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Gov. Evers, WEDC, PSC Announce $100,000 Grant to Assist Drone-based Broadband to Serve Students in Eagle River
Plastics firm expands operations in Sussex
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Plastics firm expands operations in Sussex

Sussex IM expansion will create 84 jobs, draw $9.9 million capital investment

City of Mayville receives $137,500 state grant to support redevelopment of nonprofit coffeehouse
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City of Mayville receives $137,500 state grant to support redevelopment of nonprofit coffeehouse

WEDC investment to help fund renovations for The Open Door Coffeehouse

Village of Hixton receives $233,000 state grant to support redevelopment of commercial building
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Village of Hixton receives $233,000 state grant to support redevelopment of commercial building

WEDC investment to help fund construction of new Sampson Heating & Air Conditioning building

Town of Cable receives $250,000 state grant to redevelop idle resort site
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Town of Cable receives $250,000 state grant to redevelop idle resort site

WEDC funding to help support former Telemark Lodge Property

Ashland business wins Main Street Makeover Contest
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Ashland business wins Main Street Makeover Contest

Moores on Main to receive up to $10,000 to help give business facelift

City of Madison receives $250,000 state grant to redevelop idle site
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City of Madison receives $250,000 state grant to redevelop idle site

WEDC funding to help support Westgate Mall redevelopment

New round of WEDC grants to focus on aid to diverse entrepreneurs
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New round of WEDC grants to focus on aid to diverse entrepreneurs

Organizations working with minority, women and LGBTQ businesses encouraged to apply for the targeted Entrepreneurship Support Grants

Foxconn Sued for Breach of Contract

Foxconn Sued for Breach of Contract

Real estate developer seeking nearly $400 million on behalf of taxpayers.

Murphy’s Law: Robin Vos Will Solve Foxconn Fiasco
Murphy’s Law

Robin Vos Will Solve Foxconn Fiasco

Assembly Speaker has toured the plant and Foxconn is definitely, probably manufacturing… something.

Gov. Evers Announces WEDC Incentive Package for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company in Chippewa Falls
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Gov. Evers Announces WEDC Incentive Package for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company in Chippewa Falls

New Enterprise Zone would help company retain nearly 500 high-paying jobs in Chippewa Falls

City of Superior receives $250,000 state grant to support construction of new downtown hotel
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City of Superior receives $250,000 state grant to support construction of new downtown hotel

WEDC investment to help fund development of 60-room Cobblestone Hotel & Suites

City of South Milwaukee receives $250,000 state grant to support revitalization of downtown building
Gov. Evers: We’re All In Grants Provide Nearly $240 Million Total to Wisconsin Small Businesses
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Gov. Evers: We’re All In Grants Provide Nearly $240 Million Total to Wisconsin Small Businesses

Program targeting sectors hit hardest by COVID-19 largest direct-aid program for small businesses in WEDC history

WEDC allocates funding to Key Strategic Partner organizations for another year
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WEDC allocates funding to Key Strategic Partner organizations for another year

$1,675,000 in block-style grants to be given to nine regional economic development organizations and three diverse chambers of commerce across Wisconsin

Gov. Evers, WEDC Announce $500,000 Grant Award to Brown County for Port of Green Bay Expansion
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Gov. Evers, WEDC Announce $500,000 Grant Award to Brown County for Port of Green Bay Expansion

WEDC funds will assist purchase of decommissioned Pulliam Plant property, coal pile relocation

Op Ed: Lessons We Learned In 2020
Op Ed

Lessons We Learned In 2020

WEDC awarded $220 million to 50,000 state businesses, learning what communities need to grow economy.

State Clears Unemployment Claims Backlog

State Clears Unemployment Claims Backlog

Evers promotes Amy Pechacek to secretary designee of Department of Workforce Development.

Secretary of Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Missy Hughes to Headline Newsmaker Lunch Hour
Governor Evers announces new WEDC guides for workplace mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
Wisconsin entrepreneurs benefit from WEDC-UW System programs
Murphy’s Law: 9 Reasons a New Foxconn Contract Is Unlikely
Murphy’s Law

9 Reasons a New Foxconn Contract Is Unlikely

Foxconn says the new deal is “within reach.” On the contrary, it’s far from settled.

