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This Weeks Articles for 6/23/2022 ...

  1. Wisconsin Development Brings Affordable Housing to Veterans
  2. Tiny House Village to combat homelessness in Oshkosh
  3. Bristol fast tracks land sale for casino
  4. Madison City Council OKs big housing developments on South and East sides
  5. May Local Employment and Unemployment Data Released
  6. Dept. of Workforce Development, WHEDA: Host Pride Month panel featuring David Clarenbach
  7. Zilber Family Foundation awards $5.4 million in grants to 31 local nonprofits
  8. Among Wisconsin`s jobless, Black applicants half as likely as whites to receive pandemic aid
  9. ERDMAN lookin for Director of Design
  10. People over parking: Reimagining Milwaukee`s downtown to be more pedestrian-friendly
  11. State unveils $19.5M in grants to bolster workforce in manufacturing, forestry
  12. UW-Stevens Point: State grant helps UW-Stevens Point, partners meet forestry workforce needs
  13. WEDC celebrates grand opening of MilliporeSigma Verona expansion
  14. Brewed Omen craft taphouse coming to Hartford this summer
  15. Park Falls approves facade program
  16. U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Business Park Expansion in Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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Possible development at American Family Field could help finance stadium renovations, Brewers exec says. But it`s a long way from reality.
A possible mixed-use commercial development on a portion of American Family Field`s parking lots could help finance the stadium`s long-term renovations.

But that conceptual idea — part of a new Milwaukee County Board proposal — is a long way from reality, a Brewers executive said Tuesday.

"Could the real estate here be part of a solution? Sure," said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers president of baseball operations.

"Do I know what it will look like? I do not," he added.

Schlesinger spoke at a board meeting of the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District...

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Ken Notes: This will be interesting, it is a great park now so following the Green Bay District Idea could be fascinating..

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HeyGov: Wins first place at Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan, in Milwaukee

In a marathon presentation ceremony at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference, held on 1 June in Milwaukee, HeyGov won the Information Technology category after five months of first submitting its idea to the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest (BPC). The contest, held annually, has seen over 4300 applicants since its inception in 2014. It is a highly competitive and prestigious contest...

...HeyGov, a first, is a suite of tools for local municipalities: the toolkit currently consists of four apps called HeyLicense, HeyGovPay, HeyReserve and Hey311 – all individually developed to make ‘Clerk-work’, a term Overbeck coined, easier. By making use of information technology and the innovation it brings HeyGov can digitize processes like dog licenses, operator licenses, boat launch permits and more into an online fillable form, with quick payment with a credit card – also online. The paper binder in its entirety, well known to local municipal staff with the reservations of municipal facilities, are now digitally available with HeyReserve....

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Ken Notes: As a former Mayor, I can attest to the fact that keeping your clerk happy is a large part of the job...

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Madison City Council approves sweeping Metro Transit network redesign

After two-years of study and outreach, but with concerns about connecting to some communities, the Madison City Council early Wednesday pushed forward perhaps the largest changes ever to the city`s bus system.

The council, at 12:42 a.m., voted 14-6 to approve a controversial Metro Transit network redesign plan and host of amendments promising to deliver more frequent and consistent service with fewer routes and transfers and better links to outlying areas, and eliminate transfer points and buses from lower State Street...


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Ken Notes: Still no Terrace to Terrace tourist friendly electric trolley style buses. Madison needs this, the businesses need this, we can only become a tourist destination if we have tourist friendly amenities.

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Parade of Homes is June 17-26th
 The 2022 Parade of Homes is June 17-26th, featuring 30 homes. Parade-site homes are traditionally located in three of the Dane County area`s top neighborhoods, and scattered-site homes are located in areas hand-picked by each builder!..


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122nd United States Open Championship

The Country Club, Brookline, Mass., June 16-19, 2022


Watch live-streaming video of featured groups and featured holes during the 2022 U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass.
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Ken Notes: I do have the ability to see if you clicked this link, so a beer the next time you see me will forever buy my silence....

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Wisconsin Development Brings Affordable Housing to Veterans

Valor on Washington features 59 homes and space for nonprofit Great Lakes Dryhootch.

A community that aims to provide affordable housing for veterans and their families has opened in Madison, Wisconsin.

Developed by Gorman & Co., Valor on Washington is a six-story, mixed-use development with 59 two- and three-bedroom units. Fifty units are targeted to households with incomes between 30% and 60% of the area median income, and nine units have unrestricted rents, creating a mixed-income community....


