Regional Roundup

Posted on Nov 28, 2018 :: Regional Roundup
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interstate 41 Corridor

Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

City of Green Bay names Stantec as Shipyard developer


The City of Green Bay and the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) of Green Bay have named Canada-based Stantec as the lead consultant for Phase I of the redevelopment of the Shipyard project. The project involves remediating brownfields, repurposing vacant and underused property and enhancing a residential neighborhood on the west side of the city.

For the past eight years, Stantec has worked closely with the city to assess brownfield and underutilized sites in
the city’s downtown along the Fox River. Since 2013, Stantec has helped the city secure $900,000 in U.S. EPA brownfield grants funds to assess brownfield sites, including 17 parcels
in the redevelopment area near the Shipyard.

Phase I of the overall redevelopment project will consist of the following:

Site preparation and overall stormwater management for the area: Stantec will provide environmental, civil engineering and FEMA permitting services to prepare both the north and south slips for redevelopment. The north slip will be developed by Breakthrough and the south slip by the RDA into a multi-season, multiuse park with various public amenities.

Public improvements: Stantec has teamed with Robert E. Lee & Associates Inc. and Berners-Schober Associates Inc. to design and permit various public improvements to support both the Breakthrough development and the Shipyard public park. The proposed improvements are to include: street reconstructions along portions of Arndt, Bridge and South Pearl streets, additional surface parking lots, pedestrian paths, railroad crossings, stormwater management facilities
and public buildings for various uses.

Multiuse/multi-season public park: Stantec’s team of local and national experts will work with the city to design the Shipyard public recreational areas. Amenities may include a multipurpose sports field with bleachers, a concession building with locker rooms and bathrooms, a splashpad, pedestrian trails, public art, a shipping container retail park and waterfront activities, as well as connectivity to the north slip via a pedestrian bridge.


UWGB notches five consecutive years of enrollment growth


Bucking trends in the state, and in some cases nationwide, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is celebrating five years of consecutive enrollment growth, including big gains in its own backyard, with 600 more Brown County students than last year choosing the university.

The Green Bay campus achieved its highest-ever headcount of 7,251 this fall, and a 9 percent increase in the past five years. Now serving a large 16-county footprint with strategic programming, UW-Green Bay also achieved record growth across the entire region. Of those enrolled this term, 4,153 students, including 423 freshmen, come from a 16-county area. Student transfers increased 7 percent, while re-entries and graduate enrollments are both up 16 percent.

Over the last five years, UW-Green Bay added more than a dozen academic programs to meet the demand of local employers, including mechanical engineering, nursing, an MBA and emphases in health, sports and social
media communications.

“UW-Green Bay is a university on the rise,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said in a statement. “Students of all backgrounds and situations are choosing UW-Green Bay because of the exemplary educational opportunities available. We are doing everything possible to make education accessible and affordable for students in this region.”


The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Marinette, Menominee make finalist list for TV series


Marinette and Menominee, Mich., have made the top 20 list of communities to be featured on TV series “Small Business Revolution.” The series is “on a mission to revitalize small towns, one small business at a time,” according to its website.

Deluxe Corp., a company that champions small businesses, is behind the Hulu webcast series, which is embarking on its fourth season. Deluxe provides the winning community and six of its small businesses with $500,000 and chronicles the transformation in an original series.

The top 10 list will be announced Dec. 11. The Deluxe team will then visit those 10 communities, and in mid-February, it will announce the top five finalists, leading to a weeklong public vote. The winning community will be announced at the end of February, and filming will run from March to August next year.

The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Sheboygan to build new visitor center, office complex

Visit Sheboygan Inc., the tourism entity for the Sheboygan Area Tourism Zone, and Windway Capital Corp. are set to begin a development project for a new visitor center and office complex on South Eighth Street.