Gov. Evers Announces Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity Releases Report and Ten Action Recommendations
Gov. Evers Announces Software Firm Expert Institute Selects Milwaukee for Midwest Office
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Gov. Evers Announces Software Firm Expert Institute Selects Milwaukee for Midwest Office

Company is latest tech business to invest in southeastern Wisconsin

Audit Says Foxconn Loophole Needs a Fix

Audit Says Foxconn Loophole Needs a Fix

WEDC wrongly allows tax credits to be awarded for work done outside state, Legislative Audit Bureau says.

Gov. Evers Celebrates Molson Coors’ Expansion in Milwaukee
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Gov. Evers Celebrates Molson Coors’ Expansion in Milwaukee

Package saves more than 500 Milwaukee jobs, add 377 new jobs

Gov. Evers Announces We’re All Innovating Contest Winners
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Gov. Evers Announces We’re All Innovating Contest Winners

231 businesses recognized for creative responses to COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Evers Announces $45 Million in Targeted Assistance for Restaurants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Gov. Evers Announces $45 Million in Targeted Assistance for Restaurants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Eligible businesses will receive $20,000 grant by year-end

Gov. Evers Invests $120 Million to Support Small Businesses as COVID-19 Cases Surge
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Gov. Evers Invests $120 Million to Support Small Businesses as COVID-19 Cases Surge

New “We’re All In” grants investment includes $70 Million for second round

Bayfield County receives $250,000 state grant to support expansion of a retreat center
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Bayfield County receives $250,000 state grant to support expansion of a retreat center

WEDC investment to help fund the construction of the Wild Rice Retreat

Gov. Evers Announces HARIBO to Begin Work on Pleasant Prairie Factory
Wisconsin school districts encouraged to apply for Fab Labs Grants
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Wisconsin school districts encouraged to apply for Fab Labs Grants

WEDC expects to award grants to 20 districts; deadline is Jan.8

Back in the News: The Foxconn Deal Was Never Real
Back in the News

The Foxconn Deal Was Never Real

The Verge interviews employees who describe nightmare-like conditions and a completely phony project.

Gov. Evers, PSC, WEDC Announce Six Communities Selected for Broadband Connectors Pilot Program
State Awarding Grants to 10,000 Small Businesses

State Awarding Grants to 10,000 Small Businesses

Round II of “We’re All In” grants will give each business $5,000.

Back in the News: Foxconn Won’t Get State Tax Credits
Back in the News

Foxconn Won’t Get State Tax Credits

State informs company it must revise contract or there will be no tax credits awarded.

City of Lancaster receives $250,000 state grant to assist in the development of a new hotel
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City of Lancaster receives $250,000 state grant to assist in the development of a new hotel

WEDC investment to help fund the construction of a Sleep Inn & Suites

Second round of We’re All In Grants will provide $50 million more for small businesses
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Second round of We’re All In Grants will provide $50 million more for small businesses

State aims to assist businesses still facing impacts of COVID-19

Gov. Evers Invests Additional $100 Million in Wisconsin Small Businesses and Economic Stabilization
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Gov. Evers Invests Additional $100 Million in Wisconsin Small Businesses and Economic Stabilization

Investments include second round of We’re All In Grants and investments in tourism, entertainment, and cultural venues

We’re All Innovating Contest celebrates Wisconsin small business creativity amid COVID-19 pandemic
Milwaukee County receives $144,400 state grant to support office renovation for the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin
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Milwaukee County receives $144,400 state grant to support office renovation for the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

WEDC investment to help fund the development of the new Legacy Co-Working and Innovation Space

Gov. Evers, WEDC Announce $4 million Available in Loans to Aid Kenosha Businesses
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Gov. Evers, WEDC Announce $4 million Available in Loans to Aid Kenosha Businesses

Businesses may receive up to $50,000 for clean-up, restoration, and repair costs

WEDC and PSC to launch new broadband technical assistance pilot
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WEDC and PSC to launch new broadband technical assistance pilot

Pilot will help six communities prepare to apply for broadband funds

Small business owners invited to register for 7th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Conference on Small Business Development
Menomonie business celebrates its Main Street Makeover
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Menomonie business celebrates its Main Street Makeover

Ted’s Pizza Palace received $10,000 facelift just in time for 50th anniversary

Evers Offers Disaster Help to Kenosha

Evers Offers Disaster Help to Kenosha

No-interest loans for businesses hurt by burnings, looting, vandalism.