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Ken Notes: A beautiful project but Wow, we are still building homes/apartments north of 300K and calling them affordable. We are creating an entire culture of people who will never get out of the poverty cycle because they can not afford to. We need to look at the Habitat model and smaller lower cost housing that is actually affordable for our service and retail workers. We should also offer housing options to our vets as part of their benefit package...

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Tiny House Village to combat homelessness in Oshkosh
OSHKOSH (NBC 26) — Having a place to live is one of our most basic human needs, but it`s something more people in Oshkosh are finding themselves without.

"The Oshkosh Area School District averages anywhere from about 170 to over 200 identified homeless kids each year," said Julie Dumke, Oshkosh Kids Foundation executive director. “They’re going from couch, to couch, to couch, their families are split between relatives and they just don’t have stable housing.”

...The Tiny House Village will be along West Packer Avenue between Jackson and Main streets. It`ll have 32 housing units, including one for an on-site manager, and a community center with a commercial kitchen, classroom and laundry facility. Tenants will also be able to enjoy a community garden, basketball court and gazebo....
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Ken Notes: As I present the value of these ideas many are quick to dismiss them pointing to trailer parks as an example. I suggest if we plan for excellence we can deliver excellence.

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Bristol fast tracks land sale for casino
MADISON — The Seminole Tribe of Florida has cleared a first hurdle in its race to build a Hard Rock Casino in Kenosha, while the public remains in the dark about the behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing.

A former Bristol Village Board member fears the community’s leaders are blinded by dollar signs and are fast-tracking a sale that could ultimately hurt the community.

As Wisconsin Spotlight first reported last month, the long-dead casino project is being aggressively resurrected by a tribe with major expansion ambitions....
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Developer proposes major housing project near East Towne
developer is pursuing a massive housing project with 463 apartments in four buildings with underground parking near East Towne, the first big development proposal since the city approved the sweeping Greater East Towne Mall Area Plan in February.

That plan covers an area roughly the size of the central Isthmus and envisions much more housing, denser retail, high-rise office buildings, new streets and, maybe one day, replacing some or all of the mall.

Forward Management of Madison is proposing to build the housing on a vacant, 14.5-acre site at 2101, 2109 and 2115 East Springs Drive, next to Bowl-A-Vard-Lanes...

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The Milwaukee Bucks want to create a group that would host events, do marketing and take other steps to support Deer District businesses

The Milwaukee Bucks want to create a Deer District organization that would host events, conduct marketing campaigns and take other steps to support businesses in that downtown neighborhood.

The business improvement district would be funded mainly by special assessments on Deer District commercial properties — all now owned by the basketball club`s affiliates...


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Wisconsin high school teams face off in business model pitch contest at UW Oshkosh

A student team from Kimberly High School impressed judges with their innovative clothing idea, winning the 2022 Wisconsin High School Business Model Competition held May 21 at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh...

...The competition was hosted by UWO’s Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). The competition also was supported by the UWO Center for Customized Research and Services, which offered extra help with planning and execution...

...Brosman, executive director of the CEI, said youth entrepreneurship competitions provide a safe space to experiment with career paths and business ideas while teaching valuable skills in creative thinking, planning, financial responsibility and the importance of relationships....

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Ken Notes: A great read and a great program. We need far more real life experiences in our school system.

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Developer proposes $150 million, 550-unit, low-cost housing project near Oscar Mayer
A developer is proposing a $150 million, 550-unit, low-cost housing project near a prized wetland and open space that’s the first offering under the city’s ambitious plan to remake the area around the former Oscar Mayer plant on the North Side.

But city staff and neighborhood groups disagree over where the city should place new roads in the area, and the outcome could influence the number of housing units and how much open space near the development site is preserved.

Lincoln Avenue Capital of Santa Monica, California, is proposing two six-story buildings, one with 250 apartments for seniors and the other with 300 units for families, on the former Hartmeyer property near a large natural area with wetlands, trees and open space adjacent to Roth Street and west of the former meat processing plant...
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Ken Notes: A great space, I hope we do more that see this as cheap land. It has the potential to be a destination for the region....

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$110 million ThriveOn King project starts construction next week for completion in 2023
The $110 million ThriveOn King redevelopment in Milwaukee first announced three years ago has completed its financing and is starting construction next week.

That project represents a partnership between developer Royal Capital Group, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Medical College of Wisconsin. They are restoring and renovating the former Gimbels-Schuster’s building at 2153 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to create apartments, offices for the foundation, community health programs run by the Medical College, a food hall and other programming...
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Affordable apartments part of downtown`s proposed soccer stadium, concert venue project would get $1.8 million in city financing under plan

Affordable apartments that are part of downtown Milwaukee`s planned Iron District development would get $1.8 million in city financing under a new proposal.