Plans include exhibits and retail space in the visitor center, as well as a future freshwater exhibit on the Sheboygan River. The complex also includes new office space for Visit Sheboygan and Windway Capital Corp. Groundbreaking for the development is expected by the end of the year, with completion projected for fall of 2019.

The new visitor center will house a viewing area for a Lake Michigan shipwreck documentary to be produced over the next year, as well as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-designed Science on a Sphere exhibit. The exhibit is a spherical screen that projects online data sets, transforming it into an animated planet.

As part of the visitor center project, Visit Sheboygan also plans to install Science on a Barge in 2019, to be open by fall of 2020. Science on a Barge is a self-contained ecosystem of the Lake Michigan landscape and waterscape built on a floating barge permanently docked on the Sheboygan River next to the visitor center. Patrons will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on STEM programs and tour the barge, which
will include freshwater aquaponics and plant life.

In addition, the visitor center will house learning space for other interactive programs in partnership with the Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan.


Acuity Insurance announces plans to hire 160 in 2019


Acuity announced plans to hire more than 160 employees in 2019, with most hires coming from new openings and positions.

The move is the result of continued business growth and expansion. The insurer has doubled its revenue in the past eight years and is on track to add $225 million to top-line revenue in 24 months. The 56th-largest of 2,600 property-casualty insurance companies in the nation, Acuity also recently completed a $250 million headquarters expansion project to plan for significant staffing increases and business growth in the years ahead.


Lakeland University to launch women’s leadership center


Lakeland University announced the launch of its Women’s Leadership Institute, designed to create resources to help female students achieve their professional and leadership goals.

The institute will serve female students enrolled through Lakeland’s main campus and its evening and online programs, as well as Wisconsin Technical College System students who will be seeking a bachelor’s degree after graduating with their two-year associate degree.

Dr. Susan May, president of Fox Valley Technical College, is serving as chair of the institute’s Board of Advocates. She said the institute is an ideal expansion of the strong relationships Lakeland has with the Wisconsin Technical College System.

The institute will be offered through each of Lakeland’s seven centers located throughout Wisconsin — Chippewa Falls, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Neenah, Wisconsin Rapids and Lakeland’s main campus in Sheboygan County.

Students can get a head start on a Lakeland degree by taking two courses that have a specific focus on women in leadership while they’re still enrolled at their technical college. The courses would count for credit at Lakeland, and women are eligible for scholarships.

Participation in Lakeland’s WLI will set students up to seamlessly transfer to Lakeland after earning their associate degree and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months based on their transfer credits, earn scholarships and discounted tuition and earn credit for prior learning or current work projects.

Students will receive support through the LU-ONE mentor program, admission to the National Society of Leadership and Success Lakeland Chapter and additional programming opportunities including involvement in SOAR: Women Reaching Higher (Lakeland’s professional women’s networking event), guided book reads and other networking opportunities.

West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

ACA coverage expanded for Waushara, Waupaca counties

Waupaca and Waushara counties now have access to ThedaCare’s in-network providers and services through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Residents in those counties can obtain coverage through Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative.

With the expanded services, ThedaCare will cover nine counties on the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2019.

Open enrollment for the 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace runs through Dec. 15. The Health Insurance Marketplace serves people who do not have insurance through their employer, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or another source that provides qualifying coverage.

Continuing for 2019, residents of Calumet, Fond du Lac, Outagamie, Shawano and Winnebago counties will have in-network access to ThedaCare providers and services through Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative. Those living in Marquette and Green Lake counties have the option to choose Quartz Health Plan with in-network ThedaCare providers and services.


Berlin school district nets tech ed teaching grant


The Berlin Area School District received a Wisconsin Fast Forward Teacher Training and Development Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The grant will be used to help Berlin teachers who are working to teach technology education dual credit classes.

BASD was one of eight school districts in Wisconsin to receive a WFF Grant to license teachers in various academic areas, including special education, career and technical education, general education and STEM. The Berlin grant also applies to those seeking reading specialist licenses and finishing special education programs and courses.