Gov. Evers, Democrats, WEDC Announce Up to $1 Million in No-interest Loans Authorized to Assist Kenosha Businesses
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Gov. Evers, Democrats, WEDC Announce Up to $1 Million in No-interest Loans Authorized to Assist Kenosha Businesses

Eligible costs include clean-up, restoration, and repairs for businesses affected

WEDC recognized for excellence in financial reporting
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WEDC recognized for excellence in financial reporting

Government Finance Officers Association recognizes WEDC for seventh consecutive year

Branches LLC receives $25,000 state grant to assist with international market customization
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Branches LLC receives $25,000 state grant to assist with international market customization

WEDC investment to assist with creating materials for global markets

La Crosse County receives $250,000 state grant to support construction of new gymnasiums
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La Crosse County receives $250,000 state grant to support construction of new gymnasiums

WEDC investment to help fund collaborative project between Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, Holmen Area Community Center and School District of Holmen

Village of McFarland receives $250,000 state grant to support construction of new apartment complex and commercial building
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Village of McFarland receives $250,000 state grant to support construction of new apartment complex and commercial building

WEDC investment to help fund development of a new 47-unit apartment building and standalone commercial space

Communities, businesses, citizens say ‘We’re All In’ to stop spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 Effect on Economy is Widespread, Complex

COVID-19 Effect on Economy is Widespread, Complex

The best way to begin the recovery, is to suppress the virus, WEDC Director says.

City of Oshkosh receives $250,000 state grant to support redevelopment of the former Gibson Auto Body
City of Ripon receives $190,000 state grant to support redevelopment of a vacant grocery store
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City of Ripon receives $190,000 state grant to support redevelopment of a vacant grocery store

WEDC investment to help fund renovation of vacant building into an urban vertical farm

WEDC reviews more than 30,500 applications for We’re All In grants for small businesses
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WEDC reviews more than 30,500 applications for We’re All In grants for small businesses

$27.4 million in payments already made to more than 10,000 businesses statewide

City of Sturgeon Bay receives $250,000 state grant to support redevelopment of former department store
City of Beloit receives $250,000 state grant to support redevelopment of Beloit Riverwalk
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City of Beloit receives $250,000 state grant to support redevelopment of Beloit Riverwalk

WEDC investment to help fill gap in public access to riverfront

The State of Politics: Report Tallies COVID’s Economic Carnage
The State of Politics

Report Tallies COVID’s Economic Carnage

WEDC report also offers solutions. Wisconsin may only get one chance to make it right.

WEDC moves Global Trade Ventures online, giving Wisconsin companies an avenue to expand exports
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WEDC moves Global Trade Ventures online, giving Wisconsin companies an avenue to expand exports

The first virtual Global Trade Venture will connect companies in Wisconsin with potential partners in Germany.

Gov. Evers Announces Advent Tool & Manufacturing to Relocate to Salem Lakes
Gov. Evers Announces Advent Tool & Manufacturing to Relocate to Salem Lakes
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Gov. Evers Announces Advent Tool & Manufacturing to Relocate to Salem Lakes

Company is latest to invest in Kenosha County

State leaders, local officials to celebrate downtown successes during Wisconsin Main Street Days July 7-10
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State leaders, local officials to celebrate downtown successes during Wisconsin Main Street Days July 7-10

Events across the state will recognize best in class downtown revitalization projects, business successes and welcome new program members

State Used Bulk of COVID-19 Relief for Businesses, Farms

State Used Bulk of COVID-19 Relief for Businesses, Farms

New report from WEDC shows how the state spent $13.7 billion in federal and state aid.

City of Beaver Dam receives $106,000 state grant to support redevelopment of vacant downtown property
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City of Beaver Dam receives $106,000 state grant to support redevelopment of vacant downtown property

WEDC investment to help fund renovation of vacant building into a Great Harvest Café and Bakery

Deadline Today for WEDC Business Grants

Deadline Today for WEDC Business Grants

As part of pandemic relief, state offering 30,000 grants of $2,500 apiece to small businesses who apply.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity
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Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity

Panel will hold listening sessions, make recommendations on rural resilience

State Creates Directory of Online Businesses

State Creates Directory of Online Businesses

A guide for shoppers to 230 small businesses offering online outlets.

