All Titles For 2019

Wisconsin Development News (click to read online)
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Still time and two more slots!

Ken Notes: Please remember sponsors may not agree with everything I say but they support the conversation that will help keep Wisconsin pursuing the development projects and growth that makes us strong...
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Wisconsin Union adds new events, activities to 2020 Winter Carnival lineup

Ken Notes: I used to publish MadisonNotes.com but did not have time to market it effectively. The idea was to promote events that could not afford mainstream advertising for free and then provide links to all venues in the city. If there is a student looking for a side income or marketing firm that wants to promote events like this I would love to talk. The publication was very well received and two years later I still get "what happened" emails...
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Toward One Wisconsin 2020 Conference
A Conference on Building Communities of Equity and Opportunity

T1W will bring together individuals and organizations from multiple sectors across Wisconsin to address the most persistent barriers to inclusion, what is working, and what is promising on the horizon.
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Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

Welcome 2020 WDN sponsor Kraus-Anderson Construction Company. Please check out the link to view the amazing projects they have developed from idea to completion.
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...A sponsor of Wisconsin Development News
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Artis Real Estate Investment Trust
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Economic Development Resources
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The Wisconsin Development Network
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Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 3 - Wk: 125 Date: 12/27/2019 4:05:22 PM

Looking back at 2019, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway says Madison is `shifting direction`

Ken Notes:Best wishes and happy New Year! Let see what we actually accomplish in 2020....
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 52 Date: 12/26/2019 12:19:40 PM

Monroe Street Arts Center `breaks ground` on new space in February
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Dane County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan: Dane County Board accomplished much in 2019

Ken Notes: Lots of work left to do though...
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2019 year in review: Highs and lows in the Madison area in the last year of the decade
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 52 Date: 12/26/2019 12:13:04 PM

Cap Times Talk: Madison’s gentrifying neighborhoods — the good, the bad and the ugly

Ken Notes:This discussion will demonstrate the need for diverse and socioeconomically mixed neighborhoods. We will all sing Kumbaya and feel great until the first neighborhood is asked to participate.
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John Deere Horicon Works expands yet again to further secure its future
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Milwaukee High Schoolers Take Part In `Youth Apprentice Interviews`

Ken Notes: I would love to see this number at 400 or even 4,000, but thanks MPS for getting this program off the ground!
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 52 Date: 12/26/2019 11:50:18 AM

Plan for Sun Prairie explosion site envisions housing, entertainment, hotel

Ken Notes: you can hear Neil Stechshulte Director of Economic Development in Sun Prairie talk about this issue on Development Matters...
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WCMA Applauds $20 Million Investment in 2020 for Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives
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South Central Wisconsin region shares concerns over lack of affordable housing options

Ken Notes: this is on of my 4Q2020 question for my radio show...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 52 Date: 12/26/2019 11:38:26 AM

Capital City Sunday: Speaker Vos, Craig Thompson, Sports Official Shortage, Lt. Governor
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Developer buys former Assurant building in downtown Milwaukee
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Common Council expected to review Wisconsin Center expansion in early 2020

Ken Notes: Read this one, it is a primer on how a project can work with the State for incentives and guarantees.
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Milwaukee Tool buys 82 acres for Menomonee Falls campus

Ken Notes: I love this commitment to the State. Milwaukee Tool makes a great product and the industry continues to expand. I also like the development agreement that allowed the village to participate in the project. I wish more communities would purchase land for development then make it available to the businesses they want in their community....
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More than 1,000 jobs available at Janesville job fair

Ken Notes: Share this in you community...
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OPINION: Other voices - Don’t hold Foxconn tax credits hostage

Ken Notes: I have been on this soapbox for a while now. It is imperative that we keep Foxconn on the hook for whatever they eventually plan to build in the State. We can not let them leave without building some brick and mortar with a taxable value to repay the infrastructure investments we have already made.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 52 Date: 12/26/2019 10:49:01 AM

The proposed $20B megadevelopment One Central is back from the dead

Ken Notes: In Wisconsin we dream big! I hope this one gets traction Bob has 2020 vision!!!!
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Struggling Wisconsin dairy farmers building a future with hazelnuts, specialty milk, goats and creative thinking

Ken Notes: Thank you Rick Barrett and the Journal Sentinel for your excellent reporting on this issue! I hope we are not too late for the farms that built Wisconsin. Remember one statistic, we a losing 20% of our dairy farms each year in Wisconsin yet are milking more cows that ever...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 52 Date: 12/26/2019 10:38:02 AM

Wisconsin`s child care, early education efforts get $10 million boost

Ken Notes: while this sounds substantial it is actually less that 25K (or about 1/2 teacher) per district.
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Energy producers account for $20 billion economic impact

Ken Notes: A little "self reported" but the 1.14 billion in state and local taxes is pretty impressive...
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 51 Date: 12/19/2019 12:34:19 PM

Construction officially begins on +$40 Million La Crosse Center expansion project
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Wisconsin`s Boldt Company adds EVP
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Downtown Wausau development plans show second Dudley Tower, indoor year-round market
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Robinia using heated domes in its courtyard as winter attraction

Ken Notes: How are they heated??
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Developers on MLK Library project seeking $1.5 million MEDC loan
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WEDC disputes audit finding Foxconn still eligible for tax credits for out-of-state employees

Ken Notes: Good read and lots of details here... Lets give Missy and WEDC a chance to demonstrate they have taken control of the rudder and can actually control the ship...
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Developer scales back plans for controversial South Park Street project

Ken Notes: I just hope we remember that height can help reduce a developers overall costs and this should lower rents. I would negotiate for lower market rate units say sub $800 and keep the height. Just a thought.
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P3 Development makes proposal to remodel National Bowling Stadium & Downtown Reno

Ken Notes: Wouldn`t in be nice to bring the Bowling hall of fame and bowling center back to Wisconsin where it belongs.
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Opportunity Zones: How this federal tax initiative is impacting Madison

Ken Notes: Like any Tax incentive the "Devil is in the Details", in this case Madison and Sun are watching this closely. It is a program for the wealthy to defer federal taxes on capital gains, the question is are we using this to get the development we want at the local level. There are a lot of great links in this article you may want to save it. My 11-9-19 – Development Matters with Jason Kadow CEO @ KMA Bodilly covered this in detail...
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Madison Yards development announces addition of Whole Foods Market
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Dr. Maysee Herr Named New Executive Director of Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
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Microsoft president Brad Smith on DNC, protecting elections at gener8tor`s Premier Night: Slideshow
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Milwaukee Tool plans $100 million Menomonee Falls campus, create 870 jobs

Ken Notes: This is great news, but I still want to advocate for the machine shop in Smalltown Wisconsin that wants to add a new CNC machine and hire 3 or 4 new employees. We need a program for them as well.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 51 Date: 12/19/2019 11:01:25 AM

Artis Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Monthly Cash Distribution

Ken Notes: Two notes, One: Artis Real Estate Investment Trust holds the Greenway Station and other properties in Madison and Note Two: Artis will be joining WDNews as a 2020 sponsor...
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Riverlife developers plan condo building, amphitheater along Wisconsin River
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Foxconn Says It Can`t Find Enough Workers For Wisconsin Project

Ken Notes: This scares me, the talent is there read Tom Still`s article below. This is also a cart before the horse argument because Foxconn does not yet have a factory to work in and their research facilities are not really up and running full speed. Again I fear they are looking for a graceful exit strategy where we are left blaming each other. Please put aside your differences and sit down and work out a doable Foxconn II agreement. No threats, no excuses, no exceptions...
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Testing Wisconsin`s potential for tech growth

Ken Notes:We do have the talent other are looking for...
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Wisconsin taxpayers could pay Foxconn for work done outside of Wisconsin, audit warns for second time

Ken Notes:Keep reading, Foxconn is looking for ways out of overbuilding in Wisconsin and we may be actually providing them the out they need. While renegotiating will save money at the state level communities who have already invested in infrastructure may be left out.

We need strong leadership and well informed negotiators here and this is not the time to play politics and point fingers.
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Students at the Medical College of Wisconsin want more affordable housing; Watertown development could provide it, developers say

Ken Notes: The problem of affordable housing will soon, if not already, become Wisconsin`s biggest problem. And I am NOT talking about the government subsidized kind. Today well employed people in the service and retail businesses not to mention the thousands of entry level positions in manufacturing and other industries can not afford to live near their work. Land costs and the high cost of renewal means developers have to build higher cost units pricing many out of the market. This also allows developers to build fewer units with higher profit margins.

We are not developing denser neighborhoods with shared amenities and god forbid we even talk about "trailer parks", even though this is where we could develop smaller stick built micro homes that are architecturally amazing and offer a starting block for millennials and part time dwellings for retiring boomers. We must rethink our urban planning moving forward.
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Door County Economic Development Director Schuessler announces January departure

Ken Notes: Jim is doing great things in Door County and just a few weeks ago I ran a story on the new website DCEDC created (above). I hope they keep the energy he brought to the area going. So I congrats and take sunscreen...
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Farm siting rules likely heading back to drawing board after pushback from GOP, farm groups

Notes:Politics at it`s very worst!!!!
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Downtown Madison residents scrutinize proposed Hub II apartment building on Langdon
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Earth moves as western Wisconsin autoport becomes a reality

Ken Notes: The need to mover larger items by rail will continue to grow...
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Plain Talk: It`s becoming clear that high-speed rail would benefit Wisconsin more than Foxconn

Ken Notes: Alas - water - bridge...
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`Badger State Opportunity Fund` Tries To Spur Investment In 120 Wisconsin Neighborhoods
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Foxconn deal could hurt Wisconsin economy, new study finds

Ken Notes: I truly hope not. I do agree that if we offered a tax incentive across the board for all growing companies it be far more successful...
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After 5 Years In Storage, Talgo Trains Built For Wisconsin Return To Milwaukee

Ken Notes: I want to cry, because the improved rail corridor we could have had would have created a wonderful opportunity for economic development in the state.
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Report: Government Transparency

Ken Notes: This article, the one everyone is bragging about, does not paint a great picture of data sharing in general. Wisconsin is at the top of a list where most are failing. I talked about Wisconsin needing to do better for 7 or 8 years, maybe I should start asking for a national tracjing system...
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New data says Wisconsin isn’t losing manufacturing jobs, but the state’s job growth still lags

Ken Notes: There is no question that more people are employed now than ever before. The question is how "well" they are employed. Especially in manufacturing, the skill sets are changing and the best jobs are going to those with the best skills. The gap between skilled and unskilled labor will continue to widen...
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Bear Development’s latest Kenosha projects include senior housing, single-family subdivision

Ken Notes: They dis not mention the total value of the project but the idea of bringing this into an existing residential development is a great idea. TIf is a great way for a community to foster the development it wants and if there is a good development agreement in place guaranteeing value this should be win win.
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Titletown Development selects Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty to represent TitletownHomes
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Proposed ‘pocket neighborhood’ would bring new style to Brookfield

Ken Notes: I love this idea and hope more communities will consider it. This one still puts the per unit value at 400K I would like to see a sub 200K version.
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State economic development spending transparency receives second-highest marks in nation

Ken Notes: Congratulations! This may have taken far too long but we have made giant strides. Now lets see if we can make the list incentives available to all growing companies. Especially the small employer who often not on the ED radar screen.
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Downtown Milwaukee Aloft hotel sold
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Milwaukee floats Airbnb tax, ticket fees to pay for low-income neighborhood development
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New WEDC CEO Says State Committed To Foxconn Deal

Ken Notes: The Journal Sentinel Has a story suggesting that Foxconn will meet their 2019 numbers needed for tax credits. This has to be reviewed by WEDC. I would share the article but Journal Sentinel paywall is in the way. I will subscribe soon and share what I can but do not like aggregating articles when readers complain that they can not see the original article. Subscribe to you local paper and If you know anyone at JS....
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One year into state`s deal with Kimberly-Clark, company works to expand Fox Valley plant

Ken Notes: I am glad we kept a KC plant open. I am not sure about the cost and continue to advocate for ALL businesses because some of this is far too political. This deal was tied to very specific job numbers and valuations wich is far better than deals we have made in the past.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 50 Date: 12/12/2019 8:05:21 AM

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center named one of TIME For Kids` World`s 50 Coolest Places

Ken Notes:What is sad is that this may be the only place to see a family farm i nthe very near future...
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Door County needs workers, website created to help

Ken Notes: Not a bad place to retire either...
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Fitchburg restaurant Quivey`s Grove goes up for sale

Ken Notes: Always one of my favorites...
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Matt Wachter to lead city`s Planning, Community and Economic Development Department

Ken Notes: Hey Matt CONGRATS! and when can you be a guest on Development Matters!
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Uline proposes $130 million investment in Kenosha
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Truckstar set to break ground on expansion
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How high-speed trains were derailed

Ken Notes: Dave is on a roll! The train should have been presented as an economic development engine from day one. It was not and we lost out. But Dave what can we do moving forward!!! We do still need to improve the system in Wisconsin...
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The Green New Deal as Economic Development
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Releases Latest Research On Net Economic Impact Of Trails In Wisconsin During Ceremony For 2019 Rail-Trail Champion Awa

Ken Notes: No doubt the trails are great for the state, I do get nervios when I see the numbers because they are often manufactured to tell a better story... i.e. health costs avoided of $833 million...
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Madison added 54,000 jobs over past decade driven by tech sector
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Developer offers revised final piece for $80 million Union Corners project
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Stevens Point roundtable focuses on workforce
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U.S. Gain Purchases Digesters at Two Wisconsin Dairy Farms

Ken Notes: I ran this story in WDNGreen but it bears repeating, we should do this on more CAFO`s across the state.
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Legal troubles pile up for local food entrepreneur Jonny Hunter

Ken Notes: He had a very cool idea but seems to have oversold the ventures. This may be an opportunity for an established company to take over because there were some great ideas here. Foodfight???
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Rockwell Automation leads list of best-managed public companies in Wisconsin
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Barriers to affordable housing explored at summit in La Crosse

Ken Notes: I have been proposing a statewide conference on this. We need to get builders and developers to help with this issue. We also need to acquire land as communities or private entity, like Habitat for Humanities, so that the development can be controlled to include low cost apartments and homes.
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Wilderness Resorts Developer Plans 2 Hotels Near Oak Creek IKEA
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Wisconsin Dells developer eyes hotel, conference center next to Ikea in Oak Creek

Ken Notes: Destination is the the new face of retail.
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A Tight Job Market Insulates a Slowing Economy—and Perhaps Trump, Too
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Community, business leaders talk about future of Century City: Slideshow

Ken Notes: Sort of like the who`s who in MKE...
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First new hotel in Door County in almost 20 years breaks ground in Sister Bay

Ken Notes: Wow this is surprising! It is a great place to visit. Of course it is a seasonal destination for many.
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Weed dispensary set to open just across Wisconsin-Illinois state line; what police want you to know

Ken Notes: No doubt there will be a robust Patrol business in Wisconsin searching cars coming back into the state which is interesting because I do not know of any Illinois officers looking for Spotted Cow coming into their state. I have been talking about destination retail, this is definitely going to make the list. I wonder if Illinois will place "Open for Busniss" signs on the border???
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Civic envy

Ken Notes: Must Read! Paul Jadin, the guest on my radio show, Development Matters, this week will defend the Madison community. But I have to agree we missed the boat on user friendly transit and are late to the party with a Public Market. I will ask Dave to come on soon to defend his position. Also I love his observation on what the MKE guy would do with the crackers!
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Southwest Wisconsin faces `perfect storm` of housing development challenges

Ken Notes: The only solution will be to create smaller less expensive units. Right now developers are finding the profit margins are far greater in larger apartments and homes.
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Disney+ streaming service plans sitcom set in Wisconsin

Ken Notes: This is funny because I used to watch William Defoe do plays in Appleton and Milwaukee thought he was great.
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Madison Finance Committee gives nod to Milwaukee developer for Truman Olson site
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Salvation Army moves one step closer to proposed downtown Madison campus
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Doc`s Smokehouse is taking long-vacant Granite City space
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Tony Evers signs hemp bill into law, updates state program for farmers, growers and retailers
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11-23-19 – Development Matters
Phil Sveum - Coldwell Banker Success

Notes:Great interview... Great project!
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Free Land in Duluth If You’ve Got a Good Plan for Affordable Housing

Ken Notes:Madison???
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Menasha Market opens new creative doors for the Fox Cities
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Building Wisconsin jobs requires reimagining higher ed

Ken Notes: Apprenticeship???
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AT&T bringing 5G to Milwaukee, other cities, in first half of 2020

Ken Notes: This is huge 5G is a game changer!!!
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One city’s small business scene continues to thrive

Ken Notes: VIROQUA must have the magic sauce because it just keep growing. I love the pop-up program, Madison should try this...
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A Ringling secret remains in Baraboo

Ken Notes: Al beer - I can`t wait!
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MillerCoors Jobs Could Be In Milwaukee By June, But Exact Number Still Unclear

Ken Notes: Again I liked Missy Hughes comments in the article...
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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Welcomes Governor Tony Evers for an Exclusive Facility Tour

Ken Notes: Cheese is a great industry for the state, I remain concerned that we are loosing a substantial number of smaller farms each year yet are milking more cows than ever due to CAFO`s.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 48 Date: 11/27/2019 9:44:10 AM

States Turn to Programs, Legislation to Boost Conservation Funding

Ken Notes: I strongly support the efforts to place our wetlands and forests in public trusts or private land conservancies. What if we took the current wetland offset program and exponentially increase the ratio. Also I would encourage individual and corporate landowners to consider donations to one of these entities. I can not think of a better memorial than leaving nature to generations to come. Wisconsin did make the top ten list of States With the Best Natural Environment at number ten. Lets see if we can move up the list.
Click to Display / Share This Note - Vol: 7 - Wk: 48 Date: 11/27/2019 9:33:00 AM

Wisconsin Receives Over $1M To Help People With Disabilities Get Affordable Housing

Ken Notes: While I am not a huge fan of Section 8 housing, the idea of focusing on disabilities makes this a little more palatable.
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George Mason University Researchers Say Deal With Foxconn Could Reduce Economic Activity

Ken Notes: Ouch. A lot has already been invested so lets not scare them away. Also much of the state investment is contingent on job creation.

I will restate my request for a new tax incentive for ALL growing companies large or small based on new employees earning over a certain amount. For Example, 2K tax credit for ten years for new employees making over 50K in salary and benefits. The credits goes away if the total employee count falls below the new number. If you need the money up front convince a bank you will maintain the new employee level. I also suggest we rewrite TIF laws to add that a specific project could receive a 10% incentive for brick and mortar growth with a signed development agreement guaranteeing value. We do this now by manipulating the "rules" now so why not create a statute to clear this up.

Putting a majority of our dollars in one basket (Foxconn) sent a message to many companies that adding one or two employees in Wisconsin does not matter when in fact we still have more people employed by small companies that large ones.
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Once thought to be contaminated, Janesville riverfront site given the all-clear for development

Ken Notes: Good news... Economic re-development is so much better that finding a farm field somewhere. This is where we can really get more bang for our buck when it comes to grants, TIF, and tax incentives...
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Matalco Inc. has begun construction

Ken Notes: Interesting numbers, the per employee number is 18,750 not far from my proposal of 2K for ten year tax credit. The difference, any growing company could get my credit... I`m just saying... Anyway congrats...
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Madison poised for deal with developer on Judge Doyle Square
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Jenifer Street Market owner vows to fight for store with neighborhood support

Ken Notes:Was always one of my favorite places to shop when I lived downtown...
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Dane County revisiting cost estimates for Alliant Energy Center`s Exhibition Hall expansion

Ken Notes: My concern is not to price ourselves out of the market for the events we currently have there...
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CUNA Mutual Group to tear down circular Mineral Point Road building
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Evers signs bill ending 5-county Miller Park tax
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Preliminary designs for new Dane County jail tower complete

Ken Notes: Wow this is ambitious, I just have to ask, What cold we get for 148 Million on a greenfield site outside the city???
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Madison Urban Design Commission to review plans for Archipelago Village offices, parking garage

Ken Notes: I hope we get this one done.... East Wash is the new urban mecca in Wisconsin. Does anyone else wish the had added a BRT lane when the redid the street????
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AM Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of Wisconsin County Mutual Group Members

Ken Notes: This could be a huge problem for local governments it the state. A recession could do real harm here and successful lawsuits have hurt the company...
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Proposed Millennial Task Force Would Work To Limit Milwaukee `Brain Drain`
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Danville releases photos to show Mill`s potential: rock climbing, zip-line, restaurants

Ken Notes: WOW, talk about adaptive reuse! The video is fun...
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Bethesda Opens New Development Studio In Madison, Wisconsin
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Kroger-Ocado Plan Customer Fulfillment Center In Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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OPINION: Wisconsin apprenticeship is an investment that pays

Ken Notes: I could not agree more! I will ask one more time for anyone to consider sponsorship of WisconsinApprentice.com, a website, newsletter, and database of resources highlighting opportunities and best practices it the areas of apprenticeship and job training. When I was doing this publication it was well read by the tech schools, secondary schools, and 100s of businesses interested in these programs not to mention every legislator in the state. We can also add podcasts to the system as I would be happy to interview those with "stories to tell".

If I can not find sponsors I would be happy to release the website to anyone willing to promise to keep it up to date. This is a resource and advocacy we need in the State. Text me at 608.334.2174 even if you don`t have any money but have a story or resource. I really believe in this program and hate to see it just sitting there. You can ever reply to this email and I will search my spam folder for the word "Apprentice"...
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Greenfield Development Might Be `Too Close` To Neighbors

Ken Notes: This is the catch 22 when property values require significant density to offset the development costs. Downtown pricing brings downtown density....
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$47.5M apartment purchase in Fitchburg continues Weidner`s Wisconsin growth

Ken Notes: That is north of 160K per unit, we are going to make it just too expensive to live in or near Madison...
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InSinkerator`s Wisconsin Office Enables Research and Design

Ken Notes: Mount Pleasant has a great story to tell... In fact call me, I have a radio show and you can share your secrets with the rest of us...
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Gener8tor invests $400K in Wisconsin startups born from its inaugural Accelerator Studio

Ken Notes: Read this! We are spending billions on Foxconn, when for far less we might grow the next EPIC, HD, Kohls, Forte, Kohler, Lands End, Johnson Controls, Menards, Trek, Culvers, Schneider, Oshkosh Truck, Schreiber Foods, Carmex, AmFam, NWMutual... And that`s just off the top of my head...

Why not offer a corporate tax credit for new jobs that pay more than say 50K, We do this now for dozens of companies but we pick and choose the winners. Let the market determine who wins and then help these companies grow.
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Milwaukee`s Homeless Encampment Is Ending To Make Room For Development

Ken Notes: Imagine these same people building a micro village to wonderful architectural standards, well insulated, densely populated, with running water and sewer. Spend no more than 10K per unit which is enough (I can send you a materials list). Let them develop community rules and require that they maintain the site, inspected regularly. The units would be built using the Habitat model, so sweat equity, ownership, and experts working alongside to ensure quality structures. The economic outlay would most likely cost LESS that the tent communities cost now.
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Rule Enterprises` $41.3 million project best for vacant South Side site
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Lagging Walker`s Point business park could be getting additional work to help draw more development
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Melissa Goins joins WHEDA board of directors

Ken Notes: She has done some very very cool projects... Let her know her website is down or needs work...
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Developer offers final pieces for mega project on Near East Side
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Construction on Judge Doyle Square apartments could start June 1
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A look at the construction projects in your Milwaukee neighborhood
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UW System, WEDC launch online tool to help employers create internship programs

Ken Notes: I continue to believe internships and APPRENTICESHIP are the keys to getting our students into great jobs...
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DWD works to widen, strengthen Wisconsin`s employment net
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Startup Milwaukee Week: 5 women-owned startups to know

Ken Notes: Great projects...
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Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids mayors head to White House for affordable housing roundtable
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WEC Energy`s Gale Klappa meets regularly with Foxconn, says it will deliver on 13,000 jobs promise

Ken Notes: Gale call the press outlets and tell them you would be happy to provide a quote for their next article.
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Milwaukee will soon create a village of tiny homes for veterans

Ken Notes: Congrats, this is so much better that the shelters where vets with mental health issues or PTSD can feel threatened and insecure. Imagine every community in Wisconsin doing a small project like this one. Mot THE solution but it sure ticks a lot of buttons....
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Report highlights impacts of TIF investments

Ken Notes: Again they are a great idea, but we still need to align the laws with how the TIFs are actually being developed. The most successful TIFs all have an economic engine to drive the rest of the development.
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Kroger and Ocado Bringing 6th High-Tech Customer Fulfillment Center to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Ken Notes: I like Missy Hughes statement, "Wisconsin`s excellent transportation infrastructure, educated and highly-skilled workers and strong communities make our state the clear choice for businesses like Kroger and Ocado that are looking to grow. We look forward to working with them, the Kenosha Area Business Association and Pleasant Prairie to move this project forward."