The 99-unit Michigan Street Commons apartments would be on the western portion of the Iron District. That 11-acre site is bordered by North Sixth Street to the east, West Michigan Street to the north, and the I-794/I-43 interchange to the west and south.

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A new concert venue, hotel and professional soccer stadium are planned for downtown Milwaukee`s west side

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Madison City Council OKs big housing developments on South and East sides
After a year of negotiations, setbacks and revisions, the Madison City Council on Tuesday approved a 12-story redevelopment with housing, commercial space and parking that would demolish the Coliseum Bar but preserve the historic Wonder Bar next door on a site near the Alliant Energy Center.

The proposal by McGrath Property Group, which will provide 192 apartments, 13,500 square feet of commercial space and more than 200 parking spaces in a three-floor garage, is the fourth iteration of a project for the site at the corner of East Olin Avenue and John Nolen Drive on the South Side. The council voted unanimously to approve a required rezoning, the last main nod needed...


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Mayor stays committed to new homeless men`s shelter with cost now seen at $21 million
With cost estimates now reaching $21 million, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway remains committed to building a roughly 40,000-square-foot homeless men’s shelter on a city-owned site on the Far East Side next year, saying delay “is not an option.”

On March 9, Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi proposed the city and county create the men’s shelter on a 2-acre, city-owned site at 1902 Bartillon Drive, just off Highway 51 roughly between East Towne Mall and Madison Area Technical College....
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Ken Notes: Arghhhhhhhhhh! We could build 420 small stick built homes at 50K each, create a home ownership program for our service and retail workers plus our homeless, and provide skills training for our youth who cold help build the units. Compare our homeless encampment to Milwaukee`s veteran villages and you see a prison camp vs. a true community for homeless. Have we even asked the homeless what they want, because more shelter space is not high on their list...

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May Local Employment and Unemployment Data Released

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates of unemployment and employment statistics for Wisconsin metropolitan areas, major cities and counties in Wisconsin for May 2022.

In brief, the nonseasonally adjusted data for Wisconsin shows:

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas: Preliminary May 2022 unemployment rates decreased in all 12 of Wisconsin`s metro areas over the year. Over the month, 9 of Wisconsin`s twelve metros declined or stayed the same, while 3 metro area unemployment rates increased by 0.1 percentage points.
  • Municipalities: Preliminary May 2022 unemployment rates declined in all of Wisconsin`s 35 largest cities over the year and decreased or stayed the same in 13 of Wisconsin`s 35 cities over the month.
  • Counties: Preliminary May 2022 unemployment rates declined in all 72 Wisconsin counties over the year and decreased or stayed the same in 66 of 72 counties over the month.

The data included in today`s release can be accessed at WisConomy.com...

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Dept. of Workforce Development: BLS data, Wisconsin sets record for total number of people employed

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DWD Releases 2022 Nurses Survey; Projects Increased Demand Through 2040

MADISON – Demand for registered nurses is projected to continue growing through at least 2040, according to a report released today by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

How well the state succeeds in meeting the growing demand depends on factors ranging from maintaining strong educational and training opportunities to managing health care demand and leveraging technology in a way that frees more time for caregiving. The Wisconsin Registered Nurse Supply and Demand Forecast Results 2020-2040 is the latest report in a series started in 2010...

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Ken Notes: We may need to look at apprenticeship / education programs so people can enter the health care field and then earn an RN degree. Many of these individuals do not have the resources to complete a full time program after high school.

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Milwaukee Tool Creates New Legacy of Modern Industrial Success
Hipsters sitting in an apartment in Silicon Valley or on the wharf in Boston can code a new restaurant-reservation app or pixelize a new video game with knockoff characters from Game of Thrones. But it takes someone who knows their way around a power tool to geofence a concrete rotary hammer or to automate a factory-floor process for making a sewer cleaner.

And it’s the latter kind of people for whom Milwaukee Tool is searching, as the fast-growing company continues to expand its R&D capabilities and manufacturing footprint in Flyover Country, mostly in Wisconsin and now in Chicago. Indeed, the Milwaukee-based outfit has emerged as a pioneering example of how a legacy manufacturing company in America’s heartland can effectively re-engineer itself for success in the new era of industrial electrification and and digitization.

There are 98 years of legacy behind Milwaukee Tool, which historically produced lines of power tools for skilled tradespeople, including the iconic Sawzall reciprocating saw...


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Ken Notes: What a GREAT Wisconsin Company...

