WEDC has helped drive passionate, innovative companies to the top of their industries. Explore these success stories to learn more about how WEDC’s support can help companies advance in Wisconsin.

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Bancroft Dairy, Madison

Bancroft Dairy, Madison

WEDC contributed $459,529 toward a $31 million redevelopment project including housing, retail and a health care facility on the former Bancroft Dairy site. The dairy plant had closed 10 years prior, and the 1.64-acre site had residual soil contamination, which required disposal and capping.
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Mosinee

Mosinee

One of the original Connect Communities applicants, downtown Mosinee was facing a number of challenges including multiple vacancies and an unremarkable downtown streetscape. In the past three years, the city has led the way by creating a downtown TIF district and building improvement grant program, which has resulted in six property improvement projects. The city also took the lead in improving downtown aesthetics through adding new street banners, hanging flower baskets and creating a downtown playground, and is working on a trail extension. The business community has also come together for some marketing initiatives, including a promotional video series highlighting local shopping and dining options.
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Sweetwater Apartments, Milwaukee

Sweetwater Apartments, Milwaukee

WEDC contributed $499,970 toward a $40 million project to create 291 apartment units in four buildings on the site of the former Sweet Water Organics property, a site with a long history of metal fabrication activity. Site cleanup included removal and capping to address a number of contaminants including PAHs, RCRA metals and PCBs, as well as asbestos abatement and demolition. The introduction of residential uses also required installation of a sub-slab venting system.
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Elven Sted, Stoughton

Elven Sted, Stoughton

WEDC contributed $200,000 towards a $5.6 million project to convert a contaminated 2.5-acre riverfront site into 33 units of affordable housing. The project also received TIF financing from the city, which also spent $192,000 to acquire several parcels to assemble the site. Former uses included automotive and manufacturing. Remediation included the removal and disposal of 1,694 tons of soil contaminated with arsenic, lead, benzene and PAHS, and the introduction of backfill and an asphalt cap on portions of the property.
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Sheboygan Falls

Sheboygan Falls

The Sheboygan Falls Main Street Program began in December 1988, when it was named one of the first five pilot Main Street programs in the state of Wisconsin. At this time, only three buildings in downtown Sheboygan Falls had been renovated, and many stood vacant. However, the actual push for downtown revitalization had begun nearly 15 years earlier, when a few passionate individuals formed a Sheboygan Falls historic preservation group out of the Sheboygan County Landmarks Association. Two separate historic districts were created as a result of this effort. The community effort to launch the program resulted in significant private sector investment, as local property improvements totaled more than $3.6 million in the program’s fifth year after steady year-over-year improvements. Early successes included the Brickner Woolen Mill Apartments, which was a successful $3.3 million adaptive reuse project to create affordable housing units along the river downtown. Projects like this, along with many individual business examples, paved the way for the Brickner Square project and 1878 Broadway redevelopment, which both resulted from local investors pooling funds to purchase and restore long-vacant properties. Bemis Manufacturing was an early investor, leading by example through renovations of a downtown showroom facility, but also providing $15,000 in seed funding toward a revolving loan pool for other downtown property owners. Early activities also set the stage for community-oriented and family-friendly events such as the Ducktona 500, which has grown to attract 8,000 annual attendees. Today, Sheboygan Falls is one of Wisconsin’s successful Chamber-Main Street organizations, a model made possible when the larger business community recognizes that the health of the downtown center is a reflection of overall economic opportunity. Sheboygan Falls has won more than 40 statewide Main Street awards in virtually every category offered. The program is especially recognized for its well-preserved historic architecture and successful community-wide partnerships designed to engage the City, business community, civic organizations and residents to preserve and promote a strong and vibrant local community while retaining its quintessential small-town charm.
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Skana Aluminum, Manitowoc

Skana Aluminum, Manitowoc

WEDC contributed $650,000 toward a $13 million project to clean up and enable reuse of the former Mirro Manufacturing plant. As a result of the project, Skana Aluminum brought 110 jobs to the site. PECFA funds were also used for the project.
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Town Square, Green Lake

Town Square, Green Lake

WEDC contributed $6,500 toward a $25,000 feasibility study to jumpstart the renovation of the 40,000-square-foot former courthouse facility in the center of Green Lake. Following the completion of the study, the nonprofit ownership group invested in upgrades to the facility, which is now home to 23 local tenants, including several entrepreneurs who make use of the certified commercial kitchen. In addition, the center hosts a number of community- and youth-oriented educational programs.
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St. Ann Center, Milwaukee

St. Ann Center, Milwaukee

WEDC contributed $147,438 toward a $5 million project to transition a vacant 7.5-acre brownfield into an 88,000-square-foot intergenerational care facility in inner-city Milwaukee. The site, vacant for more than two decades, included 27 separate parcels spanning two city blocks. Brownfields funds helped to contain and cap soils contaminated with PAH and other chemicals. The project also utilized PECFA funds for additional cleanup.
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Grafton Lumberyard, Grafton

Grafton Lumberyard, Grafton

WEDC contributed $336,815 toward a $17 million project to clean and redevelop a 4.6-acre site in Grafton. A former lumberyard, printing company and auto repair site had resulted in various types of contamination including PAH, PCB, arsenic and PCE, requiring a mix of disposal and capping. The village worked for a decade to assemble the 13 properties and address remediation needs for the entire corridor. Following cleanup and an RFP, the village transferred property to a developer for 72 apartments and 10,000 square feet of commercial space. Anticipated future phases include additional retail, office and market-rate residential.
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