Note she mentions value of infrastructure, communities and workforce before talking grants and loans. A subtle but important distinction....
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$30 Million Development Planned For Former Ajax Site
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Wisconsin tourism head still hopes to score state funds for DNC marketing campaign

Ken Notes: The KEY to making the DNC event good for Wisconsin will be to control the message and present the good things we have to offer. Get people like Tom Still, A spokesperson from WARF, and WEDC, Tourisim, and even me to be on call to respond to any inquiries or stories. Armed with a set of talking points about communities working together inclusive companies and neighborhoods, great success stories, and opportunities to thrive, have the message ready. Every major company should use the bright lights to promote their services and products.

I promise the Verge, NYT and others will be here to tell another story. They will look for the conflicts and failures, they will use this to further their causes. It is one !@#$$$$ week then we can return to the trenches after the press trucks roll out.
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Madison narrows choice for top planning job

Ken Notes: Looks like good choices...
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Opinion: The Cap Times and trust in local news

Ken Notes: Paul is correct and it is becoming more and more difficult to find actual reporting in the media. For the record I am NOT a reporter and I need factual news on which to comment. If the story starts with a bias or opinion (unless labeled as such) I do not have a platform on which to stand. Paul keep fighting even though you are occasionally wrong, and stop having coffee with Democratic operatives!!!
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As salt prices climb, Wisconsin looks to brine for a cheaper, better solution

Ken Notes: It works and cheese curd sales increase exponentially...
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Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame: Michael Best & Friedrich`s Green
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Milwaukee`s Streetcar Celebrates 1 Year Of Service

Ken Notes: Congrats! I hope you continue to grow and ridership increases.
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Developer eyes big student housing project on historic Langdon Street

Ken Notes: Langdon is a zoo, but it is not their zoo to fix. They are just providing another Animal House. I know I am not politically correct here but I do like the analogy and film reference. To those I have offended I apologize in advance, but hey walk down Langdon on a Friday night (something I actually enjoy doing) and tell me I am wrong...
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Beyond biotech: Emerging Wisconsin companies become more diverse

Ken notes: Good points Tom. But bio is putting us on the map, so we need to do a marketing campaign - Wisconsin Come for the Bio and stay for the brilliance...
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OPINION: Madison can end homelessness for families

Ken Notes: WELL SAID! I would add that we should look at some non-traditional models as well. Micro houses (like in Milwaukee for homeless vets), Co-living and tiny apartment units, and more should be a PART of the mix. Also we should stress the importance of integrating our efforts into mixed income neighborhoods. Finally I like the Habitat model of ownership. Mental healthcare also need to be a part of the solution... I see a radio show on this in the near future, have somthing to say call me - 608.334.2174....
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`It`s a magical place`: Revived Garver Feed Mill

Ken Notes: Congrats, it has been fun writing about this for the last decade. A great project for a great community...
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Redevelopment Eyed For Historic Downtown Rhinelander Building
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Wisconsin Partnership Program awards $1M to One City Schools, UW-Madison education research team
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Meet this Year`s Champions of Innovation
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Despite risks, local hemp industry taking root

Ken Notes: The CBD crop is a cash cow that was not in the mix when the state approved hemp.
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Reengineering Infrastructure For A Wetter Wisconsin
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A gigawatt goal for Wisconsin

Ken Notes: The real news is that they are doing this because it is cost effective to do so. More in WDNGreen.com on Monday....
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Gov. Tony Evers angered by Republican senators` vote to oust agriculture secretary

Ken Notes: Attention Wisconsin reporters -- FOLLOW THE MONEY! There are dollars on the table for those opposing new siting rules, you may want to write about where it is coming from! This is politics at its worst!
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Promega cancer treatment screening test expected to expand company

Ken Notes: Madison could become the World hub for genetic testing!
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Low unemployment rates cause lack of job seekers in Wisconsin

Ken Notes: Another problem is the skill set needed for some jobs...
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Wisconsin considers raising minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21

Ken Notes: I think we should get behind this. As a school board member, Mayor, and councilman, I found it very difficult to keep tobacco out of the hands of school age kids when some of them could legally buy the product.
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WEDC CEO Missy Hughes on Wisconsin`s Manufacturing Jobs

Ken Notes: I wish she would talk about apprenticeship, but a good interview...
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Advocate Aurora Health pledges $50M to help Wisconsin, Illinois communities

Ken Notes: Interesting...
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See first Wisconsin location for Life Time fitness resort: Slideshow

Ken Notes: Read the article I LOVE their business model... Also you can get a couple of Chicago style hot dog after you work out perfect!!!
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Bayview Foundation to present its plans to Urban Design Commission
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Madison commission to hear design plans for Dane County Jail renovations
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last Week Development Matters
Aaron Popkey, with the Green Bay Packers
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Madison Plan Commission approves east side affordable housing complex over resident concerns
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Google expands Madison presence with new office, partners with Boys and Girls Club
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Live from Cap Times Idea Fest: Will health care supercharge Madison`s economy?
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North Fond du Lac`s FZE Manufacturing receives Made In Wisconsin designation

Ken Notes: I like the WEDC designation but do not forget that if you make a product in Wisconsin you can also get the Something Special From Wisconsin designation and Lois will help promote your product globally.

In fact with Christmas coming up you may want to head over to the website and choose a few "Wisconsin" gifts for friends and clients.
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More questions raised surrounding the opening of Foxconn Technology Group in Wisconsin

Ken Notes: I am sure that as they shift from Screen to other technologies all plans are in a state of flux, but they seem to remain committed to the state and some new project...
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Molson dropping Miller brand name, bringing jobs to Milwaukee

Ken Notes: I also applaud the move. I do question whether this is the correct platform to take a poke at the new Governor. Didn`t we loose the corporate HQ to Chicago not too long ago under a different administration.
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WEDC: 2019 Marketplace Governor’s Awards recognize outstanding businesses
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Clean streets, clean government, good beer. On a trip through Germany, many hints of our Wisconsin home.

Ken Notes: Great read and insight...
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Business, nonprofits create foundation to fund upkeep of strapped Milwaukee County Parks
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10 answers to 10 Fox Cities business questions

Ken Notes: and 9 more...
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Madison College trains 17 new WCA evaluators in Wisconsin
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Wisconsin startups are rising

Ken Notes: We moving forward and there are some great startups in the works. I should also note Tom Still who wrote this has been instrumental in getting funding and support for Wisconsin startups...
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$4.3M surprise donation to UWSP will fund teacher scholarships and programming
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Wisconsin golf courses already feeling Ryder Cup impact

Ken Notes: I can`t wait!!!
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Fact-check: Did Scott Walker`s policies grow Wisconsin`s manufacturing sector?

Ken Notes: Good read and great links to much data on Wisconsin and the region. Nusaiba Mizan, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette digs deep to test the claims and presents great insight...
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A place of their own

Ken Notes: I just substitute taught for the Special Ed teacher in Albany, these kids and adults will thrive in a place like this. Congrats and let me know when I can volunteer some time...
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Alumna Elizabeth Hagerman Named Executive Director of University of Wisconsin Isthmus Project

Ken Notes: Congrats. Tis is another rung on the ladder to Madison becoming the Med Tech hub for the US...
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SmartCode version 9-2 - Linked fixed...

Ken Notes: I included a link to this last week but it was broken -- this one works and I will keep it at the bottom of WDNews for a while as a resource.

If there is enough interest I can put together a seminar on this and bring in some experts to explain it. Fitchburg is using SmartCode for an new subdivision in the community.
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Healthy startup communities benefit when entrepreneurs cash out

Ken Notes: I did mention this!!! and lets not forget the Rowlands` and Frautschis`...
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Gov. Tony Evers calls for special session on gun control legislation

Ken Notes: Why don`t we treat guns like cars. Anyone can drive and own one but they need a license, liability insurance, and vehicles are registered. You can own any car you want if you can afford it and the insurance. The insurance companies would regulate the industry not the government. Since the NRA could sell insurance and make millions I bet they might even support this...
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Madison Housing Crunch Makes Living Hard for Homeless

Ken Notes: I believe we can fix this! We need to rethink how we house and work with the homeless. There are models out there that work, I propose that the Mayor hold a summit with all the players including developers, social workers, and city planning. The City Planing Director seemed more than willing to talk about this. If it is on a Saturday I will do my show live from the site and record some of the ideas...
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TitletownTech, Packers announce details on $25M VC fund, including Baird involvement

Ken Notes: Please note my guest for Saturday!!!
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Indian challenges Harley-Davidson with new Wisconsin-made engine — and a new model

Ken Notes: What Harley and Indian need to get is a younger audience and market. I have an idea if anyone wants to here about it??? Oh the engine is pretty cool...
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Wisconsin Democrats Reintroduce Family Medical Leave Insurance Act

Ken Notes: This is about cost and who pays. It is too bad that we can not put a bipartisan committee together to look at ideas on both sides of the isle and do some good for the state! The signs are purple - not the politics...
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Popular craft brewery and burger restaurant will be centerpieces of new Suamico development
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Foxconn data center building back on Plan Commission agenda

Ken Notes: Attention Wisconsin Media, Please do not let "The Verge" tell the Foxconn Story... Even if you have an editorial bias, we need to help Foxconn present their case to national media... Read both stories above and see how media spins a story. I will try to get a Foxconn rep on my radio show in the near future, but they are hard to reach....
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Foxconn Innovation Centers On Hold Across The State
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Largest veteran housing development of its kind coming to Madison

Ken Notes: See we are already getting started!!!! We should add some ultra low cost micro units to these developments and ask all the residents to work together to maintain and improve the facilities. Also we should stop labeling the people in these complexes. Many if not most of our service workers, students, and retail staff are in this category.
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Regional Education Leaders Form Alliance to Address College Completion, Workforce Development in Southeastern Wisconsin

Ken Notes: Sounds like a good idea...
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Feds give Wisconsin approval to drug test for unemployment benefits

Ken Notes: Really, do we want to do this???
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Dozens of Fox Valley workers got a leg up thanks to Wisconsin Fast Forward grant
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Wisconsin county to lock in long-term financing for Foxconn project

Ken Notes: MUST READ...
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Dept. of Workforce Development: Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff Notice (WARN): Silgan Containers
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New solar power site active near Thomson
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This Week on Development Matters!

Ken Notes: Hour 2 is a crystal ball into the future!
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Development Matters with Ken Harwood
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Wisconsin tribe unveils casino plans in Illinois

Ken Notes: So Illinois has legal pot and a new Wisconsin Casino, Anyone want to speculate of the economic drain this will have on Wisconsin revenue streams.
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Madison City Council authorizes additional cash to Golf Enterprise Fund

Ken Notes: Why are we in the golf business??? We could lease our courses to the private sector for $1 each, have BETTER courses and programs and not spend a penny.
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Wisconsin`s dairy crisis doesn`t stop at the farmer`s doorstep

Ken Notes: Written by Jeff Smith, he has some good ideas. When you talk about the number of closings it is important to state the we actually milk more cows now than ever before. So there is a clear shift to factory farms.... One thing you will never see in the not to distant future is a dairy cow standing in a field.
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Dane County looking to buy 82 acres in town of Vienna to prevent development, limit runoff

Ken Notes: Why not partner with a land conservancy and get more land for your dollar...
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Middleton affordable housing proposal approved
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Exploring the trends of treating homelessness in Wisconsin and across the U.S.

Ken Notes: A great review of options. I love the veterans village in Milwaukee...
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Plan To Move Slaughterhouse Into Milwaukee`s Central City Draws Community Criticism

Ken Notes: I have seen this in other communities and it is always difficult. Great jobs and product but the process not so much. If you like laws and sausage don`t watch them being made!
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Cypress Equities Acquires 1.2m Square Foot Mixed Use Property To Transform Into An Elevated Shopping, Dining, Living and Working Experience
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New research highlights Milwaukee’s tech workforce strengths

Ken Notes: Milwaukee is hitting on all cylinders...
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Wisconsin will fund Dairy Innovation Hub at UW for $8.8m

Ken Notes: Money well spent.
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Youth Apprenticeship Program Earns Praise

Ken Notes: I will ask one more time. I would like to reboot WisconsinApprentice.com. I would find articles and notes on apprenticeship from across the state send a newsletter weekly to every school administrator, the Tech Schools and businesses interested in apprenticeship. This data would be saved as a best practices database on apprenticeship in the State. I would also identify resources for developing programs in the State.

I need a few sponsors or a grant to restart this program. We need to exponentially expand our apprenticeship programs in the State. Call me if you are interested 608.334.2174....
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Developer Asking For City Help For Fox Run Center Proposal

Ken Notes: This need will continue. Madison is very lucky to have two surviving malls.
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Real Estate Spotlight: Report: Wisconsin faces severe workforce housing shortage

Ken Notes: I did predict this years ago. If we do not address this in Madison it may be impossible for a service worker or retail employee to find a place to live in or near Madison...
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Greenfield buys coveted former Turf skatepark land for $1

Ken Notes: I love creative economic development. Youth oriented facilities and development may have a role in saving our malls as well...
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Gov. Evers surveys economic development in downtown Eau Claire

Ken Notes: It is great to see the Governor and WEDC looking at ED in markets other than metro Milwaukee and Madison...
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Nursing careers in high demand

Ken Notes: And a good job it is. As boomers he there 70s this field will continue to grow...
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Wisconsin`s aging workforce threatens the state`s economic vitality, but there are solutions available
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WEDC, UW System award grants to help 8 Wisconsin companies bring products to market

Ken Notes: See all the winners at the link...
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Madison Green Cab goes electric; to be nation`s first all-Tesla cab fleet

Ken Notes: I can not wait to get a ride in one of these! Shree Kalluri, who created Zerology will be my guest on Development Matters this Saturday at 10 am on 92.7 FM.
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Explained: Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway’s $40 vehicle registration fee proposal
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Madison Finance Committee recommends $4.1 million for affordable housing projects
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No Economic Justification For New Milwaukee TIF District

Ken Notes: The tone here is wrong. TIF is the only arrow in the cities quiver so communities get creative as to how it is used. What we need to do is recreate the legislation to more closely align with how it is actually used...
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Small businesses awarded financial, planning assistance through Brew City Match program
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`Coolest Thing Made In Wisconsin` Finalists Include Boating & Hunting Products

Ken Notes: A 450 HP outboard motor. Argh Argh Argh....
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UW Dairy Innovation Hub seeks solutions to challenges facing Wisconsin dairy industry

Ken Notes: Talked at length about smaller farmers on my radio show this week.
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Historic Preservation Created 128,500 Jobs in 2018
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New WEDC leader has co-op background

Ken Notes: And she is from Southwest Wisconsin...
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Foxconn looks at Earn and Learn program for three Wisconsin schools
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The NIMBY test

Ken Notes: A major topic and interesting points. I would love to see some neighborhood standards for including some homes that are more affordable(not necessarily affordable housing), a balance in densities, access to nearby retail. If fail to work together to build "community" we fail to move forward. There are examples of this working well but it does require compromise a term forgotten in the current political environment.
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Wisconsin GOP to let disabled Democratic lawmaker call in

Ken Notes: Thank you!!!
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Nearly 100 people to lose their jobs when a Milwaukee restaurant closes

Ken Note: I loved Friday`s and often my wife and I upgraded our nose bleed seats for fries and a beer with a window seat during a game. It was the best "deal" in the park. I hope the new one has the same opportunities...
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Wisconsin Assembly to decide whether Green Bay should receive $1.2M to move coal piles

Ken Notes: This area coud be very special but development on brown-fields has it`s challenges.
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Amazon.com to build 1 million-square-foot Beloit distribution center

Ken Notes: I wrote an article a few years back on the corridor that Beloit is in. Great things can be done, like this project, if we promote our central proximity to major metropolitan areas in the nation. Too bad we do not have high speed rail to support this network... P.S. Thanks Cap Times for keeping a copy of my letter I lost mine...
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WEDC launches Wisconsin Supplier Network website

Ken Notes: This is good news now the trick will be to educate every business in the state on how to use this system. Have I ever mentioned that most counties and larger cities have an Economic Development Director, too bad they do not work for the State...
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New WEDC Secretary praises new developments around the Green Bay area

Ken Notes: I wonder if she read last weeks WDN where I ran several stories on GB...
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Report: Wisconsin sees second highest manufacturing job growth in U.S.

Ken Notes: Good news but predictable Wisconsin tends to follow national trends by a few months. In August NY and CA up previously we were down we caught up a little. I provided a link for anyone to watch this....
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Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson overreaches on economic growth claim

Ken Notes: Business loves long term stability. This often comes from conflict in the branches of government when little gets done -- no wall, no mandates, no social programs, no real changes in trade deals. Add to that Trump`s willingness to listen to a far right yet pro-business agenda and use executive orders to clear paths for business and you do have an environment good for growth. Johnson and Trump are not responsible nor was Obama, Bush or Clinton. It just happens when things do not get done. I am interested in what will happen closer to election when companies start to prepare for uncertainty again.
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Toward One Wisconsin Inclusivity Conference
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OPINION: Better transit is key to keeping Madison strong, tackling challenges

Ken Notes: Yep!
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Great Wolf Resorts gets new majority owner in $2.9B deal
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Unlocking Greater Madison`s infinite potential
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U.S. Cellular wants to deliver 5G to Wisconsin by early 2020

Ken Notes: One more time before it is too late! We need to work with 5G providers to offer high speed internet to RURAL Wisconsin. We must negotiate this NOW!!!!
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Milwaukee Streetcar`s Lakefront Line Delayed By Construction Project

Ken Notes: MKE will have plenty of capital with the Couture and other new projects. It will be fun to "show off" during the Democratic national Convention. I need a Milwaukee developer or planer to guest in my radio show Saturday morning! Call me!!! 608.334.2174
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48 Tiny Homes for Veterans

Ken Notes: Here is a challenge for Wisconsin. We should become the first State to offer homes to any homeless vet from the state using micro homes as a solution. Communities across the state could participate. Madison??? Also I love the new architecture here!
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Former factory, future apartment complex
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Tour of Brown County development opens Realtors` eyes to regional opportunities

Ken Notes: Check some of the stories at the link...
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Cycling takes the spotlight in Wausau: Trail expansion, Wisconsin Bike Fed summit

Ken Notes: Another potential market to expand in Wisconsin!
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Hastings riverfront development partners with Wisconsin company on hotel portion

Ken Notes: IDM does do nice work. Hotel Red is special...
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WEDC accepting applications for Entrepreneurship Support Program

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Berkadia Arranges Sale of Two-Property Multifamily Portfolio in Suburban Madison, Wisconsin
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Wine from the Mississippi to The Ledge

Ken Notes: We need to do this with craft beer in Wisconsin. A Wisconsin designation to identify our products...
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Groundbreaking held for Matalco plant in Wisconsin Rapids
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OPINION: Wisconsin`s farmers have always been a sound investment

Ken Notes: I would add that the large or mega farm is changing the landscape We are closing 20% of our dairy farms EVERY year yet we are milking more cows today than ever before in Wisconsin. I see this as a real problem others do not.
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Foxconn’s Wisconsin plans now focus on technology instead of TVs

Ken Notes: I have mentioned they were looking, seems now they are finding their groove. I am still a fan of Foxconn, not a 200K per job fan but a fan none the less....
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Study: Wisconsin schools see 23 percent drop in energy use
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Grocery store proposed as part of $24 million project for downtown Green Bay

Ken Notes: Green bay is doing well...
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Rural Wisconsin communities seek paths to better health care future

Ken Notes: This is an issue when trying to attract new businesses as well...
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UW President Defends Lifting Cap On Out-Of-State Enrollments At UW-Madison

Ken Notes: We could also bring students from other states with this credit. It beats adds on Chicago subways...
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Wisconsin Workforce Development Secretary trying to recruit and retain workers

Ken Notes: Has anyone mentioned my tuition tax credit idea. A bottom line income tax credit for interest paid to State colleges and Tech schools. Affordable, keeps graduates in the State and encourages use of state institutions.
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Marijuana Inc.: Billions at stake as states move to legalize cannabis
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Community workshop The Bodgery offers array of tools, studio space in Oscar Mayer location

Ken Notes: Way cool...
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Madison Finance Committee proposes 15 amendments to executive 2020 capital budget
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Negotiations with Stone House Development continue for Judge Doyle Square housing project
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A neighborhood is born: Years of intense development have transformed the Capitol East District
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Tall buildings out of timber? In the face of climate change, Seattle encourages it
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Heart of Wisconsin chamber to host ribbon cutting for East Grand Avenue
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New Hamel Music Center is an architectural and acoustical marvel

Ken Notes: This is cool! I see a SXSW in our future we have sooo many great new venues... Thanks Isthmus for this great article!!!
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HELP!
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Economic summit focuses on Northwoods
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DCEDC working to develop younger workforce

Ken Notes: It is so important that we share great ideas with development professionals across the State -- and this is a GREAT IDEA...
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European-style food hall and market coming to Middleton

Ken Notes: These (Food Halls) are my go to in both Milwaukee and Chicago. They often offer affordable plates of some of the best food in the region. And for a group everyone can get what the want...
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Beaver Dam Cold Storage plans 45,000-square-foot expansion
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The Angelus Corporation Starts Construction on Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Global Headquarters
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New WEDC CEO stresses strategic alignment within organization; WEDC board approves report on economic development

Ken Notes: Save this article and links for future reference.
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MACC Fund pledges $25 million to Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital

Ken Notes: Thank You!
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Opportunity Zones give tax breaks to spur development in poor areas. Is state help needed to ensure it works?

Ken Notes: Opportunity Zones are really a tax break for the wealthy. This is not a bad thing but it is a fairly complex program that requires lawyers and accountants to participate. It allows those with profits and cap gains to shelter the tax burdens by investing in these "Zones" and can be used by a community to direct investment into areas where it is needed most. Alas for most of us the tax shelter is for those with more money than we have.
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Special session most likely avenue for `red flag` bill

Ken Notes: I personally support both of these (red flag and medical marijuana) but know both are hot button issues for the the far right base and will be used to raise money.