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A Look Back and Ahead: The Wisconsin Limited Liability Company
On April 15, 2022, Governor Tony Evers signed Wisconsin Senate Bill 566 into law as 2021 Wis. Act 258 (hereinafter Act 258), modernizing the Wisconsin business entity statutes. Act 258 goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2023. The primary focus of Act 258 is the adoption of the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, but it also makes material updates to Wisconsin’s current partnership, corporation, and nonstock corporation statutes. By doing so, the Wisconsin Legislature is taking strides to make Wisconsin an attractive home and market for businesses....

  " A significant benefit of Act 258 is that it provides Wisconsin courts with a breadth of nonbinding guidance from other jurisdictions with RULLCA-based statutory schemes when interpreting the provisions of Wis. Stat. chapter 183 as repealed and recreated.  "

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In times of rapid change, it is vital that Wisconsin modernize its business entity statutes while simultaneously using a uniform law to create more certainty in statutory interpretation. If the past is any guide, there will not be many Wisconsin court decisions on this legislation, making the mirroring of the uniform laws even more beneficial. It also means that lawyers must understand the statutes because they will be the main resource for LLC operating agreements and key to understanding issues facing LLCs in the future. With the updated laws, Wisconsin has seized the opportunity to join other states in the modern LLC movement and Act 258 will help propel the state forward.

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EDITORIAL: A surface parking lot for Downtown lakefront? Really?
Madison’s beautiful lakefront in the heart of Downtown is definitely not the place for a surface parking lot.

Yet 58 stalls painted onto a long swath of concrete fill much of the Lake Monona shoreline in Law Park between Machinery Row and Monona Terrace.

Our city can — and must — be more creative with such prime public space.

Access to Lake Monona from the Capitol Square, just a few blocks away, is similarly short-sighted. Good luck finding an easy or direct route to the water. A 33-foot drop, six lanes of traffic and railroad tracks stand in your way.

The Lake Monona waterfront Downtown is ripe for a remake. And we hope and urge that it finally happens....
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Ken Notes: I love the "deck" ideas that have floated in the past. We could do a lot with the area but it would take an entire team of developers and community support. Let`s tap George Austin one more time before he retires for good!

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Dept. of Workforce Development, WHEDA: Host Pride Month panel featuring David Clarenbach
MADISON – Wisconsin’s leadership as the first state to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment and housing marks its 40th anniversary this year.

To honor the occasion and celebrate Pride Month, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority are co-hosting a panel featuring former Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore David Clarenbach, who authored the groundbreaking, bipartisan legislation. The hybrid event will be held Monday, June 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at WHEDA’s training center, 908 E. Main Street, 53703. Register for the free, public event in person or online...

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Ken Notes: If you are interested in diversity equity and inclusion, please check out our other weekly publication at News.T1W.org Toward One Wisconsin A Conference on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Wherever you are on your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) journey, there’s something for you at T1W.org....

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$6M Invested to Increase the Number of Certified Nursing Assistants for Wisconsin Nursing Homes

The investment into WisCaregiver Careers is expected to add 3,000 CNAs to the state’s workforce.

A new $6 million investment to expand the WisCaregiver Careers workforce development program in Wisconsin is expected to fill as many as 3,000 new certified nursing assistant (CNA) training slots.

WisCaregiver Careers, a public-private partnership, is designed to address the shortage of CNAs in Wisconsin nursing homes by providing free training, free certification testing, and $500 sign-on or retention bonuses. The idea is to encourage new workers to enter the field of caregiving by lowering the costs of becoming a CNA and by making training more readily accessible....
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Ken Notes: So to follow up, CNA`s should have a path to become RN`s while working in the industry.

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Gov. Evers: Announces more than $1 million for summer youth programming and job training in Milwaukee
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced more than $1 million in federal funding for existing and new summer youth programming and job training opportunities in Milwaukee in collaboration with Employ Milwaukee, the city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Library (MPL), and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). The funds are another piece of the effort to enhance community safety in Milwaukee by ensuring youth are meaningfully engaged, making connections with mentors, and positively contributing to their communities.

“Our young people are the future of our workforce and our state, and each one brings unique perspectives and potential to everything they do,” said Gov. Evers. “Especially during a time when we are seeing a concerning increase of violence in the community, these programs will help develop this homegrown talent with paid opportunities that will help keep young people safe and engaged throughout the summer months in constructive and educational programming and mentorship.” ...
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Milwaukee Tool Will Create 1,000 More Jobs Across Wisconsin

The tool manufacturer will invest $206 million in nine locations; Wisconsin will support the company`s expansion with up to $22.5 million in additional performance-based tax credits.

Milwaukee Tool plans to create 1,000 new jobs in Wisconsin. The Brookfield-based tool manufacturer will invest $206 million at nine locations across the state. Wisconsin will support the company’s expansion with up to $22.5 million in additional performance-based tax credits.

