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PEOPLE BUILDING PLACES

Thriving communities fuel creativity and ambition. In Wisconsin, we invest in our communities to help both people and businesses grow, develop and contribute to our state’s economic vitality. From our industrial city centers to the tree-lined streets of our town squares, WEDC’s comprehensive community development programs and funding initiatives empower local officials to develop sustainable economic development strategies that increase prosperity while redevelopment programs provide financial assistance for activities that revitalize commercial districts. By providing community and business leaders access to this knowledge and support, we’ve helped them create stronger community cornerstones and build vibrant economic epicenters throughout Wisconsin.

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WEDC SUCCESS STORIES

WEDC contributed $250,000 toward a $2.3 million project to address floodplain issues and accommodate road expansion needs in downtown Cross Plains. Additionally, the changes created opportunities for Kalscheur Dodge, a fixture in the community for 103 years, to double its square footage. As part of the expansion, the dealership added 20 jobs. An additional shared parking lot will facilitate redevelopment of adjacent structures, which previously had no dedicated parking.

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WEDC contributed $249,455 toward a $3.2 million project to renovate and preserve the historic Al Ringling Theatre in downtown Baraboo. The project, completed in time for the theater’s 100th birthday, restored many of the building’s original fixtures, while also adding modern conveniences like updated restrooms and a bar. The theater regularly draws visitors from Madison and Milwaukee, and is responsible for driving foot traffic in the downtown area to support additional businesses. Other funding partners included the City of Baraboo, Jeffris Family Foundation and private contributions. The theater is in the process of expanding its staff by five to accommodate increased volume of activities and tours as a result of the project

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WEDC contributed $20,000 toward an $80,000 planning project to provide a master plan for future downtown development and address connectivity issues within the community. The plan identified a need for $1.2 million in public investment, which would leverage $7.9 million in private investment in the form of property improvements and new development. Since the plan, the village has identified a number of village-owned parcels downtown with redevelopment potential, and is working to market them to developers. They have also addressed many of the access and parking constraints identified in the plan.

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WEDC contributed $260,000 toward the $1.1 million conversion of a former City Hall/firehouse property in downtown Rice Lake into a multi-tenant commercial structure. Tenants will include a fitness center and 6,000 square feet of office space. At full occupancy, the building will house 30 employees in the heart of downtown Rice Lake.

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Source: WEDC FY17 Annual Report on Economic Development

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WEDC NEWS

Communications Test Design Inc. opens facility in Kenosha County

July 20, 2018|0 Comments

Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI), a global engineering and logistics company in the communications industry, has opened a new facility in Kenosha County, a project expected to create 150 jobs over the next the three years. Read More

Promega Corporation expands operations in Madison

July 19, 2018|0 Comments

Promega Corporation, a global biotechnology company, is relocating some of its manufacturing facilities from California to Madison. The company expects to create 25 new jobs and make a capital investment of $750,000 over the next three years. Read More

WEDC Secretary Mark R. Hogan, DOA Secretary Ellen Nowak recognize The Boldt Company for role in Foxconn construction

July 19, 2018|0 Comments

WEDC Secretary Mark R. Hogan and DOA Secretary Ellen Nowak highlighted the statewide reach and benefits of Foxconn’s $10 billion investment in Wisconsin by visiting The Boldt Company in Appleton. Read More

“This is one of the best new programs (Certified Sites) that the state has started through WEDC. This is a big step for the step to help the Village of Howard move forward with its economic development strategy.”

PAUL EVERETT • VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR, VILLAGE OF HOWARD

“Because of the funding from WEDC through the CDI Grant, this grocery store and hardware store will help attract and retain homeowners and businesses, bring jobs, and spur further economic development projects that will revitalize this area.”

KELLY KLEIN • COORDINATOR, IRON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT ZONE

“On behalf of the City of La Crosse, we are very excited and honored by the recognition from WEDC for our local Main Street program,” said Mayor Tim Kabat. “Downtown Mainstreet Inc., its members and our community partners have helped to create a downtown that we are all proud of and we look forward to collaborating with WEDC and the state of Wisconsin to raise historic downtown La Crosse to new heights.”

TIM KABAT • MAYOR, CITY OF LACROSSE