Also there is a win win for WEDC`s Melissa Hughes if she ties Scott Fitzgerald’s idea of a new tax cut to her need for new jobs. Offer tax incentives (cuts?) to all companies based on new hires. The keyword here is all, no partisan politics or selective support. Also if jobs go away so do the incentives. The bipartisan program could also mandate wages and benefits for eligibility. We need real leadership here.
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WEDC board approves $195,000 salary for new CEO Melissa Hughes
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`Foxconn Day` Shows UW-Milwaukee Students What The Company Has To Offer

Ken Notes: Note the NEW markets they are talking about. We need to read the tea leaves here. 5g, process control, and AI are new and all billion dollar markets needing new billion dollar solutions. We know TV`s are out of the mix so now whats it....
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Wisconsin airports to receive $50.5 million in infrastructure grants

Ken Notes: The list of airports is at the link. I will suggest airports are often at the top of the list when it comes to discretionary funding around election time. It is a wealthy mans game and seldom on anyone`s radar screen. When we have the largest deficit in history it is interesting the we have billions for this... I am just saying, "follow the money."
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Civic champion and noted Milwaukee real estate developer Gary Grunau dies at 80 after battling brain cancer

Ken Notes: Sorry to hear this...
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PFAS: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Ken Notes: Read this...
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New WEDC chief pledges to work closely with board in shaping Wisconsin`s economic strategy

Ken Notes: We need to reshape the organization, I hope she asks for legislative policy as well as support...
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Catalent Biologics’ Expands Manufacturing Complex in Madison, Wisconsin

Ken Notes: Madison could become the Silicon Valley of biotech. And the industry could be almost as large. Most new medicines and food will come from the genetic modification of something...
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These Are the Highest-Paying Jobs in the U.S.
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Tsai completes purchase of Nets, arena, hires Levy as CEO

Ken Notes: WOW!
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700-mile bike network planned for Milwaukee and surrounding Southeastern Wisconsin counties
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Yes, lemonade stands are illegal in Wisconsin — but a new bill could change that
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Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway pushes bus initiatives, including BRT, as Metro Forward

Ken Notes: This will be interesting to watch. Another real challenge will be to change the "image" of transit in Madison, one thing to build it -- another to get business people and tourist / visitors on board. I will gladly lead tours to:

Brisbane, Australia
Curitiba, Brazil
Bogota, Colombia

Three of the best, Google it...
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Report: Milwaukee Used More TIF Money Than Any Other City To Fund The Hop

Ken Notes: The good news is this means they have healthy TIF`s. The bad news is that cities in Wisconsin really have no other way of using property tax funds for projects.
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River Prairie Project wins prominent economic development award
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Foxconn selects construction manager for two facilities
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Mortenson seeking subcontractors for new Foxconn project

Ken Notes: I do love the smell of dirt...
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Plan Would Redevelop Johnson’s Park Site
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New headquarters for Angelus Corporation expected to be ready in Pewaukee in summer 2020
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Johnson-Sabir, Kirgues among appointees to new WEDC committee focused on startups

Ken Notes: Interesting mix...
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Gov. Evers announces $500K for 13 projects to reduce homelessness
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OPINION: Rethinking State Economic Policies

Ken Notes: I have been saying much of this for 12 years now. I hope there is real positive change on the horizon but I have not seen any legislative ideas come to fruition and change must be bipartisan and systemic. Wouldn`t have been cool to work with 10 "Foxconn`s" across the State instead of just one. Some would fail some would thrive and Wisconsin would grow.
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Ken Notes: Milk prices are up as well but this all amy be too little too late...
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Foxconn pledged $100 million to UW-Madison

Ken Notes: Great Review and catch up article...
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A riverway runs through it

Ken Notes: Great read and a great place.
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Midwest Energy Research Consortium: Economic Development Administration announces $1.67 Million for M-WERC
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Governor will toast Wisconsin Craft Brewery Day with state tour

Ken Notes: WOW a governor pub crawl! When I was in the Capitol only the governors staff staff did this... Actually thanks for bringing attention to Wisconsin`s emerging marketplace. We need to turn "Craft" into a destination for tourists...
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Get an early look at Wisconsin`s first Wahlburgers restaurant: Slideshow

Ken Notes: I will remain a Dotty Dumpling`s Dowry fan for life but this look pretty cool. We may need to road trip to "The Corners" though. Can we get Mark Wahlberg to meet with us???
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WI Watchlist: MSI Data, Cellular Dynamics, WARF, Redox, & More
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Report from investigation into Dane County Jail construction to remain confidential for now

Ken Notes: We should see this and more importantly we should revisit the problem and potential solutions from the ground up. While transit is an issue the cost of a facility downtown vs, a few miles out could be eye opening.
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Stella Hotel and Ballroom selected as economic development finalist
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Civil Discourse: High Speed Rail Would Have Been Better Bet Than Foxconn

Ken Notes: I know, this is old news and it suggests the finger pointing I detest, but he is so correct it hurts. Wisconsin`s potential as a hub for distribution, new corporate and manufacturing centers, as well as removing many of the cars and trucks from our roadways is (and was) amazing.
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Trade mission emphasizes exports, connections with Japanese-owned businesses in Wisconsin
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The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) announced that May yer (pronounced “mine-za”) Thao was selected by Governor Tony
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Darling whiffs on claim about Evers and state jobs agency

Ken Notes: Politifact creates an interesting read, but I would point out that WEDC is "failing" because it FAILS to communicate and is very political in it`s structure and offerings. We need to create an organization that creates jobs, supports growing businesses, works with communities, and is fair in it`s offerings. We need to see the new leadership make real changes, openly communicate WEDC`s successes and loses, and educate the communities and public as to exactly what is available, how you get it, and how it helps Wisconsin. I would even go one step further and ask for an across the board tax incentive program based on job creation for all businesses in the state.
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Lakefront YMCA plans fall through; 401 Wisconsin plan doubtful

Ken Notes: I miss playing the development game.
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Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Hires Derrick L. Smith as Director of Development

Ken Notes: I am firm believer that the UW, WARF, and the Institute remain the keys to our development future. We will continue to grow great businesses like EPIC and Promega from great ideas into great businesses...
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New study warns Wisconsin facing workforce housing shortage

Ken Notes: In Madison we are building for the wealthy because it is profitable. That leaves us with virtually no sub 150K homes and escaping to the burbs is not offering much relief.
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Editorial: A fresh start for state economic development

Ken Notes: I agree and said much of this seven years ago -- I would add that systemic change is needed in the organization. We also need to realize some new businesses fail and we need to own this and not place too many eggs in one basket. Is this a vague reference to Foxconn - I hope not...
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Colorado developer `impressed` with Oak Creek, plans two Howell Avenue projects

Ken Notes: We should look at what communities like Oak Creek are doing to attract business and jobs and share this with other communities in the state. A simple best practices data base makes sense, I should point out that WisconsinDevelopment.com is searchable and has a decade or more of articles in our archives see the link above for an example.
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Wisconsin roundup: AG Kaul warns hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in lawsuit settlements; more news stories
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Streetcar`s financing options limited locally, study finds

Ken Notes: I remain a fan of the program and would point out that it would be short sighted to only serve corridors that are underdeveloped. It is a system and as such it must serve the greater community.
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WEDC names members of new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee
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Committee gives nod to Tony Evers` workforce development, tourism appointees

Ken Notes: I do think the Governor should have the respect of the Senate regardless of their political goals. His cabinet is his decision and the approval process should only evaluate the ability to serve not a political agenda.
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Foxconn launches second year of "Smart Cities-Smart Futures" competition in Wisconsin

Ken Notes:See Foxconn has not yet abandoned ship, lets embrace the program and hope it grows as they find new products to develop and markets to sell them in.
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Foxconn pledged $100 million to UW-Madison. The school has so far received $700,000.

Ken Notes: No doubt Foxconn has slowed down to rethink many things. We need to be patient because it is the only real option we have. If we start pointing fingers at WEDC or the previous administration Foxconn could use the chaos to quietly slip out the back door.
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Organic Valley exec Melissa Hughes tapped to lead the state`s jobs agency

Ken Notes: WELCOME! This is very interesting. Supports family farms check... Southwest Wisconsin Check... Home grown growth check... Environmental interests check... Energy check... Regional / Local commitment check... She is a lawyer -- we will see...

Some immediate questions?

  • Can we get a current accounting breakdown on Foxconn?

  • Will WEDC track payback on investments and grants?

  • Will WEDC share this info?

  • Will the Millennial add campaign continue?

  • Will WEDC work with schools and business to strengthen our workforce?

  • How political will WEDC be moving forward?
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    Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway prioritizes Metro Transit, housing in first capital budget

    Ken Notes: I want to see more details in a BRT rough draft before committing big money. I do love that many of my ideas from a decade ago were included it the rough draft. Now you need dedicated lanes, housing development sites at the ends, station facilities, and local transit to complete the trip. What does all this look like and it will not cost millions to develop the "final" vision... Cart horse???
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    Madison City Council signs off on switch to Stone House for Judge Doyle Square apartments

    Ken Notes: I just want to be on record in suggesting Stone House will bring a vastly different project to the site. I would ask anyone interested in this project to tour a ten year old Stone project and a ten year old Gebhardt project. This is vastly different brick and mortar catering to vastly different markets. This is not a negative reflection on Stone, they do affordable housing better than most and have some nice market rate units, I just thought the goal was an iconic mixed use project.

    Also looking at all the Stone House projects, it looks like "qualifying" rents will still be north of $1,000.00 a lot for a service worker in Madison. So less units (40 vs. 80) more expensive - what am I missing?? We still need affordable rather than "Affordable" housing in Madison...
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    City to show off more detailed renderings of Madison Public Market, ask for feedback

    Ken Notes: I still suggest a bus tour of some of the more successful existing markets out there, I took a group to Milwaukee. Just a thought...
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    StartingBlock unveils `last piece of the puzzle` with larger, later-stage startups

    Ken Notes: I love the grow your own philosophy...
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    Ken Notes: Do not know what it will cost to maintain and renovate but I see a very cool Bed & Breakfast...
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    Innovation is the engine for economic growth

    Ken Notes: See...
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    Alliant Energy Among Tops in Economic Development
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    Dispute Over Bull-Semen Technology Continues in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Just a note software companies have gotten around this for decades by blindly recreating the technology. UW???
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    New production facility to bring 250 jobs to Century City Business Park on Milwaukee`s north side
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    New Health Center Planned for Menomonee Falls
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    Updated: Kmart closing three more Wisconsin stores

    Ken Notes: Communities need to look at big box adaptive reuse options...
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    Gov. Evers announces Beaver Dam Commerce Park is ready for development

    Ken Notes: I like the distribution comments and the size of this park...
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    ROC Ventures in running for economic development award for Ballpark Commons project
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    OPINION: Where Will Future Jobs Come From?

    Ken Notes: This was a good read... I think we need to look at more apprenticeship, UW and Tech (even High School) / business partnerships, a more progressive wage structure, tuition income tax credits, incentives fro all growing businesses...
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    Wisconsin`s Moore Construction hires business development manager
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    Louis Woo, a top Foxconn exec, stepping down to address `some personal matters`

    Notes: To quote Scoobie Doo, "ruh ro"...
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    Evers Hopes To Name New Economic Development Leader Soon

    Ken Notes: As of Tuesday - Change the details to past tense.
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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corps to continue despite lack of funding

    Ken Notes: This program has a significant flaw in that it has no way to track or benchmark results. It is mostly an add campaign to attract millennials to the state. It is interesting to see WEDC moving in a direction not in line with the Governor`s office. The Wisconsin business initiatives seems to ignore the executive office on many fronts.
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    Property Disputes And Foxconn Development In Mount Pleasant

    Ken Notes: I would not exactly say humming along, and I remain concerned that the cost of eminent domain and infrastructure was "up front" and will require substantial property value increases to get paid back. This project still has great potential but we need a scorecard to know what we have spent and what we have in the dirt, not to mention the potential job count. Also watch for WEDC to claim no harm no foul at the State level while local governments have made much of the investment and have much to lose. There is a reason the "agreements" were mot allowed to be reviewed at the time and today there is no real investigative reporting able to track the real costs. Finally we are allowing national media like the Verge nad NYT to come in and tell their version of the story for their own political motives.

    Here are my questions for the record:

  • What has been spent or committed to so far on property acquisition including eminent domain, roads, sewer, and other infrastructure?

  • Who has paid these costs to date?

  • What is the revised future value of the project(s)?

  • Is this amount guaranteed through a revised development agreement?

  • Is the State or WEDC making or "guaranteeing" any of the up front costs?

  • How are they getting paid back?

  • While we know that Foxconn has not hit it`s hiring numbers are we still offering partial income tax credits now or in the future?

  • Where do I find project updates and who is responsible for the over all accounting and project tracking?
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    Gulfstream opens its new service center at Appleton International Airport, expects to create 200 jobs

    Ken Notes: Close, we did not attract Gulfstream we grew them out of KC Aviation. It is the coolest production facility I have ever worked with. They take craftsmanship to new levels...
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    ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meeting provides farmers a platform for conversation
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    Developing a workforce through apprenticeship

    Ken Notes: I soooooo wish we would talk about this and share ideas more...
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    Wisconsin lawmakers propose new bill to raise legal smoking age

    Ken Notes: Not a bad idea but we really need to focus on getting tobacco away from those under 18....
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    Arts Wisconsin: Seeks nominations for 2019 Arts in the Community Awards
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    Community event to celebrate UniverCity partnership with Pepin County

    Ken Notes: Perfect partnership!!!
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    Wisconsin’s Rural Broadband Access Gets $160M Boost From FCC

    Ken Notes: WOW 7K per home! I still think we should tie 5G to rural coverage. Less wire more speed and the fiber is just sitting there...
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    Tourism grant to help Florence County promote its ‘wild rivers’

    Ken Notes: Jem is GREAT TOOL!
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    Mortenson Development Begins Construction 176-Room Hilton Garden Inn Madison Adjacent to University of Wisconsin – Madison
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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: City of Ashland receives $155,400 state grant to assist in renovation of community childcare center
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    Wisconsin’s Millennial Marketing Campaign To Continue, Despite Funding Change

    Ken Notes: I am not a fan of this program, why not invest the 10 or even the 4 million in community programs to grow jobs. We live is a social media society -- Imagine the value of our current millennials tweeting about tuition interest tax credits, good paying jobs, great housing, recreational opportunities, Entrepreneur support, great schools and more. You just can`t put that on the subway wall...
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    A Midcentury Revolution In Farming Would Change Wisconsin Forever

    Ken Notes: This is a GREAT read, but the real story is just developing. We are losing 20% of our farms each year yet we are milking more cows that ever before. The future is on the fast track and we are rapidly eliminating the family farm in favor of the corporate farm or CAFO. The writer talks about 100 years of progress I am worried about one decade of decline! Please write about and discuss this issue and let others know if you support that farms that made this such a great state...
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    Another setback for Judge Doyle Square, as city calls for new developer for portion of project

    Ken Notes: I am saddened by this. Gebhardt has done great projects and would have been a great developer on Judge Doyle Square. Stone house is a section 47 developer who understands low income housing credits far better than most and can clearly get this built. BUT this is the face of Madison and we need to decide what we want Madison to look like moving forward. Do we work together to solve problems or do we further one agenda over another. In this case we picked an agenda and will lose money doing so. Finally I encourage all the powers that be to tour existing projects from the developers they want to work with...
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    OPINION: Why should Wisconsin drain Lake Michigan for Foxconn?

    Ken Notes: A number of half truths and confusion in this article. The Great lakes Compact was set up to prevent abuse of the greatest watershed on earth. So there are MANY checks and balances in place. We do need to hold Foxconn to the highest standards of industrial water use and make them an example of how this can be done. We can do this moving forward. Anna is in the stop Foxconn camp, I am in the the fix Foxconn camp. She gets national attention I get you, so you need to speak out as well regardless of the camp you are in.
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    WEDC Secretary Announces Resignation

    Ken Notes: First Thank You Mr. Hogan as the captain of a ship headed in the wrong direction you pointed it back toward center. While your ship was being bombed you kept it moving forward. When it took on water you pumped better than most. WEDC was and unfortunately still is a political vessel. Thus WEDC made some political decisions like, Foxconn and you inherited others like Kestrel.

    I will say one thing using these examples, Kestrel got a lot of money up front and we will never see it again while Foxconn has much of there support tied to future job creation and building value. In this case while we offered far too much we at least do not have to pay it all out until they deliver, so again Thank You.

    Moving forward I still suggest we create a bipartisan organization that recognizes all business growth in the State by offering smaller affordable tax credits to ALL growing companies, I suggest we allow communities to invest in job creating companies by restructuring TIF laws to offer property tax credits to expanding companies where development agreements are in place.

    Under Hogan`s leadership WEDC has worked hard to make far more communities recipients of funds but who and what you know still helps. To continue this and level the playing field going forward, I suggest we educate every community on how to work with WEDC, the State, and the hundreds of other opportunities they have to help grow business in Wisconsin.
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    OPINION: Gov. Evers bows to WMC

    Ken Notes: Not a bow, but it is clear Governor Evers has not been in the development loop for the last decade. He is trying to do some bridge building and I applaud the effort he just needs to be very careful how the conservative camp will use this to their advantage. He needs a strong plan for development BEFORE he makes nice with the movers and shakers. He might want to read the 12 years of WDNews to "catch up". I like development and believe the Governor does as well, that is a GOOD thing. A plan would be a GREAT thing...
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    Dunn, Robert Anthony “Max”

    Ken Notes: Bob sorry to read this he sounds like a great Madisoion...
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    OPINION: Madison finds a way to screw up affordable housing Downtown

    Ken Notes: I continue to advocate for affordable vs. "Affordable" housing. Smaller units, co-housing, micro home communities, more ownership, transit to more affordable communities, mother in law units, and much more. The new mayor should get this she worked on the issue for years, what we need is real leadership and direction. And by the way Gephardt bringing affordable in any form to Doyle Square is amazing!
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    Edgewood High School sues Madison over athletic field conflict, alleges religious discrimination

    Ken Notes: This is a NIMBY thing for sure and the Edgewood community is upscale, we need a working compromise here. Sort of like concerts at Breese, I would let a few events run monitor the situation and see if there is an actual problem. My guess is that the perceived problem is far worse that the actual problem.
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    Cambria Adds Third Wisconsin Hotel With Milwaukee Opening
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    Wisconsin African American chamber seeking $780,000 MEDC loan
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    Why can`t you find a job at a time when unemployment in Wisconsin is so low?

    Ken Notes: We need to fix this...
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    Ted Balistreri on why Sendik’s is already renovating at The Corners

    Ken Notes: Great read and one of my favorite stores in the state. I see more and more retailers becoming destinations with food, coffee, internet, and meeting space. If you are interested in retail development you may want to read CirexNews.com where Ralph Kamps and I cover this weekly.
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    Consul general of Japan in Chicago to visit Wisconsin
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    Mortenson Development Begins Construction 176-Room Hilton Garden Inn Madison Adjacent to University of Wisconsin – Madison
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    Foxconn starts construction of massive facility

    Ken Notes: I do love the smell of dirt. I wonder if they would set up site cam so we can watch??
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    Four competing proposals aim to bring new grocery store, development to South Park Street

    Ken Notes: Good to see the interest in the area. I hope SSM expands their plans as well. I wonder if there is some space for a new micro housing development or micro apartments. This could double as student housing for the new Madison College campus...
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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: No-interest microloans authorized to assist businesses damaged in July 18 storms and aftermath
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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: City of Ashland receives $155,400 state grant to assist in renovation of community childcare center
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    Public Service Commission Approves Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line

    Ken Notes: I did see this coming and wrote about the inevitable approval of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line often. I will continue to advocate for Driftless area amenities like trails, public land set asides, camping, promotion of tourism in the region, and economic development -- but I fear we have lost much if not all of our leverage now that the project is approved. It also suggest that renewable power need not be a distributed regional system so watch for more mega solar and wind systems. Please share this and continue to write and discuss how we transition to renewable energy in the future. Finally even the 15% figure is a lot for Wisconsin to pay for a system built to primarily serve other States.
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    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Ideawake top Milwaukee`s recent funding news
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    Tom Still: Wisconsin tech growth is tangible

    Ken Notes: Tom has clearly outlined both the opportunity and the problems in this sector. Now we need a plan that is not political, and does more that throw money at it. I think he also identifies some great tools we have at our disposal, specifically Epic, Promega, Exact Sciences the UW System and our best kept secret WARF.

    Asking growing companies and our educational facilities to help us grow our existing companies and attract new ones is something we need to facilitate. Also while we can not mandate WARF patents remain in the state we can leverage them to attract businesses. Finally it would be great to have incentives and tax breaks in place we could offer any companies without political intervention. I would also like to see a tax program to encourage Wisconsin students to remain in the state. We are quick to proffer "tax cuts" why not change this to tax programs to encourage the growth we want in the State.
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    OSMS, Ascension building ortho clinic, surgery center

    Ken Notes: I do not cover the Fox Valley enough yet some of the best economic development is being done in this region. If you see an article worth including sent it to editor@wisconsindevelopment.com. Or give me a call or text at 608.334.2174...
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    UW–Madison to connect with industry during Day on Campus event
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    Update: Negotiations with developer on Judge Doyle Square affordable units continue

    Ken Notes: I was in a Gebhardt project last night, These guys know what they are doing! For the record they did separate high rent office space from lower cost options and EVERYONE got a great project and wonderful space, just saying...
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    A coworking champion looks into becoming a coworking space founder

    Ken Notes: Great Read!!
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    Forest Mall redevelopment? It`s a puzzle — or a bad haircut — but there is progress
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    Potawatomi seek to develop new casino in Waukegan, Ill.
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    Foley to Host Inaugural Wisconsin Women in Public Finance Chapter Launch
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    Milwaukee seeks Tiny Homes development as solution for Homeless Veterans

    Ken Notes: I love this development in Milwaukee and challenge Madison to build one, I would suggest giving some architectural students a crack at the design with some budget restrictions in mind. These units can get very attractive for a few pennies more (see above)...
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    Wisconsin Technology Council: Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium – calling all companies! Apply for three chances to pitch
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    Trempealeau County Frac Sand Mine Shuts Down Operations

    Ken Notes: This is a very economy based business they can close and open easily...
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    Using TIF financing to grow Wisconsin communities

    Ken Notes: Properly used TIF is a great tool. I wish we would revisit the statutes to make TIF more flexible and provide single project financing regardless of "district" with a strong development agreement component in place.
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    Great Lakes cleanups boost economic development
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    New Foxconn chairman in Wisconsin to meet with Evers, other officials

    Ken Notes: I hope we are in listening mode here...
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    Barron County Study Aims To Address Shortage Of Homes, Apartments

    Ken Notes: Please let me know what you find? I hope we start to see an interest is smaller stick built or even manufactured micro housing units. Wisconsin`s manufacturing skills could solve much of the nations housing shortages by creating homes provided we rethink siting options for small manufactured homes.
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    Specialty Cheese Company Expands Reeseville, Wisconsin, Operations

    Ken Notes: Less than 3K per job. Is it me or is this number still a vastly moving target?? I am glad to see the investment though -- Specialty Cheese is a great company...
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    Wisconsin dairy generates $45.6b economic impact
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    Wisconsin accepted into yearlong national policy academy on manufacturing

    Ken Notes: Here is an area where we can really shine. We should talk about this sector and the collaboration in this area is great.
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    Wisconsin ag sees economic growth despite decline in dairy farms

    Ken Notes: Good report and true ag is growing but -- are we worried about the loss of smaller farms? I am not sure this is an issue many are willing to fight for. I do not want to be right 10 years from now when it is too late. Please continue to write and talk about this...
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    Wisconsin farmers hopeful USMCA passes Congress as window of opportunity closes according to Mexico`s consul general
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    Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce: Applauds Gov. Tony Evers for focusing on workforce development & talent attraction

    Ken Notes: Interest credits on student loans??? Make hiring the best and brightest from Wisconsin good for a companies bottom line??? We are a well kept secret, but we are also guilty of airing our dirty laundry and playing politics. I hope WMC can work with the administration to get past this...
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    Inside `The Avenue` development on Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee

    Ken Notes: Nice tour, Thanks...
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    Legal experts say case against Evers strong

    Ken Notes: Seriously?? I do not get "notices" and I am more read than MacIver....Tony for the record, I`m good - but if you need a reporter in Japan or Germany I`m you guy!!!!
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    Ken Notes: I know Mark and Paul and Tony should get them back in the mix...
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    Winning at Workforce Development? Share Your Success Story
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    AIQ Solutions Hits On $3.2M to Pinpoint Drug-Resistant Tumors

    Ken Notes: Madison could easily be the Mecca for this type of research and development.
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    Business Lending Partners Launches New Site, Boasts Comprehensive Experience

    Ken Notes: See....
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    City of Eau Claire joins Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy initiative in Wisconsin
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    Alliance Laundry Systems Expands With Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Plant
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    Job fair: Military hiring event set for Aug. 22 at Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center
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    How an organic dairy’s quest for clean energy spread solar across Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: If I were developing a list of great Wisconsin Companies Organic Valley would top the list!!
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    New Council Announces First Employee and Upcoming Event in Sheboygan County

    Ken Notes: Sheboygan may be smarter than the State here. Wisconsin has an opportunity to use the next generation of internet and cell technology to develop the network it needs especially in rural Wisconsin. Sheboygan gets this Wisconsin does not.
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    Wisconsin developer fumbles the ball...