Evers Announces $75 Million Small Business Grant Program

Evers Announces $75 Million Small Business Grant Program

Up to 30,000 businesses could receive aid. Additional funding for minority-owned firms.

Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million We’re All In Grant Program and Initiative to Spur Wisconsin’s Economic Recovery, Promote Safe Business Practices
Gov. Evers Announces Donation of 210,000 Procedural Masks for COVID-19 Response
WEDC adds protective equipment makers to Wisconsin Supplier Network website
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WEDC adds protective equipment makers to Wisconsin Supplier Network website

Updates will enable connections between companies that need personal protective equipment, in Wisconsin and elsewhere, to those that are making it

GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

Analysis: Republicans want a Badger Bounce Back, but distort details of Evers' plan.

Gov. Evers Announces Grant Program for Ethnically Diverse Micro-Businesses
State Releases Guidelines for Businesses to Use Once Reopened

State Releases Guidelines for Businesses to Use Once Reopened

Guidelines include general advice and industry specific recommendations.

Gov. Evers Announces Best Practices and Safety Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses
The State of Politics: Can Missy Hughes Help Businesses Recover?
The State of Politics

Can Missy Hughes Help Businesses Recover?

WEDC director still hasn’t been approved by Senate, but has vital role in state’s economy.

WEDC creates digital platform to share pandemic response and recovery resources
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WEDC creates digital platform to share pandemic response and recovery resources

Focus Forward will feature tools, resources, information and inspiration related to business and community resiliency

GOP Listens To Business Lobby Reopening Plan

GOP Listens To Business Lobby Reopening Plan

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce wants to replace the Badger Bounce Back plan with their own.

31 Wisconsin school districts awarded Fab Lab Grants
Janesville Firm Making Millions of Masks

Janesville Firm Making Millions of Masks

Monterey Mills pivots to making 65,000 masks per day for healthcare workers, others.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Squeezes Evers
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Squeezes Evers

Demands $45 million from the state and for what? Probably nothing.

Kelliann Blazek named to head WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity
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Kelliann Blazek named to head WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity

New office will provide ‘one-stop shopping’ for rural development resources

Foxconn Says It Earned Tax Credits

Foxconn Says It Earned Tax Credits

But state officials challenged Foxconn's eligibility in 2019, will review employment claims.

Evers Administration Issues Guidance for Businesses During COVID-19 Emergency
City of Kenosha receives $250,000 state grant to support Herzing University relocation
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City of Kenosha receives $250,000 state grant to support Herzing University relocation

WEDC investment to help fund adaptive reuse of former 52,000-square-foot Kenosha News building

State Launches Programs To Aid Business

State Launches Programs To Aid Business

Loan and grant programs intended to provide bridge for businesses hurt by pandemic.

WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to coronavirus emergency
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WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to coronavirus emergency

$5 million grant program will assist “smallest of the small” businesses around state

WEDC working to secure federal small business disaster loans for Wisconsin
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WEDC working to secure federal small business disaster loans for Wisconsin

Once approved by U.S. Small Business Administration, state companies will be able to access low-interest loans to cover losses

WEDC awards nine grants to support entrepreneurship programs throughout Wisconsin
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WEDC awards nine grants to support entrepreneurship programs throughout Wisconsin

$432,000 in grants to help local, regional initiatives for startups

Innovators, entrepreneurs are center of UWM engineering conference
City of Park Falls receives $250,000 state grant to support renovation of lodging facility
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City of Park Falls receives $250,000 state grant to support renovation of lodging facility

WEDC investment to help fund construction of 50-room hotel

Local Skepticism Grows On Foxconn’s Future

Local Skepticism Grows On Foxconn’s Future

Opinions in Racine County shifting as company’s plans keep changing.

Menomonie business wins Main Street Makeover Contest
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Menomonie business wins Main Street Makeover Contest

Ted’s Pizza Palace to receive up to $10,000 to help give business facelift

WEDC lists top economic development deals of 2019
Evers Says Changes to Foxconn Deal Likely

Evers Says Changes to Foxconn Deal Likely

Foxconn offers statement with no mention of changing contract.

