March 2013

Absolutely Waterford seeks input on future development

WATERFORD — Absolutely Waterford, the village’s Main Street Program, is seeking input in planning for an “economically vibrant” future for the Downtown Heritage District and throughout the community.  “We recognize that businesses occupying downtown storefronts have changed over the years,” stated Tina Chitwood of the Racine County Economic Development Corp., who oversees the nonprofit group’s economic restructuring committee. “We also know th... Read More

New fund sees growth potential in Wisconsin information technology companies

For those who doubt the target market for the $30 million early-stage fund announced last week by two major Wisconsin institutions, just check out its name: 4490 Ventures.  That refers to the 44-degree north latitude and the 90-degree west longitude lines that converge in the heart of Wisconsin - specifically, for geography buffs, just west of Castle Rock Lake in Juneau County. ... Read More

BRP to build inboard jet-propulsion systems locally

BRP announced Tuesday it is expanding its marine engines portfolio by offering an inboard jet propulsion system for boat builders, to be manufactured here. BRP, or Bombardier Recreational Products, will now assemble Rotax inboard propulsion systems in addition to Evinr ... Read More

Business park sought for 37-acre golf range site in Raymond

Racine County developer Jon Hend ... Read More

Racine County economy continues to outperform region in jobs and patents

While unacceptably high unemployment rates continue to plague the Racine County labor force, our 2012 economy continued to show considerable improvement over 2011. The county’s unemployment rate increased from 7.9 percent in December 2011, to 8.3 percent in December 2012. The 2012 rate compares to 6.5 percent for Wisconsin and 7.6 percent for the U.S. ... Read More

ManpowerGroup poll projects economic growth in Milwaukee, rest of Wisconsin

Metro Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin can expect improved hiring in the April-June quarter, while the national percentage of employers who plan staff cuts has fallen to the lowest level in 13 years, a new survey found. ... Read More

United Natural Foods Expected to Break Ground

Officials from United Natural Foods, Inc. presented renderings in January of what their new distribution center will look like in Sturtevant. The company is building a 425,000 square foot distribution center with plans for expansion as needed. ... Read More

Federal aid to help displaced workers in Burlington and Pleasant Prairie

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today announced two Special Response federal grants of $25,000 each to assist more than 400 workers displaced by business closings in Burlington and Pleasant Prairie. Approximately 300 workers were displ ... Read More

Opening students’ minds to manufacturing

Many wide-eyed American children dream one day of donning an astronaut’s helmet and rocketing into space. Their goals might later shift to becoming a doctor or a lawyer.  But these days, it’s almost unheard of for American youth to aspire to go into manufacturing. And that’s a problem, local industry leaders say. ... Read More