    Ken Notes: I don`t think he fumbled, he is getting global attention for a brilliant idea. He knows Chicago politics and has a game plan in place. Let him play!!!
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    $17 million Albert Kahn Apartments development breaks ground
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    Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-L to host entrepreneur training program
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    Little Hope Remains For Wisconsin Officials Looking To Recover Funds From Failed Aircraft Deal

    Ken Notes: Economic Development 101

    1. Over 50% of new businesses ventures fail.
    2. Banks have procedures in place to deal with this.
    3. Government should offer incentives, programs and grants to encourage these banks and investors not replace them.
    4. Government should NOT pay out up front unless they are willing to lose the investment 50% of the time.
    5. The very term LLC was invented to Limit Liability suing these entities if fruitless.
    6. An LLC is not part of the parent company - Ask ("I`ve never been bankrupt") Donald Trump.
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    Study reports Wisconsin ranks first in number of paper mills

    Ken Notes: This is good news but the reality is that much of the production has moved overseas. This trend will continue and a new trend is for Chinese interests to buy US pulp and recycling facilities and produce the pulp for their Chinese boxes here and then ship it back to China for production. A great model for economic development is to identify what we can put on all the empty ships returning to China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Russia and all the other countries that ship goods to the US.

    Finally regarding paper it is a very water intensive business and the industry is dedicated to returning the water back to the environment cleaner then they took it, but we still like to target them and there purse for environmental issues. We need to work with the industry to encourage growth in the state...
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    Even fixing Wisconsin’s Foxconn deal won’t fix it, says state-requested report

    Ken Notes: Again this is an opportunity to attract other businesses to Wisconsin using a national stage. We could use Foxconn to establish a set of programs, incentives and grants available to ALL new and growing businesses in the state. Using a redesigned TIF statute and an income tax break for companies actually providing good new jobs, we would truly hang an open for business sign in the state. We can work with our tech and college programs to offer qualified employees. We can remove politics from economic development and bring rural Wisconsin and other communities to the table. AND we would be able to get the national press to tell our story for FREE. The value of this news outlet would be immeasurable - instead of "that stupid Foxconn deal" we would be the state that wants to do business with your company.

    One final question if we believe the Foxconn jobs are worth it -- why wouldn`t we make the same investment in any Wisconsin manufacture???
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    Grand Rapids’ economic growth highlighted by two national publications

    Ken Notes: The also have hands down the coolest public market I have ever seen...
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    Oshkosh developer wants to revitalize former Pioneer Inn site with restaurant, `glamping`

    Ken Notes: This is a GREAT idea. I used to overnight in my sailboat here and it was great. Oshkosh has many events that would demand great fees for a site like this....
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    Exact Sciences buying Genomic Health in $2.8 billion deal
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    City faces costly choice on low-cost housing for Judge Doyle Square

    Ken Notes: This is a great project I`d go for the numbers and density. Gebhardt will not allow the three floors to become anything but great space at affordable rents subsidized by those willing to pay more for a great view. Then focus as a city to bring affordable to every neighborhood.
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    How Delaware is legislating workforce development

    Ken Notes: Good read and something I have seen as well. We are program rather that outcome centered in Wisconsin. We should be more able to work with expanding businesses to help develop skill that will lead to hires. Also (this is not sour grapes just and observation) In the 80`s and 90`s I trained 5,000 senior executives and admin professionals on emerging technologies in the Fox Valley for FVTC -- today I can not teach a local communication class because I do not have a masters degree????
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    Despite not getting a $2.75 million village loan, Olive Garden is still coming to Menomonee Falls

    Ken Notes: Not sure of the details but 2.75 forgivable seems like a huge ask we need to see what guidelines we have in place.
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    Stretch of Wood County U relocated as long-gestating Bridgewater project advances in Biron

    Ken Notes: Sound nice!
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    WEDC awards grant for beverage innovation center

    Ken Notes: This is a great project. Europe and the East are far ahead on dairy based products. I think a Baileys like brandy product is in Wisconsin`s future lets call it Old Fashion Cream....
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    Year-round public market coming closer to reality in La Crosse
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    Foxconn announces 9 new subcontractors for Wisconsin work
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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: Jefferson to host Wisconsin Main Street Day celebration on July 24
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    Wisconsin governor says Foxconn is again likely to miss job targets

    Ken Notes: I am not sure the plans are less ambitious as they look for new products to develop and manufacture they will just take longer. We are sort of comparing Ford to Tesla here.
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    Around 50 `tiny homes` for homeless veterans planned at city-owned site on Milwaukee`s northwest side

    Ken Notes: We should tour this development it is pretty nice. And while clearly not the only solution, this type of development should have a strong seat at the housing table. Without spending a lot more we could also add some architectural excellence to these communities. We forget that Frank Lloyd Wright had a great plan for smaller homes...
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    Wisconsin tech growth is tangible

    Ken Notes: Wisconsin should also be seen as putting it`s tech sector to good use. Colon cancer and better health through data come to mind.
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    Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority: Finishes fiscal year 2019 with nearly a half-billion dollars in single family lending

    Ken Notes: Money is not the issue, we need systemic change in affordable housing.
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    Madison puts up roadblocks to development

    Ken Notes: Not nearly as bad as it once was, but we do need to rethink integrated housing options. I think we can do this with smaller units in a co-housing and micro housing environment. I love Phil Hands but he forgot historical preservation.
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    Wangard Parthers developing 149-acre business park in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: We may once again want to start looking at regional partnerships and multiple jurisdictions developing larger parks to serve new growth these markets. Waukesha County get this...
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    Wisconsin`s Proposed Senate Bill Can Have Far-Reaching Implications for Wisconsin Municipalities Creating Tax Incremental Financing Districts

    Ken Notes: I have been advocating for simpler TID rules with stronger guarantees especially for smaller communities. These changes are anything but that. The stress test specifically would be both difficult and expensive for cities to complete. Also how do you develop infrastructure for a project with no specific project on the boards. We need a simple TIF program for smaller cities to help expanding or new businesses with a development agreement based incentive that is bank financed up front.
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    Wisconsin`s Proposed Senate Bill Can Have Far-Reaching Implications for Wisconsin Municipalities Creating Tax Incremental Financing Districts

    Ken Notes: I have been advocating for simpler TID rules with stronger guarantees especially for smaller communities. These changes are anything but that. The stress test specifically would be both difficult and expensive for cities to complete. Also how do you develop infrastructure for a project with no specific project on the boards. We need a simple TIF program for smaller cities to help expanding or new businesses with a development agreement based incentive that is bank financed up front.
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    Wisconsin`s Proposed Senate Bill Can Have Far-Reaching Implications for Wisconsin Municipalities Creating Tax Incremental Financing Districts

    Ken Notes: I have been advocating for simpler TIF rules with stronger guarantees especially for smaller communities. These changes are anything but that. The stress test specifically would be both difficult and expensive for cities to complete. Also how do you develop infrastructure for a project with no specific project on the boards. We need a simple TIF program for smaller cities to help expanding or new businesses with a development agreement based incentive that is bank financed up front.
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    WEDC names new vice president of business and community development

    Ken Notes: I know and have worked with Mary, her understanding of the regional and rural aspect of development will serve the organization well...
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    Gov. Evers Announces Search for Next Secretary and CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

    Ken Notes: Not sure if he reads WDNews but he is sure talking about points I have made for the last seven years. I know he was busy right after the election, so I am "rerunning" a couple of my articles on the subject below. I wish the Governor all the best in this endeavor and would love an opportunity to be involved in the process... Please share this issue with the Governor and his staff...
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    Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center aims to connect public with farming

    Ken Notes: I fear that this wonderful exhibit will soon become a history museum because we are losing farms at an alarming rate. We need to work to fix this but there seems little interest in preserving the family or smaller farm. 49.86% gone and counting....
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    Tom Still: People win when collaboration leverages Wisconsin research assets

    Notes: GREAT READ...
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    Printing and design company Thysse expands in Oregon with $10 million facility
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    Developer proposes mixed-use project for former Hotel Washington site
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    Don’t leave us a loan: Wisconsin’s efforts to end student debt crisis

    Notes: I wrote an article about this several years ago with an idea. I can`t find it on line so here is the quick version. Allow students in Wisconsin to deduct student loan interest for tuition paid to public schools from the bottom line of their state income tax. It will serve to keep some graduates in the state (prevent brain drain). It will not cost $29,569 per student. It will encourage repayment of loans.
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    Don’t leave us a loan: Wisconsin’s efforts to end student debt crisis
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    Ken Notes: We can easily fix this...
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    Mixed-income 111-unit family and senior apartment complex proposed for north side
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    MKE Hop expansion proposal delayed again as concerns about effects on residents, displacement highlighted

    Ken Notes: You need to work with the residents when Eminent domain is in play also even positive development can be a problem for residents if values increase exponentially. If the properties are not needed offer to defer taxes until title is transferred and if the property is needed make fair and very transparent offers so the ("My parents got married in that house. My mother died in that house, and I want to know where am I going?") people know what their options are and so do the others around them. I often dealt with these issues as a Mayor and I found a little understanding and communication goes a long way...
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    Focus On Energy a Win for Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: I have always been a fan! Congrats...
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    Affordable housing development opens in Walker’s Point
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    Wisconsin panel OKs preserving 14,000 acres of forest land

    Ken Notes: We should look at a public private partnership to develop campgrounds, cabins, and tourism businesses on the site or in the region. It is one thing to have the land it is another to use it to create jobs in Wisconsin. Of course we can let the deal fall through and wait for a mine or logging operation to pick it up and at $307 / acre I promise they will, hell I`ll take as much as you "can`t afford" at that price.
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    New Ian`s Pizza at Garver Feed Mill closes early on opening day to restock

    Ken Notes: I just want to congratulate all involved for creating a great adaptive reuse of the Mill. Form the look so far this we be a fantastic project. I included a link to the project website and the photos alone are worth a visit. I would like to start doing WDNews tours again, this may be a great place to start - Sponsors???..
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    Historic Jefferson building to feature apartments, artist studio
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    Proposed Great Sauk Trail bridge across Wisconsin River celebrated

    Ken Notes: I love the money they pour into trails, but we need to provide lower cost camping, cottage, and lodging opportunities for Chicago and other tourists so our restaurants and small tourist businesses in the region thrive.
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    Zilber sells 15-building industrial portfolio in Wisconsin, Illinois

    Ken Notes: We need a Wisconsin based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)of good Wisconsin properties.
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    UW Extension, putting expertise to practical use, extends benefits beyond UW students

    Notes: READ THIS the UW Extension program is a hidden jem in our system. Local media outlets looking for a great story should touch base with their UW Extension program employees and volunteers...
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    WI Watchlist: E-Scooters, CUNA Mutual Incubator, Curate Funding & More
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    Brightmark Energy Acquires Wisconsin Dairy Biogas Project

    Ken Notes: I believe for these projects to really succeed, we need to bring the existing power companies in from the start as part of the process. Germany has an excellent model for this and thousands of digesters across the country...
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    Governor Tony Evers will visit Tokyo and Yokohama during Wisconsin’s trade mission to Japan

    Ken Notes: If any news outlet needs a press liaison to send back live reports, I volunteer to make the sacrifice...
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    Wausau`s River District recognized by WEDC on Wisconsin Main Street Day

    Ken Notes: Congrats all and my appologies to those I missed. Watch some of the local coverage to get an idea of what is going on in places other that Madison and Milwaukee! We have a great state!!!
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    Ashland`s Main Street Recognized for Success and Growth
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    Don`t kill WEDC — make it better

    Notes: My thanks to Cap Times and BizTimes for keeping these editorials around. Please support your local news outlets by subscribing to at least one newspaper.

    Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Thomas Jefferson
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    Innovation Square explores Jefferson County treasures
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    Effort to replace South Side neighborhood center moving ahead
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    There better be beer!

    Ken Notes: I still think we should visit some of the great markets in other cities. There are a lot of ideas that I have seen that have not even been mentioned in Madison...
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    Proposed apartments on Madison`s east side would provide over 200 units of workforce housing

    Ken Notes: and you still need 42K to qualify???...
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    Janesville trucking company ceases operations, leaving workers without pay
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    Madison seeks repairs on Downtown buildings as owner pursues demolition
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    NWSCDC dedicating $1M toward loan to support Milwaukee startups
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    Milwaukee Officials OK revised plans for Komatsu HQ
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    DirectHERy connects consumers to women-owned businesses
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    ADA docks spurs recreation and economy for NE Wisconsin towns

    Ken Notes: These are great projects for any community on the water and there is substantial federal funding avaialable!!!
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    One man`s $40M cheese company is helping to transform a rural Wisconsin community

    Ken Notes: This is an industry that is little known in economic development circles, like craft beer and wine Wisconsin could be home to more smaller craft cheese production facilities and with milk prices tanking smaller farms could develop coop production facilities. I san a lot of this in Lafayette County but the state was not in the loop which is also why I continue to advocate for WEDC to help counties to hire LOCAL economic development professionals.
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    Canada firm expands in Wisconsin to hire more farm-raised engineers
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    Germany-Based Fresenius Kabi Plans Regional Distribution Hub in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Wisconsin is becoming the distribution center for the midwest...
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    Wisconsin`s Minimum Wage Workers Locked Out Of Affordable Housing

    Ken Notes: $21.02 in Dane county, we must fix this or we will see our restaurants, retail, and service businesses fail in the region. We need smaller more creative spaces with shared amenities, better transit from the burbs, and new zoning to allow higher density developments...
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    Meijer Honored at WI 4-H Hall of Fame Gala

    Ken Notes: I am a huge Mejier fan. Madison Soon???
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    Medical College of Wisconsin therapeutic accelerator program receives WEDC grant
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    Foxconn still unlikely to reach 10% of its promise to Wisconsin tax-payers by hiring 15,000 workers

    Notes: 1,500 hires vs 1,800 projected is great when they are still not sure exactly what they will make...
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    State Program Looks to Hire Veterans
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    Effort To Transform Wisconsin Rapids Site Into Community Hub Gets $3M Boost In State Budget
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    Westown Association moving to 310W office building
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    A museum of our own
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    Gov. Evers to lead trade mission to Japan

    Ken Notes: Interesting!
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    OPINION: It`s time for Madison to give up on the hotel dream for Judge Doyle Square

    Ken Notes: We can solve many of the issues addressed here with one solution - Transit. Create a system to get people from: airport to downtown, terrace to terrace, SunMidVer to city via BRT, Parking at AEC to a downtown via a small rubber wheel shuttle system, and more. I can name ten cities that have these options NOW. Here is one of them!
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    Converting paper Market Overview, Production Demand and Forecast 2026
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    Drift & Row aims to improve the value of play
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    Dairy Task Force 2.0: Group lays out a path to a stronger Wisconsin dairy industry

    Ken Notes: The real problem is we lost 700 farms last year yet are milking more cows. How you ask... CAFOS we no longer have farms we have factories. We will regret this in the future but since no one wants to talk about it we will learn this lesson the hard way...
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    Fanning recognized as one of the food industry`s best

    Ken Notes: This is the old Milk Marketing Board and their brilliance continue. I once wrote an article comparing them to Apple Computers and I stand by my claim, they do more for the State than any other single entity. Bottom line they make us look "and taste" good...
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    Rural Wisconsin`s Profile Highlighted At Upcoming Meeting
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    The health of Wisconsin`s lakes and what throws them out of balance
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    Wisconsin establishes outdoor recreation office

    Ken Notes: This is a great idea! Now we need to promote economic development that returns the middle class to the great Wisconsin outdoors. Affordable hotels, camping, cabins, that allow Chicagoans to escape for a week or two. Transit options. from Spa to backpack sites Wisconsin needs to be a place to get away to...
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    Madison Finance Committee strongly objects to plan for separate affordable units in JDS building

    Ken Notes: Wow I am confused here, same building, great developer, great design, I like this project. If we want to address issues lets talk Madison neighborhoods, no sighting options for micro housing, no sub 150K homes being built in the city, cherry picking who gets affordable housing, not finding real solutions that are affordable, perpetuating the hand out rather than hand up model. If we want to fix a problem we need to work together, we can ask for a mix of properties on each floor, but please remember Gebhardt IS a business so pointing finger accusing them of being a business just seems strange. I am guessing ALL the residents of the property will be treated well because it is a great place to live...
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    Why states and cities should stop handing out billions in economic incentives to companies

    Ken Notes: We are always talking Tax Cuts, better jobs, and social programs. Why not make this so simple - provide a tax plan offering significant tax incentives for jobs paying a good wage offering good benefits. I believe it is called practice what you preach...
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    Drug company to build new plant in southeastern Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Average 70K, I want to see the details here. Also note they are talking 10 years out regarding the 250 Million. This is why we need a comprehensive tracking system at WEDC because a year from now no one will remember the details....
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    Foxconn`s Wisconsin factory will begin production May 2020, create just 1,500 jobs

    Ken Notes: The Verge does not know what it is talking because quite honestly Foxconn does not know what it is talking about. At least not yet -- they are still looking for the next big thing and I for one hope they find it...
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    WI Startup Funding Hit Record in 2018 as VCs Cut Bigger Checks

    Ken Notes: This is great news. Now we need to restructure how the State supports new businesses. I offered a new plan 7 years and more recently had this advice for the Governor.
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    Wisconsin governor says Foxconn is again likely to miss job targets

    Ken Notes: Remember Foxconn is still in the "reboot phase" while looking for new products to actually make in Wisconsin...
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    Treasurer Godlewski and BCPL loan over $14 million to Wisconsin communities

    Ken Notes: I hope every community knows about BCPL and the funds available.
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    Housing project would revive former Schneider maintenance site in Ashwaubenon
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    A housing development with seven living options and a park could come to Sussex

    Ken Notes: Finally some smart planning, millennials have different lifestyles that retiring boomers, and those in between are looking for options. Every neighborhood should become a village.
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    Foxconn Appears To Push Back Opening Of Mount Pleasant Plant

    Ken Notes: Patience Required Here! Give them a chance to find the next iPhone so they will have something to build in the new plant.
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    Foxconn exec says company `will meet every challenge` in Wisconsin project
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    Dept. of Workforce Development: Wisconsin Business Closing & Mass Layoff (WARN) Notice: Silgan Containers
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    Dane County growth helps communities well beyond its borders

    Ken Notes: So true and the development of hub technologies has revived states across the nation. Madison could be the bio and medical capital of the world. Let me predict that gene/DNA research will lead to the cure for cancer and many other problematic diseases.
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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: Businesses invited to apply for November 2019 Australia trade venture

    Ken Notes: I wonder if they need a reporter/blogger??
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    Sub-Zero Group Investing $70M In Wisconsin Expansion

    Ken Notes: I love these guys.
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    Developer drops bid to redevelop Essen Haus block

    Ken Notes: Too bad, this is a great site but it will require the perfect project... You might keep the corner and wrap a project around it with some great terrace views of the lake....
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    Partnership to restore tributary in Foxconn development

    Ken Notes: I have suggested that we could make Foxconn a model for environmental friendly development. this is a nice first step. I hope if ATC gets permission for the "Driftless" line we see prairie restoration under the lines. Oh and a lot more...
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    Operation Fresh Start youth gain construction experience on Madison Circus Space project
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    UPDATE: Landmarks Commission agrees with staff, says Essen Haus block proposal doesn’t yet meet standards

    Ken Notes: Great corner, lets get it right, but remember to a developer time is money...
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    The Water Council`s BREW Accelerator Winners Pitch Ideas To Corporate And Community Partners

    Ken Notes: Our water council remains a true asset for the state...
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    Washington Nominated To City Plan Board
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    Investment overview shows deals getting larger in Wisconsin; Hogan planning to leave WEDC in fall
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    Seminar follows Wisconsin rivers on statewide bus tour

    Ken Notes: Read this one. And attention press there are a lot of great stories to tell in the text...

    • Milwaukee’s Sherman Phoenix, a vibrant food hall and entrepreneurial hub
    • comprehensive pollution abatement initiatives
    • cow barns at Rosy-Lane Holsteins
    • La Farge Medical Clinic & Amish communities
    • barges laden with soybeans, corn
    • Stevens Point’s IDEA Center
    • Kickapoo Valley Reserve
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    Right-Wing Network Fights Proposed Wisconsin Minimum Wage Hike

    Ken Notes: Why not require that companies increase the pay for their employees the same 75 cents per year or offer benefits after three years. This type of program would be far more beneficial to both the employee and the employer.
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    `Once it`s built, there`s no going back`: Public gives input on ATC transmission line

    Ken Notes: This has little to do with Wisconsin, think super highway from the west to the east Wisconsin is just in the middle. I want ATC to invest in the areas they will negatively impact. Public Lands, Tourism, Hiking, Camping, regional promotion and more. Did anyone catch that the 500 million project would yield 23 to 350 million in "potential net economic benefits" over its LIFETIME...
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    Habitat For Humanity Pursuing New Sun Prairie Development

    Ken Notes: I was glad to see a number of stories on this project after I ran a note last week. Thanks to all the media outlets that picked up this story and project. I wish we could clone habitat....
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    What’s next for Madison’s Housing First strategy?

    Ken Notes: OK now I am begging -- look for a new model for homeless solutions. Micro units with shared amenities comes to mind. Create ownership, local governance, and pride in the development. Add education, apprenticeship, and skills development to the site. We have been "housing" the homeless and low income persons for decades with no positive results. Time for a new plan!!!
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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. CEO Mark Hogan to leave post later this year

    Ken Notes: Mark has been a strong leader for the organization and kept his eye on the prize regarding Foxconn. If I were the Governor I would put forward a nominee or a recommendation even if the appointment were not mine to make. Letting Paul Jadin finish what he wanted to start comes to mind. He gets business, local politics, and economic development. He is a fiscal conservative and can work with everyone.
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    Wisconsin hires outside expert to advise it on Foxconn and the flat-panel display industry

    Ken Notes: WHY??? Foxconn is looking for new technologies and ways to use it`s product like medical imaging, manufacturing and process control, and more, These technologies would integrate the display into systems where the actual cost of the display is only a small part of the whole. Think smart phones which only cost a small fraction to make of what they actually sell for. You do not need a consultant, you need to talk to Foxconn or read WDN it is not that difficult.
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    Wisconsin Assembly Passes State Budget

    Ken Notes: I still see line item vetoes in the future, but the new Governor has not been as aggressive as I thought he would be. He may have to remove entire sections and have separate funding bills drafted on these areas. I wonder if there is any room for working together on development issues like funding a restructured WEDC that better tracks investments and involves local professionals more.

    I do like the road funding which is needed, and to be honest I am not adverse to funding things that save businesses and individuals in the long run. As a fiscal conservative I feel others who call themselves conservatives have lost sight of this. As an example, I have advocated for some time about stepping into the health care issues by offering a state health plan for all public employees in the state. I negotiated thousands of contracts where health care was the one item keeping our school boards and communities from even discussing far more important issues.
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    Emelar Consulting Hires John Garvens as President

    Ken Notes: Clearly a best beard contender....
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    EDITORIAL Keep focus, open mind on future of Oscar Mayer site in Madison
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    City Council approves task force to study future of Madison`s four public golf courses

    Ken Notes: You do not need a task force, you need an RFP to allow private entities to lease the courses for $1.00 or more and then maintain, and manage them and take the risks and yes, if they do a good job reap the rewards. The city should not be golf business. Since the management companies need to invest capital, I would allow them to lease for multiple years.

    You get to pick the plan you like, you have NO risk, the courses are maintained and open, and the land is preserved. I see investors, country clubs, hotel groups, restaurateurs, and neighborhood group all looking at this...
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    Exact Sciences tops Wisconsin job goals, owes no money to state

    Ken Notes: One of my favorite companies, I believe their creative approach to diagnostics will one day put Madison on the map....
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    Booming economy brings new challenges

    Ken Notes: ... and we are totally ignoring the need for housing that is affordable (not affordable housing) for service workers and entry level employees...
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    Foxconn pouring concrete for Mount Pleasant LCD screen plant

    Ken Notes: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain 1895....
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    Habitat for Humanity Proposes 62-Acre Wisconsin Development

    Ken Notes: I would love to see a project of this magnitude in the Madison area. If we could develop areas with true mixed socioeconomic development we could create a Madison that companies and individuals would flock to. Imagine a neighborhood where the restaurant service worker and CEO share the same parks, schools, and amenities.