Milwaukee Tool’s newest investment in Wisconsin will help support the expansion of its existing research and development facilities, infrastructure needs, and equipment. Of the 1,000 jobs the company has committed to creating, many will be critical engineering and technical roles needed to support the rapidly advancing technologies harnessed in their products...

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Merz Expands Two Wisconsin Facilities

In another multi-location investment, Merz North America, Inc. is expanding its facilities in Sturtevant and Franksville. The North Carolina-based aesthetics and neurotoxin manufacturer will invest $8 million and create 35 jobs over the next three years...


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New Superior development will offer retail, residential space

The Redevelopment Authority approved agreements for mixed-use development on East Second Street and Second Avenue East.

SUPERIOR — The site where the Days Inn once stood along East Second Street could soon be home to a new mixed-use development called Bluewater Flats.

Kaizen Companies plans to raze the remaining structure to develop about 83 market-rate apartments and 12,000 square feet of commercial space surrounded by parking on the site in the 100 block of East Second Street.

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`It`s like nothing else` — Komatsu Mining ramps up production at new $285M Milwaukee plant: Slideshow
Check out photos of Komatsu Mining’s new $285 million campus on a brownfield site in Milwaukee’s Harbor District that was four years in the making.
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Ken Notes: WOW!

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Zilber Family Foundation awards $5.4 million in grants to 31 local nonprofits

In support of affordable housing initiatives, community services and more

The Zilber Family Foundation has awarded $5.4 million in grants to 31 nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee.

Of that total, $2.7 million support affordable housing, a key focus in the Milwaukee-based foundation’s current plans. Fourteen of the grants target new or expanded initiatives addressing Milwaukee’s social, economic and racial inequities...
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He bought a Walker`s Point warehouse 18 years ago. That neighborhood is now booming, and the warehouse is being converted into apartments.
It was 18 years ago when developer Robert Joseph bought a historic Walker`s Point warehouse.

The neighborhood was seeing new restaurants, as well as the conversion of the 12-story L. Teweles Seed Co. building into affordable apartments

But that was well before there were other big nearby developments, including the Global Water Center, Reed Street Yards business park, Artisan Lofts Apartments and Point on the River Condominiums.

"I thought this is a neighborhood where there always will be development," he said.

Now, Joseph is completing his conversion of the four-story building into the 40-unit Cream City Lofts, 170 S. Second St., with the first apartments becoming available this summer....


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Ken Notes: Imagine Mandel and Joseph in the same room....

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Fight to reopen compromised Paisan`s restaurant building seems over
The fight to reopen the compromised 12-story Downtown building that houses Paisan’s restaurant seems over, with the restaurateur and building owner continuing talks to settle a lawsuit and a city decision on a demolition permit in less than two weeks.

On Tuesday evening, Paisan’s owner Wally Borowski held a “wake” for staff at his sister restaurant Porta Bella near UW-Madison to mark Paisan’s looming departure from its location of 16 years at 131 W. Wilson St. with hopes of finding a new site. The building is the fifth location of the longtime Madison institution...
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Ken Notes: Let`s help Paisan`s get a property that allows them to continue the tradition of great food at affordable prices.

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Among Wisconsin`s jobless, Black applicants half as likely as whites to receive pandemic aid

Wisconsin`s unemployment insurance system buckled for many during the pandemic, with people of color less likely than whites to receive federal help, an audit found.

A federal audit has uncovered what researchers into Wisconsin`s unemployment insurance system have long suspected: People of color are less likely to receive jobless compensation than their white counterparts.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development previously told Wisconsin Watch that it lacked data to know whether its systems might favor some groups over others, such as producing different outcomes around racial lines...


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ERDMAN lookin for Director of Design
The Director of Design champions innovative, high performance design in complex projects, and overall design excellence of the healthcare practice. This leader serves as an organizational spokesperson responsible for positioning the company as a leader in its field through best-in-class content. This role is a trusted leading expert for program delivery collaborating across all ERDMAN disciplines, guiding initial design concepts and ideas from pursuit and selection through project completion.


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People over parking: Reimagining Milwaukee`s downtown to be more pedestrian-friendly

An enormous amount of the downtown Milwaukee area is dedicated to only parking. Back in April, Gard Pecor created a diagram comparing where standalone garage and parking lots were located versus park and plaza spaces. Pecor is a senior market analyst at Co Star Group.

His map spurred conversation questioning how Milwaukee’s downtown area could be reimagined to create more people-centered spaces, and how that could be translated across the city...

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Ken Notes: Madison should do this as well...

