Regional roundup

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 :: Regional Roundup
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer


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

Bucks D-League team

name announced

The Milwaukee Bucks Development League team has settled on a name: the Wisconsin Herd. The name reflects the Bucks brand while representing the Bucks as a statewide organization from the top down.

BMO Harris Bank has been named the first major partner of the Wisconsin Herd, and the team is set to begin its inaugural season in November.

To help finance necessary public infrastructure improvements for a new arena, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has awarded the City of Oshkosh a $250,000 state grant. The grant will be used to help fund $2.3 million in improvements, including street and sidewalk work, installation of traffic lights and street lights, and other infrastructure needs for the $20 million project.

NEW IT Alliance launches newly created website

The Northeast Wisconsin IT Alliance, created to address concerns about the gap in the supply of technology talent, unveiled its new website:

In the coming months, the organization will add event information and registration capability, membership signup, pages with links to its members and collaborators, a job board and resource pages for parents, students, teachers, career changers and IT professionals. Kim Iversen, the alliance’s director, expects the full
site to be up and running by the
end of summer.

ADI, City of Appleton to host state of downtown event

Appleton Downtown Inc. and the City of Appleton will host the 2017 State of Downtown on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.

Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna will welcome attendees at  3 p.m. The event includes updates on the downtown chapter of the city’s comprehensive plan, the mobility study, Jones Park plans, downtown development projects and new tax incremental finance districts being proposed. It will also feature round table discussions on development topics such as project financing, build costs, residential market study, livable cities and ADI grants.

Green Bay receives EPA grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $300,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant to the City of Green Bay to investigate environmental conditions at properties with redevelopment potential.

With the grant, the city will focus on properties within the Broadway, Velp and University avenue corridors, where more than 150 brownfield sites have been identified through previous planning efforts. These corridors represent main thoroughfares in and adjacent to racially and ethnically diverse and low-income neighborhoods where residents are more susceptible to the health risks posed by brownfields. Grant funds will be used to assess catalyst sites in each corridor, with priority given to brownfield sites with viable redevelopment plans, including the Shipyard and Rail Yard projects.


Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Winsert donates to YMCA

To help commemorate its 40th anniversary in 2017, Winsert Inc. will donate 23 new Stages indoor cycling bikes to the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA. These bikes will be used for cycling classes that are offered at the YMCA. “Winsert chose to donate to this project because the YMCA is a great community resource that has tremendous talent under its roof,” Trisha Lemery, president and CEO of Winsert, says.



Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

City holds Mirro ceremony

The City of Manitowoc celebrated the start of demolition of the former Mirro buildings on Washington Street. Scheduled to be completed by the end of summer, the demolition will clear the 5-acre site for future development.

The cost for the demolition of all structures and disposal of demolition materials is expected to total $3.3 million. Funding sources for this project include city funds, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield funds and Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. funds.

Northern Sky raises funds

Northern Sky Theater has launched the public phase of its Constellation Campaign to raise funds for its new creative campus in Fish Creek. Northern Sky operates from a host of rented facilities spread all over Door County, at an annual cost of approximately $80,000. The new creative campus will eliminate the need for such non-housing rentals and give Northern Sky a home and centralize its support operations.

The creative campus’s site plan includes two buildings to house an indoor theater, administrative offices, a box office, costume and set facilities, and storage spaces. The 250-seat indoor theater will serve as a place to hold rehearsals, readings, workshops, and fall and winter performances.



Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Foundry awards scholarships

Waupaca Foundry, a Hitachi Metals company, awarded $36,000 in scholarships across the United States and $12,000 to central Wisconsin graduating high school seniors. The iron casting foundry awarded five scholarships to students attending a four-year college and two scholarships to students attending a two-year technical school.