    To my development/builder readers please consider pledging your support to this project. We can build a better world one neighborhood at a time. You may want to consider using smartcode as a zoning base, this wold make planning much easier.

    Let me know how I can help!!!
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    Packers getting ready to move ahead on residential development in Titletown District
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    Public Hearing Set For 87-Unit Housing Development Plans
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    Dem bill would create public funding for renewable energy startups

    Ken Notes: They do not need an economic kick start they need to partner with the power companies and create a working grid.
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    Largest logistics real estate development in Wisconsin unveiled in Kenosha County

    Ken Notes: OK I would say even nicer things about this project, but they forgot my invitation to the Game of Thrones-themed unveiling, or open house with a cheese curd and bratwurst eating competition, where two winners were crowned HRH King and Queen of the Castle. And for the record "You don`t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could`ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am....
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    UWSP campuses provide "critical" economic impact to Central Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: I strongly agree that our Schools are a huge economic driver in the state. Now if we could address the economic impact of school to work transitions for non post secondary students we would return to our #1 status of education in the US...
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    Report ranks Wisconsin 7th in nation for economic well-being of children
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    Development starts on 300,000-square-foot Zilber property in Janesville

    Ken Notes: The I90 Corridor could be the perfect tool for Wisconsin development.
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    With WARF, Wisconsin remains a patent powerhouse: BTN LiveBIG

    Ken Notes: WARF is one of Wisconsin`s greatest assets. I would love to see initiatives to keep the ideas closer to home but would not dream of getting in the way of this powerful economic engine. I even get nervous writing about WARF because I fear the day the legislature gets involved.
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    Wisconsin Assembly passes 5G technology regulation bill

    Ken Notes: We are missing the boat! We need to sit down with all providers and systems developers and create a trade off between urban deregulation and rural Wisconsin access. We have one chance to develop the grid we need to bring all of Wisconsin into bandwidth nirvana and we are blowing it. I sat on the committee that did this in the past (20+ years ago) to bring internet access to our schools, now we need to use 5G to bring it to our rural communities and homes....
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    City of Delavan receives $250,000 state grant to redevelop new downtown apartment building
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    New Wisconsin angel group is lead investor in Pyran
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    The development that would boot Essen Haus

    Ken Notes: One of my favorite areas in Madison. lets get this right!
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    Former Oscar Mayer property gets another redevelopment boost

    Ken Notes: Now we just need the developer how has pirchased the property to get creative. Also a question why dosen`t the quote, "Finding a new use for 1.8 million square feet of space doesn’t happen overnight." Apply to Foxconn as well as OM...
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    Madison City Council picks Gebhardt Development for Judge Doyle Square project
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    Wisconsin Firms Team on Madison Office Deal
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    Verona pantry redirects wasted food to worthy sources, from soup to nuts

    Ken Notes: I have volunteered here and just want to mention the Kasieta`s are the most dedicated public servants I have ever met. They work with the providers and are there preparing the food plus they chair the board. They turned 85K into 450K meals. They treat volunteers like precious gifts and the people that eat there like welcome guest at a fine restaurant. Bob, Marcia Thank You. And if you are reading this drop them a note of thanks...
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    MLK Economic Development Corp. names new executive director
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    Editorial: Freshwater is smart strategy
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    Inspire Grow North Brings Students, Businesses Toward Careers

    Ken Notes: About time...
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    Good News for Sheboygan`s Job Economy

    Ken Notes: This is good news, wages are the real issue in this economy!
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    La Crosse Workforce Development Center to host job fair
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    GOP rejects more oversight of economic development group

    Ken Notes: Really??? I have defended WEDC with some simple caveats, one being they better track their investments. Now the Republicans have loaded the funding veto gun and handed it to the Governor. We are all nuts and deserve what happens next...
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    State Budget Committee Rejects Major Building Projects In Milwaukee, La Crosse

    Ken Notes: Tough calls and politics is way to much in the middle. We need a Capital Budget based on priorities with a funding cap...
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    New industrial development to open in Kenosha County

    Ken Notes: It is interesting to watch Kenosha, Waukesha, the Madison Burbs, Brown county, La Crosse, and other communities quietly grow while controversy grab all the headlines...
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    Wisconsin High Court Reinstates Most Lame-Duck Laws

    Ken Notes: This will be interesting, since funding for many of the departments the conservatives want to control crosses the Governors desk. I predict this will not end well. While this is way to graphic for my wife, remember in a pissing contest there are no winners if everyone gets wet. I do apologize but I could not come up with a better visual...
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    Chippewa Valley Eyeing Private-Public Partnership For Passenger Rail

    Ken Notes: I love this idea but when I sat on Thompson`s Rail Advisory Board, we were constantly reminded that unlike roads, the rails are not public. To be honest it may be the single greatest mistake made in American history. OK one of the greatest, and we are working on new ones daily...
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    Committee set to complete revisions to Evers budget

    Ken Notes: I wonder if they remember he has a veto pen that works one line at a time...
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    Foxconn says it won’t just make TVs in Wisconsin but will also build servers and other electronics

    Ken Notes: And for the record they are still not exactly sure what they will build. Give then time before scaring them a way or giving them an excuse to leave!!!
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    Facing possible trade war, Foxconn says it may broaden range of products made at Wisconsin factory

    Ken Notes: Let`s not show this article to the President because I can see the spin not. "My tariffs are good for the Nation, Foxconn said so"...
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    Foxconn Fails to Reach Hiring Goals in Wisconsin Development Deal

    Ken Notes: Remember this is a GOOD thing. Wisconsin is offering tax credits based on jobs, so if they staff for the work they have we are not paying them to hire needlessly.
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    Meet the stadium builder who wants to revamp a slice of the South Loop

    Ken Notes: He gets my vote!!! For the record I liked his Doyle Square project best as well....
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    Permit OK`d for downtown complex

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    Green Bay Packaging`s $160 million tax-exempt bond request would use half of state program`s 2019 funds

    Ken Notes: Since an IRB is paid back we may need to look into working with the Feds to expand the program.
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    Wisconsin needs more kids to take computer science. Can a Microsoft program help make that happen?

    Ken Notes: On line may be the answer here. A programmer tends not to be a good teacher and a teacher is often not a good programmer. The ability to learn and work online tends to work well with the skill set you are teaching. Also the best programmers look everything up online anyway...
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    Wisconsin Republicans appear nowhere near a deal on road funding

    Ken Notes: Segregated funds (i.e. Gas tax, fees, tolls, % of income tax), Score all the roads to prioritize, work with local communities, and create a long term bipartisan plan. Dare to dream!!!
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    $30M rehab of former Reuss Federal office adds to West Wisconsin Avenue activity
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    Farming land surrounded by solar

    Ken Notes: See what I mean...
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    Madison and its anchor institutions can do more to build a healthy food system

    Ken Notes: I hope they work this out, but in the end it is always a business decision or you will not be in business....
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    Arena`s Lake Louie Brewing acquired by Wisconsin Brewing Company
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    Drumlin bulldozed

    Ken Notes: these are tough decisions and when sold it is too late! I encourage every community to consider a Land Conservancy TODAY, if there is property worth saving work with businesses and investors to buy the land or at least get a right of first refusal on it.
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    Wisconsin becomes first state designated for military spouse services

    Ken Notes: Great read -- great idea!!!
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    Wisconsin Sees Growing Interest In Wind Production

    Ken Notes: now we just need to increase our production grid density so we do not have renewable sprawl...
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    Tech platform that cuts record-keeping time in childcare wins 2019 Business Plan Contest

    Ken Notes: There are many good stories here! Congrats to the winners!
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    Business community packs 2019 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Milwaukee: Slideshow
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    With Farmers Taking On More Debt, Wisconsin Officials Warn Against Unregulated Lenders
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    ‘It’s like building a small Wisconsin town from below the ground up’: Westlawn Gardens comes to life

    Ken Notes: Very cool, we should take a trip over to Milwaukee and check this out.
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    Robinson Metal establishes operations in Manitowoc
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    Foxconn’s delays might finally give Wisconsin the upper hand

    Ken Notes: I am not a fan of the Verge but we must to read it to see how they spin the Foxconn story.

    I have a crystal ball (which is appropriate because the Foxconn CEO has a sea goddess named Mazu). My ball is telling me Foxconn is going to use the renegotiation, lawsuits, bad press and protests to throw its hands in the air and walk away.

    The republicans will of course blame the Governor, the Governor will say it was a bad deal, and the communities will be left paying for infrastructure that won`t get used or paid for. This is of course the wrong approach and would be terrible for Wisconsin. This is a business project and requires business thinking. The Communities and State should be willing to work with Foxconn while holding them to property value and jobs directly proportional to the investment they actually make (when Verona did the EPIC deal, I was on the council at the time, we structured the whole thing as pay as you go). Universities, Tech Schools, and communities should encourage their new goals to discover new technologies they can manufacture in the State. We should all stay out of the courts and at the table.

    Finally we should tell our own story and help Foxconn tell theirs. I did suggest Christian Schneider was a representative of the national media when he wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post. Actually he was a former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist and spokesperson for DOT under the Walker Administration. That said we are still not telling the whole story so I will give you all some talking points.

    Foxconn came to build big screen TV`s and cut a way too good deal with the communities and State. The price and any potential for profits fell out of the marketplace (a 55in 4K is $329 Walmart). Foxconn decided to slow down and look for a more profitable market. They bought a bunch of property around the State and announced that they would be developing a research arm in Wisconsin. They significantly downsized their project and slowed down the building process as well. Foxconn founder and CEO Terry Gou is running for president of Taiwan and may be a little less focused on Wisconsin. He said he is running in the 2020 election because a sea goddess named Mazu told him to "step up" for the people of Taiwan -- I kid you not read the article.

    The bottom line is Wisconsin may or MAY NOT be screwed, but if are politically motivated instead of negotiating in good faith on behalf of the Wisconsin people and continue to tell the WRONG story we are sure to be left with an empty development site and a bunch of properties across the state for sale.... And the funny thing is Foxconn may very find it`s profitable niche in Wisconsin as a commercial property investor...
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    Current Economic Trends Signal Alarm

    Ken Notes: This is true across the State and Jim does a nice job of identifying the issues...
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    City staff recommends Stone House Development for Judge Doyle Square project

    Ken Notes: Good luck getting this part done! One reminder TIME IS MONEY!!!
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    View from around the state: Haribo factory gains swift approval in Pleasant Prairie

    Ken Notes: Is if fair when they bring Gummy Bears to the meeting???
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    State Gets $105 Million For Low-Income Projects
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    Exclusive: US retail marijuana sales on pace to rise 35% in 2019 and near $30 billion by 2023

    Ken Notes: Not in Wisconsin, but this tax revenue will impact economic development by offering funding for educational and social programs that attract new businesses.
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    $3.5 million incentive helps keep family business in Antioch

    Ken Notes: Perfect 10% over ten years, we need to upgrade out TIF legislation to reflect what actually works in our communities....
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    Midwest becoming venture hot spot

    Ken Notes: I so agree, imagine how attractive it would be if there were a tax credit for new employees as companies grow...
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    Mayor Barrett makes last-ditch pitch to expand The Hop in time for 2020 DNC
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    Shorewood startup among companies selected to pitch at 2019 Governor`s Business Plan Contest

    Ken Notes: Wisconsin`s UW systems can and should add much to our business communities. I love WARF but would like to see efforts to keep some of our intellectual property in the state...
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    Wisconsin`s Population Growing, While Milwaukee`s Continues To Decline

    Ken Notes: I am not sure that this is a problem as it should provide an opportunity for more diverse and affordable housing. Madison`s exponential growth has made it hard for lower income professionals and workers to find a place to live...
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    Wisconsin resort looks to lure tennis fans with grass courts

    Ken Notes: Sand Valley is becoming a pretty special destination. I hope we can develop some other locations for moderate income tourists because it is good for business and good for the State.
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    Public-Private Partners Celebrate Grand Opening of Legacy Lofts in Downtown Milwaukee

    Ken Notes: Note a historical structure at the center fo this project was preserved.
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    11 megadevelopments that will transform Chicago

    Ken Notes: These are very interesting and the photos/renderings are amazing. Not Wisconsin but some Wisconsin Developers are on this list. Also Madison may need to identify an area where we can go higher as need demands.
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    AM Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company

    Ken Notes: The ability to maintain this plan and borrow when needed is critical to the communities of Wisconsin.
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    Record growth and a historic loss in Sun Prairie

    Ken Notes: We need an economically sustainable plan for these properties. The Historical Society just say no policy does not work, we need to find a purpose for these properties that fits in with the development in the area. Gary Gorman has done much in this area, I would ask him and others for ideas....
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    Program encourages monitoring Wisconsin waterways
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    Riverlife Park to open next month along Wisconsin River in Wausau
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    OPINION: Trump’s Foxconn boondoggle could end up being a big liability

    Ken Notes: Again the national media is telling our story which is wrong. We need a voice speaking for Wisconsin, not the Republicans, not the Democrats --- Wisconsin...
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    New rocket testing site unveiled in Southern Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: This will be good for the region as both government and private entrepreneurs come to the area to see their engines in action. When Elon Musk comes to town I hope we can talk to him about batteries, robotics, manufacturing and more...
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    Dave Cieslewicz OPINION: End the WEDC

    Ken Notes: Barry Manilow???

    Dave proves his premise is wrong in his own analogy. I.e. "If it (WEDC) were a college football team it would be the Wisconsin Badgers under Don Morton". We didn`t suggest the UW abandon football we got a new coach, new administrative leadership, better player and went on to kick some Ohio ass!!! That is what we need to do with WEDC!

    Dave is a very smart guy, but ending WEDC is not the answer -- recreating WEDC is, in fact I wrote about this awhile back -- Don`t kill WEDC — make it better So tweet or re-post this with the heading Dave Cieslewicz suggested UW eliminate it`s football program...
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    Wis. DOT needs revenue, where it comes from is up for debate

    Ken Notes: The problem is that we do not debate, discuss, or even consider working together on these issues we just play partisan politics and accomplish nothing.
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    Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn sues Flats on the Fox over unpaid fees for parking spaces
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    Lac du Flambeau hosts second annual job fair
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    Ascension Wisconsin, Alverno College exploring nursing school merger
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    Tom Still: Cooperation can fuel regional economy in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: READ THIS! Again Tom (and Paul Jadin in the article) get economic development and see the challenges. We are not great at working as a State to develop things like broadband, workforce development, local government cooperation, and a level playing field for economic development. I would add transit and bringing local ED professionals under one tent to further stimulate the conversation.

    Right now politics may send us backwards if we are not careful. It appears that there is no intention of working together on anything...
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    Former Wisconsin hockey player getting into the CBD game

    Ken Notes: CBD lacks the backing of a major drug company so it is the wild wild west as to whats out there and its value. We need to look at the research from Canada and Israel where CBD and cannabis have been well vetted and much research attests to their values.
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    Milwaukee Committee Tables Streetcar Extension Decision

    Ken Notes: I get very nervous when economic development approval is used to drive a social agenda. Both have a place at the table but we can stifle growth and opportunity if we use one against the other in the bargaining process. I have fought this battle with well meaning historical societies for decades. In this case I would extend the tracks, then ask for neighborhood improvements from the resulting development revenues around them.
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    Unemployment rates continue to drop in Northeast Wisconsin
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    Evers: `Economic development will grind to a halt` if Wisconsin doesn`t embrace diversity

    Ken Notes: We need to embrace not only diversity but a new focus on transition to the workplace. Technology and automation demands a well educated workforce. We need to explore apprenticeships, a better partnership between the tech system and our secondary system, and other school to work programs and opportunities.

    Healthcare is a huge issue and the state should start the process by offering health care to EVERY public employee and remove it from the bargaining table. We can demonstrate the benefits of quality health care by modeling it within our own government system and then asking businesses to do the same.

    I also like expanding in state tuition and have proposed that we offer student loans for tuition that are interest free (using a State income tax credit) as long as the person remains in the state.

    It seems we often swing for the fences when we really need to look for base hits and control of the game.
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    $189 million ND Paper project receives WEDC support

    Ken Notes: 62K per new job. Is it me or is this a very moving target. I was also surprised by the failure to mention that ND is a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper Limited a Chinese / Asian company that is buying pulp operations in the US because of new rules restricting their ability to buy waste paper from our recycling facilities in the US.

    Do not get me wrong I am happy they are investing in the US and hope they quickly expand their pulping operations in Wisconsin. The bottom line is that China needs lots of cardboard boxes to ship product to the World. I do get nervous that when the tide changes and they again can import raw materials (our recycled waste) and resume pulping again in China that they will abandon their US facilities. China seems far better at playing the international game than we are.
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    WI Watchlist: Montage, LÜM, WEDC, Titan Spine, Polco, Swallow & More

    Ken Notes: Nice review and a couple I missed...
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    Dollar General creates waves as it wades deeply into Wisconsin`s small towns

    Ken Notes: I live in a community where DG is the only option for food so meat, produce and other staples are a drive and more expensive. It is too bad that these stores could not work local food into their mix. Like Walmart did before and now Dollar General -- they take the most profitable segment of the market while we fail to see the value of our smaller retailers until it is too late and they are gone.
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    Exact Sciences Advances Pipeline Capabilities with Mayo Clinic

    Ken Notes: Exact Science is putting Madison on the map!!!
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    MadREP News
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    Madison shows first draft for new Bus Rapid Transit line

    Ken Notes: Congrats! I only wish this were on the radar screen when we rebuilt East Washington and university Ave...
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    New museum, private development will appear as different buildings
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    Mulva family to make another major announcement regarding new De Pere development
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    Haribo construction plans approved
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    Field House renovations are intended to create an entryway

    Ken Notes: NICE!! and I for one will not miss the statue, we could donate it to Minnesota or Ohio State as a gesture of friendship and goodwill...
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    Delta Dental of Wisconsin Expansion Potentially Coming to Stevens Point
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    Keynote Speaker Paulita David to Highlight 6th Annual Economic Development and Diversity Summit
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    Streetcar expansion: Common Council gears up for discussion this month
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    Why is Wisconsin dropping in national health rankings?
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    Wausau Chamber hires firm to create plans for possible coworking space in historic electric building
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    Georgia developer planning 186 luxury apartments in downtown Waukesha
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    $40 Million Development Proposed For Downtown Racine
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    Joaquin Altoro To Lead WHEDA
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    Wisconsin budget gets $753 million boost in tax collections

    Ken Notes: I have to agree with the tech school investment here. In fact I would go further and see if we could improve school to work secondary programs for students not entering post secondary programs. Regarding roads, I wonder if we could leverage some funds to get local projects moving forward...
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    Fall River School District receives $25,000 fab lab grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
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    Foxconn’s ‘Innovation Centers’ in Wisconsin Are Just Empty Buildings

    Ken Notes: WOW, we are continuing to allow The Verge (Vox Media), and those who quote the Verge to tell the Wisconsin Story. This is wrong and they are wrong. Foxconn has clearly shifted gears and is seeking an entirely new direction for what it will build in Wisconsin. To suggest that this should be immediately accomplished is uninformed at best. The good news is they need to create jobs to get many of the credits, also they are willing to sit down and talk. The bad news is that they will have a number of outs if we do not work with them as they change direction. Wouldn`t it be great if there were an accounting of what we have spent, what we have committed to, and what is backing up our investments...
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    Plaza pitched near Wisconsin Center convention hall could include cafe — and help draw a big downtown hotel

    Ken Notes: Milwaukee is on a roll developmentally. They are doing a great job leveraging public projects with private development.
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    Wisconsin homeowner worried about looming solar development

    Ken Notes: We need to sit down today with the power companies, renewable providers, and other interested parties and develop new policy for this emerging business. How will private concerns be able to sell energy on a grid maintained by larger utilities? How can we get solar on roof tops instead of fields? How can we bring AG into the mix? How do we profit from the use of our grid moving power from West to East?
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    Exact Sciences ID’d as company in audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

    Ken Notes: Exact Science is a great company and great for Wisconsin. They are NOT the issue the issue is that WEDC uses a system for distribution of funds that is difficult to track and make claw-backs, a term they coined, almost impossible. The solution is simple, make all incentives income and property tax credit based with new jobs and value behind them. If the jobs go away so do the tax credits and the value needs to be guaranteed. If they need up front incentives companies can use the future tax credits as collateral against private or bank funding. If banks do not see that as a worthy investment that may be a clue that we should not invest either. Business plays the systems with far more expertise than we bring to the table.

    Back to Exact Science they have done much for the State and hopefully will continue to grow, and we should be happy to support this growth. We should place them at the top of the list for support from a new program from the State closely followed by every other company bringing new jobs to the State...
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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. gave taxpayer funds to businesses that created jobs in other states, audit finds

    Ken Notes: Do I ever get to mention that I wrote about the potential for problems and offered solutions the week WEDC was created and have continued to advocate for Wisconsin ever since. Paul Jadin, a friend, also discovered concerns early on and was asked to leave rather than solve them. We need an economic development corporation but we we need it to track it`s investments, create opportunities for ALL new and growing businesses, work with communities and local ED professionals, and create a nonpartisan pro jobs environment in the State. This is not a difficult task, the difficult part will be taking the politics out of the mix...
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    Bill Is Revived To Fund Arts Programming In Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Interesting -- the pitch is about jobs... One more time if we offered a tax credit or in this case a payment in lieu of since they are, I believe, a non profit they could make their own decisions...
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    Innovation can grow in Upper Midwest

    Ken Notes: I have met Aaron and UWGB hit a home run with this position. I hope they can put together a few seminars of ED professionals in Wisconsin!!!!
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    Nimble Therapeutics spins out of Roche, saving Madison jobs
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    Wisconsin`s New North names executive director
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    Former Milwaukee Alderman Charged With Taking Bribes For Downtown Strip Club

    Ken Notes: Uh oh....
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    White House says Foxconn will invest further in Wisconsin, where its $10 billion plans are already in question

    Ken Notes: This is fascinating because Foxconn is still not sure what it will be building in Wisconsin. They are building a technology hub on several sites and in several communities and I remain optimistic -- as are they. BUT anyone suggesting they know what Foxconn will build or how big they will become is using a crystal ball and an ouija board, and I have found that both tools are not well suited to economic development. You can quote me....
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    How to Improve the Foxconn Contract

    Ken Notes: Governor Evers should first sit down with WEDC and create a new set of incentives available to ALL new and expanding businesses in Wisconsin. No politics, no favoritism, no regionalism -- If you hire new employees and pay a good wage and provide good benefits (to them and the rest of your employees) you get a tax credit. If you need to downsize the credits go away. Also develop a cleaner TIF program for the communities so they can fund new projects they want provided they have a development agreement in place to guarantee value and thus a return on their investment.

    THEN sit down with Foxconn and suggest you are willing to help them get back on track, in fact you have a new program...
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    Hunt Capital Partners Arranges LIHTC Financing for $34.4M Seniors Housing Development in Wisconsin
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    $5M proposed for Milwaukee streetcar plaza near convention center

    Ken Notes: I still believe Madison should do this on the old Tech School site downtown. Use BRT to get people from the airport to downtown, a Terrace to Terrace Trolley Bus to serve State Street, the Capitol, City Hall, and Convention Center, and BRT from the burbs... Congrats MKE!
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    Carvana expands Wisconsin presence

    Ken Notes: Madison???
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    Chippewa County Study Links Sand Mining, Agriculture To Stream Declines

    Ken Notes: 2011 and 2014 data, my guess is that it is worse today. New AG with mega farms and large surface mines are new and we need new laws to regulate them.
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    OPINION: Mining can bring Wisconsin`s economy, environment together

    Ken Notes: This article scares me a great deal. Mining today is done on a massive scale where large amount of earth are processed for smaller amounts of ore. The process is heavily regulated because it is very dangerous. The reclamation of these sites is at best a crap shoot. In Wisconsin there are some old mine sites that are now quarrys and lakes but the new mines use chemical extraction that leave hazardous waste on the site for generations and as I mentioned they are huge. They site the Eagle mine in the UP as a good example - Two words - Google it!!

