business development across the state through the successful Main Street Bounceback Grant Program.

In his 2023 State of the State address delivered tonight, Gov. Evers highlighted the importance of investing in small businesses and local workforce solutions to maintain the state’s economic momentum, including bolstering healthcare and education workforces:  ...
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Ken Notes: Details at the link...

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Harley-Davidson Milwaukee headquarters; plans to transform campus


Harley-Davidson is known for its roaring, Milwaukee-made engines, leather, and chrome. But on Wednesday, Jan. 11 the motorcycle maker revealed plans to transform a central element of its Juneau Avenue campus headquarters into a public park – something that would benefit H-D`s employees and its hometown community. Officials hope the plans would also attract people to Milwaukee`s near west side. 

Heatherwick Studio has been commissioned to conceive an original design that will transform the concrete site into a civic and soulful green gathering space that can be used by everyone, including employees and the local community....

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Ken Notes: I hope the State reaches out to help H-D in their efforts. This will be an amazing space...

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Upcoming Oshkosh developments in 2023 include housing, new retail and a Panda Express | Streetwise


OSHKOSH – After a business-packed 2022, Oshkosh has quite a lot to look forward to, including new apartments, restaurants and the progression of new developments to brighten up more of the city`s corners.

Last year brought several business wins to Oshkosh, including an increase of businesses on Oshkosh Avenue, such as Towneplace Suites by Marriot in April, The Taqueria in June, Teriyaki Madness in July and Popeyes in September, as well as Parm, which moved into the Pizza @ Hwy 21 spot in December and will open this month...


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Ken Notes: Cruisin’ Tikis OSHKOSH may be my favorite new business in Wisconsin 2022!

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City of Ashland receives $125,000 WEDC grant to remake downtown building


WEDC grant supports creation of an event space in the former Union Bank

The City of Ashland is receiving a $125,000 state grant to help open a wedding and event space. The money will be used to prepare the Union Bank building for an entirely different use, while making Ashland a destination for weddings and extending the city’s downtown commercial area.

The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development

Corporation (WEDC) will support renovations to the building at 100 Main St. W. in Ashland. Once renovated, the second floor will become home to The Union, a wedding and event venue upstairs from the existing Union Boutique...

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Personal contact creates business opportunities. But that’s not always easy when your target market is thousands of miles away. That’s where WEDC comes in.

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Foot Locker will close its Oshkosh call center, affecting almost 100 people


Company plans to consolidate customer care in Wausau

Nearly 100 people in Oshkosh will be out of a job in April when a local call center closes its doors.

Foot Locker sent a letter to the state Department of Workforce Development Monday, outlining plans to close the call center, as part of an effort to centralize its North American customer care operations in Wausau. The move comes about three months after the company announced it would shut down its distribution facility in Wausau...

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Ken Notes: Ouch but mall staple is not a good image these days. My guess is that they will figure out online and make a comeback. I must admit I was not aware of the large Wisconsin presence...

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Developer`s submission beats Madison City Council decision on landmark status


Madison won’t have to consider a proposed landmark designation for the Filene House near Tenney Park when the city reviews a plan to redevelop the site.

The developer, Vermilion Development of Chicago, has submitted formal plans to demolish the historic two-story building for a scaled-back housing project with 331 housing units.

Because Vermilion’s submission beat a coming City Council decision on whether the Filene House should be a city landmark, Vermilion’s project will be considered under the regulations in effect now...


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Ken Notes: I favor the development but this will just infuriate the Landmarks Commission and may come back to haunt us.

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Knuth purchases former American House: Brewing company will move all of its operations to the new location


Something new is brewing in downtown Ripon.

Knuth Brewing Co. has entered into a development agreement with the city of Ripon to turn the former American House at 230 Watson St. into the Knuth Brewing Co. Brewpub & Event Center

David and Marie Knuth, who own the brewery and restaurant, said Knuth Brewing Co. will move all of its operations to the new structure and lease out its current site at 221 Watson St. to other interested parties when the redevelopment is complete...


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In Waunakee, a new Vibrant Spaces Grant could help spiffy up downtown park


A grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development (WEDC) could help transform Waunakee’s Reeve Park into a more usable public space right downtown.

The Waunakee Village Board Tuesday approved staffs’ request to apply for the $25,000 matching Vibrant Spaces Grant, funds aimed at assisting communities in creating pedestrian space for residents and visitors.

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City of Ashland receives $125,000 WEDC grant to remake downtown building


WEDC grant supports creation of an event space in the former Union Bank

The City of Ashland is receiving a $125,000 state grant to help open a wedding and event space. The money will be used to prepare the Union Bank building for an entirely different use, while making Ashland a destination for weddings and extending the city’s downtown commercial area.

