October 2014

Uptown plan calls for outdoor spaces, industrial re-use

RACINE — To take the Uptown from the largely blighted, underutilized neighborhood it has become in many areas to a place where businesses thrive and people gather, it will take “new investment” and “new energy,” but it will also take the efforts of longtime residents and business owners in the area.  That was one of the main messages delivered Tuesday night by Robert Gottschalk. ... Read More

County board chairman will take over as interim county executive

RACINE COUNTY — County Board Chairman Peter Hansen will take over as interim county executive after Ladwig officially leaves office Dec. 30.  He will then appoint someone who, pending County Board approval, will serve the remainder of Ladwig’s term.  Who that appointment will be is still under consideration, Hansen said, adding he could appoint himself to the position. ... Read More

County executive to lead RAMAC

RACINE COUNTY -- Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig will be the next president of Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce.  On Tuesday morning, RAMAC announced Ladwig will cross from the public sector to the private to lead the organization, starting Jan. 1. The announcement followed a nationwide search that lasted more than a year.  "RAMAC is very pleased to announce Jim as our new president," RAMAC chairman Rick Vojtisek, one of the owners of CliftonLarsonAllen, wrote i... Read More

Village considers fee waivers, checklist for developers

Initial consultation costs for applications and other incidental fees could be waived for developers in Waterford as part of a proposal described by several village officials as “pro-business.”  Village President Tom Roanhouse requested the board discuss waiving select fees for business owners interested in developing in the community.  Discussion ensued Oct. ... Read More

Midwest employers feeling better about economy, plan to hire and pay more

Midwest employers said they believe the economy is getting better and plan to hire more people and give employees raises, according to a survey by the MRA - Management Association.  The Waukesha based not-for-profit organization surveyed 500 employers throughout the Midwest to learn about how companies felt about the economy, trends in pay and employee retention. Employers felt the economy in the U.S. and Midwest would fare better than the global economy. ... Read More

Gateway taxes cut in half

BURLINGTON — The amount area residents will pay on their upcoming tax bills for Gateway Technical College will be going down $86 per $100,000 in property.  It is going down from $163 per $100,000 to $77 per $100,000 in property value, a rate the Gateway Technical College District Board unanimously approved at its monthly meeting Tuesday at Gateway’s Burlington Center, 496 McCanna Parkway. ... Read More

United Way has a big impact on Racine County’s economic development

It’s an honor and a privilege to have been named as this year’s United Way of Racine County Campaign chair. I agreed to this commitment because I fundamentally believe that Racine County is at a tipping point that will determine its success for the next generations.  In my opinion, the major challenges that we face are poverty and unemployment — and this is at a time when most businesses I know can’t find enough people to fill vacancies. ... Read More

Coleman Tool expanding Union Grove plant

Coleman Tool & Manufacturing Corp. plans to add 20,000 square feet to its Union Grove facility and hire 10 new employees over the next three years.  The company manufactures replacement parts for the waste removal industry. It is expanding operations at its plant, 1625 Leider Drive, to improve manufacturing efficiency and meet growing demand for value added machined and fabricated parts. ... Read More

WEDC increases grants to companies looking to increase export business

Hoping to encourage companies to look at growing their exporting business, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) has beefed up its International Market Access Grant and Collaborative Market Access Grant.  The WEDC, a public-private partnership tasked with improving the state’s business climate, wants to help business owners expand their existing exporting efforts or help businesses start creating their exporting strategy. ... Read More

Colleges seen as key in business’ growth

While businesses have continued to rebound from the recession, many manufacturers have said they have job openings they can’t find skilled workers to fill. Local colleges say they can help. Officials from several colleges, along with a few manufacturers, highlighted success stories at a panel discussion Tuesday at the SC Johnson iMet Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd. In front of about 90 representatives from businesses, colleges and other local groups, they encouraged busin ... Read More