    I am strongly pro jobs and I do understand that rural Northern Wisconsin has few options, but this one is not good for our grandchildren....
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    Developer Ditches $11M Madison Housing Project for Homeless

    Ken Notes: One more time, we really need to rethink how we address this issue across the board. Smaller affordable units, co-housing options, using tax dollars to acquire land for affordable homes in ALL neighborhoods, work with schools to create better school to work programs, create housing for restaurant and retail workers - hardworking people with good jobs who can not afford to live here, create real transit options for the region, visit models that work elsewhere, make this a nonpartisan nonpolitical issue. I liked this article Affordable Housing: Lessons from Canada.
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    Wisconsin tourism is flourishing; its economic impact reached $21.6 billion in 2018

    Notes: It is! and we could do so much more. Ag tourism, craft brewing, environmental tourism, better trails, more campgrounds, lower cost options for Chicagoans, more sports venues, more music venues, a better working relation with the tribes and gaming, better promotion, and this idea...

    Wisconsin should develop Eco TIF`s where land could be developed as vacation / summer retirement sites with resulting property tax revenues used to preserve sensitive lands in parks and preserves.
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    Southwest Wisconsin expansion on tap at Driftless Brewing

    Ken Notes: This could be a huge market for Wisconsin. Even small communities are able to sustain a small brew pub. I would love to see us develop a marketing arm like the Milk Marketing Board Now the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin for craft beer...
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    Candise Street Lofts move forward in Jefferson

    Ken Notes: Jefferson has a lot going on, and Gorman does old better than anyone I know...
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    Three companies win 2019 Governor’s Export Achievement Awards
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    Graduate programs train students for high-need professions in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Great read and nice programs, I would add what we really need is school to work programs for or secondary students not going on to post secondary systems....
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    Research, innovation Key to Wisconsin dairy’s future

    Ken Notes: We will regret not preserving the small farm, alas it may be too late...
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    Delta Dental of Wisconsin considers building headquarters in Portage County Business Park
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    Northwestern Mutual chief Schlifske named Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year by Harvard group

    Ken Notes: Congrats!!!!
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    Wisconsin Supreme Court restores appointments made by Scott Walker in legal battle over lame-duck action


    Ken Notes: I feel bad for the image we as a state are presenting to the rest of the World...
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    Milwaukee plans to extend The Hop streetcar route before 2020 Democratic National Convention

    Ken Notes: Madison are we paying attention here??? Read this one, it contains a nice overview of the existing project with maps...
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    County seeks proposals for developing last block of land in Park East Corridor
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    Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center forms angel fund
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    Aging in the Heart of Rural Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: This is a potentially huge market for the state. Also we should look at attracting 60+ (don`t call me senior) people to our city centers like Madison and Milwaukee.
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    Fond du Lac area residents earn awards from Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
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    LifeCare Hospitals closing Pewaukee facility, laying off 171 (Updated)
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    It`s a new era for hemp in Wisconsin, and Oneida Nation is seizing the opportunity

    Ken Notes: I will not be surprised to see them quick to take the lead in hemp oil and, if we allow it, medical product. Like casinos the profit margins are huge and there is far less bureaucracy in the way for the tribes...
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    The Buzz: REI submits site plan in Grand Chute

    Ken Notes: The REI stores can be amazing with a very loyal following. They also offer classes and give back to the environment. I am a Rutabaga loyalist personally but if they do not have it REI is next on my list...
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    One in four Wisconsin jobs at high risk in a new age of robotic workers and hyper-automation

    Ken Notes: This is not a Foxconn issue it is a manufacturing issue. What we need to do is create an educational system to train engineers and technicians to design and work with this new technology. We need to encourage new automated plants to come to Wisconsin. We, like Foxconn, need to identify new markets and bring them to the state. I see distribution, manufacturing, construction, renewable energy, new automotive, and much more helping to grow this State.
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    Foxconn Struggles to Put Wisconsin First

    Notes: Once again we need a spokesperson for the State to address these issues with the media. Foxconn, a business, has identified a problem in their original business model (specifically the profit margin and income potential from tv`s and large screen lcd devices has evaporated). Foxconn, a business, has changed direction and is seeking new products and markets to develop in Wisconsin. This is a process and will take some time. Also the products are not in place yet so the numbers are not on the table.

    We need to now work with Foxconn to insure they make good on the initial investments made by the communities, build a facility IN Wisconsin that serves them well as a business, and continues their commitment to the State. Or we can play politics with the project at great cost to the citizens and State.

    And one more thing, we should consider an offer to help that is in line with what we would do for any other business locating or expanding in Wisconsin...
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    Local Wisconsin Main Street organizations recognized at 28th annual awards ceremony
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    Gov. Evers: State should protect Mount Pleasant taxpayers if Foxconn falls short

    Ken Notes: I agree - Sort of! We need a set of incentives to attract new business to the State and to Mount Pleasant. If we create a great State in which to do business, new business will solve our problems so we do not have to. I did say this BEFORE we made the deal with Foxconn.

    I remain frustrated that getting help with your business is more about who you know rather than what we have to offer. We need to create a set of incentives available to ALL new or growing businesses. These incentives should be protected by agreement, tax credits based on jobs, or pay as you go. I was on the Verona council when EPIC came to town and I promise we invested millions yet never had one dime at risk!
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    Clean Energy Groups Throw Weight Behind Wisconsin Transmission Line

    Ken Notes: A little misleading, these groups are producing renewable power out West where it is cheap and easy to do and want to sell it in the East where it is in demand. Wisconsin just happens to be in the middle. If we build the line Wisconsin needs to be at the table advocating for our own interests. Tourism, conservancy lands, reduced use of coal, and other environmental offsets and reduced rates for Wisconsin energy customers comes immediately to mind. Also I would like to see the project use an existing corridor rather than cut a new one...
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    Editorial: Mr. Pritzker, Ms. Lightfoot, let Bob Dunn tell you about One Central

    Ken Notes: Bob is visionary with a capital V...
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    OPINION: In-state tuition for Dreamers would benefit all of Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: I believe that we have many undocumented people among us who deserve the chance to go to college. Their parents worked our farms, built our machines and houses, and took care of our homes and children. Now the next generation wants to accomplish even more. If we are worried about rapists, criminals, and drug lords, lets prosecute and deport them while we embrace those who work hard, obey our laws, and contribute to our society...
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    Change in plans to Essen Haus development project
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    American Family Insurance to provide $20 million to UW for data science initiatives

    Ken Notes: Thank You!!!
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    EDITORIAL: Wisconsin definitely is not full. We need more young families and workers -- including immigrants
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    Foxconn may still lift Wisconsin`s economy

    Ken Notes: Great read...
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    Proposal for 24 wind turbines whips up controversy in rural Wisconsin
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    Center for Dairy Research gets funding to test non-refrigerated products

    Ken Notes: I love this! Europe and the Far East are way ahead of us on these products. Also the dairy liquor business is just getting started. I have often wondered if brandy and dairy could become "Old Fashioned Wisconsin Cream" - mmmmmmmmm...
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    Wisconsin lost 4,500 private sector jobs in March

    Ken Notes: We need to be careful, housing starts are down, business growth is slowing, farm are closing...
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    DATCP Secretary: Increasing Dairy Exports Is Top Priority

    Ken Notes: If we leave CAFO`s unchecked this will not help the very farmers it is intended to help!
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    Mallinckrodt Completes Expansion of Operations and Manufacturing Facility for StrataGraft® Regenerative Skin Tissue in Madison, Wis.

    Ken Notes: Madison and Bio Tech are good for Wisconsin. We need to explore ways to keep our graduates and products in the state. have we ever thought of moving Aaron Oliver to an ED position, I understand he is good for the Research Park and WARF but bringing research and bio mainstream may not be a bad thing...
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    Tony Evers says Foxconn, not his administration, first sought to revisit deal with state

    Ken Notes: I am confused a bit -- Foxconn asks to talk, Evers informs the legislative leaders, they trash him for saying OK lets talk. Other than the 13,000 comment (a number NONE of us including Foxconn knows for sure), it seems like Governor Evers is on top of this. Are some suggesting we just live in la la land and try to hold them to an agreement that is no longer in line with there intentions are for the facility?
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    TitletownTech draws national investors and unique restaurant

    Ken Notes: TitleTown and New Bucks Arena area development are fin to watch. By the way GO BUCKS....
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    Proposed Stevens Point housing project falls through
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    Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference returns to Milwaukee

    Ken Notes: Milwaukee is on track to be Conference destination USA!!
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    Beaver Dam Commerce Park project on track

    Ken Notes: I love the idea of utilities working in this capacity!
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    Wisconsin Corrections reentry summit to encourage businesses to hire former prisoners
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    Beer saves the day!

    Ken Notes: And it might be! We will need an organization to promote our craft beers to broader audiences, but like cheese now we could have a very nice array of product and destinations.

    I have to ask does anyone else see the irony in the community breweries that were consolidated into mega brewers like Anheuser-Busch,& MillerCoors now returning and being identified as important to the local economy VS. small farms now being eaten by CAFO`s and industrial dairy.

    I am a craft beer, small farm, cheese co-op kind of guy.
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    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation names new communications director
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    Milwaukee Biz Blog: Protect TIF, promote development in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Good read and good points. I would add that we really need to recreate the TIF program from scratch because it is no longer used as it was intended and has been modified and adjusted a number of times to prevent communities from defaulting on commitments in their existing TID`s. It is a mess! Start over with some simple parameters - a fixed maximum investment, a required development agreement, change the "but for" clause to "we really want this", allow communities to jointly create districts and/or projects.
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    Wisconsin economic development head defends Foxconn contract

    Ken Notes: WOW, "he`s told them what they need to know"??? I urged caution at the onset of the Foxconn negations and I urge cautions now. I do not know the exact details of the agreements, but believe the incentives are predicated on actual jobs which is good. I also know the numbers are large, which is bad. I also know that Foxconn chose the higher ground by not hiring a few additional employees and claiming millions in credits last year.

    Foxconn has clearly shifted gears and is now looking to develop new products to eventually manufacture in Wisconsin. That is a process that will take some time. I applaud their honesty in suggesting we step back and rethink this. I would not make claims about numbers because they do not know what they are building yet, nor do we, they could employee 1,000 or 100,000 and if they do not know we sure as hell do not know. We do need to protect the infrastructure investments made by the communities and offer fair incentives for growth.

    I will again suggest this is a great time to create a jobs incentive package for ALL businesses in the State. A tax credit for well paying jobs with good benefits. Discourage the use of contract temps and/or underpaid workers. Allow communities to invest in projects provided they have an agreement in place to cover the outlay. Eliminate the partisan deals and "one off" negotiations that continue to get us in trouble. I promise we can create far more that 13,000 jobs for far less money by working together.
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    Renewable energy offers Wisconsin a sustainable economic development model

    Ken Notes: Michael is correct, but it will take leadership and bipartisan support and right now that still is not on the table. Also we need policy that establishes how power companies and "the grid" play ball with new producers.

    We also need to discuss land use and ag policy. I personally do not want to fold the family farms into CAFO`s and solar arrays. Wisconsin`s new motto should be balance....
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    Is Milwaukee ready to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention?

    Ken Notes: This will be great for the State and we will be ready!!!
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    Annual Luncheon Looks At The Future Of Economics In the Northwoods
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    Racine a winner in Smart Cities Readiness Challenge
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    FIRE Cluster Can Help Grow Economy

    Ken Notes: GREAT READ...
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    Madison gets first look at three new proposals for piece of Judge Doyle Square

    Ken Notes: I like Gebhardt and Stone House but I have been asking Mandel to look at Madison for years now - So I need to welcome them to the mix thus the use of their photo. Please make sure we are in line with the current project developer as well...
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    A juggernaut of convenience: Kwik Trip continues its rapid expansion
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    “Insights on Economy’ event offered here
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    Wisconsin ginseng industry relies on UW–Madison expert
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    WDN Notes...

    Ken Notes: "Ken Notes" may be reprinted in context without permission. Attribution should be Ken Harwood, Editor Wisconsin Development News or Ken Harwood Advocate for Wisconsin.
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    One Central development will create $120B in public revenue, says Chicago Chamber
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    The winners: Cool Science Images 2019

    Ken Notes: Just plain cool....
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    https://isthmus.com/news/cover-story/administrative-roadblocks-set-back-research-at-uw/

    Ken Notes: Interesting read. I am still a fan of WARF and we get some wonderful research grants but much of our research does enter the private sector more quickly than on other campuses. The article does identify a number of private sector startups - but then suggest even our own companies are funding research at other institutions.
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    Wisconsin Supreme Court throws out annexation for Trempealeau County sand mine on technicality

    Ken Notes: We need to address annexation legislation and more importantly the ability for towns and cities to work cooperatively for the common good of both communities.
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    Gov. Tony Evers wants to renegotiate Foxconn deal, says company won`t employ 13,000

    Ken Notes: I believe it may be premature to renegotiate anything because quite simply Foxconn is not sure exactly what they will be building at the new plant. The current agreement is predicated on job creation so the state is not releasing large tax credits at present. It is the local communities that may have a real problem because infrastructure goes in before the project - so land, sewer, water, power, and roads are currently under construction for a project whose final value may not fully support the investment. I continue to hope that the development agreements are enforceable to support these investments.

    One final note, it wold be nice if there were a report available on exactly what has been spent and what our expectations are for repayment. In 2012, yep 7years ago, I said -- "We Need – Rules to play by.  Develop a tracking system for our investments in business based on outcomes -- Wisconsin does not keep score, and recently we have seen more than a few flags tossed by the federal government for this infraction. The new WEDC needs to fix this" This link is to the entire article published - November 14, 2012. WEDC is far better today than they were in 2012, they are using pay as you go options far more today and offering less up front capital -- but still what they spend and how they spend it is still a moving target...

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    State delivers $23.4 million in tax credits for Madison affordable housing projects

    Ken Notes: I still wish Madison and Dane County would just build more housing that is affordable rather than "affordable housing". We are perpetuating a system that has never really worked...
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    Wisconsin launches worker misclassification task force

    Ken Notes: I agree that this is a major problem but I worry that unless we change the legislation, the task force will simply encourage companies to increase their use of third party contract employees. To avoid the "grey areas" companies will staff using even more contract, temp and temp to hire options readily available...
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    National report shows Wisconsin had fourth-largest decline in higher education funding over five years

    Ken Notes: And yet we have one of the best systems in the nation and the world. It is not just what you spend but how you spend it and we do a pretty good job. It would be nice if we could create a fixed revenue source that rewarded the system in times of economic upturns and encouraged them to control spending in times of shortfalls. Currently the legislative support will not increase spending because it is one of the things they can control. For changes to happen we will need compromise and I just don`t see it -- which is to bad...
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    Groups sue city again over TIF district

    Ken Notes: With our TIF laws going from four pages to a book, we may need to sit down and rewrite the entire section. I would hate to see communities across the state having to go to court to defend their actions.
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    An Interview With Wisconsin`s Head Of Workforce Development

    Ken Notes: Lots of great info in this interview.
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    Census: Dane County leads state in population growth; more than double any other county in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: This is good and bad news. We need to develop market value housing stock that is affordable to the service industry, trades and entry level labor market. We do not build 100K or 150K new homes in Dane County, we should, but we do not. This by the way should not be a government subsidized or mandated program it should be a zoning and development partnership with the private sector. We are forcing thousands to commute into the County every day...
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    Monarch Private Capital Finances New Affordable Housing Development in Wisconsin
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    Wisconsin CDFIs Lending Strengthens Communities

    Ken Notes: I promise that public private partnerships like CDFI`s are the solution to many of our problems. This program is one being considered for elimination in the federal budget... Because it works???
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    Dairyland Power Cooperative
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    Optimism for second passenger train on Amtrak line grows after Portage meeting
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    `How it`s made in Dane` manufacturer open houses
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    Sun Prairie Council appoints downtown committee, OK`s redesign pact
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    State aid to help Door County ship goods to China
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    International Trade Team works for Wisconsin exports

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    Report: More Than 1K Wisconsin Bridges In Need Of Repair
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    OP ED: Imperiled again: one of Wisconsin’s great achievements

    Ken Notes: I have to agree that the Stewardship Fund is one of our greatest assets. If we do anything to alter it`s course we should address ways to improve the funds available and their use.

    I have proposed a TIF like structure to buy and protect Wisconsin lands. Imagine a State Park or Forest with some lands available for use as a private development for tourism.
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    Faith Technologies Plans Little Chute, Wisconsin, Manufacturing Plant
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    The Masters Live

    Ken Notes: Every year I include this link and it is almost always the most clicked link in the newsletter demonstrating, I believe, that Wisconsin`s development community is dedicated to finding the perfect landscaping options for there projects.
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    Milwaukee officials issue condemnation order against former Northridge Mall to help spur redevelopment

    Ken Notes: If you have empty stores act quickly to reuse the brick and mortar because vacant in deteriorates quickly.
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    Appeals Court Sides With Evers In Dispute Over Walker Appointees
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    Foxconn is confusing the hell out of Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: It is NOT CONFUSING it is business. The margin on TV`s went away so Foxconn has decided to find other markets for new products to make. It will then manufacture these new products in a facility here in Wisconsin.

    They currently do not know exactly what those products are so finding new technology is their focus. This does not make for good press bites so they quiet. This story is not fair and Wisconsin needs a spokesperson that can address the issues with some degree of calm.
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    Access To Affordable Child Care Remains Barrier For Wisconsin Workers

    Ken Notes: We need solutions for this that are neighborhood based. This is also an area where quality jobs and income are a factor. It is difficult to pay $200 - $300 when you make $10 / hour.
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    Italy-Based Centro Sperimentale del Latte USA Plans Production Center in Wisconsin
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    Natural Resources Board Approves Hearings For Proposed Phosphorus Rule

    Ken Notes: Algae is a huge problem, I will again suggest we visit the twin cities to see how they addressed this issues several years back. This is not a punitive issue it is a cooperative issue...
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    WHEDA Issues $165 Million in Single Family Bonding

    Ken Notes: I Madison we need a two pronged approach. Loans for first time home buyers and HOMES THEY CAN AFFORD...
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    Wisconsin must compete in tech environment

    Ken Notes: As I follow Foxconn and others it is obvious that our ability to develop and manufacture new tech will be key to Wisconsin`s success. I would love to see us expand in battery tech, records management, medical tech, renewable energy, transportation, and robotics and automation.
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    Wisconsin Becoming New Hotbed For Industrial Developers And Investors

    Ken Notes: There is no doubt that Wisconsin is quickly becoming a hub for manufacturing and DISTRIBUTION in the U.S.. Now we need to level the playing field for tax incentives and credits tied to quality jobs quality brick and mortar. Also transit infrastructure will need to be maintained and improved - Roads and Rail should be on our radar...
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    Streetwise: Opportunity Zones could help spur development in Green Bay
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    MacDon breaks ground for new Sun Prairie facility

    Ken Notes: Neil must have been playing with the backhoe when the photo was taken....
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    Governor Evers announces more than $90 million in payments to local governments
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    Optimism for second train grows after 2nd WisARP meeting in Portage
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    MAC restoration brings new hotel operator to Wisconsin
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    Great cheese and big appetites make Wisconsin a frozen pizza leader
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    Several development projects in the works on streetcar route

    Ken Notes: For the one thousandth time over the last 11 years. Madison Terrace to terrace -- rubber wheel -- alternative fuel!
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    Fiserv Forum Anchors Fresh Activation Of 30-Acre Milwaukee Development

    Ken Notes: Congrats!!! Nice NATIONAL attention!! This has been fun to watch. I think the downtown will continue to grow and become a global destination. The 2020 DNC event will be huge (yes I am trying to reclaim the term from those who may have stolen it from our lexicon) and a great opportunity for the State!!!!
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    Republicans Call For `Reset` Of Evers` Budget Plan

    Ken Notes: I hate that this is partisan not policy driven. We need to tie outcomes to our taxes and spending and joint finance is very numbers only driven. Of course the other side of the coin can be too program driven.

    I see tying tax credits and cuts to creating new jobs. What can we expect from new road and gas taxes, they do need help. Can a health care program save businesses money, can we offer badger care to everyone on a sliding scale? Will our schools prepare the next generation workforce to be job ready. Can we increase our apprenticeship offerings and use of Tech and UW Systems without push-back from our teachers...
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    Plover-based developer seeks to buy old Sears space in Wausau Center mall
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    Analysis: Tax Increment Financing In Wisconsin

    Notes: I agree with the premise that development would happen without TIF, but strongly disagree that TIF may not be an important element of local development. TIF brings the community to the table! TIF can be used to create infrastructure that might not otherwise be developed or improved. TIF can encourage the development a community wants.

    We need to restructure our TIF laws moving forward, allowing support for individual projects, requiring a development agreement, and controlling the effect on the local property tax rates. This is a baby bath water issue - We can learn from the successes and problems of the past. I do have some real concerns with the legislative trend in the past to legislate stopgap tweaks rather than improve the program...

    This article is both very biased and with that in mind somewhat informative. I would love to see an article covering the same issues using successful projects and creative uses as the examples (See Link Above). Finally I see many communities that do not fully understand the tool and its uses.
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    Mayor-elect: Bringing a “fresh start” to the capital city

    Ken Notes: Congratulations, and now the work begins.