Audit Calls for Scrutiny of Foxconn

Audit Calls for Scrutiny of Foxconn

Require CPA to verify all tax credits go for work done in Wisconsin, state audit suggests.

Milwaukee Tool to Expand Company

Milwaukee Tool to Expand Company

Plans 2.5 million square foot campus in Menomonee Falls, 1,800 new jobs by 2025.

Milwaukee Tool Expanding Wisconsin Footprint
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Milwaukee Tool Expanding Wisconsin Footprint

Company to hire 870 workers by 2025

Foxconn Can’t Get Tax Credits, State Says

Foxconn Can’t Get Tax Credits, State Says

Switch from Gen 10.5 plant to Gen 6 plant makes it ineligible under contract, company is told.

WEDC supports John Deere project to expand, add jobs
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WEDC supports John Deere project to expand, add jobs

New facility will create 12 jobs, draw $24 million capital investment

City of Shell Lake receives $250,000 state grant to support renovation of medical center
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City of Shell Lake receives $250,000 state grant to support renovation of medical center

WEDC investment to help fund new construction of a new primary and specialty care clinic and renovation of Indianhead Medical Center building

State Still Committed to Foxconn Deal

State Still Committed to Foxconn Deal

“It has to be a good deal,” says new head of WEDC.

New MillerCoors Jobs Coming by June

New MillerCoors Jobs Coming by June

But company, state vague on details, number of jobs to move from Denver.

Door County Maritime Museum breaks ground on construction of new lighthouse tower
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Door County Maritime Museum breaks ground on construction of new lighthouse tower

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project with a $250,000 Community Development Investment Grant.

The State of Politics: New Push to Fix State Workforce Crisis
The State of Politics

New Push to Fix State Workforce Crisis

Business, civic and government leaders will convene to discuss looming worker shortage.

City of Baraboo receives $54,700 state grant to support renovation of historic AL. Ringling Mansion
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City of Baraboo receives $54,700 state grant to support renovation of historic AL. Ringling Mansion

WEDC investment to help fund transformation of historic mansion ballroom into new brewpub

WEDC announces deputy secretary and chief operating officer
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WEDC announces deputy secretary and chief operating officer

Current deputy secretary is taking senior position with JP Cullen

Riverwood Eagle’s Nest breaks ground on construction of new senior community project in Wisconsin Dells
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Riverwood Eagle’s Nest breaks ground on construction of new senior community project in Wisconsin Dells

WEDC will provide $250,000 to the City of Wisconsin Dells to help fund project

Garver Feed Mill officially opens in Madison
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Garver Feed Mill officially opens in Madison

Governor Evers, Destination Madison celebrate redevelopment of historic property

FZE Manufacturing Solutions, LLC named latest Made in Wisconsin® company
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FZE Manufacturing Solutions, LLC named latest Made in Wisconsin® company

WEDC officials present award in North Fond du Lac as part of Manufacturing Month

2019 MARKETPLACE Governor’s Awards recognize outstanding businesses
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2019 MARKETPLACE Governor’s Awards recognize outstanding businesses

Governor Evers presents awards to top minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses

Wisconsin school districts encouraged to apply for Fab Labs Grants
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Wisconsin school districts encouraged to apply for Fab Labs Grants

WEDC expects to award grants to 30 districts; deadline is Dec. 12

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

Evers appointee Melissa Hughes takes over long-troubled state jobs agency.

Rep. Hintz: Statement on Governor Evers’ WEDC Appointment
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Rep. Hintz: Statement on Governor Evers’ WEDC Appointment

"Missy Hughes is a proven leader at one of Wisconsin’s most successful, homegrown businesses."

Shilling Applauds Hughes as WEDC pick
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Shilling Applauds Hughes as WEDC pick

"As someone with a connection to the Coulee Region, I have enjoyed working with Ms. Hughes through her work at Organic Valley."

Gov. Evers Announces Appointment of Missy Hughes to Serve as CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
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Gov. Evers Announces Appointment of Missy Hughes to Serve as CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Ms. Hughes has served as Chief Mission Officer and General Counsel for Organic Valley/CROPP cooperative since 2003.