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Wisconsin LGBT Chamber: Announces new workforce development program
MILWAUKEE, WI – The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation has announced the launch of IRIS – its new workforce development program targeted at LGBTQ+ youth. The program, Inclusive Refinement of Individual Skills, aims to teach career skills to LGBTQ+ youth entering the workforce.

“Through my AmeriCorps service with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber, I have seen just how essential youth workforce development is, especially for youth who are part of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Momo Dahlke, AmeriCorps VISTA and IRIS Program Manager. “My goal in creating this program is that youth will learn the skills needed to enter the workforce and advance their careers in whatever field they are passionate about.”...


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St. Croix Falls advances plan to build 12 houses on St. Croix riverfront

The plan was altered to move some houses further back from the riverfront and add protections for wetlands.

A plan to build 12 houses on the St. Croix River was advanced Tuesday by the St. Croix Falls Plan Commission, which voted 5-1 to recommend the project to the City Council.

The project from Stillwater-based developer GreenHalo Builds would break with federal protections established by the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the 1968 law that urges local municipalities to preserve and protect the natural character of rivers under its purview, including the St. Croix.
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State unveils $19.5M in grants to bolster workforce in manufacturing, forestry
Projects to provide training, bolster job skills and lower barriers to employment in a broad swath of northern Wisconsin will get $19.5 million in support in a series of grants that Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday.

The grants are the latest round in a series of programs that the state is funding from federal pandemic relief money that Wisconsin is receiving. They are part of a $130 million commitment that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the Department of Workforce Development is undertaking to address the chronic difficulty employers in the state have had hiring workers...

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Tom Still: A steady flow of Wisconsin innovation may help ease water woes
MILWAUKEE — In the closing round of the 2022 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, all three finalists in the “advanced manufacturing” category offered ideas for dealing with threats to water supply.

During the recent “Research in the Rotunda” exhibit in the state Capitol by undergraduate students and faculty advisers in the UW System, 16 of 89 posters dealt with challenges to water and aquatic life.

Some of Wisconsin’s largest companies have put water at the core of their sustainability strategy, and groups such as the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership are offering water stewardship training programs to help all sizes of businesses better manage water use...


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Ken Notes: I wonder if Tom would consider a run for governor...

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He’s helping REVAMP ‘rural, rural’ communities
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the economic development organization for the state, not surprisingly, is located in Madison. However, unbeknownst to many, a WEDC representative is working in Sawyer County to help rural communities, or what he calls the “rural, rural areas,” in the northern part of the state.

David Fleming is a REVAMP project specialist out of the Office of Rural Prosperity, a wing of WEDC. REVAMP stands for Revitalizing Economic Vibrancy After (a) Major Pandemic. His position was created during the pandemic with federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding...
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Ken Notes: Both the WEDC rural reps and the regional EDC`s often fly below the radar, yet are instrumental in developing the state. I still wish we had a more formal structure to tie all these entities together and better communications with the State.

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UW-Stevens Point: State grant helps UW-Stevens Point, partners meet forestry workforce needs
Addressing a need for skilled workers in the forestry industry, the Wisconsin Forestry Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will receive a state grant of up to $8 million. This Workforce Innovation Grant will support education and create a pipeline to forestry careers for the next generation.
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Economist argues for boosting ‘homegrown’ businesses over attracting out-of-state companies
An economist with UW-Madison argues the state should focus more on developing “homegrown” businesses rather than recruiting companies to move to Wisconsin.

“Going out and trying to recruit that business is not a good use of their time,” Prof. Steven Deller said yesterday during a rural innovation event held in Beloit. “Much better off working with the businesses that are already in your backyard and the entrepreneurs that are thinking of starting a business.”

Deller pointed to research he and colleagues conducted showing 97 percent of all businesses in the state “are in the same place as they were last year.” What’s more, the “vast majority” of companies remain in the same location where they started, he said...


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Ken Notes: A sermon I have been preaching for 40 years. We need to write a book -- From Cheese and Beer to DNA and Data, Wisconsin builds America...

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The New North: Companies invited to meet with wood buyers from Pakistan on June 13

NEW NORTH, June 1, 2022 – Wisconsin companies interested in meeting with wood buyers from Pakistan are invited to take part in an informational session and one-on-one business matchmaking meetings on June 13 in Green Bay. Nine pre-qualified buyers – in both softwood and hardwood – from the country will be visiting the New North region to learn more about available wood products...

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Milwaukee rental households deal with rising rent costs

Reports see mixed trends throughout city, suburbs

Rent prices are up in the Milwaukee metro area, according to a recent report. A researcher says it`s worsening issues of inequality.

A report from the financial app Stessa found median rents in the Milwaukee-Waukesha area have gone up by around $100 since 2019.