    Here are some issues at the top of the ED list. Housing not just for the poor but for the middle class and service worker. Smaller units more density? Transit, I have been writing about BRT for 11 years now so hearing it offered as a solution was nice -- but BRT still requires infrastructure in the form of dedicated lanes, transit stations, and signaling. Project development, let the neighborhoods and special interested have a voice but not a mandate or the ability to significantly delay projects - time is money and the burbs are just sitting there. I also applaud the desire to improve relations with the council but there will remain a need to prevent them from micro managing a project once approved. I am looking forward to your vision and wish you the best. Also let me know how I can help.
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    Baraboo `Discover Wisconsin` episode debuts Monday with Al. Ringling Theatre premiere

    Ken Notes: Discover Wisconsin is one of our greatest assets. It is a perfect example of partnering public and private sector to promote the State.
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    In a run-down electric building in downtown Wausau, city leaders see an opportunity

    Ken Notes: These project are fun but you need some creative local innovators to manage the space. I have seen many great build-outs sit empty. Also using existing brick and mortar can be pricey -- get a expert like Gorman & co. to give you some ideas...
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    Nearly 2,500 employees in Wisconsin to lose jobs once all Shopko stores close, state says

    Ken Notes: Shopko is a nice sized footprint for a grocery / distribution outlet, Amazon are you listening....
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    Applications open for Scale Up Milwaukee Growth Accelerator

    Ken Notes: I am looking to scale up WDN and the development network or return to a position where I can work in communications, promoting economic development.
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    Some outdated Wisconsin malls see success in redevelopment while others struggle

    Ken Notes: Malls and abandoned big box must become a destination or die. I can address this issue with your group if you need a speaker...
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    UW System Restructure Gets Final Approval From Accrediting Agency

    Ken Notes: I hope the next move is to focus on school to work programs that augment the Tech programs...
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    Top Note Tonics to move production to Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: I sse a niche market in Wisconsin for "Craft Alcohol" beer, wine, spirits, mixers, and more... There must be a CBD soda coming soon!
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    Boulder still working in Wauwatosa after rejection of development that includes Tesla showroom

    Ken Notes: I would love to see a Tesla facility in Wisconsin and I alos get that it is difficult because car dealerships are not "dense". I see a multi story care dealership coming soon... Like this??...
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    Thinkful Announces Partnership With the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Ken Notes: I would love to see more innovative programs coming out of the UW and tech systems. I would love to see more partnerships wit actual businesses - Have I ever mentioned apprenticeships???
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    Wausau River District Receives National Main Street Award

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    SSM Health details plan for $75 million redevelopment on South Side
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    Hy-Vee proposes health market for Sun Prairie

    Ken Notes:Sheesh Neil toss the rest of us a cookie now and then!!!
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    Skywaukee tours take visitors through Milwaukee`s skywalk system

    Ken Notes: This is a brilliant idea. I used to find my way around via the Skywalk during the state school board convention in the 90`s. It is VERY cool. Second only to the Riverwalk...
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    Foxconn awards contracts for utility and road work at Mt. Pleasant project site
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    Tony Evers could re-appoint some appointees of Scott Walker

    Ken Notes: Good move on WEDC. The question needs to be what will WEDC look like... What is the supporting legislation and funding behind the organization... And how will local incentives (TIF) be aligned in support of growth and development... and just because I like to stir the pot, how will local ED professional become more involved.
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    Sanford Burnham Prebys, WARF Partner on Drug Discovery

    Ken Notes: I remain WARF`s largest cheerleader, I wish we could work with the State to leverage more local jobs from our patents but the money is pretty nice as well!!! Sorry about placing you so far down in my report but I always save on of the best for last.
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    Sara Meaney views 2020 DNC as opportunity to tell Wisconsin`s story

    Ken Notes: MBJ is behind a paywall so I did not get to read the story but I am guessing Sara, secretary-designee of tourism for Wisconsin, was correct. Wisconsin has a great story to tell and if we work at it we could have even more to say by 2020. I vote for a newly restructured WEDC and TIF reform offering incentives to every growing business in the state paying good wages and offering great benefits.
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    $90K in Grants to Support Fond du Lac Building Renovation
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    Developer proposes major mixed-use project for Essen Haus site in downtown Madison

    Ken Notes: A great site and one we need to get the best use out of. I will miss the Ruby, Essen House, and especially Up North which was my "local" bar when I lived around the corner. I included a link to Catfish Stephenson who is at Up North most Thursday`s. I`ll be following this project and may have to make a few trips into the city to here him play in his natural habitat...
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    Less educated Wisconsinites faring worse as job growth shifts from manufacturing to service industry

    Ken Notes: I will repeat on the off chance that just one person is listening. We MUST exponentially increase our apprenticeship opportunities and school to work transitional programs to create skill sets in our students not entering post secondary schools. The days of "I`ll just work at the factory or on the farm" are gone. Businesses are begging for skilled labor. Construction, technology, even manufacturing require new skill that are not taught in our high schools....
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    Local tech and biotech startups land state matching grants
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    Online marketplace launches for Wisconsin businesses in search of tech providers
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    Badger Institute: Federal grants are turning states against their own people

    Ken Notes: Very interesting read. I am not sure I agree with the premise that we should get less, I do believe we need to level the playing field so that all our businesses can participate and/or benefit. Our federal parks and nation forests are a wonderful resource. Our federal programs supporting AG, and the food industry also come to mind as a pretty important resource. we need to look at this from BOTH sides...
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    Celebrating Ag Day with a glimpse at Wisconsin`s diverse ag industry
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    Dairy Task Force 2.0 supports 49 recommendations

    Ken Notes: GREAT REPORT!
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    WEDC awards $7.5 million in tax credits to Amazon for Wisconsin projects

    Ken Notes: I do not have a problem with offering incentives to Amazon, I just wish we had a program for EVERY growing business in the state to benefit from expanding their workforce. It has to be frustrating for a small Wisconsin firm wanting to bring on two or three employees to see big brother get millions.
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    Wisconsin unemployment rate drops to 2.9 percent

    Ken Notes: This is great, now if we can get more of these working adults into skilled positions with a great wage and good benefits!
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    Mid-State receives workforce development honor

    Ken Notes: ...and while I am on my soapbox, let me suggest we have the tools in place to create a GREAT workforce. Since I cant find funding for WisconsinApprentice.com I will talk about programs in WDN because our economy depends on using the tools like our Tech Colleges to their fullest capacity. Congrats Mid-State!
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    Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty plans growth in face of Democratic administration

    Ken Notes: Why can`t the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty work with the new Governor to shape policy in the interest of Wisconsin citizens. Partisanship must end and it could start in Wisconsin, alas we have deepened the trenches and are looking for more ammunition. I believe the result will be a battle where everyone looses - Except Lawyers. Scary isn`t it!
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    Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Medical College of Wisconsin advance community-based partnership

    Ken Notes: Perfect adaptive reuse of a great building!!!
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    Explainer: What is affordable housing?

    Ken Notes: A must read!
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    Building stronger tech workforce is issue nationally and Wisconsin
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    Possible multi-million dollar downtown redevelopment project could spark economic growth in Rhinelander
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    State tourism secretary designee Sara Meaney: `It’s possible to kick some more butt`
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    Judge blocks Kohler golf course over wetland permit issued under pressure

    Ken Notes: Let me go on record suggesting that Plan B here will not be as good as the project on the boards. Also Kohler has donated land and done so much for the region. I want them to continue to thrive in the state.
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    CEOs share what dairy checkoff dollars are doing for farmers

    Ken Notes: Still one of the best organizations in Wisconsin.
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    Apprenticeship: A Wisconsin tradition

    Ken Notes: I`ll pitch this one more time - I own WisconsinApprentice.com and would love to do a weekly news aggregation featuring the efforts on all the Tech Schools, Businesses, and government support for these efforts. I need a grant or sponsors to fund the effort because there is some cost involved to do it right. The potential for the expansion of this program is huge, it is great for students, good for business, and encourages the use of our fabulous Tech program. Any interest????
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    Marketing Wisconsin, incentives and immigration among recommendations in WMC workforce report

    Ken Notes: I agree, but first WMC needs to become far less political so that their voice is seen as more pro jobs and business and not as political agenda driven.

    If the WEDC wants to be funded, and I agree that it should be, they need to ask the new administration exactly what they would like to see from the organization.

    I know WMC will be upset with these observations and suggest I do not know what I am talking about but at least I can demonstrate my advocacy is about jobs, growth, business and the Future of Wisconsin....
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    The Churchill’s darkest hour

    Ken Notes: A great read and so many issues. It would be interesting to see Hodve and the City do an RFP to address the building, needs of the Historical Society, and potential adaptive reuse.
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    New Project Would More Than Double Wisconsin`s Solar Energy Output

    Ken Notes: Solar is now very cost effective so we will see more and more projects com online. This is good for the State but we may need to address policy that defines how they come on line. Arkansas has a plan that is interesting....
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    Mayor Paul Soglin: City and Judge Doyle Square developer `aligned` on building hotel

    Ken Notes: I wrote, in my op-ed above, that the press, some of the attorneys, and some council members may not be helping the process and as ugly as it may seem a project of this magnitude is a process. We have a public records issues when some of the discourse becomes public as in this case.

    The Mayor is 100% correct that “When you’re negotiating these matters, public discussion does not help when you’ve got some people, who I think, probably want this thing to fail,”.

    When a project is approved and even more so when it is in the dirt the political part of the process is over! I am now fully supportive of the City and the developer -- and in case you forgot this was not my favorite proposal. One more thing -- we have very good professionals in our development department please let them do their jobs.
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    Former Northridge Boston Store will be demolished to make way for future development

    Ken Notes: Hard to see these go. We need a task force to be preemptive on the big boxes that will be vacant soon....
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    Racine, Foxconn strike smart cities deal

    Ken Notes: If I can read between the lines Foxconn is looking hard at future technologies that they can grow into. I hope they succeed....
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    Former St. Anthony’s Hospital transformed into apartments and resource center for the homeless

    Ken Notes: Now this is a very cool project. What a great use of space... We may need to schedule a tour of this facility, send me an email if you are interested, use Ken @ KenHarwood.com...
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    Foxconn Says Its Wisconsin Manufacturing Facility Will Be Operational in 2020

    Ken Notes: I am guessing they can find some medical/industrial applications by then. It will be fascinating to see if Apple or other new players enter these markets. I added a link above that I found interesting...
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    New startups selected to participate in BREW accelerator programs

    Ken Notes: I remain a huge fan of the Water Council, they are doing much to place Wisconsin in the international spotlight in a very positive way.
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    Wisconsin-based company purchases The Owyhee

    Ken Notes: Diane we need you here in Wisconsin, you have made such a difference everywhere you invest... If you have not seen the Ironworks area in Beloit you should make a visit...
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    Tony Evers wants to boost unemployment benefits, remove barriers to qualify for them

    Ken Notes: I am worried that we are getting into a spending deficit that will prevent job creation. We need every program on the table and make cuts to fund the ones we now want. Also we need to do an economic/job impact study on existing and new programs.
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    Neighborhood, city prepare for South Park Street without Pick `n Save

    Ken Notes: We need a new plan for housing in the area and nice housing at that. The Welton plan is only a start and starting with affordable housing make the rest a challenge. We may want to ask developers to look at market rate condos and apartments that are more affordable than downtown while still being close.

    Use the corridor as a BRT test route to create a urban link with the downtown. Use Monona Bay, lake Wingra and the Arboretum as amenities. Make the neighborhood walkable and a destination. Allow height, urban renewal, and a continuation of what is happening by the hospitals to create a new East Washington like neighborhood. Until you want to live there you have work to do.

    Also you need a big plan -- the library and other buildings were not enough and the new school will be an island if you do not build a community around it. Ask 100 people in Madison what Park Street means to them therein lies your challenge...
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    Paul Soglin says he`s fixing housing shortage; Satya Rhodes-Conway says it`s not enough

    Ken Notes: Neither talks about taller buildings, smaller spaces, or working with market rate developers to lower the market rates. With a need for 13K units we are going to have to get creative, like after WWII creative. Lets start with a home for every homeless vet, then expand on the models that work best.
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    Ranger Power making strides in development of 149MW PV project in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: This is a lot of land and a lot of power. 1,000 acres give or take. Not as big as the proposal west of Madison (300MW) but still big none the less. My only question is shouldn`t we look at rooftops first. Farm land is a commodity rooftops are not!
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    After two years, Festival Foods says it will open in Verona this fall

    Ken Notes: I will remain a Millers loyalist and I live 20 miles away.
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    OPINION: Make America great again by raising the minimum wage

    Ken Notes: The minimum wage is not the issue, raising it will just make hamburgers more expensive. What we need is more jobs paying a living wage and a clear path for everyone to get there. I vote for apprenticeship, school to work programs, less tax benefits for those not paying a living wage and offering benefits, less hand outs and far more hand ups. If we do raise the minimum wage place an age limit on it so kids do not drop out of school or forego college. 30,000K would look pretty cool to our youth...
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    Evers` cabinet secretaries say Foxconn deal moving in `relatively positive fashion`

    Ken Notes: The answer to the second story is NOT YET. Foxconn is changing direction from displays -- to research, manufacturing processes and medical devices, this is a big leap -- we need to work with them and make sure we are only funding what we get in return. This may be difficult for infrastructure and roads but jobs should be easy to track...Oh and stop showing the plant layout - we get it they are not building that one!!!
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    Investor Interested In Downtown Rhinelander Development

    Ken Notes: There are so many great cities in Wisconsin that are not on the Economic Development map which is too bad...
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    St. Croix EDC Seeks Input With Workforce Development Survey
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    Evers Budgets $78 Million for High Speed Internet

    Ken Notes: Don`t do it. Sit down with all parties and develop a 5G strategy for the entire State. Government is far to slow to invest in technology -- we can accomplish far more by developing the next generation and making it available to more (if not all) citizens. 5G is fast wireless and the future....
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    Milwaukee Institute, Startup Wisconsin partner on regional entrepreneurship conference

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    Amtrak signals interest in $600M rail line between Twin Cities, Twin Ports

    Ken Notes: Interesting, but I am guessing there are a lot more people interested in Minneapolis Madison Milwaukee and Chicago!!! Call me crazy...
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    Wisconsin`s Proposed Senate Bill Can Have Far-Reaching Implications for Wisconsin Municipalities Creating Tax Incremental Financing Districts

    Ken Notes: I have been advocating for simpler TID rules with stronger guarantees especially for smaller communities. These changes are anything but that. The stress test specifically would be both difficult and expensive for cities to complete. Also how do you develop infrastructure for a project with no specific project on the boards. We need a simple TIF program for smaller cities to help expanding or new businesses with a development agreement based incentive that is bank financed up front.
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    $50K college scholarships fuels a wave of residential development La Crosse WI, Cedar Rapids has similar goals

    Ken Notes: A very interesting program! I want to remind everyone of an idea I wrote about several years back in light of our current tuition loan crisis.

    I believe we should create a fund to refinance existing student loans as well as making new for tuition paid to State schools (both Tech and UW)then make the interest paid on the new loans a bottom line tax deduction on State Income taxes. It would keep graduates in Wisconsin, would be available to all students, would be easy to administer, would allow the state to work with State banks, and would attract more students to enroll in our public institutions.
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    Kenosha County still a good place to find work
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    Clean energy advocates hopeful about changing of guard at Wisconsin PSC

    Ken Notes: It will be interesting to see if there are 2-1 votes....
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    Skyscrapers, massive transit center could reshape area around Soldier Field

    Ken Notes: We need to get Bob more Wisconsin canvass (and stop taking him to court) he has great vision and can get even the most difficult projects done and done well. This concept is very cool, hope you get it in the dirt, or sky as the case may be!!!
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    Foxconn announces second-round winners of Smart Cities-Smart Futures
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    Winter depot project to go out again for bids

    Ken Notes: Hopfully a reader has some ideas for this project....
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    Waukesha County Center for Growth board adds members
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    Kohler moving work from Wisconsin to Mississippi

    Ken Notes: Like I said it is about the jobs, and Kohler is a legacy company for the state. What if we offered say 5 Million or (20K per job over 10 years) plus 10% of the expansion value in TIF to build the addition here in Wisconsin. I know it is too late and we may still be short of the 18.5 they got from Mississippi but it would send a positive message to other companies considering similar moves.

    I remain an advocate for a fixed program available to all growing businesses.

    Also everyone should read the article to see exactly what Mississippi offered...
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    No More Tax Breaks for Moving Jobs Out of Wisconsin?

    Ken Notes: I am far more worried about the loss of jobs...
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    Wisconsin companies invited to take part in global trade venture to France and the United Kingdom in June

    Ken Notes: Paris, London and Birmingham - tax deductible 11 days I wish I had a bigger company!!!
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    Billboards, websites eyed to advertise Waterford
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    Kimberly-Clark spent $131K lobbying for incentive bill
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    Green Lake`s Heidel House Resort to close in May

    Ken Notes: Too bad I like this place....
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    Thriving at work: Companies excel by building a winning culture
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    Developer scales back plans for city-owned site on South Side

    Ken Notes: Grocery is trending smaller so doesn`t this make sense...
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    Madison receives state grant to buy 20 electric vehicles
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    How Many Casinos Could The Southern Wisconsin & Northern Illinois Market Support?
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    Council approves seeking $500K Gehl redevelopment grant
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    The Madison Commercial Brokers Group Deal of the Year

    Ken Notes: Attention media -- Some great Madison stories here. Also if other communities have done similar awards please send or contact me...
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    OPINION: Disadvantaged and Minority Students the Biggest Losers in Evers’ Budget

    Notes: I disagree with EVERY WORD! I am a conservative, but I support many of the ways the Governor is trying to move us forward. Dan does not get politics at all and he is NOT advocating for Disadvantaged and Minority Students. He wants more money, and to get that you have to support the businesses that pay the bills. To get that you have to increase the brick and mortar that generated the property taxes that pay for education. To get that you have to create jobs that pay a living wage. To get that you need to get involved in your schools to make them better.

    This budget has been pronounced DOA so now we are tasked with dealing with each program individually, an uphill battle at best. We need to look for bipartisan solutions, if Tony had submitted a budget that eliminated WEDC and expanded the Voucher Program he would not have had a place to start talking -- now we do!
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    Aspiring vendors are already working to be part of Madison’s Public Market

    Ken Notes: The Market needs a business manager to get the key components and tenants that will fund the diversity and healthy food that will make the market special. I know it is not fun to talk about the boring stuff, the stuff that pays the bills, but without an economic engine in place the market will open and close in the same year.
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    Evers` cabinet secretaries say Foxconn deal moving in `relatively positive fashion`

    Ken Notes: We need a set of good accurate talking points regrading Foxconn. We know they are reevaluating their option while exploring new markets. Lets give them a chance to do this without throwing stones. Also lets send a clear message to other businesses looking at Wisconsin that this is a great place to grow, a place where you can work with you community and government, a place where we value good jobs paying a living wage, a place that provides great education... recreation... social events... housing... entertainment...

    Or we can continue to let the national media call us stupid while we blame each other!!
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    State hears from public on proposed Lakeshore solar farm
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    Alliant Energy Center is `hub` for dairy industry; expansion expected to create jobs, development

    Ken Notes: I hope this time we have all the stakeholders at the table. We can not create a world class venue at the price of losing our world class events. I want a long term contract with World Dairy, Canoecopia, and all the rest before we spend a dime. A a former director of the National Association of Tax Professionals I promise we looked at price as well as venue and if we promised 2,000 rooms the event space was almost free. Thus without a hotel to drive the space, rents have to be affordable... Look at Monona Terrace truly world class facility yet vastly under utilized. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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    Wisconsin Rapids takes step toward new apartment complex near Mid-State Technical College
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    Rezoning Approved for New Apartment Complex Development
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    Wisconsin Dells is courting a more grown-up audience, beyond water parks

    Ken Notes: Interesting. On that note Madison could use a couple of family hotel venues. I am sure many EPIC trainees would love to bring their families to the city...
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    Wisconsin Avenue to host NEWaukee’s downtown night market for 6th year
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    Madison Adds Affordable Housing On City`s Far East Side
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    Downtown`s former Grand Avenue mall could get $9 million in city cash to help pay for redevelopment

    Ken Notes: This is such an iconic space, I hope it can be redeveloped into something very special. Since the anchors are gone, could we attach some hotel space and transit options. The Ritz at Pentagon City near WDC comes to mind and you can still get a $700 room for $150 on the weekend.
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    Amount of cash provided to developers by Wisconsin communities limited by Evers budget proposal

    Ken Notes: Here is our chance to create a new BIPARTISAN veto proof TIF law that allows every community to invest in the projects they want, while leveling the playing field.

    As Mayor of Neenah, an Alderman in Verona, as well as an ED professional I can attest to manipulating TIF laws to ones own advantage (legally by the way). Milwaukee, Madison, Waukesha, Green Bay, and many more have turned this into an art form while other communities are in the dark, some even TIF adverse. We need to simplify TIF, tie investments to signed development agreements, and use TIF to help growing businesses as well as new ones. Also the Governors limit of 20% is actually fairly generous.

    The original intent of blight improvements and seeding infrastructure are still interesting ideas but have very little to do with how the laws are actually used.
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    Speaking of Canorcopia! - It Starts Friday

    Ken Notes: If you come please say Hello, I work with the speakers all weekend.
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    HKS, Concord developing Wisconsin Renaissance

    Ken Notes: Wauwatosa may have to become it`s own State soon because they have ED down to a science.
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    VIDEO: Economic development challenges

    Ken Notes: Remember RPC`s we are so close to having a great Statewide economic development policy an team...
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    Foxconn looking at office space on Capitol Square

    Ken Notes: It is a great building!
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    Madison planning, community and economic development director Natalie Erdman retiring
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    Middleton looks for architect to rethink downtown library, city hall, senior center
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    Fitchburg preparing pilot of community-directed improvement plan
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    Pawn America site pegged for duel-branded Hilton hotel
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    10 Milwaukee and Madison companies get SBIR Advance grants
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    Minong teen`s design could travel world

    Ken Notes: Brilliant!
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    6 Rules for Better, More Inclusive Economic Development in Cities

    Ken Notes: Good read, I would change #1 to Use incentives to get exactly what you want!...
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    Cashton daycare gets WEDC grant
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    Report: Replacing aging prison near Green Bay may cost $500M

    Ken Notes: We need a statewide program to support every county. Prisons are a burden everywhere.
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    Frozen pizza company expanding in Kaukauna

    Notes: 7,291.67 per job nice affordable but still a moving target. WEDC is no longer including local TIF in their reports on what was offered in support. If Kaukauna was at the table please let me know, I wish we had a state system to track all of this... Great product (Brew Pub) by the way!!!
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    Blonde walks into a bank...

    Ken Notes: I do not do jokes, but you have to admit this one is good...
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    Kwik Trip to sell RNG produced at Wisconsin landfill gas project
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    There`s much to learn about ag from Wisconsin farmers

    Ken Notes: So true but because politics is about money and numbers small farmers are not invited to the table... To bad!!!
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    Pierce County businesses honored at awards breakfast
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    Wisconsin would maintain logging roads while preserving public access

    Ken Notes: Actually a good idea...
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    Boulders Inn & Suites franchises with Wisconsin hotel chain

    Ken Notes: Cobblestone is a Neenah Company!!!
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    `Halley`s Comet of economic development`: Stars align to relocate Green Bay`s coal piles

    Ken Notes: Congrats GB talk about lemonade from lemons!!!!
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    5 Key Problems With Foxconn Contract

    Ken Notes: By far the most detailed report I have seen. I am still looking for committed expenses by locals for roads, utilities, infrastructure, and direct project support??? Does the development agreement cover these???
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    Highlights of Gov. Evers` State Budget Proposal

    Ken Notes: Many more items at link, I pulled the ED related ones. I hope WDN had a little impact on the WEDC plans -- we are still advocating for:

    • Partnering with counties and major metros to fund a local ED professional
    • A better tracking system
    • A fixed tax credit for all new jobs created
    • A new option for single project TIF support
    • No upfront grants unless federally or bank backed

      ... Oh and the ironclad development agreement is a must... Trust but verify...
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    Wisconsin SBDC network helped small businesses invest record $101M into state`s economy in 2018
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    Findorff - Character Community Craftsmanship

    Findorff, builders of Wisconsin`s finest projects...and ...A sponsor of Wisconsin Development News
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    Wisconsin commission, and residents, mull massive proposed solar farms

    Ken Notes: I worry that this project, because of it`s size and use of farmland, will cast a negative light on solar which is now cost effective and efficient. I and not offering an opinion on the Two Creeks project but am suggesting every rooftop in the state be evaluated...
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    Wisconsin`s Rural Communities Team Up To Attract Housing Developers

    Ken Notes: It is time to revisit an industry that we sort of set aside, manufactured housing offers some modular excellence. We should look at new zoning codes that mandate green factors, quality siding and roofing, accessibility, and overall quality -- rather than size, foundation and being stick built in place... Also mobile and manufactured are two different things with some new grey areas that have to be addressed code wise (specifically size and foundation).
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    Wisconsin developer proposes decking over rail yards west of Soldier Field

    Ken Notes: Wow this is an interesting one...
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    Mayor, Metro Transit seek Oscar Mayer parcel

    Ken Notes: This could be very interesting and a great adaptive reuse of the property. Building a new facility to house larger buses and the balance of the fleet would be very expensive. Of course Reich Brothers will be trying to package the facilities and will need to decide if the warehouse buildings are integral part of other projects or can be spun off.
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    Is Thompson correct that Wisconsin has the biggest highway headache in the Midwest?

    Ken Notes: We spent a lot in MKE & Madison on interchanges and overpasses plus some section of interstate but the State highways and county roads are in rough shape! Score, prioritize, fund and fix. Alas it will be tough to catch up...
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    A reader sent a report they developed...

    Ken Notes: Remember WDNews is a great way to share your work with Wisconsin`s Development Community. No adds or promotional materials unless you are a sponsor...
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    Foxconn confirms they will build Wisconsin plant despite considerations to pull out of deal

    Ken Notes: Can we not get a State communications director who can address these issues and articles with facts and realities. We are becoming the laughing stock of the nation and most of it is not deserved! We should be using this as a platform to tout the States economic development opportunities.

    We still need to watch this evolve as the Foxconn mission has changed and exactly what gets built and when is still up in the air. Since infrastructure goes in first and Racine county is fronting this based on projected TIF revenue I for one would be very nervous and cautious. On the other hand it does look like the hospitals and other development is moving forward. Trust but verify.

    Speaking of trust our President, the one who said Foxconn would continue it`s project has "Deutsche Bank reportedly considering restructuring President Trump`s loans following the 2016 election over concerns he would default". I am just saying...
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    DOT Leader Says Transportation System Declining

    Ken Notes: We need a transit infrastructure scoring system and then prioritize projects based on need. The problem is that there are always those who are more vocal in advocating for their project. It will be interesting to see how Craig handles this because he was the one they hired to help them be heard.