The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development

Corporation (WEDC) will support renovations to the building at 100 Main St. W. in Ashland. Once renovated, the second floor will become home to The Union, a wedding and event venue upstairs from the existing Union Boutique...


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Belvidere on track to open its first marijuana dispensary


BELVIDERE — Belvidere is one step closer to obtaining its first marijuana dispensary.

The city`s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special-use permit Tuesday helping to pave the way for the $4 million development.

Developer Mike Mackinnon of Hoffman Estate-based Heidner Properties described the city as an ideal location.

"The proximity to the interstate, the proximity to the Wisconsin border and just the overall growth of the development within the community is pretty exciting," he said.

"There will be video cameras on the inside that cover every square inch of the retail facility as required by Illinois law, and there will also be video cameras out in the parking lot,"

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Ken Notes: Interesting that they actually use the Wisconsin proximity to market the project. I have a question will Wisconsin be able to subpoena the video since it is technically a crime to cross the border with product?

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Historic preservation, redevelopment clash at property neighboring Tenney Park


A two-story building near Tenney Park that President Harry Truman dedicated in 1950 has been nominated as a city landmark, an effort that could complicate or kill a redevelopment plan that includes demolishing the building.

But the developer, who has shared informal concepts so far, still could keep the redevelopment on track by submitting a formal land use application before the city decides the landmark question...

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Ken Notes: Can we respectfully ask that when building are requesting historic preservation, that the requesting group submit a financially sustainable plan to move the project forward.

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PAPER TRANSPORT ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATIONS IN DOWNTOWN GREEN BAY


January 12, 2023) – Paper Transport, a leading Wisconsin-based for-hire truckload carrier and provider of brokerage services, has obtained two new locations in The Broadway District of Green Bay, Wis. The first location is within Base Companies at 340 N Broadway and will house an upwards of 50 employees. The second location Paper Transport obtained is the Larson Canning Company building located at 540 N Broadway Street, which will be renovated over the course of 2023. These moves will take Paper Transport back to their roots, as roughly 70 small businesses shape the downtown Green Bay area.
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BIZCAST: Chris Roderique doing more than just bringing back the buffet at Piggy’s in La Crosse


Chris Roderique, the owner of Piggy’s Restaurant and Lounge, as well as a Uno Venti, in La Crosse, sits down for a conversation on BizCast Greater La Crosse with Vicki Markussen.

The restaurant opened its lunch buffet for the first time since the pandemic.

Roderique talks about how the drop in business travelers and remote workforce impacted his decision...
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Ken Notes: Audio story at the link...

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Milwaukee trying to take ownership of Northridge Mall through lawsuit over demolition order


The city of Milwaukee for the first time is attempting to take ownership of the former Northridge Mall through the ongoing court dispute with its owner over a 2019 demolition order.

In a motion filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday, Milwaukee’s attorneys asked Judge William Sosnay to transfer ownership of the long-vacant mall to the city. That transfer would let the city seek funding sources that have “deadlines for shovels in the ground” in order to tear down the vacant mall building, according to the court motion. The demolition is expected to cost about $15 million...


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Report: Wisconsin farmland better suited for solar than ethanol


Report forecasts clean-energy boost from turning cornfields into solar power fields

About 1 million acres of Wisconsin farmland produces corn for ethanol fuel, but an environmental group says the land could produce 100 times as much energy if planted with solar farms instead.

In addition, it would take less than one-third of the land currently used for ethanol corn to house enough solar generation to eliminate carbon-based energy in the state by 2050, according to Clean Wisconsin. The organization released a report Tuesday comparing the efficiency of using farmland to grow corn for ethanol with using it for solar power...


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Waterford Village, Racine County Economic Development Corp., Condos, commercial space now available at new Waterford Lofts


Waterford, WI – Luxury condominium living and prime commercial real estate are now available in the heart of downtown Waterford.

Construction is underway on the mixed-use Waterford Lofts, a 28,200 sq. ft. project at 506 E Main Street. The project is a partnership between the Village of Waterford, Wisconsin Redevelopment LLC, and Milwaukee-based Selzer-Ornst Construction Company...


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Sturgeon Bay Approves Development Terms for Downtown Project


The commitment would create the city’s eighth Tax Increment District

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a development agreement Tuesday related to constructing a building for music performances and lessons in a vacant lot at the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Jefferson Street.

Shirley Weese Young, who purchased the parcel, is planning to build a two-story structure where the Moeller’s Garage auto dealership once stood. The development’s first floor will house a 6,809-square-foot music venue/school called Muse, a 1,200-square-foot outdoor patio and a 475-square-foot area for public restrooms.

The project plans also include the building’s second floor, with 6,809 square feet, having 11 studio apartments with 430-450 square feet of space each that would be leasable starting at $770 per month, plus utilities. The site will also have an exterior parking area and other amenities...


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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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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.

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

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.

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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