August 2014

Governor's Small Business Summit registration closes Friday

MOUNT PLEASANT — Businesspeople have until Friday to register for the Governor’s Small Business Summit on Sept. 10, a daylong event at the Racine Marriott, 7111 Washington Ave.  The summit will bring cabinet secretaries and state agencies together with small business owners, entrepreneurs and “innovators” to discuss topics of interest, according to a flyer provided by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch’s office. Gov. Scott Walker will deliver the keynote address. ... Read More

Wisconsin is the 14th Best State for Business 2014

“Since taking office in 2011, my number one goal has been to help the private sector create jobs by establishing a favorable climate for economic growth,” Gov. Walker told Chief Executive magazine. Chief Executive’s ranking, he said, reflects the improved business climate in Wisconsin resulting from “our aggressive strategy to grow the economy, develop our workforce, transform education, reform government, and invest in our infrastructure.”   ... Read More

QPS survey shows some employers plan to raise wages in 3Q

Brookfield-based QPS Employment Group, a staffing and recruiting firm, has conducted a survey that indicates more than 27 percent of Midwestern companies plan to increase wages in the third quarter.  The quarterly QPS survey was conducted in June and included 263 companies in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. The average company size was 115 employees, and results were not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations. ... Read More

Journal Times editorial: Keep the buses running for the workers

One single mom said she would have to ask to have her hours cut back at her job. One man said that even though he had perfect attendance at his job as a forklift driver, he might have to quit.  That’s what having nighttime and Sunday bus service means to some of those who make use of it: The difference between being able to get to work and not being able. ... Read More

Caledonia Board OKs change to sewer service pact

CALEDONIA — The Village Board on Monday finished up some outstanding matters and also took a another step toward bringing growth to the Interstate 94 corridor.  The board approved an amendment to its sewer service agreement with Mount Pleasant. The amendment specifies which municipality will be responsible for paying the costs to extend sewer lines along Highway V from Highway 20 to the Caledonia border. ... Read More

Villages strike a deal to aid development

STURTEVANT – An agreement reached in principle between Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant will spur development on two properties near Durand Avenue and Highway H, officials say.  Under the agreement, Mount Pleasant will transfer about 67 acres at the Enterprise Business Park, 2472 West Road, to Sturtevant. In exchange, Sturtevant will provide sewer services to a parcel in Mount Pleasant in the 11000 block of Durand Avenue, just west of United Natural Foods Inc. across the communities&rsqu... Read More

Ten Club Park plans shape up

One or more public-private partnerships could be sought as Village of Waterford officials examine options for an overhaul of Ten Club Park in the downtown, ­ a project eyed for 2018.  During the course of several meetings in July, members of the village Plan Commission continued to discuss conceptual plans for the park green space, which is along the Fox River and in the heart of the community.  Early this year, the village hired engineering firm GRAEF to draw up conceptual designs... Read More

Durand Avenue expansion slated

MOUNT PLEASANT — A developer plans to add about 280,000 square feet near and onto its warehouse and office building at 7505 Durand Ave.  The Mount Pleasant Village Board and Community Development Authority on Monday voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal that would give Phoenix Investors up to $1.3 million in incentives to complete the project. ... Read More

Caledonia fleet decal maker plans to build, move

CALEDONIA – A local maker of fleet decals for law enforcement and commercial vehicles plans to soon start constructing a new building to set the stage for future growth.  Trademark Graphics, 5757 Douglas Ave., is owned by Chris and Julie Becker who bought the business, which was then based in Illinois, 12 years ago and brought it here. ... Read More