January 2014

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to be company's new name

DETROIT (AP) Chrysler and Fiat will be known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV as they move forward as a single company.  Fiat's board of directors agreed on the new name Wednesday, with headquarters for tax purposes in the United Kingdom. But the board sidestepped the thorny political issue of whether the true headquarters would be in the United States or Italy.  Fiat and Chrysler also announced fourth-quarter and full-year earnings. Chrysler's strong profits once again propped ... Read More

Unemployment rates fall in 39 US states last month

Unemployment rates fell in four-fifths of US states in December and rose in just two, though most of the improvement stemmed from unemployed Americans giving up on their job searches.  The Labor Department said on Tuesday that employers in 30 states added jobs, the fewest to report gains since August. Nineteen states reported job losses.  Nationwide, employers added just 74,000 jobs last month, the fewest in three years and much lower than the average of 214,000 in the previous four mo... Read More

Sturtevant redesignates 264 acres in land-use plan

STURTEVANT — The Village Board on Tuesday moved by consensus toward designating 264 acres of homes and farmland as commercial/industrial in Sturtevant’s comprehensive land-use plan. The change would be followed by some rezoning and pave the way for future development in an area south of Renaissance Business Park. Most of that area is now designated medium-density residential in the land-use plan. ... Read More

Residents weigh in on Uptown redevelopment

RACINE — More infrastructure investment, food options, public gathering spaces and property upkeep.  These are just a few of the enhancements to Uptown that about 75 area residents and commuters came up with at a meeting held Thursday by public officials exploring how to revitalize the area.  City Administrator Thomas Friedel opened the meeting by describing a postcard from 1932 he found that called Uptown “the heart of Racine.” ... Read More

United Natural Foods starting to hire 220 for Sturtevant center

RACINE COUNTY — United Natural Foods has started hiring 220 people to run its new Sturtevant distribution center now under construction. The 425,000-square-foot distribution center is taking shape at the southwest corner of highways 11 and H. Chief Financial Officer Mark Shamber estimated the total cost of building and outfitting the center will be $38 million to $40 million.  Providence, R.I.-based UNFI is a wholesaler of natural, organic and specialty products. ... Read More

RCEDC helping create jobs here

In 2013, the Racine County Economic Development Corp. celebrated its 30th year of providing economic development services to Racine County. The organization’s founders envisioned an environment where the public and private sector would work together to make economic development opportunities a reality. Based on the work RCEDC has accomplished within the community, their vision is today’s reality. ... Read More

Area hotels on upswing

RACINE COUNTY — During the worst of the recession, business travel plummeted. Recreational sports teams stopped staying at hotels and leisure travel plunged.  “Let’s face it; during the recession, every aspect was hit from leisure, to corporate, to groups,” said Brian Wismar, the general manager at the Racine Marriott, 7111 Washington Ave.  As a result, hotel stays and revenue dropped and so did the amount the county’s visitor bureau, Real Racine, collecte... Read More

Waterford seeks input on upcoming upgrades

WATERFORD — Village of Waterford officials are hoping an upcoming public meeting will give them a good idea of what the community wants at its downtown riverfront.  Redesigning Ten Club Park, near the corner of South First Street and East Main Street, is just one of many upgrades planned for downtown Waterford over the next several years. The village is looking to shape plans for the project by gathering input at a 5 p.m. meeting Feb. 3 at Village Hall, 123 N. River St. ... Read More

Community asked to attend input session on Uptown

RACINE - City officials are urging local residents interested in the future of Uptown to attend a “public input session” on Thursday aimed at gathering information for a study on the neighborhood.  The meeting will take place from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 1901 Washington Avenue. ... Read More

Business visits the main focus of sister city trip to Mexico

RACINE — A bus company, a tire recycling plant and the site of a historic battle in the Mexican War of Independence — those are just few of the places Mayor John Dickert and other members of the city’s sister city delegation visited during the group’s trip to Zapotlanejo, Mexico, last week. ... Read More