    At the end of the day we should be able to see all the projects, the scores, and who got funded. I will be happy to write the data base, I served on the state discretionary funding panel in the Thompson administration, and as Mayor of Neenah may have had one of the smartest public works directors in the state.

    Also a new idea on the gas tax - add a small stabilization tax to gas designed to maintain a steady price for a period of time (like a budget cycle). This will allow business to budget more effectively and will provide additional tax revenue when it is most affordable to do so.
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    Maritime Museum tower could face same fate as failed hotel
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    Developer proposes six-story hotel near Kohl Center
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    Developer proposes final phase of $80 million Union Corners project

    Ken Notes: Can we applaud Gorman & Co. for hanging in there, this has been a challenging project from the onset and the city was often in the micro management position. Now we have a UW Health facility affordable housing a GrandFamily facility and more --- not bad....
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    Who speaks for the birds? Madisonians join movement to prevent bird collisions with buildings
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    Tony Evers vetoes Republican tax-cut bill, GOP leaders vow to `redouble our efforts`

    Ken Notes: Try a tax incentive program based on new jobs and growth. I promise a person would rather make more dollars an hour that receive a small tax cut.
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    Carthage College Will Begin Mandating Career Training In Fall

    Ken Notes: A very good idea...
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    DCMM to Seek Community Development Grant for Tower
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    Conservative group urges Wisconsin lawmakers to embrace renewable energy

    Ken Notes: Wow I have been pushing this agenda every week for seven years and was told by many I was nuts, now I am mainstream.
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    Negotiations extended for Eau Claire projects
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    Wisconsin Dells continues prep for new high school
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    How Wisconsin Is Investing in Housing

    Ken Notes: The governor has suggested he want to tie economic development and affordable housing together. WHEDA would be the perfect place to start. Give them a way to partner with projects to provide affordable housing, they should also work with communities to look at more dense zoning options and smaller homes rather than subsidized housing that perpetuates the affordable housing dilemma....
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    Wisconsin expands workforce opportunities for military spouses of National Guard members
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    After neighborhood battle, apartment development on track for approval in Middleton

    Ken Notes: Just an observation - to support the current land prices in Middleton affordable housing will have to go up or be placed on much smaller lots. SmartCode has some interesting ideas...
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    Shopko puts a number to job losses from Wisconsin store closings

    Ken Notes: I would love to see an investment group try and keep and restructure the Shopko brand I think these stores and locations have great potential if the shopping experience and product line changed.
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    Wisconsin municipalities rely on property taxes far more than most other states, a report finds

    Ken Notes: I like cause and effect taxes - property tax for public safety and infrastructure - income taxes for jobs and education - gas taxes for transit - utility taxes for utilities... Alas politicians would never stand for a public knowing where the money is coming from and how it is being spent...
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    The Internet of Things: What it is, and how it`s changing Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: A MUST READ. This technology will change the way we do business like quality control did in the 70`s 80`s and 90`s.
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    Birds Eye plans expansion in Wisconsin
    Ken Notes: This is only $7,500 per new job. I am still trying to figure out the magic WEDC formula. Again, I propose a uniform state tax incentive program available to all growing or new companies - Just a thought...
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    Madison, Milwaukee-area startups win $875,000 in innovation, tech grants

    Ken Notes: A rerun but more details on how WEDC supports these companies. Another reason to keep WEDC and make it better...
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    Phillips-Medisize Builds Hudson, Wisconsin, Manufacturing Center

    Ken Notes: Congrats Hudson, the quiet side of the State. Really a lot of opportunity for ED Growth and some great leadership over there...
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    Developer Bob Lang is planning a 30-acre `New Delafield` project south of I-94 and Highway C

    Ken Notes: I am a huge Bob Lang fan, I hope this works well for him...
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    `Worth the wait`: Green Bay`s $50 million Hotel Northland ready to wow guests, community
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    New hotel development to offer Mississippi waterfront views

    Ken Notes: The driftless and SW Wisconsin is not on anyone`s radar...
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    Madison developer scales back proposal for South Park Street property
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    Madison moving toward plan to meet 100 percent clean energy goals
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    Parks Commission approves James Madison Park master plan with parking changes
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    WEDC awards $500,000 to entrepreneurship assistance programs

    Ken Notes: Again we pick and choose the programs, why not fund the actual startups the programs create or establish a voucher system. Also thumbs up to BizStarts and their partnership with Concordia University Wisconsin. Here is my dumb ass idea, every Wisconsin University should have an entrepreneurship program and a co-working space for students and graduates. Lets go one step further -- every secondary school should partner with their local tech school and local businesses to create an apprenticeship programs for all students not college bound.

    Also regardless of where you are starting a business in Wisconsin, look at the BizStarts and Launch MKE websites for guidance and then use BrightStar to pitch your idea. Also there were 11 grants for 72 counties. We should fix this by including all counties and large communities.
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    Seven months after launch, StartingBlock gets positive reviews

    Ken Notes: I talk about Milwaukee`s efforts below but Starting Block has hit the ground running...
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    Report: La Crosse an example in adapting to `Millennials on the Move`

    Ken Notes: Madison is missing out...
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    Google announces $13 billion investment in 2019 for new/expanded U.S. offices & data centers
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    Three retailers join Irgens` mixed-use development near Milwaukee
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    GOP leaders cite misleading Foxconn jobs number
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    More upgrades planned for Wisconsin Rapids airport

    Ken Notes: Small airports are the tax funded playgrounds of the rich. Please tell me if I am wrong...
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    Tesla showroom, Chase bank and Cafe Zupas advance in Wauwatosa
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    Wisconsin Governor Joins Climate Alliance Committed to Cutting Greenhouse Gases

    Ken Notes: add without harming business to the language and I am all in...
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    2018 Saw Solar Jobs Grow In Wisconsin, Despite National Dip

    Ken Notes: We entered the market late which may be a good thing because the prices continue to decline. We also have projects tied to our utilities which is a great thing...
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    Monroe County Economic Development Conference returns for an eighth year
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    As Foxconn changes Wisconsin plans, job promises fall short

    Ken Notes: Chicago is saying the grapes were sour and no doubt we are looking at a different kind of growth, but what if we become the world hub for medical imaging, automated manufacturing, and industrial video display. Hell the wine could be perfect!
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    Eying up development

    Ken Notes: The problem with candidates is that they are allowed to talk in generalities where as public servants eventually have to talk in realities. I, not a candidate, have expressed ideas for the Oscar Meyer campus, but the reality is -- I do not own it, the city does not own it, and my guess is the city will not buy it and OM will not give it away.

    So the reality is the need to find a buyer with a profitable idea to use the facility in a way that benefits the city. The discussions are good but promises -- be careful.
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    Tony Evers: Expand economic development to include affordable worker housing

    Ken Notes: A good idea but two entirely different markets and entities. To get housing you need to work with builders, developers and communities. To get jobs you need to work with employers. We have ways to do both but it is a different set of tools and expertise.

    The housing problem will also require examining the profit margins on small affordable and larger homes. Ask any builder why they do not build smaller homes and they will say only one thing -- profit. We could look at micro, modular, small stick built and manufactured homes on smaller lots but communities are not supportive. We need innovative design, shared amenities, and community planning...
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    Wisconsin Tax Options: A Guide to Fair, Simple, Pro-Growth Reform

    Ken Notes: Great read. I would love to see a lower rate but I have always believed if you do a great job on roads, snow, parks, and services you can maintain a stable government and the support of the voter. When you are seen as leaning to the rich or the poor you lose the faith of the middle.

    I still firmly believe if we offered per new job incentives to ALL growing companies, not just a select few, we could grow the economy increase the number of jobs paying a livable wage, and gain the confidence of all of the citizens of the state. Neither party seems willing to embrace this philosophy though.
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    Shopko: Retailer to lay off 578 workers at 11 stores in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: I was always a fan of Shopko, for a brief time they had a brilliant electronics buyer and some interesting home furnishings. Alas it seems you have to find the perfect niche to survive in this Walmart dominated field. Watch for Michigan`s Meijer (Better grocery options) to do well, and Wisconsin`s Kohls (better clothing quality) should survive. Target seem to be looking for the perfect mix as well.
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    Mayfair Collection`s next phase includes offices, 750 apartments, senior housing tower
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    Proposed Wauwatosa mixed-use development includes bank, restaurant and possible hotel
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    A high-end downtown Milwaukee apartment development with around 200 units is in the planning stages
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    Café Zupas, possible hotel planned for site near Mayfair Collection
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    Duluth Trading Co. adds to transformation of Mount Horeb while Gempler`s quietly returns
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    Jobs Near Me: Hour of Code provides glimpse of Information Technology careers in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: We have a disconnect in our schools education and actual practice. We have very few that understand the use of a data base and internet for example. This is another great opportunity for apprenticeship and dual crediting.
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    Madison to seek affordable housing in Judge Doyle Square developer proposals

    Ken Notes: Dip your toes into the micro apartment co-living waters. Shared amenities, flexible space, a mix of tenant backgrounds and incomes...
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    Madison City Council approves Olin Park land purchase

    Ken Notes: I like the Micro sites these need to be well designed and implemented so we can get more in the future. Have an architectural design contest to create cool livable units!!!!
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    Madison City Council adopts guiding principles for Oscar Mayer site

    Ken Notes: Anoter MUST read...
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    Ho-Chunk detail plans for cultural, entertainment district

    Ken Notes: Could be cool...
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    Matalco to add Wisconsin location
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    Belleville rebranding and touting its assets with eye on growth

    Ken Notes: Can I suggest that a community within commuting distance of Madison and EPIC that is willing to adopt a building code supportive of smaller and micro housing would do very well. You need strict architectural and design approvals, very limited land use and out building permits, support for clubhouse or common buildings in the development, and access to nature or an urban experience within walking distance. I would love to work on a project like this I would also shoot for net zero....
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    Google’s Madison Expansion to Triple Size of Local Offices
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    Manitowoc County solar project is first of utility scale in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Tough to lose the acreage but very cool projects...
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    Four Milwaukee-area startups split $530K from M7 Venture Capital Fund

    Ken Notes: Article behind pay wall sorry...
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    Shopko announces 12 more closings in our area
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    IPR (Integrated Public Resources) / McMahon Associates
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    Is a Tesla dealership considering a location in Wauwatosa? Rumors persist.

    Ken Notes: With warranty issues and commerce laws this is a needed addition in the state...
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    Time to end TIF?

    Ken Notes: A MUST read! Dave is great a stirring the pot but once again and simple answers and sound bites are NOT the answer. We need to recreate the TIF laws to align the law with the actual practice, but keep reading.

    This is not a blight issue and has not been for 30 years. Corn fields are not blighted. Also smart leaders use a project that may not need TIF to drive other projects and growth, actually a brilliant move but again not the intended use. Good projects use TIF to fill an actual gap in the project and can be used to get an individual project where you want it, again not in the law but very useful.

    Communities are proud of how they have manipulated TIF laws to serve their needs. We negotiate with the schools and other parties, not in the law. We rely on the lack of any enforcement in the law. We rob Peter to pay Paul actually written into the law AFTER everyone did it anyway. We lobbied for extensions and rewrites, we confuse the public, and we target the growth we want.

    I can not believe Dave is asking the question, he knows damn well it is the only tool in our box and even though it is a hammer we use it to paint, drive screws, and everything else.

    Should the law align with how we use it? Yes but do we trust the legislature to get it even close to right - Of course not...
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    Foxconn says it will build flat screens in Wisconsin after Trump call

    Ken Notes: I still stand by the numbers. Foxconn will do what makes it money!
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    Alamo Group Plans Expanded Plant in Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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    Layoffs coming to U.S. Bank branch in Wisconsin
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    Generac Power Systems Opens Distribution Hub in Janesville, Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Real jobs... Real company... Not exactly what was promised yet but I`ll take it...
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    Inside Wisconsin’s Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn

    Ken Notes: Someone at WEDC or in the Governor`s office needs to manage the "national press" on this issue. WE DID NOT SPEND $4.5 billion on ANYTHING. We offered this based on a potential project developing - still too large an incentive in my opinion but most of it was an incentive not an up front handout and will NOT be paid.

    Personally I think we should use the national attention to offer any growing company, in the state or coming to the state, an incentive for hiring more employees or creating new jobs - ANY and EVERY growing company. I would also allow communities to invest in new brick and mortar for companies that fit into their long range plans and willing to guarantee new property tax value value! We are getting national attention why not use it to attract new businesses and support the ones already here! We could actually turn thsi disaster into one of the greatest economic development booms ever...
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    Despite red tape, fight to end Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is far from over

    Ken Notes: Can we not give an elected officials a little credit for really working at the job when elected. Governor Evers has not flopped or flipped, he is suggesting if we can create a better WEDC he may continue to fund it. Something I have suggested since before it;s inception. Google -- Harwood WEDC -- for SEVERAL articles on the subject.

    Of course the Governor has not called me, but he has hired an ED professional for DWD. Unfortunately he hasn`t called either. So I will continue to cheer from the sidelines - We need to fix WEDC, We need to bring local Professionals into the tent, We need to create a level playing field for all growing businesses incentive wise.

    Here is something new to ponder - would the middle class prefer a tax cut or job security and a raise. I believe if we work with businesses to help them grow we will accomplish far more than a small tax cut for the middle class. I am not talking Foxconn or KC like extreme handouts, I am asking for a well reasoned affordable across the board tax incentive for all new hires made by growing companies. I always thought it best to tie the reward to the desired outcome than betting on it.
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    Green Bay Packers Moving On Game Plan For Titletown Phase 2

    Ken Notes: This along with downtown Green Bay development should put them on the map!!
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    Exact Sciences takes aim at 15 types of cancer, envisions universal test
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    Capitol Centre Market completes expansion to compete and serve the growing downtown
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    Here are a few of the Foxconn Stories...

    Ken Notes: And many more, Please note there is no evidence that this was in any way a political decision and to be honest politicians suggesting otherwise are -- well politicians.
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    Tony Evers: `I know there’s a nonpartisan way to solve` transportation funding question

    Ken Notes: I know he is right... Try a flexible gas stabilization tax. Tax is reduced as price increases. Start at 2.25 or 2.50 as a benchmark...
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    Unused Necedah golf course to be turned into community

    Ken Notes: This is brilliant! Madison needs a development like this:
    • Less than 1,000 square foot...
    • Less than 150K...
    • Dense but nicely landscaped...
    • Near Nature and Amenities...


    • Doesn`t Madison have a golf course that is not performing well...
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    Massive Wisconsin solar proposal splits farmers and clean energy fans

    Ken Notes: I am Switzerland...
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    Developer buys lakefront land in Somers for possible multifamily development
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    ‘Great Lakes Chronicle’ Tells the Story of Coastal Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: No doubt one of our greatest assets. Especially when is is 80 above not 80 below....
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    Foxconn by the Numbers - It is NOT politics - by Ken Harwood

    Ken Notes: Please read the last paragraph in my article if nothing else. Do not point fingers or blame anyone -- this is an economic decision made by a smart company nothing else.

    One more thing - if we offered reasonable tax credits to ANY growing company, we would get far more than 13,000 employees for far less money. We could also improve our TIF laws as well.

    As always feel free to share, reprint or use my article in any way that you would like....
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    The Water Council Commends Wisconsin`s Elected Leaders For Placing A Priority On Clean Water

    Ken Notes: I agree. The problem will come with the difficult challenges ahead. Deep wells, CAFO`s, Ag and residential setbacks are at the heart of the problem and not east to solve...
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    Milwaukee leaders named to WEDC board
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    Summit Credit Union coming to Freshwater Plaza development in Milwaukee`s Harbor District
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    Food Business Boot Camp Coming in April

    Ken Notes: We should do more of these across the state.
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    Wisconsin companies seeking overseas markets to join spring trade mission in China

    Ken Notes: I would love to attend one of these as a reporter and advocate for the state if anyone wants to help with my tickets???
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    Genetic Visions Expands Middleton, Wisconsin, Laboratory
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    Milwaukee Developer Wants To Build One Of World`s Tallest Wooden Structures

    Ken Notes: I LOVE this project, it trips every one of my warm and fuzzy buttons. I will actually make a couple of road trips to watch it being built if anyone wants to tag along...
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    ColdQuanta Sponsors Research at University of Wisconsin to Accelerate Neutral Atom Quantum Computer Commercialization

    Ken Notes: Very cool and way above my pay grade but it look good on the UW resume. On another not Sheldon and Amy may be moving to Wisconsin....
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    Quality Of Life A Focus For Incoming Department Of Workforce Development Secretary

    Ken Notes: Not a bad position but the secret is how to get to the QOL jobs and wages and this starts with schools and apprenticeship, not corporate mandates. The companies I talk to have no problem paying a decent wage they have a problem finding an employee worth it. Our secondary focus is still college centered which works for about half our students. We need to now focus on the other half!

    The good news is Frostman is an ED guy so he already knows this. I hope we see a number of programs that allow people to transition into great jobs soon. I would love to see apprenticeship, early transition to tech schools, more ECCP options, and more dual enrollment.

    And now the pitch for a revival of WisconsinApprentice.com where I can show you what is going on in this areas EVERY WEEK...
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    $80 million aluminum plant to be built in Wisconsin Rapids

    Ken Notes: Real News...
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    Tony Evers, Republican lawmakers both want middle-class tax cut, disagree on how to fund it

    Ken Notes: Use tax cuts/incentives to get the change you desire. We want high paying jobs. I`ll bet that Wisconsin voters would rather have a good shot at $25.00 or $30.00 per hour rather than a 10% or $170.00 tax break.

    Give companies a break based on their contribution to our growth and quality of life. Finally let all companies get in on the "deal". The Governor could even have his corporate tax increase if companies could more than offset it by paying better wages and increasing hiring.
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    As costs decline, state policymakers still have issues with renewable energy

    Ken Notes: Read this it is a complex issue, but the power companies are in a position to balance this out. If they fail then we need address other ways of getting where we want to go.
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    Shopko notice to state reveals company`s struggles

    Ken Notes: One observation. Part of the problem is the expertise of the corporate buyer and thus the product. For a brief time Shopko had a genius buying their electronics, great TV deals, excellent tech products, the best and most affordable cameras. Then this changed and I stopped shopping there. To compete in retail today a company needs to provide product that is high quality and affordable - Kohl`s gets this, Target gets it, even Walmart competes on the value side. If I have to do my homework, I`ll do it online...
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    Developers offer $100 million in projects for South Park Street in Madison
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    Bologna, sausages of all sorts and, of course, bacon star in international competition at UW-Madison

    Ken Notes: Why did I not know about this!
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    Evers Calls for Bipartisanship to Address Wisconsin Issues

    Ken Notes: I`m in but I have been preaching the sermon for 12 Years now with no one making the trip across the isle nor applauding. There are some areas we could try again. Here is my short list:
    • Restructure WEDC, improve reporting and access while working with all Counties to help pay a local professional as part of the WEDC team.

    • Use tax incentives to help growing companies. Make them available to all growing companies. No new jobs no benefits.

    • Modify TIF laws to mirror how they are actually used.

    • Provide health care for all state and LOCAL employees including teachers.

    • Work with power companies, business, and the legislature to create affordable renewable energy.

    • Get creative in housing the most in need using nontraditional products, self policing, ownership, education, and employment...

      Also note US news is trying for a Pulitzer Prize with the focus in the photo...
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    Courting healthcare professionals: Multiple organizations team up to bring best, brightest to Chippewa Valley

    Ken Notes: This is an issue everywhere. Nice read on how one area is tackling the problem...
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    JSD Professional Services
    JSD provides complete services in Planning & Development, Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources, Landscape Architecture, Construction Services, Surveying & Mapping, and Environmental Services. Offices in Madison - Milwaukee - Kenosha - Fox Valley & Wausau.
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    Businessman who defrauded Wisconsin agency gets 7 years
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    Learn what to expect for Wisconsin’s ag economy in 2019 at Agricultural Outlook Forum

    Ken Notes: I sooo wish we could require our legislators to attend. Most are clueless on the impact CAFO`s are having on ag in Wisconsin.
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    How (And Why) Do You Move A 600,000 Pound Tree?

    Ken Notes: Watch the time lapse at the link...
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    TDS, Weston finalize development agreement

    Ken Notes: Attention communities - READ THIS DEAL! With new fiber backbones, 5G, and more TV options now available you should be able to negotiate great new data options for your community. You need to get knowledgeable experts on your side at the table this is the new wild wild west --- without a gunslinger you could get killed...
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    Smart Cities Competition selects 14 UW Madison students as first round winners

    Ken Notes: 88 Teams total were selected. UW has a better PR team than Foxconn...
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    Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 announces move to West Wisconsin Avenue
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    City to create developers agreement for $6 million project
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    Wisconsin ranks third in winning health and life science business grants

    Ken Notes: This is an area where Wisconsin could really get ahead of the pack. One thing we need desperately is more entrepreneurial lab space...
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    WI Watchlist: Fiserv, Promega, Arrowhead, Basic-code, EnSync & More

    Ken Notes: Read This... There are a lot of great things going on in Wisconsin! The links in this article are fantastic!!
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    Building boom in Southeast Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Kenosha and other southeast communities really understand economic development. It has been my goal to transfer this knowledge to other parts of the State. This would be a great new role for WEDC imagine 100 local ED professionals from across the State receiving training and sharing success stories. This is my WEDC vision.
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    Foxconn advances plans for Wisconsin’s technology ecosystem
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    Foxconn Falls Short of Job-Creation Target in Wisconsin

    Ken Notes: Lots of articles on this, the good news is the credits were actually structured correctly and thus were not paid out which is interesting because the credits would have funded 95 jobs at 100K each which is enough to get the credit. Go figure???
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    Wisconsin Parents Team Up To Build Housing For Their Adult Children With Disabilities

    Ken Notes: What a great idea! Write about this, promote this, these people are saints!!!! I have worked with group homes and sheltered workshops for 40 years and having parents involved is brilliant. Good luck and let me know if I can help.
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    Genetic Visions expands laboratory operations in Middleton
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    Miller Park naming rights headed to American Family Insurance in 2021 after ‘incredibly rich offer’

    Ken Notes: Too bad the Park Could not work something out with Wisconsin`s craft Beer Market. Imagine the publicity value of promoting all of our great craft product on the National stage, not to mention being able to get a Hopalicious, Island Wheat, Serendipity, Fantasy Factory... mmmmmmmm...
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    Wisconsin venture capital funding up 90% in 2018

    Ken Notes: Good news now we need to assist those who need in finding those who have....
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    Metcalfes to offer 20% Discounts to Federal Workers
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    Developer Joshua Jeffers buys two neighboring buildings at 6th St. and National Ave. in Walker`s Point
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    GRAEF CEO Kissinger is STEM Forward Engineer of the Year

    Ken Notes: We need the private sector leading the way in STEM education because it is the real world experience that will get the attention of our youth. I still wish I had the funding to revive WisconsinApprentice.com because there are a lot of stories like this and few outlets to tell them.
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    Economic development forms footings in Milton

    Ken Notes: How can I help??
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    McKenzie Apartment Company Opens Second 60-Unit Building of $50M Luxury Apartment Development in Madison, WI
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    Wausau recognized nationally for job growth, but businesses struggling to find young professionals
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    Is It Time to Reform Wisconsin`s Cannabis Laws?

    Ken Notes: We should watch Michigan and see what happens, and if we do enter the market we should earmark the revenue for specific issues like health care, the opioid issue, and protecting our youth from tobacco, drug, and alcohol abuse. Again Wisconsin could lead the nation in this area...
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    With New Cash and Facilities, Phoenix Transitions Out Of Startup Mode
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    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel buildings sale pending as buyers plan major redevelopment project
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    An Editorial by Ken Harwood

    Ken Notes: This may be Reprinted, Edited, or used in part.

    Ken Harwood
    Editor Wisconsin Development News - Advocate for Wisconsin
    409 North Mechanic St.
    Albany WI 53503

    Ken@Kenharwood.com
    608.334.2174
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    Ruling on Kinnard Farms will affect all Wisconsin state agencies, court of appeals says