March 2014

Modern Rosie the Riveter a Path to Women’s Higher Pay

Sylas DeMello got her start in construction as a child pouring the foundation and nailing boards for her family’s deck with her father in Tennessee.  “It was more of a chore, but I enjoyed it,” said DeMello, now an apprentice at Murray Electric in Burlington, Vermont. ... Read More

The skills to pay the bills

While technical skills may get a job applicant "through the door," it's their people or "soft" skills that get them hired and help them succeed in their new position.  Ethics, attitude, communications abilities and interpersonal skills are the soft skills crucial to an employee's performance in the workplace and as a colleague. ... Read More

Let's get to work

John Dickert, Racine Mayor - I was recently asked how business is doing in the City of Racine, and I believe we are doing better because we are working together, but we have a ways to go.  Let me explain:  When I started almost five years ago, unemployment was more than 16 percent and to turn the ship around was no easy task - so here's what we did. ... Read More

The Chicago-Milwaukee corridor and business development in Racine County

In economic development, it's critical to determine what Racine County offers that differentiates us from communities across the country, as well as the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.  At the Racine County Economic Development Corp., it's a question we are often asked by businesses that are considering Racine County as a new location or expansion. ... Read More

Entrepreneurs build their new companies with Launch Box

Racine - This city, which was built upon ingenuity and innovation, has a special place to keep that tradition alive:  Launch Box.  Racine County Economic Development Corp. started Launch Box 2011 in partnership with the City of Racine as a way to help entrepreneurs start businesses and young businesses grow.   ... Read More

Union Grove referral program accepting applications

UNION GROVE — The Downtown Union Grove Business Referral Award Program is accepting applications for those making referrals to businesses who open up storefronts in downtown Union Grove.  The award amount is $500 per storefront/building occupied by a for-profit business or $500 per development constructed on the development land site. Nonprofit organizations are ineligible to apply for a referral award. ... Read More

Walker promotes Wisconsin Fast Forward program at SC Johnson iMet Center

STURTEVANT — A $35 million increase in worker training will help schools such as Gateway Technical College get more people into in-demand programs, Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday.  Walker appeared at the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., to promote the increase becoming law Monday. Much of the money, which will go into a training program called Wisconsin Fast Forward, is geared toward grants for technical colleges. ... Read More

SC Johnson launches 30 Green Days Challenge

RACINE — SC Johnson launched the 30 Green Days Challenge to inspire families to take simple steps each day that can lead to long-term change.  Four families from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada will lead the challenge, agreeing to make one simple, green-minded change every day for 30 days. To inspire and encourage others, each family’s experiences will be shared on the Green Choices site, as well as their own social channels.  “Our mission with Green Choi... Read More

California firm considers building 57-acre business park in Racine County

A California-based firm is considering a 57-acre business park for the Franksville area in Racine County.  Majestic Realty Co., which is based near Los Angeles, is proposing the Racine Logistics Center, with distribution center and light industrial space totaling just over 750,000 square feet.  The site is in the Village of Caledonia, south of Northwestern Ave./Highway K, where it intersects with Howell Road/Highway H, said Jenny Trick, Racine County Economic Development Corp. assistan... Read More

Preparing students for world of work

Previously in this space, I’ve written about the workforce needs of Racine County employers and the challenges they face in finding qualified candidates for the positions they need to fill. Today, I’d like to shine a light on some of the things that one of our schools is doing to prepare our future workforce.  In 2013, Jerstad-Agerholm Middle School developed and implemented a business and technology-oriented curriculum. ... Read More