And in an area like Milwaukee County, which is renter-majority, that can have a big impact...


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$2 million federal investment to help address labor shortages in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Millions in federal dollars will go to addressing the labor shortage in Milwaukee. While this investment will help one industry in particular, officials say there`s still much work to be done.

Despite historically low unemployment rates in Wisconsin, many industries are still struggling to hire workers across the state.
Lawmakers and city leaders are working to change that.

One of many industries focused on hiring efforts is Milwaukee Water Works. "The Water Works delivers clean, safe water to nearly 9,000 people on a daily basis," said Patrick Pauly, interim superintendent for Water Works...

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Ken Notes: One more time, we have to make our students aware of these opportunities before they exit high school. A school to work transition is so needed in Wisconsin without we have few options to strengthening our skilled labor force...

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On Retail: Madison Public Market on track for 2024 opening
The dream of a public market in Madison has been talked about, envisioned and conceptualized for at least 16 years.

There have been debates, proposals, studies, visits to other markets around the country and several sites considered. And while the wait for its opening at the corner of East Johnson and North First streets is just under two years away, one of the leaders of the effort believes excitement for the $18.3 million project remains and is building new momentum following two years of uncertainty caused by the pandemic...
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Village of Waterford: Awarded $250k to construct new multi-use downtown buildings
Village of Waterford, WI – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently awarded the Village of Waterford $250,000 as part of the Community Development Investment (CDI) Grant program. The grant will go towards construction of what will become the Waterford Lofts, located at 506 E Main Street....
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New business formations up 42 percent over two-year period
The head of WEDC says the state’s “entrepreneurial spirit” is reflected in the 42 percent boost in new businesses formed during the pandemic.

“It’s actually really exciting, because you could imagine that in the face of a pandemic, folks would retract, right?” WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes said in a recent interview. “They would say, ‘I’m not going to do anything new, I’m going to stay safe in my job, I’m going to stay safe where I am.’ But instead, what we’re seeing is a real entrepreneurial spirit.”...
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Construction to begin on Waterford Lofts with $250K grant from WEDC
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded the Village of Waterford $250,000 to construct the future Waterford Lofts, located at 506 E. Main St. This monetary award was made possible as part of the Community Development Investment Grant program.

“In 2018, nearly 200 Waterford residents and business owners provided feedback on the future of the Village, and redevelopment of this intersection was a critical element,” said Don Houston, Village of Waterford President. “With financial assistance from the WEDC and technical assistance from RCEDC [the Racine County Economic Development Corporation], our community’s vision can be executed.”...
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Dept. of Administration: New webinar series to support Wisconsin small business owners

Madison, Wis. – Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Secretary-designee Kathy Blumenfeld has announced a new webinar series to help established and aspiring Wisconsin small business owners and organizations to grow their skills and business, learn about contracting with the State of Wisconsin, and other upcoming opportunities.

“We know that growing a business or organization can be a daunting task, and our goal is to make the process easier to navigate by developing and sharing valuable tools and resources,” said Blumenfeld. “Working with our agency partners, we’re proud to support the Evers Administration mission to create an economy that works for everyone.”

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Recordings will be available on the DOA YouTube channel.

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WEDC celebrates grand opening of MilliporeSigma Verona expansion

VERONA, WI. JUNE 23, 2022 — MilliporeSigma, a U.S.- and Canada-based industry-leading life sciences company that provides contract pharmaceutical manufacturing services, on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its $65 million facility expansion in Verona, which is expected to create 50 new high-paying jobs.

The company’s expansion included a 70,000 square-foot highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredient (HPAPI) manufacturing facility and will increase the company’s antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) manufacturing capacity.  The products produced in this facility address demand for critical cancer therapies.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has authorized up to $200,000 in performance-based state income tax credits for the project over a three-year period; the amount of credits the company receives will be contingent upon the number of jobs created...


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Brewed Omen craft taphouse coming to Hartford this summer
Brewed Omen, a new beer taphouse is expected to open later this summer in the lower level of the 1886 Millstream Building, 120 N. Main St., in downtown Hartford.

The taphouse – opened by Bill and Ane Ohm in the building, which they bought in 2020 – will focus on beers brewed within two hours of Hartford....

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Ken Notes: If you follow the craft brew industry or just love craft products check out WisconsinCraftNews.com another weekly newsletter.

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City of Medford receives $86,900 state grant to support redevelopment of downtown building
MEDFORD,  WI. JUNE 15, 2022 – The City of Medford is receiving a $86,900 state grant to help redevelop the Brucker Building, unoccupied since a 1980 fire, into a bookstore and wine bar as well as a two-bedroom apartment.

