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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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The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee received $1 million from WEDC’s Idle Sites Redevelopment Program to assist in the redevelopment of Reed Street Yards, approximately 17 acres of vacant land that was formerly a rail yard and truck terminal. Specifically, the redevelopment authority is seeking to attract a water technology subsidiary of Rexnord Corp. from outside of Wisconsin to build a 65,000-square-foot facility, and General Capital is planning to build two 80,000-square-foot multi-tenant buildings marketed toward companies in the water cluster. The construction of these three buildings will have a catalytic impact on the development of the rest of Reed Street Yards and the growth of the water cluster in the greater Milwaukee region. Funding from the Idle Sites Redevelopment Program will be used to offset environmental remediation costs and site preparation costs associated with these three building sites.

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Welcomed into the Connect Communities program in 2014, La Farge has already made strides to formalize its downtown revitalization effort. Beginning with a strategic planning effort facilitated by the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, the community has also created a dedicated nonprofit entity (La Farge Area Progress Association); introduced streetscape elements including banners, holiday lighting and vacant window displays; created a local business brochure; and jumpstarted recreation planning activities. Located near multiple regional recreation attractions and suffering from an underutilized riverfront area in the wake of floodplain demolition, La Farge created a new 15-acre park, raising funds to install a fishing pier and disc golf course. The community is also leveraging local partnerships to support entrepreneurs, fill downtown vacancies and accommodate resident and visitor shopping and dining interests.

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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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