When a major development project gears up to break ground, ideas for neighboring projects spur a domino effect for opportunities — and developers like to be the first to find out.
To that end, the seventh annual InDevelopment conference will offer early insight into some of the region’s most important projects, with presentations on the Packers Titletown District as well as developments in the Fox Valley. Hosted by Insight Publications, the event will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. March 23 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton and is designed for commercial and economic development professionals, builders, engineers, real estate professionals and anyone interested in commercial and economic development.
The Packers anticipate approvals will come from the Village of Ashwaubenon to begin work on the 34-acre, mixed-use commercial project just west of Lambeau Field sometime in March, says Aaron Popkey, assistant director of public relations for the Packers. The development will create a year-round destination for Green Bay — and of course, spur plenty of opportunities for builders, real estate developers, retailers and others.
Representatives of the Packers will share their plans, vision and discuss opportunities for developers in and around the new Titletown District as one of two developer briefings at InDevelopment.
Completion of the first phase of the project is expected by the 2017 Packers season. It will include a four-diamond Kohler Co. hotel and spa, 20,000-square-foot Hinterland Brewery brewpub and restaurant and 30,000-square-foot Bellin Health sports medicine facility, as well as portions of a 10-acre public plaza. Subsequent phases of the estimated $120 million to $130 million district include space for other commercial and retail projects and a residential project overlooking the plaza.
“Since the announcement of the Titletown District in August we’ve had several businesses express an interest in the development and looking tofind out more,” Popkey says. “Several reached out with interest in the residential project.”
Also presenting at InDevelopment will be Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna, speaking on “Creativity, Changes and Expectations in the New Economy.” Hanna will talk about society’s expectations for attracting and keeping a creative class of workers. He will discuss walk-ability, reinvigorating waterfront areas and how national trends are playing out within the Fox Valley.
Kicking off InDevelopment will be keynote speaker Ross Koepsel, a partner in Commercial Property Associates, Inc., Milwaukee.
InDevelopment will conclude with a networking cocktail reception in which attendees will have the chance to talk with speakers, members of the Northeast Wisconsin Economic Regional Partnership and others.
Apply by Feb. 19 for Innovation Awards
Winners named at THINC! event in Appleton May 19
Do you know an innovative company? Could it be yours? Nominations are still being accepted for Insight Innovation Awards. The deadline for applications is Feb. 19.
The Insight Innovation Awards are designed to encourage innovation among businesses in Northeast Wisconsin that lead to breakthrough technologies, processes and/or company cultures and make an important, positive impact on their companies, employees, customers, vendors, industries, communities and/or the environment.
Award winners will serve as examples of best practices in innovation that significantly improve the bottom line, grow the business or heighten employee morale. They may also prove themselves as innovation leaders in their communities or their industries. Nominees will be notified of their nomination by Insight. Self nominations are encouraged!
Eligibility: Any company based in the 18-county region of the New North that has been in business for at least two years as of Jan. 1, 2016. Companies may be headquartered outside of the region but applicants must have leadership in Northeast Wisconsin.
Insight will contact the companies you nominate to encourage them to apply. Applicants will be asked to make the case — in 800 words of less — for how their company is an innovation winner. Applications are due by Feb. 19. For details, go to www.insightonbusiness.com and click on the THINC! event button.
Winners will be announced at the THINC! event May 19 at UW-Fox Valley.
Questions? Contact Insight Co-Publisher/Editor Margaret LeBrun at [email protected] or call (920) 882-0491.