The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support the Brucker Building’s transformation into an attractive spot on South Main Street where independent bookseller, the Prickly Pear, will serve wine by the glass...


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Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

nwrpc.com
momentumwest.org
7riversalliance.org
driftlessdevelopment.com
grownorth.org
prosperitysouthwest.com
centergy.net
madisonregion.org
thenewnorth.com
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PropertyDrive.com

CirexNews.com

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Polyak Trucking & Polyak Logistics will join Wikoff Color Corp. at Lisbon Business Park East, a new business park
A company that can be seen as an "unsung hero" for helping to keep area store shelves stocked has broken ground at Lisbon`s new business park.

Polyak Trucking & Polyak Logistics is building a 9,975-square feet facility at W223 N6219 Richard Road.

Lisbon Business Park East was formed in 2020 and is a part of the town`s first TIF district, approved by town officials in 2018. It is at Townline Road and Main Street (Highway 74) at the former site of Lied`s Nursery. Lied`s closed about 12 years ago...
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WEA Trust, Health Tradition Health Plan leaving Wisconsin’s insurance market by end of 2022
MADISON, Wis. — WEA Trust and the Health Tradition Health Plan are getting out of Wisconsin’s health insurance market by the end of the year...

...“The challenges related to healthcare consolidation, the costs associated with the global pandemic, and the drop in the stock market have made it difficult for local, not-for-profit organizations like ours who seek to provide families with high value personal care,” Vaughn Vance, the groups’ president and CEO, said in the release. “It became clear that we had to make the difficult decision to pivot as an organization before we sacrificed what has made WEA Trust unique for many years.”....
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Ken Notes: Wow this is a big deal! I was never a fan because the Trust was very political and did not offer the best health plans. That said they were extremely good at guaranteeing groups got good coverage even if it was not from them....

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Milwaukee Public Museum`s future home moves closer to reality as demolition starts at the downtown project site
The development of Milwaukee Public Museum`s future home is taking another step forward with a Tuesday start to demolition at the downtown project site.

The 2.4-acre site being cleared is east of North Sixth Street, between West Vliet Street and West McKinley Avenue, north of Fiserv Forum`s parking structure.

“Seeing work begin on site here in Milwaukee’s Haymarket neighborhood is very exciting," said Ellen Censky,museum president and chief executive officer...


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Business Class: Madison sleep data company clinches $20M investment
Madison startup that uses artificial intelligence to help health care institutions detect and study sleep disorders has just closed on a $20 million financing deal that will help the company expand and add at least five employees to its 35-member team.

EnsoData, headquartered Downtown and founded in 2015, will use the money to market the startup’s software products to insurance companies and employers, as well as partner with more health care institutions that have a national presence, said founding CEO Chris Fernandez, adding that EnsoData has now garnered around $30 million in investments.
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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2.2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support the Food Processing and Manufacturing Sectors in Southwest
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.2 million grant to the village of Muscoda, Wisconsin, to expand the Muscoda Industrial Park. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan.

This grant will create jobs by provide development opportunities for food processing and manufacturing businesses looking to relocate or expand in the region. The EDA investment will be matched with $555,455 in local funds and is expected to create 100 jobs and generate $35 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates...


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Park Falls approves facade program
PARK FALLS — The city of Park Falls Committee of the Whole approved a façade improvement guidelines plan it has developed in recent weeks to work in partnership with a low-interest loan program of the Northwest Wisconsin Regional Economic Development Fund. The guidelines were approved as a resolution at the June 13 committee meeting.

“Downtown businesses can apply for a $30,000 city façade program loan from NWRPC,” said Park Falls City Administrator Brentt Michalek. “The payback is 2% over 10 years.”...
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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Business Park Expansion in Reedsburg, Wisconsin
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.7 million grant to the city of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, to build road, sewer and stormwater infrastructure needed to expand the Reedsburg Business Park. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan and EDA’s $300 million Coal Communities Commitment.

This grant will provide the necessary infrastructure for businesses to locate, relocate, or expand, in a region that has been impacted by the declining use of coal. The EDA investment will be matched with $1.2 million in local funds and is expected to create 300 jobs, retain 100 jobs and generate $22 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates...

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Royal Capital plans $200 million development on Milwaukee`s northwest side

The project would cover 50 acres with apartments and senior housing surrounding a central gathering space.

Milwaukee developer Royal Capital Group announced a $200 million redevelopment on Milwaukee’s northwest side with more than a thousand housing units for families and seniors, a food hall, business center and wellness facility. Find out the details.
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I also updated the picture because, well Tom is getting old and development is taking it`s toll!!!

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