The Oshkosh Arena held a behind-the-scenes media tour of the 3,500-seat future home of the Wisconsin Herd. Verve, a Credit Union announced its sponsorship of the arena, and with it, the promise of free parking to all events through 2023. Verve also will sponsor the VIP lounge. Construction of the attraction is past the halfway point, and organizers announced amenities, including 2-gigabyte Wi-Fi and the ability for patrons to order concessions through an app and pick up their orders at stands.
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Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties
Green Bay STEM center moves forward
The proposed Brown County STEM Innovation Center took another step forward, with Somerville Architects & Engineers named as the firm designing the facility.
Brown County will own the STEM Innovation Center, and it will be home to the UW-Extension, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Engineering, Brown County Land & Water Conservation and the Einstein Project. The 55,000-square-foot facility will have education and academic space, offices, a 3Gi bookless library, a greenhouse and a warehouse.
The STEM Innovation Center will be the catalyst for a larger research and innovation park, attracting new STEM talent and keeping existing STEM talent in Brown County. Construction will tentatively be complete by the end of August 2019.
Fox Cities study releases workforce data
A study focusing on key aspects of the Fox Cities’ quality of life found higher-than-average workforce participation rates in Calumet, Winnebago and Outagamie counties.
The findings, published in the Fox Cities LIFE Study, held for those ages 16 to 64. It further found Calumet and Outagamie counties have participation rates higher than the state average. The same pattern is reflected in rates of workforce participation for all adults working full- or part-time.
The workforce participation rate for adults ages 18 to 64 decreased slightly in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties from the period of 2005 to 2009 to the period of 2010 to 2014 alongside an increase in the actual number of employees and a drop in the unemployment rate.
The Fox Cities LIFE Study presents more than 200 data indicators about demographic, economic, social and health aspects of community life. Data, which is periodically updated online at www.FoxCitiesLifeStudy.org, is benchmarked against select counties, Wisconsin and the nation, with trending information.
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Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties
Aurora opens Crivitz health center
Patients in the Northwoods won’t have to travel as far for medical care with the opening of Aurora Bay Area Health Center in Crivitz.
The facility, constructed by Frontier Builders, offers primary care, including X-ray and lab, along with Bay Area Medical Center’s outpatient rehabilitation services. Gina Suchocki, nurse practitioner, will provide family medicine services at the clinic.
Bay Area Medical Center’s outpatient rehabilitation department will move from its location at 519 U.S. Highway 141 in Crivitz to the new clinic to provide both physical and occupational therapy including aquatic therapy, orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, hand therapy, workers’ compensation, neurorehabilitation and balance therapy.
“We are proud to be expanding services into the Crivitz area and surrounding communities,” says Melanie Tiedt, senior director administrator for Aurora Bay Area Medical Group. “Access to primary care is important to the health of every community, and we are so happy to have the opportunity to provide service where patients formerly had to travel for care.”
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Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties
Study reveals need for condos in Sheboygan
A new study shows Sheboygan County needs 324 condo units in the next five years. The study, commissioned by the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. and City of Sheboygan, recommended the development of 162 of these units located in either the downtown or along the riverfront in Sheboygan.
Using existing sales data and the absorption of housing, the study concluded that the development of 1,300- to 1,700-square-foot units is ideal for downtown Sheboygan. The study went so far as to recommend price points, amenities and locations for the units. It referenced recent similar developments on both shores of Lake Michigan as further proof that such units are popular among waterfront communities.
“Downtown Sheboygan has embraced the addition of multiple market rate housing developments in the past two years, and as part of those announcements, there was renewed interest from prospective owners to purchase condominiums with river and lake views, close to the amenities,” says Chad Pelishek, director of planning and development for the City of Sheboygan.
The study is the most recent concluding that a healthy market for additional housing development exists. It indicates Sheboygan County should be able to absorb 230 “for sale” housing units such as single-family or condo development. In 2016, it is estimated that county builders constructed 121 units, or approximately half of the annual demand. The SCEDC and city will jointly market these opportunities to investors and builders who wish to take advantage of the study’s findings.
NWTC learning center opening in Door County
A commercial processing kitchen, culinary teaching space and innovation lab are coming to Door County.
The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center, in partnership with Nicolet National Bank, is set to open in January.
The building will feature a state-certified kitchen for residents who make food for resale and will serve as a culinary training space. Additional features include a flexible classroom and an innovation lab. The innovation lab will be equipped with computers to teach robotics, electrical and design skills.
Plans are underway to provide training to existing and startup businesses based on their specific needs for sustainability and growth. The center is developing lifelong learning opportunities for community members. Northern Door residents also will be able to take NWTC credit courses via web conferencing and connect to the center’s Wi-Fi. The center is in the former Nicolet National Bank located at 2438 S. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay.
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Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties
Badger Mining acquires sand reserves
Berlin industrial sand supplier Badger Mining Corp. purchased property containing sand reserves located north of Kermit, Texas.
The property contains more than 35 years of estimated sand reserves, predominantly featuring finer grades of sand. The reserve will add in-basin Texas sand to BMC’s portfolio of Wisconsin Northern White, Atlas resin coated sand, TURBOprop and North American distribution footprint.
“Badger Mining realizes how important in-basin sands are becoming to the oil and gas industry,” says Cody Wickersheim, president and advisory team member at BMC. “As the industry continues to make changes, BMC will adapt with it.”
BMC has been mining Northern White industrial sand for more than 60 years in Wisconsin, where it has three sand mining facilities and three sand coating plants. Additionally, Badger Mining has nearly 30 distribution sites across North America, eight of which are in Texas. While the company has supplied the oil and gas industry since 1979, it also serves the foundry, construction, agriculture, recreation and filter media markets.
Development of the site for a sand mining facility has begun with an anticipated completion date of April 2018. Once complete, the mine will have a capacity of 3 million tons per year and employ about 30 full-time associates.